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    Quote Originally Posted by Nunki View Post
    Some time ago, I discovered a magnificent 3D modeling program called Daz Studio. I have been using it, with all of its face and body dials, to create what I consider attractive male specimens such as the guy below:

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    I think he's quite cute, especially with those kitty ears.
    Nice, but his waist indent is above his bellybutton, like on a woman. It's opposite for a man. (We see such a mash-up in Hollywood so it's easy to get this wrong).
    "A man with a definite belief always appears bizarre, because he does not change with the world; he has climbed into a fixed star, and the earth whizzes below him like a zoetrope."
    ........ G. ........... K. ............... C ........ H ........ E ...... S ........ T ...... E ........ R ........ T ........ O ........ N ........


    "Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the Church, is often labeled today as fundamentalism... Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along
    by every wind of teaching, looks like the only
    attitude acceptable to today's standards."
    - Pope Benedict the XVI, "The Dictatorship of Relativism"

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    I can't post a photo from my computer. I choose the picture image, then chose "from my computer", pick a photo and say open, and it brings me back to the box with nothing else to choose... What should I do different?
    "A man with a definite belief always appears bizarre, because he does not change with the world; he has climbed into a fixed star, and the earth whizzes below him like a zoetrope."
    ........ G. ........... K. ............... C ........ H ........ E ...... S ........ T ...... E ........ R ........ T ........ O ........ N ........


    "Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the Church, is often labeled today as fundamentalism... Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along
    by every wind of teaching, looks like the only
    attitude acceptable to today's standards."
    - Pope Benedict the XVI, "The Dictatorship of Relativism"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eliza Thomason View Post
    I can't post a photo from my computer. I choose the picture image, then chose "from my computer", pick a photo and say open, and it brings me back to the box with nothing else to choose... What should I do different?
    Upload your photo to imgur.com and choose "From URL" option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eliza Thomason View Post
    I can't post a photo from my computer. I choose the picture image, then chose "from my computer", pick a photo and say open, and it brings me back to the box with nothing else to choose... What should I do different?
    I would create an account at imgur.com . Once your account is created, click on "Images", then click on "Add Images". Drag your photo onto the website and it will upload. Click on the image and hit "copy" on the option titled "BB Code" then paste it here

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    Irises:
    https://imgur.com/a/mS1BFT6


    Below this portico was a labor of love over a few seasons (while I posted here on 16T)... First we transformed an ugly three season porch/junk storage room and no front door (you walked to the backyard to find the sorm door to walk through the junk room to the kitchen door) and then added the front (side-facing because it did not fit in the front with cellar doors) and this portico we designed from our own imaginations. The design included lots of re-do's considering each others ideas until we were both happy with it, and we did every bit of work ourselves. The columns (I chose that size to add monumentality to our humble home)) were going to be plain - I didn't want to ask too much more of my husband - but he came up with the nice detail on them and I love it. My husband did the build, and I painted . A ton of work for my husband, and also a lot for me as there was much prep with sanding, lots of detailed spackling, priming and sanding between coats, and learning to use this special paint I always wanted to use, which came with a bit of a learning curve...
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    https://imgur.com/a/UZTZwdz

    Foxglove
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    Hydrangeas:
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    Last edited by Eliza Thomason; 06-30-2020 at 06:10 AM. Reason: trouble linking pics
    "A man with a definite belief always appears bizarre, because he does not change with the world; he has climbed into a fixed star, and the earth whizzes below him like a zoetrope."
    ........ G. ........... K. ............... C ........ H ........ E ...... S ........ T ...... E ........ R ........ T ........ O ........ N ........


