Saturday, January 27, 2018

Caturday Art - Tired of Waiting.

I am joining Athena the Cat Goddess for Caturday Art again this week.

I had a few pictures ready for Caturday Art, but after a major freeze on my computer, and then having to force it into shutdown when it had stayed like that for a few hours, it refused to reboot properly. I know you should never force a shutdown but I couldn't find any other way to do it.
I tried everything but nothing worked. In the end I attempted to save all my files to discs so I could re-install Windows to factory condition.
After 5 discs I thought it was looking a bit familiar, so watched one downloading right through, and sure enough, each disc was downloading the same files instead of continuing on.

I have all of my photos and important documents (except for January, which may be on my internet security back up) saved on my external hard drive so decided risking a reinstall without backing up first.

It seems to have worked although I have lost some very recent photos and documents including all of my Caturday Art ones.
It is the first time I have done anything major on the computer and took about 7 hours, so I am feeling quite pleased with myself that I have got it running again.

This is the original and was taken in 2008. Both boys liked to join me at the computer and would often be there waiting for me.

As usual I have used Lunapic. I started with Landscape at 50% then added Illusion at 50% followed by Sunshine at 20%.
I didn't really like it, but didn't want to just delete it so....

I added Floating at 25% which toned it down a little and gave it a 3D bricks border at 30 width. I am still not sure that I like it. I should probably have scrapped it and started over.

I prefer more toned down colours so was more pleased with this one. I used Lunapic again and added Psychedelic at 55%, then Quirky at 45%, then Scribble at 45% to tone the colour down a bit and finished with a canvas border at 60 width.

40 comments:

Brian said...

I like that last one best too, it's wonderful of the boys! Good for you, U R A Teckie!

Pam Greer said...

Computers do so much, but it's such hassle when they fail!

Catio Tales said...

Those pics are great and we love the description as it gives Ă„iti ideas.
And don't get her started about backups and computers......All our stuff is on hard drive as well as the best photos on a google drive now, but it's huge! However, it is probably as safe as it can be.

Summer said...

I like the art today! Bummer about the computer - it could have been worse, but it's still sad that you lost some files.

Anonymous said...

Bravo to you for being brave enough to try everything you could think of to get the computer "back" - apparently it worked so you are now an official computer EXPERT! Kinda scary though isn't it! We agree about the photos of the boys- that last one is the bestest next to the original. Nice to have had two computer companions - I try to keep my Mom company too (if I'm not busy elsewhere in the house that is!).

Love, Teddy

Marg said...

Well done, fixing your computer. We like all those pictures, but the last one is our favorite along with the original. You are doing well with the art work too. You all have a super duper day.

Peaches and Paprika said...

Love this last photo. It cries out for a headline: "We have succeeded in repairing this computer!" After all, weren't they responsible for straightening everything out? LOL

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I am glad you were able to save almost everything, especially photos of Eric and Flynn. All these came out great, especially the last one. I prefer muted colors too. XO

Gemini and Ichiro said...

WE are glad your system is working again! Sometimes they get tired and confused (like old people...). And we love that last one.

Anonymous said...

Wee like thee 3rd foto thee best Lady Jackie!! It has suttel tones an iss luvley. An yur header iss grate! Eric an Flynn were thee kewlest mankatss...
Wee just rote a new bloggie post xplainin why wee been absent fur 2 weekss....hope to see you at Thee Pad soon.
***nose kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xXXx

Little Binky and Granny said...

Oh miss Jackie, computers are so going to live their own lives after a while and it's really a tough job to fix it on your own, but you did it! Concatulations for that :) We have lost a few hundred pictures lately, when Granny was transfer the pictures from her phone to the lap top...pooofff...they froze too :( Well, anyway, your artwork is very nice again. We love the sunshine in the pictures, did it myself today too :D but we love the two unforgotten Angels Eric and Flynn most :) Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday :) <3

Caren Gittleman said...

so sorry you had to go through all of that aggravation but you rock for getting it all back up and running! Love seeing the boys as always! xoxo

Maggie said...

I like the last one too. You computer needs those guardian angel boys! Congratulations for getting back up and running without too much of a loss.

The Swiss Cats said...

We're sad you had computer issues. Nice art, the last picture is our favorite ! Purrs

Katie Isabella said...

Oh man...not a lot worse in homes than the computer to show its stripes! I hated it when that happened! I used to have a buncha sons to help out but no more. However, my MAC's that I have had for about 10 years are erving me well. So far! :-)

And boys, you look like a million no matter what!

