Abiogenesis is a term for life arising from nonliving matter. This is what happened somehow on Earth a few billion years ago. This is a topic that has fascinated me for years. I read quite a lot about it a couple of years ago, and got a general notion about how it may have happened. There was some exciting news in this area a few months ago from scientists studying nucleic acids and amino acids together. They were able to show RNA putting together amino acids into small peptides, and segments of RNA that were self replicating. Exciting stuff to some geeky folks like me. The new picture I am adding to the gallery is called Abiogenesis Oasis, and is dedicated to the miracle of life on Earth.
Recently I have entered some online art contests through Gallery Ring.
Flash Frozen Flower, which has been in my gallery here for a while, won the Ruby Award in a Flower and Still Life themed contest. I am adding a picture to the gallery today named Web of Paradise which won the Emerald Award in an Abstract themed contest. Since I made this picture in 2020 I guess I have not been diligent enough about keeping the website up to date. May you all enjoy a taste of paradise sometime.
Hello all. I’ve been having lots of fun with the http://www.ArtBreeder.com website! In fact the last 5 pictures I have added to the gallery have started with making lots of images in ArtBreeder which I then combine in Photoshop. Generally it is a dozen different images (or more) that go into the picture. The website uses artificial intelligence (AI) to let you manipulate images in lots of ways. Try it out, you just might have some fun messing around. The picture for this post (Neoclassical Drama Unfolding) is one of the pictures I’ve made which started with that kind of messing around.
My game Dream Gallery is finished and is available for download on itch.io. It is an art game in which you can make pictures. It is a first person PC game and you pick up a camera in the beginning. You can take pictures which then appear in your gallery. The pictures also get saved to your PC so you can share them. You can move, rotate, and resize objects and people you find in the dream world for your pictures. You can also add and arrange lights to get the picture just the way you want it. It is free of course. I hope you try it out and have some fun. It marks an end of era for me since I decided I am no longer going to make games and I am going back to my roots making digital art pictures. The picture for this post titled “breach of etiquette” was made in Dream Gallery btw. Here is a link for the game: https://shivafool.itch.io/dream-gallery
Have fun y’all 🙂
InterFaith SameGame is now available on itch.io and there is a link on the Just for Fun page. It is a simple casual game that you can play in your browser, i.e. you don’t have to download it.
The more connected tiles you grab the more you score. The tiles have symbols from the 5 major world religions. Score enough points and you will receive a blessing. This is my version of the SameGame. Wikipedia quote: “SameGame is a tile-matching puzzle originally released under the name Chain Shot! in 1985 by Kuniaki Moribe. It has since been ported to numerous computer platforms…” It is great for when you have a few minutes to kill.
A million years ago I made a samegame I called Karma Kollector in a now extinct entity called Flash, and it was available for Android on Google Play. This is New & Improved!
So if you’re in a waiting room and you have time to kill think about trying it out.
That’s right, the full game of Abductee 43 now available! Like the demo it, is posted on itch.io with link below. I am also putting in a link for the 1 minute trailer on YouTube, which gives you a taste of the flavor of the game. The demo doesn’t take too long, maybe 15 minutes. The full game is 4 levels and takes about as long as a movie, i.e. 2 hours. At this point the game and demo are only available for PC. Unlike so many first person perspective games, this one is nonviolent and it sure seems like we need more nonviolence. If you have a PC, try the demo and if you like the demo try the full game. Have fun!
I mean seriously 2020 – OMG! This year is the most stressful in memory, yet I am hopeful most of us will get through it. Of course our hearts go out to those who lose loved ones to this damn virus. I am hopeful that positive changes will come out of the political turmoil. And I am hopeful that we will get rid of this damn fascist in November. I have been busy with one reason being that I am one of the lucky ones who has been able to keep working straight through, and another reason being that I have been working like crazy on my computer game. So I haven’t been posting, but I just added 2 more pictures to my gallery and here is one of them. It’s called Hungry Flora.
Peace and I wish you all health and happiness.
Hello All, I hope you’re having a lovely autumn. If you happen to be in the Albuquerque / Rio Rancho metro area you can drop by and see my library exhibit. For the month of October I have 14 pictures hanging in the Esther Bone Library which is next to the big Post Office on Southern Blvd in Rio Rancho. They also happen to have nice people (like Josh the librarian), several computers, and lots of books there so you are bound to find things you like. It is nice to have my artwork out there and I’m curious about whatever feedback I may get. It was hard to choose pictures for this exhibit and I wouldn’t necessarily say it is all my best work, but there is a good variety. All but one is from the last 3 years so it really is representing my more recent works.
“My Brain Is Not a Computer” is another departure for me – much more unabashedly surreal. It started with an image in my head and was helped to come out by the open source program called Blender. Blender is the free alternative for those of us who can’t afford a program like Maya which costs thousands of dollars. I have several new works that I have not posted yet, but I wanted to post this one to add yet more variety to my gallery. My production has slowed this year since I have once again fallen down the rabbit hole of trying to make a computer game. I don’t recommend doing this by yourself like I am trying to do. Find some other people interested in making a game to divide the labor.