Jan 28, 2013

Gratitude Monday - Internet Graphics

They say it's good for you to regularly "count your blessings", as trite as that may seem. But studies show that regularly taking time to consider the positive things in your life, however small, actually has a real effect on your mood and physical health. It doesn't take that long to do, so why not do it?

I figure Monday is a good day to take time to think of the positive things in our lives because most people find Mondays to be a bit of a downer. The weekend is over and it's back to the long grind, counting the days until Friday when we have time to get back to the things we really enjoy like friends, family, leisure, and painting!

So let's take a few moments to be grateful for things we have right now. I'll start with something small to make it easy. I'll start with something to do with art so we can all relate.

Today I am grateful for the amazing advances in internet graphics! This may seem silly but think about art in the days of your youth. Unless you are really young, you can remember the days when the internet graphics looked like this:

I actually played (and loved) Maniac Mansion, but that's another story. lol

My point is, graphics were not favorable for displaying art back then. My first web site was on GeoCities, now long gone. But back then your images were pretty much limited to cheesy low-pixel graphics and limited, horrid color palettes like this.

(Anyone here remember the dancing baby? Haha!)

Back then it was very hard to share your art on the internet. Graphics and bandwidth were so limited you couldn't show anything of quality. Even if you did have decent art images on your site, most people had slow dial-up connections that caused them to the bypass graphic-intensive sites of the time. No one thought of looking for art online back then. A whole world of sharing our art was closed to us then that is now open! So many more people have access today. So many more sites can offer high-res beautiful images of artwork now. A whole world has opened up for artists that never existed before. We can share our art with more people today than we would have dreamed of 20 years ago! Certainly something to be grateful for!

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