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Art: Spring Night.

It arrives under the cover of darkness: spring!

Maybe a companion piece to the scary box from Halloween 2023? Grass growing overnight at the vernal equinox?

I still don’t have the best grasp of how much webp will compress and artifact an image. This one was more degraded than expected, even though the filesize represents that. Still, I like how the flashlight came out, and that’s most of what’s meant to be seen in a composition like this one.

I guess one could also read this image as being from a submarine with its spotlight looking on a kelp bed or such. That’s up to you. Let your eyes and brain decide, the art is flexible.

Abstract Art: Intersecting Circles.

Simple and calm, restful. For a week with a timechange.

The wash effect over this is pretty good. Could be better, but if you ignore the bad parts the good parts are great. Probably a lesson in that, about optimism, looking on the bright side, that kind of thing.

I keep saying to myself I want to make a simple image, and I keep failing. I always want to add more. It’s hard to do minimalism, partly because it feels like the effort isn’t enough if you don’t have to tweak and add and replace a lot.

The simplest to do would be a single-color canvas. That feels like there’s not even an image. It’s just whatever color. It still has some level of meaning, but it’s not very much unless there’s some context to it, like coinciding with a calendar day (say St. Patrick’s) and being a related color (green).

But mostly I try to tell some kind of story with my images, even if it’s a vague story or you have to do most of the work like imagining this image above is on a wall somewhere, what wall, what year, that kind of thing.

Art: Weird Yellow Thing.

The world needed at least one more weird yellow thing.

What is it? A robotic space lemon? Some kind of crystal?

It’s difficult to decide what the reality of this shape is—what its other sides look like. The nose looks like it’s kind of bending away, like it cannot be symmetrical along that long axis, but perhaps it can be? We don’t have enough information. And the lighting seems at least a little off, but we don’t know if it really is, or if the facet colors differ slightly or there’s internal reflection at work.

I wonder if and when the energy-slurping AI systems get good enough, how would they extrapolate this image? Would they present a range of options, possibly marked by the constraints (e.g., the underside can’t be too convex or we’d see a protrusion in the image). I mean, if I try I can imagine that the second and third side panels are forming a concave, rather than the whole side being convex.

But in terms of liking this image, I like the colors, the muddy cloudy background, and I like the subject, this strange yellow thing sitting in this kind of soupy void. Maybe it’s a lifeform, maybe it’s on its way to get a new musical note for its sky or whatever such a being would do.