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Originally uploaded by graphicartepsi.
I've been working hard on the new Elements of Landscape CD, and writing PDFs for it, as well as making new art and figuring out how I want to present it in order to help the reader and artist.

I have a lot of my stuff on Flickr, as you may know, and I love the way you can make mouseover notes. I can't do that in my PDFs, I guess, but I am experimenting with ways to get a similar effect. This is one of them...I think if the caption explains what's going on at A,B,C,D, and E that the artist will be able to focus on what I'm trying to get across. (If you click on the image, you go to the Flickr site where these notes live, for the moment!)  Let me know what you think?

I tried white rectangles, like Flickr uses, but since so much of my work has white behind it, the rectangles broke up.  (And actually Flickr's are a narrow white border with a narrow black border outside of it, which highlights with still another YELLOW border when you put your mouse on it--somehow making three concentric boxes for each one seemed like a bit much.  Red's a color a seldom use in my paintings, so I'm hoping it works clearly enough!

At this point there are 105 images, and I plan to do at least two new step by step demos...

This one was going to be quick and simple. Riiiiight....


This image is from my Sierra Club Guide to Painting in Nature, and it's gouache--a fun medium for plein air painting. It was painted on dark green paper.  (It's not on my Flickr album at this point, just managed to make it onto my hard drive! And oops, looks like I didn't get the letter keys on there yet...siiiigh.)



Here you can see a tight detail of the same painting, showing how little detail is actually necessary to get the idea across.  This is the area right by the lower left corner of the right hand box...



As always, feedback is welcome!

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(Anonymous)

Very clear for the notes - sometimes we just have to work with what we've got. I agree with the red, it stands out well.
Thank you! I think if I use the unmarked art nearby it will work all right...I hope so anyway!