Wondering

This is the second in a series of obscured portraits. I am doing these as a result of a really wonderful class I’ve been taking from Tricia Dewey. You can get information on the class here. She also has many other great classes that you can check out.

I did this piece on my iPad Pro. The apps I will discuss can also all be used on an iPhone.

I applied several textures. Some were textures I had taken at the ocean last Christmas.

I started out with an app I’ve had around for a long time and not used much. I think I had really under rated it. It’s called Repix. I really like the brushes down towards the end. Especially charcoal, chalk, Van Gogh and drips.

I took the piece into Snapseed and applied one of the new looks they have. I think I used Accentuate to bring out the colors in the piece.

Then I took it into iColorama and used the Paint brushes. I also applied Style/Coherence. iColorama is the app that just keeps on giving. Just when I think I might have it somewhat figured out, I find out more.

I enjoyed making this obscured piece. I hope you enjoy it.

Sarcasm

I am taking a class from my friend Tricia Dewey. It is called Obscured. You can check it out here.

We are working on portraits and obscuring them. It’s very interesting.

We are working on our iPads. The main app we are using is Art Studio Pro. It is very close to Photoshop. I am pleasantly surprised by this. It is a very robust app and you can use very large documents with many layers and we are using 50 undo levels.

You can import all the Photoshop brushes, gradients, patterns, etc.

We are also using Snapseed, and Repix.

In this image I started with iColorama using the Brush in Rebound to lay down textures and then moved into Art Studio Pro as well as the other two apps.

Tricia has many other wonderful classes at her web site that are well worth checking out.

These apps can all be used on the iPhone.

Have a great day.

New Abstract

This is an abstract that I did while on a recent trip to Maui. I think I was somewhat influenced by some Hawaiian colors.

I did this on my iPad in an app called Procreate. Procreate is a go-to app for many artists who paint on their iPads. It is sold as an illustration app, but I use it as a painting app with no problems.

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.

3D App

This is a piece I made with a 3D app from Pixite Apps. The specific app is called Matter App.

It has several 3D shapes. You can let the shapes reflect from your surface or you can put an image or a color inside the 3D shape.

I used SuperimposeX to layer gradients and textures under the initial piece.

Pixite has several great apps for iPhone and iPad. I highly recommend the price of a few dollars that these apps cost.

A Gathering of Friends

This is a painting I just did in Painter 2019.

This recent update of Painter is very refreshing. Instead of giving us some gimmick that we don’t need or want, Corel worked on fixing bugs in the app and working under the hood to improve performance. The app now works a whole lot better.

This painting was a fun one to paint. I started it as a painting with lots of watercolor drips. Then these wonderful animals just started appearing out of the drips. Next I saw the flowers.

You Keep My Love Better Than Before

This is a painting that started as a drippy water color. I used colors that I don’t usually use. But I really loved them, so I continued with them and switched over to acrylics and liquid inks.

It’s always interesting to go with something new in a painting. It leads me down a new road and usually it’s a good road.

It’s the same way in life.

It’s not easy to try a new road. It’s easier to stay doing what you know. It’s safe and you know the outcome. But really in the long term it becomes boring.

I’m glad I tried these new colors. I think they’re yummy. I’m using them again in my newest painting.

Have a good day and let yourself try something new.

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