November 30, 2012

Blog image storage?

Hey guys, I recently heard that picasa/blogspot have a limit on their storage, and after you run out of space you have to pay. Some people have ran out of space, but they are recent bloggers, and I have been here for 7 years and still have not run into that problem.

See how little room I have used in 7 years of posting? and I always include images.
That got me thinking.... It has to be the size of the image, not the amount of pictures.

Sure enough, after a little bit of searching, I came across an article that pretty much says that: if you keep your images small or with less resolution, like in 70s or 80s size, you are in the safe side.

That is great news! Number one, for a faster downloading of your pages for your visitors, it is always a good idea to keep the images small, and also to try to keep the image-grabbers to get your work then use it somewhere else (which can happen anyway but it helps to keep low res.)

So this is a new reason why keep your images small. They recommend less than 800 pixels, I use about 400 most of the time. And my videos are embedded from youtube.

How much room do you have left? click HERE to see directly your own storage level.

If you see you are close to the limit, you can: go each post, check the image size, edit, re-upload, re-publish. Lots of work, but well worth it.
or, get a photobucket free membership, and bring the code to your post.

Let me know how much space you have! (◠‿◠)

Update:  About editing images....
Most computers come with Paint program, or you can download a version online of a photo editor, there are many for free but you have to try a couple to see which one you like best. Once you have a program --I personally love an OLD version of MS Photo Editor because it is very basic but does all I need. Lets say we do "Paint" for now: you open your image there, and look in the menu for "Resize" and/or "Crop".
If you have too much empty space in the image, crop it out with that tool.

If you have a nice composition or don't want to crop anything, just go to Resize and select a percentage. Most of the time you do around 50% but sometimes it can be more, depending on your camera settings. The more quality the image, the larger it will be in the computer. In some programs you can go to "Properties" and make the image have less "Resolution" which will make it even lighter to upload, store and download, which makes for a faster page to open. A light Resolution is around 70 to 80. But if you are into giving photography to readers, or backgrounds, you will need a huge resolution for better quality!

Once you are done with the editing, always do "Save as" and not just "Save" so you keep the original as well.

Then just go back to the old posts, change the images for the lighter version, and make sure you delete the larger images from the Picasa  files. Ta-daa!

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November 26, 2012

Second part

I finally gave up on youtube's weird act. I uploaded the video several times, saved it even in different ways and it still looks tiny to me! I think that it is some kind of dysfunctional relationship with firefox, because it looks fine in explorer. ( ¬_¬)

 So, if you go to the channel and looks tiny to you, please try explorer. I think it looks fine in Chrome as well.

Here's the Part 2 of the video.

That's it for now, have an awesome day and keep your paintbrush wet!

November 24, 2012

New shop's listings

I have been listing in my new ACEO shop, here are some of them... Some are a real low price! All of the originals. Just click to visit ٩(- ̮̮̃-̃)۶

November 22, 2012


Even when so many sad things happened this year (in so many levels: personal, local, national, global...) I want to make a point of being thankful for what I have.
Thankful for our health, for our family, friends... including my wonderful online friends!

Also thankful for our needs are covered and we are able to help others, if only in a small way sometimes.
Although this is a US celebration, I wish for all to find something to be thankful and feel lucky for something in their lives ♥

Hope you had a nice day with some yummy pie. (◔‿◔)

November 16, 2012

Video, finally

It has been such a pain to upload this video in YT, I think my browser is the culprit, but also some new upgrades in youtube. I can see it well in explorer, but it shows just some tiny screen on my firefox.(o.0) I hope you can see it well in my blog, if nothing else.

However, I hope that if you like it well enough, you will subscribe to my channel.(^_,^)
I will be battling, I mean uploading the second part shortly...

Thanks for visiting!

November 7, 2012

Portrait WIP

All these past days were very stressing with the elections, and I have not been inspired in the least with the results. I just keep praying that there is a reason to the events. That's all I'm going to say about that.

Now, the fun part of the post is all the colors I have been adding to this canvas, which has been on my table for quite a while. There is a video of it coming soon, hopefully ;o)

WIP. This is how she started:

This is in the middle of the process,  when I noticed one of her eyes was off kilter, and she was not looking at me directly. I fixed it and also was not happy with the hair, but got stuck and had no idea where to go....

So I decided to play with a couple of ideas and elements. Different hairline, washes and I was very tempted to paint a bird....

I am much happier with it now. She is looking directly at your eye; I like the halo, but still feel I'm not done. I will keep playing for a little while longer.

Thanks for visiting and keep an eye over here, I will be editing the video to post it maybe in a couple of days, even if youtube takes forever to upload :o)

November 1, 2012

Chat and Art

These are some ACEO I have been working on between running like maniac with kids errands and house stuff (I am so thankful Friday is around the corner!!)

Thanks for visiting and remember not to eat all your Halloween candy in one sitting! lol
We spend the evening at the book store, and tomorrow will go to a Dia de los Muertos show down town, can't wait to eat a sugar or chocolate skull! ♥