Category: best effort

Breakthrough

This is a painting that I did in a computer app called Rebelle. It is a watercolor app that looks just like real watercolors and acts just like real watercolors. It also has inks, acrylics, markers, pastels and pencils.

Artistically, I’ve been in a real funk for about eight or nine months. I’ve been quite ill all that time and I guess it just took my art abilities away from me. It’s been really frustrating and frightening and depressing.

However, I’m finally feeling better. Not all the way healthy, but better.

As a result, I’ve felt like painting again. And I’ve wanted to paint in this particular app because it makes these fabulous drips. Just like real life drips. It is mesmerizing to sit and put water on the acrylic paint and watch it flow.

So I’m calling this painting Breakthrough because I didn’t think I’d ever make a halfway decent painting ever again that I liked.

Maui Sunrise

My husband went hiking this morning and I got up early so I could see the sunrise. It was gorgeous. I’m go glad I bothered to get my rear end out of bed.

We have been on Maui for a month and we go home next week. I’ve seen and photographed lots of sunsets. But a sunrise is different. It is more delicate. It comes in so subtly. No matter how you edit it, it stays very soft and simple.

Sunrise is a great time of day. No one is out and about. You can sit and drink your coffee and no one bothers you. It was just me, Maalaea Bay and this beautiful sunrise coming up over Haleakala volcano.

To say I don’t want to go home next week is putting it mildly.

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!

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!

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!

Roses

This is an image that was done on my iPad using a great app called iColorama. It is also available for the iPhone. It is difficult to fully explain this app. It works in layers but I think only two at a time. I’m currently taking a class to better understand it. It has tons of effects that you can’t even begin to wrap your head around. Then it has brushes. It’s possibilities are unlimited. But in many ways it is not, to me intuitive. At least not coming from Painter, Photoshop and Lightroom, Plus there is no manual. A really odd thing in my opinion. Previously, the app has left me in tears of frustration.

So this class is proving extremely helpful.

After I got done with this in iColorama, I did put it in Procreate and paint the light areas on the yellow petals.

To be honest, this was a pretty crummy photo. I’m amazed it turned out so well. The upper left was completely blown out. To fix that I did take the piece into an app called Touch Retouch which is an all time favorite app of mine. I cloned the blue background on the upper left. I love technology.

Have a great evening.

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