Midjourney – Currently My Favorite AI Art Creator

Baby hippos playing in a pond

Art has always been a reflection of humanity’s creativity, thoughts, and emotions. From cave paintings to contemporary installations, art has always been a way for individuals to express themselves and communicate with others. However, with the advancement of technology, a new form of art has emerged – AI art.

AI art is the result of using artificial intelligence algorithms to generate images, music, and other creative works. It has been around for several decades, but it is only recently that it has gained popularity and recognition in the art world. This is where Midjourney comes in – a business that is revolutionizing the AI art industry.

Midjourney is a company that specializes in creating AI-generated art. They use deep learning algorithms to generate unique and captivating images that are then transformed into physical prints and installations. Their work has been featured in galleries and exhibitions around the world and has garnered critical acclaim from both the art and tech industries.

So how exactly does Midjourney create their AI art? It all starts with data. Midjourney collects vast amounts of data on various subjects, including images, videos, and audio. This data is then fed into a deep learning algorithm, which analyzes and identifies patterns within the data. From there, the algorithm generates new images that are based on those patterns.

One of the things that make Midjourney’s AI art stand out is the fact that their algorithms are trained on a wide range of data, including cultural, historical, and social references. This allows their images to have a deeper meaning and connection to the world around us. For example, one of their pieces, titled “The Mirror,” is a reflection of the current state of social media and how it has changed the way we see ourselves and others.

Another aspect that sets Midjourney apart from other AI art companies is their focus on the physical aspect of art. They believe that art is not just something that should be viewed on a screen but something that should be experienced in person. This is why they create physical prints and installations of their work, allowing people to interact with the art in a tangible way.

Midjourney’s approach to AI art has the potential to change the way we think about art and creativity. It blurs the line between human and machine creativity, creating a new form of art that is both innovative and thought-provoking.

However, there are also concerns about the role of AI in the art world. Some critics argue that AI art is not truly creative since it relies on algorithms to generate images, and that it lacks the emotional depth and nuance of human-generated art. Others worry about the implications of AI-generated art on the job market, as it could potentially replace human artists.

Despite these concerns, Midjourney’s work shows that AI art has the potential to be a valuable addition to the art world. It offers a new perspective on creativity and pushes the boundaries of what we consider to be art. It also has the potential to democratize the art world, making it more accessible to people who may not have had the opportunity to engage with art before.

In conclusion, Midjourney is a company that is at the forefront of the AI art industry. Their unique approach to creating AI-generated art has the potential to change the way we think about creativity and art. While there are concerns about the role of AI in the art world, Midjourney’s work shows that AI art can be a valuable addition to the art world, offering new perspectives and pushing the boundaries of what we consider to be art.

Monsters of the Deep!

From the ancient mariners who carved sea serpents into the prows of their ships to the modern-day fisherman who hangs a plastic one from his boat, we have always had a fascination with the monsters of the deep. But what is it about these creatures that we find so intriguing? Is it their size? Their power? Their mystery? Or is it something else entirely?

Some of our earliest fear of monsters comes from mythology. The ancient Greeks told stories about creatures like the Kraken, a giant squid that was said to haunt the seas. In more recent history, we have been afraid of sharks and whales because they are large and dangerous animals.

Disclaimer: these are my imaginary depictions of Monsters of the Deep, not photographs of real monsters

Despite our fear of them, the monsters of the deep can teach us a lot about life. For example, they can show us the importance of cooperation and working together. Sharks live in groups called ‘packs’, and they work together to hunt and kill their prey. Whales are also known to be very intelligent animals. They have been known to help humans in distress, and they have even been known to mourn the death of one of their own.

To overcome your fear of the monsters of the deep, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, educating yourself about these animals can help. Learning about their behaviors, habitats and how they interact with humans can help reduce the fear of the unknown. Additionally, you can try confronting your fear by facing it head on. One way to do this is through scuba diving or snorkeling, which can give you a firsthand experience of the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it. It’s important to remember that these animals are a vital part of our planet’s ecosystem and should be treated with respect and understanding.

What Do You Strive For?

Although I am in my senior years, I still want to be “doing things” and want to use my time for in a worthwhile and balanced way – so time for work, time to read & relax, time to help others at least in a small way. I was browsing quotes & found this one that summed up my current way of thinking.

This image made with The Graphics Creator from Laughingbird Software. I’ve been using it for more than 10 years & it’s probably my go-to for quick blog or social media posts.

Learn more about this software and the couple who own & run the company, Marc & Lisa Sylvestor https://laughingbirdsoftware.com/pages/about-us

Having fun with Repper App

Just upload an image, go to the Patterns Tab, choose a Tiling Option the move your cursor to select the area to create amazingly attractive patterns. Lots of tiles to choose from, both seamless & seamed & several Effects to get even more types of patterns.

