I'm not whining...no, I'm loving it but my body is taking time to adjust. Going from 0 - 30 C. (32 - 88 F) in a day, takes a little acclimation.
art on the Malecon at Barra de Navidad
We're in the little town of Barra de Navidad, Mexico, which is just north of Manzanillo on the west coast. We've been relaxing and doing a lot of nothing since we got here. Every now and then we look at each other and think we should be out doing something and then we wonder why we feel that way (guilt at not being busy?)...and then we go back to reading or listening to favourite podcasts or playing around with new art apps on the ipod...and that's the end of that!
I'm sure we'll pull ourselves out of this lethargy/inactivity at some point and decide to do some exploring but at the moment the big effort of the day involves a walk to a cafe or beach side restaurant for something cold and thirst quenching.
paper 53...just using my finger
I found this app...paper 53...on the very talented Alicia Burke's website. It's a digital drawing app and I'm having a lot of fun with it. It really needs a stylus for finer detail but I did the page above with my fingers. The basic app is free but adding more colours into the palette and a wider array of tools to work with, are add-ons. Sketches can be saved in many different "moleskine" journals within the program. It's not complicated and would be fun for kids too.
using Percolator...I haven't completely figured this one out yet but I like what can be done with it!
The other programs that I've been playing with are several photography apps that were recommended to me by photographer/artist Shane Robinson. I've spent some time playing around with Percolator, PhotoForge 2, Big Lens, Photo Toaster and Iris Photo Suite.
Percolator takes an image and works circles into into it (as in my image of Molly above)...some abstract fun. I love what Shane did with this app and would like to work further with it to figure out the blending a bit more
PhotoForge 2 allows limited layering and blending (as with Photoshop),
Big Lens gives an iphone shot the blurred depth of field backgrounds that you normally only get with a DSLR,
Two years ago I stopped lugging my heavy DSLR around with me on trips. Last year I took my Canon point and shoot and this year all I have is my iphone. Times change and the new iphone (which I don't have, btw) has the same number of pixels as my old Nikon DSLR!
Anyway, just wanted to let you all know that I'm alive and loving the king size bed that I spend much of my day lollygagging around in and when I'm not there then I'm here...
sheltering from the sun in our roof top palapa
or even here...
bakery cafe in Barra de Navidad
the gluten-free oatmeal/cranberry cookie is mine!
And maybe...just maybe...when I do come back here, I'll be out of bed by then!
Sending hugs and blowing kisses to all, dear friends,