Friday, 8 February 2008

Crash Survivor

Here's a conundrum. You find that after a computer crash, all the program drivers for your devices - graphics cards, sound cards, modem, CD-ROM - are corrupted or missing. All the drivers are available on the disks you've carefully stored away, or can be downloaded from the Internet. But you can't run the disks because the CD-ROM won't work because the driver is corrupted or missing. And you can't download the drivers because the modem won't work because the driver for the modem is corrupted or missing so you can't connect to the Internet ...

What do you do in a situation like that? Well, what you do if you're me - which you're not, but for the purposes of this exercise, you can pretend - is you sit and fume for a while, you try everything you can think of, to no avail, and then you send for a Computer Man and pay him money to put it right.

It's always interesting to look through the list on the Sitemeter to see what referrals to Boogie Street there have been. Given the recent lay-off due to computer problems, there was a nice long list to browse through, so trends were more noticeable than might otherwise be the case.
For a blog more or less devoted to painting, it's quite a chastening experience to find that a sizeable proportion of my visitors came wandering down Boogie Street in search of, first of all, the meaning of the words "Boogie Street," then the standing stones on Machrie Moor, Chip Chadbourn, a drawing of a banana palm (at least it's my drawing) but more importantly than anything else, whatever happened to Jimmy Nail.

At the Art Club on Thursday, I found myself between pictures, so I pulled out one of my neglected earlier pictures. It's a double set of balconies in Crete which was fighting me a while ago. I think I may be making headway with it now.
Balconies (Work in progress)

8 comments:

marja-leena said...

I love the brilliant colours in this painting! Sorry to hear about your crash; hope it will all be fixed soon.

Mr Zip said...

I think I've more or less recovered from the crash, although I seem to have wired up the sound system incorrectly. Oh, and my scanner is now talking to me in Italian.

Bee Skelton said...

This is luscious! I love everything about it ... but especially the central bright yellow sunshiny shape set against the warm shadows ... the striking blue and the panel of soft jewels pinned to the front of the building. Yum!

Mr Zip said...

Thanks, Bee. I guess you like it, then. For a long while it wasn't working, because I'd stuck too closely to the actual colours - the wall was a white one, for example - but then I let my instincts take over.

Anna said...

Wow, that's strong, love it.

Mr Zip said...

Thanks, Anna.

Casey Klahn said...

Top Drawer.

Mr Zip said...

Thanks, Casey. Appreciate it.