Kitties Blue said...

I think the last one is the most successful, at least that's the one I like the best. I like to use photos with lots going on in the backgrounds, like this one, as I think you get a more arty effect. That sounds like a huge project with the computer. They are both a blessing and a curse. So happy you didn't lose too much. Sending lots of love and prayers. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

Cleo said...

Yup, I prefer the last photo, though they're all creative. Bless your heart for tackling that damn computer.

Mary McNeil said...

Beautiful memories of The Boys, as usual.
Hope you can get your files back, but good for you for doing something. I have a laptop, so when it freezes you can force shutdown by disconnecting power and removing the battery . Then you can restart with no harm.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Computer issues can be SO scary. Sounds like you did a pawsome job figuring things out!

The Island Cats said...

We like what you did with this photo. And thank cod you got your computer issues fixed without losing too much.

Cathy Keisha said...

All are masterpieces but the last one is my fave. Glad you were able to get your computer running. Sometimes they can be so much time and trouble.

meowmeowmans said...

We love your artwork of the boys, Mom Jackie.

Great work getting the computer up and going. We are super impressed!

Kari said...

How fabulous that you fixed your computer! They are nasty beasts when they go awry. Impressive job, congratulations. Our mum is a a complete mess when it comes to them.
We like all of the pictures, they are stylistically different and are all great!



Marie Symeou said...

Those came out great!

Sorry you lost some files though.

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

So sorry for about the massive computer problems. But be very proud of yourself, I think I'd just throw in the towel and go buy a new computer! Mine is over 5 years old now and I'm waiting for it to go *poof*. Terrific artwork!!!

The Florida Furkids said...

Computer problems scare Mom. Dad was so good at that stuff.

We like the last photo the best! fun artwork!

The Florida Furkids

Madi and Mom said...

Beautiful Caturday art with our Ginger Boyz and congrats on your patience at getting things up and running!!
Hugs Cecilia

Marv Marvelous said...

Jackie! You will soon be able to get a job in Tech Support! Rock ON! You did a great job!
The photos of the boys are fabulishious! I think I like the second one best!
Have a marvelous week!
Purrs and Love
Marv and Barb

Colehaus Cats said...

Oh, we really do like that toned down last one. We're sorry you had computer problems and are happy you were able to get yourself back up and running! Go, YOU!

John Bellen said...

Yes, sometimes you have to 'force quit' a computer. I must do it to mine at work all the time - though my boss says there is nothing wrong with it.

The first image of the photograph looks very fiery, a rather 1970s look with reddish browns everywhere.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

doodz....we agreez with mumz choize...de last iz de best.....sorree her had sew much trubull with de pea sea ~~~~we hope her can findz de missin filez ~~~ ☺☺♥♥

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

We so love seeing these photos. They're all brand new to us so we're getting to know angels Flynn and Eric.

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

The last set of effects are my favorite! Bear's been known to wait for me - in the same position as Eric is. I always figure he watches me bustling about and thinks, "I'm waiting for you to sit down ... hurry up with your business and come pet me!" I hate computer issues - I'm not very good at that kind of thing.

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

When stuff goes wrong with the computer it terrifies me on account of Peep #1 bein' my tech support and her not knowin' what the heck she is doin'. MOUSES!

Three Chatty Cats said...

I love that last one!! Glad you were able to get your computer back up and running. I'm not sure I would've had the patience!

Hairballs and Hissyfits said...

yes I love the colors in the last one-beautiful! And I am having my fair share of computer issues too!! Good luck!

Bionic Basil said...

Oh no guys, nothing wurse that puter issues, thank goodness mew were able to rescue effurything!

We love the arty-farty effect and our fav this week is the last one!

Big purrs

Basil & Co xox

Jean Neilson said...



We adore Lunapic and the boys look super waiting at the computer and then in the Lunapic colours.

Shoko and Kali

Erin the Cat said...

Yikes that was almost a complete disaster! Thank goodness for back ups and your bravery to take the plunge. I have to say the last image is a favourite of ours though the dynamism of the colours in the others are fun to see. Oh if we cats were that colour in real life!?
Toodle pips and gentle purrs
Erin

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

Petcretary calls our confuser that name for a reason,MOL! Glad you got things back up and running again.
Sometimes its hard to make a picture transform into something that works for us too.