    "Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the Church, is often labeled today as fundamentalism... Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along
    by every wind of teaching, looks like the only
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    - Pope Benedict the XVI, "The Dictatorship of Relativism"

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    Well I am proud I figured out how to post pics. Some in-progress pics:

    Early start. I just got these lamps and put them up even though we still had far to go, but I was so excited about these lamps which I got for 1/4 price after finding the exact ones i wanted, too expensive at full price, and I searched online, and was blessed to find someplace selling clearance, and these were the very ones I wanted. Many years ago our street was a road to a stagecoach station (long gone), and these looked like stagecoach lights to me. Thank you to St.Joseph, whom we asked for so much help with for all our house projects, and he blessed us with help in many ways. The first pic, above, of the irises represents an answer to prayer with an early building disaster. (Its a story I can tell sometime). My husband did all this building with very limited tools, and no workshop.
    https://imgur.com/a/5ZNdgIJ

    More progress: https://imgur.com/a/8Zb2oQN

    More progress (notice at the top of the columns our little quadrafoil relief detail): https://imgur.com/a/3vQ7ggb
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    "A man with a definite belief always appears bizarre, because he does not change with the world; he has climbed into a fixed star, and the earth whizzes below him like a zoetrope."
    ........ G. ........... K. ............... C ........ H ........ E ...... S ........ T ...... E ........ R ........ T ........ O ........ N ........


    "Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the Church, is often labeled today as fundamentalism... Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along
    by every wind of teaching, looks like the only
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    - Pope Benedict the XVI, "The Dictatorship of Relativism"

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    I think the images have to be attached to an account, yeah. Create the account first, click on your username in the upper left corner and then click on images, add images and copy the web address on your images from there

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    Painting was my part, not nearly so big as my husband's build, but I love paint done right, and I really wanted this to be special, and I used Fine Paints of Europe [FPE] after admiring it for a very long time. In my old house, lost in divorce, I had used oil-based paint very carefully, stripping old woodwork before applying that paint just right. I love the hard finish, vs. water-based paints that always feel slightly tacky, at least in summer humidity. Then I learned about FPE, and I dreamed of trying it. I dreamed of doors like these below, and they were my inspiration for my someday-front door:

    (This picture in particular was my total inspiration for my door: https://www.marshalljohnsonpainting..../IMG_18721.jpg)

    First I had to start with sanding and a ton of detailed spackling, as you can see from these before pics:
    https://imgur.com/a/vnZSNIx
    https://imgur.com/a/FkSQDYF

    I started with the white, after prepping the columns. This paint is not cheap, though it is worth it for sure because it lasts so long, and it is so beautiful. It's high pigment, and covers well. And it goes far! But my first try was a complete disaster, and I had to scrap all this expensive wasted paint off, let the remainder dry, then sand it down and re-prime it and re-paint, after a desperate call for help to the dealer. (It needs to be thinned considerably with special thinner, and stirred quite thoroughly but without creating bubbles):
    https://imgur.com/a/ojN7JVl

    Then finally, I got to work on my so long-awaited teal door. I wanted soft teal, like the door in the link above. My first mistake was not putting up a sample. I really should know better as I have had to repaint things when I didn't like the color of before. I think I rushed the process a bit because I wanted it done before winter. At least I only bought a quart. As soon as I started with the color I knew it was a mistake. But I hoped I would like it after. I did not. I hated it. I knew I had to get a different color, with more gray in it. I hated this result:
    https://imgur.com/a/8WV4Kma


    But before buying the right color color of teal I had so long wanted, I reconsidered, remembering that early on I had sent pictures to the FPE's color specialist, for his opinion, and I'd detected disdain for my color choice, and a reluctance to say so, but I pressed him for his idea of what color he thought would work - and he said the white I'd been using! White! I'm an artist, I know color, so I figured I knew better, and had a vision, so I ignored this advice. But now that I saw how the color ruined the door area, I realized the color specialist knew best. Looking at that dark dolor, I realized any color would be too much for this space. I could not have my teal door and have it look right. For color I would have the floor, which needed to be very light, and the color of seasonal plants. Our house is small, and the portico has a lot going on, and keeping it one color looks less busy. So more of the creamy white.