Seamless patterns work well as backgrounds because it means that the image elements on the edges of your image need to match up with what is next to it, so when put together you can’t tell where one ends and another begins.

Here are some examples of my recent work. The starting image is one I created using the AI Art creator NightCafe Studio:

Using Patterns to decorate physical products:

Print on Demand is a printing process where the customer can order any product they want, and it will be printed and delivered to them as soon as possible.

This is a new way of printing that has been made possible by digital printing technologies. It has seen a rise in popularity in recent years because it allows for the production of customized products without the need for inventory storage or large-scale production.

Print on demand is also known as “short run” or “on demand” printing, which means that the customer can print one copy at a time.

It’s very popular with clothing companies because they don’t have to keep many different sizes in stock.

The images below show how my designs would look used on Mugs, pillows/cushions, T-shirts or make a scarf:

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Spring Down Under

Spring Down Under

Any time is a good time to see flowers, they raise our vibrations or our spirits, whatever way you like to describe it, but it’s hard to see beautiful flowers and not feel some joy in living, at least that’s my opinion.

Here is a photo of my lovely orchid, the first time I’ve had three flowers.

My Orchid in Brisbane

Last Few Days!

The 20% discount on Techsmith products, including my favorite “Snagit”, a capture program I use daily & often several times every day, has only a few days to run – ends on 1st October. (Discount code at checkout: TSCAFF20)

Capture anything on your screen with one click!

Create From Templates

Pre-made layouts within Snagit to create visual documentation, tutorials, and training materials.

Create Video From Images

Talk and draw over a series of screenshots to create a quick “how-to” video or GIF.

Enterprise Sharing Destinations

Snagit 2021 now lets you share directly to Slack and Box.

See more Here: Use This Code at Checkout to get your discount : TSCAFF2

Also in the offer is Camtasia an all-in-one screen recorder and video editor software that has been around for over 15 years with over and has millions of users and is really good for creating video tutorials and screencasts.

20% Discount Applies to Camtasia 2021, Snagit 2021, Camtasia + Snagit Bundle: Use This Code at Checkout to get your discount : TSCAFF2

Top Reasons To Smile Every Day

Science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress, boost your immune system, reduce pain, look more attractive and stay positive, possibly even prolonging your life. 

Try this test:

Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard, isn’t it?

Smiling can influence your feelings of positivity, even if it feels unnatural or forced. Regardless of whether or not your smile is genuine, it still sends the message that “Life is good!” to your brain and, ultimately, the rest of your body.

The physical act of smiling actually activates pathways in your brain that influence your emotional state—meaning that by adopting a happy facial expression, you can “trick” your mind into entering a state of happiness. This holds true whether or not your smile is real.

Even a simple smile can trigger the release of neuropeptides that improve your neural communication, as well as neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which can boost your mood. Think of smiling like a natural antidepressant.

We all know that stress can permeate our entire being, and it can really show up in our faces and makes us look less attractive. Smiling not only helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed but it can actually help decrease stress and boost our overall health by helping our immune system to function more effectively. It is believed that when you smile, immune function improves because you are more relaxed (those neurotransmitters again!).

Smiling Reduces Pain

Studies also show that smiling releases endorphins, other natural painkillers, and serotonin. Together, these brain chemicals make us feel good from head to toe, not only do they elevate our mood, but they also relax our body and reduce physical pain. Smiling is a natural drug.

Whether you’re trying to maintain your overall health or strengthen your immune system ahead of cold and flu season, smiling may help so, smile every day, as often as you can.

Friday, 1 October is World Smile Day 2021 so just to get you ready, here is a catchy Smile video.

A smile a day keeps the Doctor away? Who needs apples?


Text Effects in The Graphics Creator

Just to add a bit of color to my life quickly am playing around with the Text Effects Templates

I first used this software from Laughingbird Software way back in 1915 when it was called The Logo Creator. Since then it has grown and grown, with a wide variety of templates available to help you make your own creations very quickly. I use it nearly every day in my business, for social media posts and to add interest to my personal emails & messages.

With the desktop version you buy template packs and the software is included with the purchase. You have these forever with no extra payment. There are many different packs and I’ve added more and more over the years.

However, if you want access to ALL the templates, the online version with annual or monthly subscription is a great way to create your own graphics simply and easily.


Creative Challenge for You

Still stuck at home? Feeling Creative? Here’s a challenge for you.

Lito Leaf Art, the japanese artist that carves tree leaves to create magnificent scene

Leaf Art

from grocery stores inhabited by animals, to a rhinoceros washing the teeth of its calf, japanese artist lito leaf art carves the most amusing sceneries on tree leaves. using a very precise cut-out technique, a closer inspection of each piece reveals surprising details that create dreamy narratives.

See more here: Lito Leaf Art