Happy Monday, friends.

Well, I recently re-discovered an old Wacom drawing tablet in the top-drawer of our “old tech” dresser (the one full of wires and adapters and old thingamajigs). What buried treasure! In combination with free GIMP software, the drawing tablet has given me a new way to “paint” with all the colours and leave behind fewer actual stains and messes in the process (if you haven’t yet used GIMP, and are interested in a free image-editing/basic drawing tool, I highly recommend it. It’s no Photoshop, but it’s very good).

It seems that a beast of a blizzard is brewing and making its way to Chicago. We can already hear the wind; it’s howling in the streets, shrieking in the crevices of our windows, and is bringing down fine bits of diagonally-falling snow (it’s the Windy City for a reason). That means it’s time to take out the long johns, stock up on tea and cookies and candles, and gear up for some extended nights in front of the fireplace channel. And, time for art. Painting and drawing have always helped me get through long winter days and nights. Whether in pigment or pixel form, I need those colours — their energies and worlds of feeling.

Here’s a very first tablet painting. It’s keeping my thoughts warm!

17 thoughts on “GIMP Art

    1. Thank you kindly for reading, Melissa! I hope you’re keeping blizzard-proof in your part of the Midwest, as well (notwithstanding the recent “summer” photoshoot ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Looking forward to catching up on the latest episode!


  1. Tablet painting, that’s great. Your drawing would make a lovely card. Stay warm during the blizzard. I do miss the Canadian snow storms, strangely enough (if not the shoveling post-storm). Here it is sunny and cool, I can still hang the laundry to dry outside in between showers. I will try GIMP, would love to get a pen to finally use my HP Spectre tablet functionalities.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Agnรจs, and thanks for reading. Yes, our snowstorms are quite memorable that way! As cold as it gets, it’s interesting to see the world transformed for a little bit (and the day after a snow is always quite mild). It must be lovely to still be able to hang the laundry out to dry! (over here, it would be frozen solid) :). Stay warm, and enjoy sweater-knitting!

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  2. Well, this brought some sunshine to a cloudy January day! I’ve been using GIMP for a while too, but I’m still wary of drawing directly into it… I’m just scanning my line drawings in and tidying them up there! I hope you had a lovely Christmas break playing with this new toy, and happy new year, Shirley! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thanks, Helen – I’ll have to try editing scanned-in line art sometime. It is something I’ve always wanted to do and GIMP is a great tool for that. Likewise – a very Happy New Year to you, too! Looking forward to another year of Beastie fun ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. Me too! ๐Ÿ˜Š And yes, editing your hand sketches in GIMP is great… Plus it makes colouring in a breeze. Just be wary of letting your inner perfectionist be seduced by the possibility of doing pixel-level corrections! ๐Ÿ˜† Have fun!

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