Introducing Blue!!!


I don’t use blue in my paintings. Not ever, not never!

Well, kiss those days goodbye. 

I have slowly been putting little dabs of blue in my abstracts. But now, in this painting, there is bright blue in large areas. 

I did this and the earth is still spinning around. I will note there was the election outcome that was pretty damn weird right after I painted this, however. 

Anyway, this was done on my iPad Pro in my favorite app, Procreate. 

Speaking of favorite apps, most of you know how very angry I have been at Corel, the makers of Painter. My former go-to painting app. 

Well, I just updated to the 2017 version of Painter during their Cyber Monday sale. Although my love affair with Painter will never be the same, I will say that in this version the mysterious brush lag I experienced in 2016 has 99% gone away. 

The app is running very smooth and feels like what one would expect from a top-tier painting app. 

But, Painter, how could you have treated me like you did for a whole year?  And no one at Corel gave a damn. They promised me I could be a beta tester, they told me they would help me. Then they just left me out in the cold with brush lag.  My little heart was broken. I never did or said anything mean to them. 

I’m slowly learning the new features in 2017. I’ll let you know what I think when I get them figured out. Mostly, they’re not really for abstract painters. 

For some reason, I’ve fallen in love with the particle brushes. Those were introduced a couple of years ago, I think. I didn’t like them at all. 

However, I’ve been using some fascinating particle brushes made by Skip Allen. That opened up my mind and got me exploring the particle brushes. 

Also, Jason Maranto has a very nice library of brushes at his blog spot blog. 

I’ve been playing with those and having a blast. 

Pincushion Protea

This is a macro shot of a pincushion protea. Protea originally come from Africa but are found all over the world in tropical climates. 

There are about 1600 species of these flowers. They are absolutely incredible. They come in all kinds of shapes and every color imaginable. 

If you want a real treat take yourself over to Pinterest and check out these flowers. 

I use the word macro lightly here. It is not a macro in the true definition of macro. A true macro is 1:1. 

I took this on my iPhone 6 Plus with an Olloclip lens. It is a magnification lens. I was using the 14x lens. 

I love using the 14x and 21x lenses. I like to put them on my iPhone and go exploring to see what Mother Nature has hidden in the details. 

Wandering


This is a watercolor I did in Painter.  I usually do most of my watercolors in an app called Rebelle.  Rebelle acts more like real watercolors.  But the watercolor brushes in Painter are varied and interesting.  This watercolor was done mostly with brushes from Skip Allen, an absolute master of watercolor brushes in Painter.  You can check out his blog here.  He has many great brushes you can download and use with Painter.  He also has tons of videos on how to use Painter.  

Aloha From Maui

Hibiscus

Aloha means more than hello or goodbye.

It’s a feeling, a way of being that exists on Hawaii.

We are very blessed to have Hawaii as one of our states. I am very blessed to have now visited Maui 17 times.

This trip my husband and I are here for two months. When you stay in one place for that long you take a completely different approach to your trip. Especially on Maui.

It is not one big whirlwind of activity. We get a chance to really relax into Maui and feel the Aloha.

I think of Maui as my spiritual home.

Warren and I are going to renew our wedding vows on the beach this year.

We celebrated 40 years being married last May. It felt like a good thing to renew our vows.

So to celebrate that occasion, I told Warren it was way past time for me to have a new wedding ring. Poor guy didn’t know that you reward a good wife of long standing with a new ring.

I explained it this way:

Husband who doesn’t get a trophy wife has to buy a trophy for the wife of long standing.

It made perfect sense to me and I got a pretty new diamond ring.

This is a hibiscus I photographed at our condo grounds. It is the most beautiful color of pink.

Aloha.

Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunflower

This is a sunflower photograph I took recently.  Warren and I were on a drive heading east in Washington state.  We stopped in at Index which is a very picturesque little village nestled among the cascades and sits below Mt. Index.

On the way home, we stopped in Gold Bar for lunch. I had the absolute worst meal of grease ever.  I will spare you the details.  I’ll just say that when traveling in small towns, Mexican is your best bet.  While it may not be the best, it is hard to ruin a taco.  One has to work incredibly hard to ruin rice, beans and a taco.

After lunch, we came upon a poor little bedraggled sunflower plant in someone’s front yard.  I have been seeing glorious fields of sunflowers lately.  I was extremely disappointed.  But I figured, what the heck.  You never know. Well, I ended up with this beautiful photo.

So, you never know when that one special photo will show up in your camera.

This was taken with my iPhone 6 Plus camera on auto, using  Camera+.  I may have used macro mode, I forget.

For post processing, I started in Enlight.  That is my new go-to app.  I have been a real fan of Snapseed and still use it.  But I find that I can make some more subtle changes in Enlight.  I especially like the Clarify settings under image.  Those settings there seem to offer a bit different set of adjustments for sharp, saturation and black.

Then I took this into iColorama in the style settings.

Finally, I took it into Tangled Fx and used one of my custom settings. I love Tangled Fx. I like to make my own adjustments to their settings.  I have about 15 special settings.

Enjoy!

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