    By the time it was ready for a repaint, it was too cold to paint, so my husband tented it for me, and I used a space heater inside.
    https://imgur.com/a/4IRFPdJ

    My husband and I love the result (in the first posts above). (My artist friend in another state recommended the urns, which a perfect idea so I am thankful. Sometimes another eye helps! They are fairly inexpensive fiberglass/plastic composite, not expensive metal.
    "A man with a definite belief always appears bizarre, because he does not change with the world; he has climbed into a fixed star, and the earth whizzes below him like a zoetrope."
    ........ G. ........... K. ............... C ........ H ........ E ...... S ........ T ...... E ........ R ........ T ........ O ........ N ........


    "Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the Church, is often labeled today as fundamentalism... Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along
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    - Pope Benedict the XVI, "The Dictatorship of Relativism"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eliza Thomason View Post
    Nice, but his waist indent is above his bellybutton, like on a woman. It's opposite for a man. (We see such a mash-up in Hollywood so it's easy to get this wrong).
    For that I blame the creators of the character model, since I didn't modify that part of his body structure.

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    Default Thoughts on our home-reno story

    Well this is the only place I have ever showed off our portico project we spent so many seasons on so it was a big deal to post it. We have plenty of other ideas for the house but I am expecting now with the crazy covid situation and the world heading one-world/marxist/stalinist they will never happen. The economy will not thrive IMO and life will be about basic survival. I don't foresee that dream patio, that outdoor shower, or rose-covered garden archway. But I am thankful that, in this one small area of our life, we had the opportunity to conceive of a project that used both of our abilities and shared effort and we were able to carry it through to finish (over some seasons!). Easy duality cooperation had a lot to do with it! Our particular dual pair, according to Meged, is marked by "harmony of relations and a restless spirit of creativity ". Yes, and that project feels truly like a fulfillment of who we are, socionically, which is another reason I wanted to share it here on the16T..

    Sometime maybe I will post before and after pictures of the house, or a section of it, anyway. When I came here, it looked like the bachelor pad it had become, the outside markedly dreary*, with all the wood trim work peeling with it's old gray wood exposed, the roof and the old asbestos siding were more heavily streaked with black algaethan I had ever seen on a house. It was not a pretty picture - so I did not take many, if any. We used 40 gallons of outdoor bleach to clean up the algae one summer (and learned to use this special Fohmer machine to apply it), and my husband fitted a new layer of wood trim over all of the old window trim (that I painted with FPE) - which helped the house look right again - as, decades ago, when they covered the original clapboard with the then-popular asbestos siding, the new layer made the windows look too-recessed. If you have ever observed any of the plethora of old houses re-sided in that asbestos you will know what I mean. Something looks not-right about it. [I did the research, and there is nothing wrong with keeping that siding, though many will urge you to invest in clapping on yet another layer of siding, vinyl. But you do not need to. The siding is stable and safe). All that cleanup to do on the outside - but first, we did the entire inside. Inside was covered in soot on every surface from the faulty gas fireplace my husband was using to heat the house after his old furnace broke down... Every single surface, walls, ceilings, trim, doors, all of it, had to be scrubbed of it's gray dreariness and then painted. We did it all ourselves. We have done all of this on our own together, being only married 6 years now (and I have been posting on this forum all that time).

    *(also everything that would go in a shed, or anything that might be useful again someday, was just hanging out, "decorating" the outside of the house!)

    Actually there is one more major-cool project in progress, but progress stopped when we ran out of funds last summer, then we ran out of time with my round the clock job this year. It's a fanciful two-story shed which is across the driveway from that front door. The house had no shed or garage, and the old stone cellar is small and not practical for lawnmower and snow blower and bicycles and certainly not the trash, so we needed something, and we spent a ton of time and discussion and many drafts of plans for a lovely and useful creation. One wall, when we finish the inside, will have a small workbench, with places under and over for my husbands tools. Two right-sized doors for the trash and recycle bin closets, so they are easily accessible, but you no longer see them when you pull up. I will talk about the shed now because maybe someone who ends up at this sub forum will also be interested in building projects, like we are.

