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Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

This is a photo of the Pike Place Market.  A very famous public market in Seattle.  Positively every photographer in Seattle has taken a photo of the front of the Market.  But, nobody every drives along Aurora Avenue and nabs a photo of the back of the Market.  And for good reason, it’s rather boring.  The front of the market is colorful with lots of action going on.

But the back of the market, not so much.

I recently opened a second account on Instagram.  I call it @seattle_kerry_style.  My reason for opening this account is to give another look at Seattle.  I am a medium good photographer.  I can’t do the drop dead gorgeous photos of Seattle yet.  But, I can do some interesting alternative looks at Seattle like this.

I took this photo into my iPhone 6 Plus.  I started in Snapseed which is where I start with all photos.  I used the tuneup feature to just get it into shape.  A little brilliance, contrast and saturation.

Then I took it into Enlight, which is becoming one of my favorite enhancement apps.  The more I use that app, the more I find to use.  I started under Image and used Adjust and chose Tools.  I went into Basic and used some of the choices there.  Then back to tools and into Details.  I used structure there.  Then maybe into Color to use saturation.  I forget.  Then, I checked the check mark and chose Clarity.  Again, I went to the tools rather than use their presets.  I really like the settings in Clarity, although I don’t use the Clarity setting much.  I like to use sharpen there, as well as fine, blacks and saturation.

Then when I got what I wanted, I clicked the check mark and chose Target under Image.

This is something new to me and I don’t know if I’m using it correctly.  But I like how I’m using it and what it will do.

There are three choices of gradient under Target, radial, linear and mirror.  I have used radial.  I take the radial gradient and put it over one small area in the photo.  Then, I click on Tools.  That takes me to settings for the gradient.  I then choose Tone.  That opens up further settings for the gradient.  I choose hue first, then saturation, contrast and exposure.  I put them up a medium amount so there is some change in the photo area I have chosen.

Then I click on Tools which takes me back to the gradient shape and I play around with placing it where I like the effect it makes. For instance, I placed this gradient radial to make the purples, the pinks, and the greens in the photo.

Then, I will go back to Tools and play with placement of the gradient, then back to Tone to play with the settings to get what I want.

I keep going back and forth like this until I get what I want in that area.I repeat this several times until I have the photo covered in colors that I like.

Then, I save it and take the photo into the app Procreate on my iPad Pro.  In the front buildings that are green and purple that have some grey on them, there was much more grey than I wanted and it was very rough.  I thought it looked out-of-place with the rest of the photo.  So I took the oil pastel brush under Sketching in Procreate and lightly brushes in those areas to smooth them out and add a bit more color.

I’m new to doing all this.  So, I’m probably doing it all wrong.  But I’m having fun and I’m liking my results.

What is surprising me, is I thought one needed Photoshop to do all this.  It amazes me that I can do it all on either my iPhone or iPad Pro.  Digital technology is moving forward amazingly fast.  More and more it jumps forward every day.  It is so exciting to be on this ride with digital. It’s quite an adventure!

 

I’m Back!

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I think my decision to not post every single painting I do has freed me to blog.

I am painting way faster than I used to.  Plus, I’m also doing photography.  To post every painting and every photograph is unrealistic.  In addition, not all of them are worthy of viewing.  I know, it’s sad but true.  My husband puts it this way.

Look at baseball players.  If they hit .400 they are considered amazing.  But very few of them have ever had a .400 career.  Then look at most pitchers.  They can’t usually hit at all.  Of course, they pitch.

I have to admit, not all my paintings are home runs.  I’m not even hitting .400.  But I’m doing better than I used to.  Practice. That’s what makes the difference. And classes.

Also being in touch with other artists is very important. Then I find out that what I experience is not unique.  The older I get, the more I find that what I experience is most likely experienced by other human beings.

Just this last weekend, I was watching a video done by digital artists Aaron Rutton (http://aaronrutton.com) and Skip Allen (http://skipallenpaints.com).  The screen was split in two.  On one side, Skip was painting some beautiful watercolor flowers.  Aaron was hosting Skip and was just kind of doodling and not trying very hard. Frankly, he was making a mess.

Then Aaron checked on the size of his audience.  He saw they had 95 viewers.  He decided he should up his game.  He drew this fabulous portrait.  That’s what happens to me if I don’t try hard enough.  I draw a mess.

Then, Skip showed some flowers he had done in preparing for the video they were doing.  He was unhappy with his results in the video.  He thought they were too tight.  He showed his first flowers and how loose they were and how as he went forward they kept getting tighter.  They looked pretty good to me.  But I completely related to what he was saying.  The more I work at my art, the tighter it gets.

Until I saw that video, I thought I was the only person cursed with this problem.  But, no, yet again, I find I’m just like other people.  If I don’t pay attention to my art when I’m doing it, I get a mess. If I’m not careful, it gets too tight very fast.

That, finally, brings me to the above painting.  I did this on my new iPad Pro. I love painting on it. I am using the painting app Procreate which is totally awesome.  It comes with a ton of brushes in all kinds of media.  It works extremely well with the Apple Pencil. I’m fact, this last weekend, they had an update to make it even more compatible with the Apple Pencil.

This morning I was working on this painting, and I had this crisis.  I really wanted to do more to it.  But I knew if I did it would get tight and be ruined.  I find I always am doing that to my paintings.  Too tight.  So, even though this feels unfinished, I’m calling it finished.  It was really hard to sign it and put it up.  Every fiber in my body wants to do more to this.  But I’m not going to.  Just this once.  Then I’ll see what happens next painting.

iPad Art

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I recently bought an iPad Pro along with the Apple stylus.  I didn’t know it, but apparently the Apple stylus is the only one that doesn’t have some kind of drag on a tablet.  I am totally delighted with the iPad Pro and its stylus.  I highly recommend both.  I have a desktop computer with 32 GB of RAM and an i7 processor.  I demand a lot out of my computers when I am doing graphics.

I am using an app called Procreate (check it out here).  It claims to be the most advanced painting app ever created.  I don’t know about that.  But it is very cool.  It comes with a lot of brushes and you can make your own.  Also, you can import other brushes from friends, if you have any who are making Procreate brushes.  They have a community that does not seem too active on their website.

I find their painting app to be totally awesome!  Having used many, many painting apps over the years, I feel qualified to say this.  While this app is not Painter.  I will say that in some good ways it is not Painter.  It does not have brush lag and it is not buggy.  It works smoothly and responds well.  I love it.  It does not have the variety Painter has.

However, if you’re looking for the variety of Painter, check out a new app called Paintstorm here. That is an app that may come along and bite Painter.  Not only can you use it on your iPad, but you can use it on your computer.  It is also awesome.  But it is more difficult to figure out and their videos do not have words, so it is very challenging.  I need some more time to completely figure it out.

I did this painting in Procreate and had a lot of fun doing it.  It did not crash on me one single time while I did the painting.  That meant I did not have to start the painting over again.  What a delight.

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