Brilliant day. Rumors have it that it may go to fifty today. Fifty! The geese are honking and the promise of turkey vultures in our trees beckon. It was a quiet night last night...with dinner and friends, kids all chatty about the play and school. Thank goodness the "pig lab" is done as Alex is done with it. He enjoyed it, but it got pretty rank at the end of that process. Tons of work yesterday. More of the same today. We got colliding rush projects that came across the transom at literally three minutes to five yesterday. A bit rugged, and I said "wait" on one of them that seemed to have had a bit more wait in it. I am trying to think about how to push towards more than a 5 minute turn around on work. It really is a bit about training the customer (maybe a bit of tough love) and praising them when they get it right. I hope this helps.
I am on my big pub for the Museum today...laying out, figuring out what goes where, with which image, silhouette or not>? side bar? or not? pullouts or not? You get the idea. Did a little work on an image yesterday (a small bit of a painting of a medieval woman holding a cup). As its a painting, its not too sharp. Plus, as it was a piece we had to work with that is around 2" x 2.75" at 600 dpi which was fuzzy at best with a lot of the line work being lost. So, I took a copy of the file, pulled a lot of the dark linework from the painting along with another midlevel selection in warm grey which I re-sandwiched with the original (multiplying the layers) and saved out... I will show you the difference when I have a chance to save out for you. It pumped the contrast of the image a bit...and though it is monkeying with the image to make it work as a little piece, still has integrity. Interesting process.
I ordered the Simon Buxton book on Bee Shaman yesterday and perused the Manuka Honeys that are offered for medicinal use (internal and topical). Big stuff in Europe. Not so big here though amazon.com has a lot of stuff. Here is a mid rated honey for both minor injury and internal use>> Manuka Honey from New Zealand>>
Honey is rated according to UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) which determines whether it is table honey or a honey that can be used for topical treatments: