Posted tagged ‘iPhone’


January 20, 2013


Untouched (or re-touched.)

No one stung either, thankfully.

You Can Find Them Anywhere (With a Careful Eye)

January 22, 2011

You Can Find Them Anywhere (With a Good Look)

In my beautiful home city of Washington, D.C. today, walking by the Potomac–amazing what you can see down here.

PS – ManicDDaily elephants make no particular reference to Republican party symbol.  (I just happen to like elephants.)

PPS – remember to check out “Going on Somewhere” by Karin Gustafson, Diana Barco, cover by Jason Martin at

Three Dog Night Christmas

December 25, 2010

Give Three Dogs a Bone.

(More iPhone art, using “brushes” app.)

“Brushes” With iPhone – Feeling my Way into Apps

December 22, 2010

The iPhone is not all things to all people.

While it is purportedly the toy of choice for many (presumably well-to-do) toddlers, it has a pretty steep learning curve for many adults.

That said (along with the disclosure that I hold Apple stock),  once you get over some of the initial humps (no finger keys), it can be pretty terrific.

Especially if you are someone who spends a lot of time on computers, because, frankly, the more time you spend on computers, the more that non-computer life can seem obstacle-ridden.   (As in, ‘what! I have to look for a stamp?!’)

This is where Apps can be handy.  I’ve hardly used Apps, but I tried today a “drawing” App called “Brushes.”

Keeping track of physical art materials in a New York City apartment (without room for studio or even desk) can feel extremely trying.   Especially if you are used to having the world at your fingertips (in bed.)   This is what attracted me to the idea of computer art.

Sure, it would be better with an iPad.  But I only have an iPhone.  So, this morning, I made my first little extremely clumsy two inch drawing of an elephant kneeling in front of a fir tree in a Christmas tree stand.  It may have worked out better had I read the directions.

(I did not understand "layering".)

The second try:

(I avoided background fill, but the mountains started as Christmas Tree.)

And third.

It’s amazing how intriguing it is to manipulate something that is nearly mechanically impossible (i.e. your fingers on a teeny-tiny screen.)  It somehow reminds me of Gloucester in King Lear describing how he sees the world – “feelingly.”

But there we are!  Or me anyway!  Feeling, in limps and bounds, my way.