Sunday, January 1, 2012

a star of your own brightness

star-of-your-own-brightness-5x7-2

It turns out that my printer was also not a tireless machine. A few days of overzealous printing experiments sent it (and me) into a panic. When I was finishing up one of my last orders of 2011, it spat out muddy brown instead of red, rendering A Star of Your Own Brightness one big uninspiring mess. The original print was all in reds and oranges and golds; something about the monochromatic nature of the color scheme must have confused it. After much fussing and adjusting and recalibrating and cleaning and throwing my hands in the air while the clock ticked, in a last ditch effort I changed the color background to see if it would handle the color scheme differently. Don't ask me why or how (I don't know), but the printer handled it like a champ. I was thrilled by the result, so much that I asked my customer if she'd be willing to consider the color change. She agreed wholeheartedly and the order was rescued. And I'm so much happier with the new version.

As for the printer? I shut it off for a few days, it magically mended its errant ways, and it is again printing in full, accurate color. As for me? Good new year lessons that 1) from strife comes opportunity, and 2) electronics will fix themselves if powered down long enough. As for the new print? I thought it was perfect timing for the turn of the annum. Happy 2012! Go create your own star.

(5x7 doodle print here.)



11 comments:

bohemiannie! art said...

Love it! Inspiring, motivating and good lessons for all of us!!! Best to you!!!

Nicky Linzey said...

I love the background colour of this Aimee. I've often had the thought that I am controlled by my printer and my computer!
All the best for 2012.

Pattyskypants said...

The colors are good, but it's the words anyway!

Chel said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! This is the perfect image and idea to start it with! :)

Sugarplum Kawaii said...

Happy New Year Aimee...and I'm liking that jolly star!

Marcie said...

What a beautiful message to send out into the universe. Wishing you a happy and creative new year!

Lisa said...

i don't comment much but i'm always reading and i just wanted to say thanks for always inspiring me! happy new year!

Kelly Warren said...

technology, ugh! after my great computer saga of Thanksgiving 2011, when I bought a new system because my computer crashed AGAIN, of course when I tried to power up my dead system a couple weeks later, she worked like a champ! glad the color change worked out for you. It's lovely! Happy New Year to you!

Andria said...

Beautiful colors, and an inspiring sentiment! Happy new year!

Cindy said...

i love your sentiment and the pretty blue background. blue skies and all. yes, if electronics overheat sometimes it's best to give them a time out just like us humans. happy new year!

Asiye Ivedi said...

i love this start version! and i love even more how you always manage to turn an impossible situation into a huge success - your star is shinning in its own colours and brightness indeed
happy new year
xo