Category: art

Somebody Loves Me

This is my latest painting done in Corel Painter 2018 and Rebelle by Escape Motions.

I started it in Rebelle which is a fabulous app that mimics watercolors. It acts exactly like you are painting with real watercolors! Absolutely amazing. I use it to make drips. Which Painter just can’t do.

I ended up covering up all the drips but I left some of the watercolor blending. It’s really so subtle and wonderful.

In Painter I used acrylics to paint in textures. You get textures based on which papers you choose. Then you adjust your brush settings to the amount of paper texture you want.

After that I moved on to my present favorite thing to do. That is add liquid inks. They paint on their own layer. That’s because their layer had these special settings where you can tell the ink to become thick. Which I did. So that’s the lines that are standing up. Also the dots on those lines.

I finished with regular inks.

A very fun piece to work on.

Definitely this piece was an adventure for me.

Enjoy your day!

Shells From the Hurricane

In the 80’s some time I was in a hurricane while on Maui. It completely destroyed Kaui and we only had very high winds on Maui.

The next morning the beach was covered thick with shells. What a find! My mother and I grabbed up all the shells we could get our hands on.

I doubt I would do this today. These shells are needed by sea creatures for homes. They are part of the sea’s eco system. But I didn’t understand that when I was younger. That you go to the ocean you look, you enjoy, but you leave it there.

Today, we have digital cameras to capture the beauty of places we visit. There is no need to collect things and bring them home.

I enhanced this photo in Enlight, then TangledFX.

Stretch As Far As You Can

This is another edit I did in iColorama. The beautiful dancer is from Pixabay. There are roses and trees in here that I shot. The purple flowers are from freepng.

I’m having a lot of fun in iColorama. My skills are building on themselves.

On Instagram, this piece has been my most popular piece so far.

But I have this nagging question. Is it my work or the work of this dancer that is touching people? I really believe it is mostly the latter. She is on her bare feet and on her toes in a perfect stance. Yes, I did good edit work. But without her, the piece would be lacking.

I am very critical of people on Instagram who get beautiful photos from Unsplash and put them together in an edit and then somehow think they have done something marvelous. When in fact, it is the photography that is carrying the edit.

It is a tight line we walk when we use other people’s work in our edits.

I’m not entirely comfortable with this. I’m new to doing this and I don’t know how much longer I’ll be doing this.

I’m going to have to think this over.

Due to health constraints, I don’t get out much to photograph. So I’m stuck using copyright free photos by others.

Anyway, this edit is about stretching yourself as far as you can. Because you never know what you’ll find when you do.

If you look close, you’ll see our dancer has found a beautiful bird that is bringing her happiness and a smile!

Have a great day!

The Tulip Lady

I’m still having fun with iColorama, an app for iPad and iPhone. It is an amazing app that does just endless tasks. Every time I open the app, I find more that it can do.

I used a model from Pixabay and the tulips are my photographs.

The background started out as a large pink begonia. iColorama has several distortion apps inside it that I used to develop the background. Then I used several different settings on the main photo. I also used the paint brushes inside iColorama on this piece. Finally, I used textures to pull the piece together. Then in the final part I put it in the Tone Lab for some adjusting.

All together, this is a very fun app, with endless possibilities.

A Lady In Black

I am still working in iColorama. For details about the app, see my previous post.

iColorama is an app full of different options and the possibilities are endless.

I think that is what makes it such a popular app that people use. It can be hard to understand and if you are a Photoshop or Lightroom user it is not intuitive for you.

But now that I’m using it more, I’m seeing lots of possibilities.

I still find it an odd app to mask in and sometimes go over to Leonardo for that.

This model is from Pixabay which provides copyright free images for people to use.

Working in iColorama

iColorama is an app that is very difficult to master. In fact, I bet that aside from the woman who wrote the software, there are very few people who can tell you everything this app does. But, there is so much this app does it’s amazing. Once you get familiar with it and start to understand how it works, you find that the possibilities are endless. It also has a sister app called Metabrush. But I’ll leave that and it’s other sister app iColorama Painter for some other blog.

I’m currently taking a class by two women that both use iColorama to teach the class. It’s an ok class. But I am disappointed they did not cover the app more in depth and go over more of its features. For what I paid for the class, I expected more explanations about the app.

What the class has done is get me using the app more often and exploring it more on my own.

I did learn a few basic things that I had not quite fully understood before.

It also has me doing some different kinds of edits than I normally do.

Unfortunately iColorama is only available for iPad and iPhone.

Kino Glitch A New App

This last week a new app was released for iPhone and iPad. It’s called Kino Glitch. $1.99 at the App Store.

For those of you unfamiliar with Glitch apps, they’re meant to pretty much destroy your photo or drawing.

But this app is different. You have quite a bit of control over it. It’s different from any Glitch app I’ve ever used.

You choose the type of grid you want. Then you can adjust the size of the grid and how much Glitch effect comes through the grid. I chose none for this.

Then you can add a background and overlay.

You can also take your fingers and start moving the piece around. This is proving to be great fun.

The developer seems responsive to problems.

For anyone interested, I own a page on Instagram that features all kinds of photography, edits and art. If you would like to be featured, just tag to #BPA_Arts.

Enjoy your day!

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