    I had wanted a small, low, indiscreet shed because I like the view of that side but my husband wanted to build up because it's the cheapest way to gain square feet, so we did, and now it's a two, or really one and a half story shed (but you can stand up in it upstairs, which you reach by a short easy ladder we built to the back door). His idea was a big improvement over mine. Just perfect, really, because it repeats the shape of that end of the house just across from it. Repetition and consistency in design elements make it look like it belongs in the spot, like it was always there. I feel we created a sense of permanence in its architecture. It is small, as we did not want our taxes raised (and they did, but very little). It's covered in black tar paper now, with the woodwork trim is partly painted, and the doors are not on yet (but they are carefully painted and waiting!). My plan was a siding of beautiful cedar shakes, which require pre-staining individually before being put on one at a time, stained in deep rich velvety brown (to blend into the shady landscape) which would contrast nicely with the doors of that high-gloss teal paint that I had rejected for the front door (above) - so I put that rejected paint to use!

    But with future income uncertain, i just want it it to be protected with some kind of siding, so we are going for the cheap option of vertical-paneled T-111, but we will stain it the deep cordovan brown I wanted. So that is the summer project. When it is done I will post a pic. My son is coming soon to finish painting the eaves, so then we can start siding. My husband was half done with that, but his shoulders have been giving him problems, and eave painting is all about shoulders.. (we are going to follow Feldenkrais videos for that...).
    "A man with a definite belief always appears bizarre, because he does not change with the world; he has climbed into a fixed star, and the earth whizzes below him like a zoetrope."
    ........ G. ........... K. ............... C ........ H ........ E ...... S ........ T ...... E ........ R ........ T ........ O ........ N ........


    "Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the Church, is often labeled today as fundamentalism... Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along
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    Went hiking in Eastern KY. I don't think these photos qualify as art but wasnt sure what other thread to stick them in.

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    was adding something to imgur and thought to share this, wasn't sure where to put it. it's the beginning of a gem collection, many of which i got for free just by being out and about in tucson during gem show season (2nd largest in the world). i have many more now. featured here:

    garnet, aquamarine (i got this one by accurately identifying it to someone who asked me if i knew what it was), quartz, lapis lazuli, chalcopyrite, vanadinite


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    I've been continuing to do 3D modeling, and I have made a couple of major breakthroughs that have greatly improved the beauty of my characters and given me far more control over their geometry. Basically, what I found--there are somewhat philosophical reasons behind it that I won't attempt to describe--is that the beauty of a character largely comes down to math. The mathematical operation that improves beauty--I invented it myself--is as follows: takee the degrees of the angles on as many points, particularly prominent points, of the character's body as possible, and measure their difference from 0. The nearer they sum up to 0, the more beautiful the character. It's as simple as that combined with a dash of good taste. Below is a work in progress that I made using this principle. There is plenty of room for improvement, which I've already achieved to an extent in a more recent model, but it shows the fruits of my thinking:


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    Still doing 3D modeling. I figured out that my method for calculating geometric beauty was incomplete, and corrected it. Before, what I ended up doing was either stretching the bodily structure or bending it--in short, two equal and opposite forms of distortion. Now, beauty is the opposite of distortion, so all I had to do was put in an equal and opposite perspective, one that, if I maximized its score would increase smoothness rather than, like the other one, bendedness. Then, combine them into one perspective whose nearness to zero therefore equals a balance between bend and smooth, which equals nearness to undistortedness, which, in turn, equals nearness to perfect beauty. And it really does work, I think. Below is a face that I made by effortlessly, and with little thought, moving morph sliders toward points where the score is nearest to zero for each particular slider. Note that I didn't spend much time on it, so there is still a great deal of room for perfecting it.

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    @sbbds
    This butterfly dreamed for whole life to place its photo in Internet. It agreed to sacrifice its life for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sol View Post
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    This butterfly dreamed for whole life to place its photo in Internet. It agreed to sacrifice its life for this.
    It’s a moth Sol

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbbds View Post
    It’s a moth Sol
    It had identity issues and dreamed itself a butterfly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sol View Post
    It had identity issues and dreamed itself a butterfly.
    Can you relate to it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbbds View Post
    Can you relate to it?
    When we communicate and tune to other people, we get the influence of their personality - absorb their traits to some degree. This process works in both sides. As we are changed, so this changes our self-perception. The most such process happens when we open our minds having a love to someone. We get their traits and become more similar to them.
    It's from conscious point. Also all people are unconsciously telepathically connected and such, in some sense, any human is you. What happens with you influences on all others and what happens with any other human influences on you. All people are alike branches of one mind. These peoples links can be not limited by now time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sol View Post
    When we communicate and tune to other people, we get the influence of their personality - absorb their traits to some degree. This process works in both sides. As we are changed, so this changes our self-perception. The most such process happens when we open our minds having a love to someone. We get their traits and become more similar to them.
    It's from conscious point. Also all people are unconsciously telepathically connected and such, in some sense, any human is you. What happens with you influences on all others and what happens with any other human influences on you. All people are alike branches of one mind. These peoples links can be not limited by now time.
    Are moths people too?

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    who, me?

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    I really like this. The combination of the 2 speaks to me somehow. The 1st evokes a sense of nostalgia and longing for me.

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    I really like this. The combination of the 2 speaks to me somehow. The 1st evokes a sense of nostalgia and longing for me.
    thank you happy it has that effect on you. The landscape overwhelmed me with calm at that moment, I tried to capture it.

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    A watercolor I did at the start of fall last year
    ~we're just out here havin a good time~

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    I just found an easy-to-share piece of my artwork.

    So awhile back I participated in a huge citywide art event in my hometown where I used to live. This was like nothing I had ever done before. I entered some sketches on a whim, and was super- excited to get a commission from our nuclear power plant to make their bench. Some of us artists were a little dissatisfied with the bench style, but they sure did a great job working with it, and some were super-creative skilled sculptors who changed the style amazingly. Just wow.

    I just painted. But I could not reconcile the base or the entire back with my design. So I learned how to fiberglass from a boat maker on YouTube; a big first for me, and smoothed out the offending framework before I began painting. Also I had to first create a heatable workshop in my garage, since it was dead winter when we worked on the benches and I could not get the big bench to my basement. I cordoned off an area of the big, high garage with plastic sheeting.

    It was such an honor to be a part of this amazing event. So many awesome and beautiful entries. There were many professional artists; I was one of the many amateurs. But I was proud of how it turned out, just like I had planned. (Just a darker and deeper in color than my first design, because that is what they asked). Also it was placed in a great spot for the months-long event, in front of the big downtown library. Now it sits in the power plant lobby.

    So I could not find a picture of the bench, at home or online, where I used to be able to see it. But I did find a great video online about the whole event that I had never seen before. It features all the benches. Here is is, below.

    So there are a lot of benches and this glimpse of my bench is just three seconds. Mine is the blue bench sitting next to the yellow smile bench, right after the first minute of video. That's all! But if you are an artist, or just like art, you will find the whole video really interesting. There are so many spectacular benches. We all started with the same plain white fiber glass bench. Many are just painted, like mine, but also many have been sculpted amazingly. We all took them to be clear-coated in autobody shops so they can take the weather. The video was such great memories. I know every single one of those places, and I met a lot of those artists, like those two guys who did all those benches, they were great. Also all the organizers were fantastic. What an amazing event to be a part of.

    The video of the benches is on this page: https://www.pbs.org/video/wxxi-presents-benches-parade/


    Below is a photo from the building of the design company that ran the event. That huge silver slide in the lobby is for an alternative route downstairs:
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