Kaleidoscope Fun In Painter

Karen Bonaker put up a video at DAA Facebook on using the new selection brushes in Painter.  I took off with her suggestion and made these two pieces.  You can check out the DAA here.

The selection brushes are really interesting.  For those of you familiar with digital art, they are the equivalent of marching ants, but you paint them on.

So, I went to Painter’s kaleidoscope feature and turned that on and painted a kaleidoscope with the selection brushes.  Then I painted into the selections or I chose invert and painted outside the selections, depending on the effect I wanted.

Then when I was done, I took the pieces into my iPhone, and used either DistressedFX, Mextures or Shift and gave them a background to tighten them up.

These were a blast to do, and I thank Karen for giving us this idea to use the selection brushes.

Corel released Painter 2018 about a month ago with some very interesting features. I was not going to update this time around.  Corel did not even wait a year to release this update.  To me that is ridiculous.  Once a year is enough for updates.  But in looking at the new features, I decided to go ahead and update.

I am taking Skip Allen’s class at DAA to learn how to use the new features.  We are having a blast in class.  You can check out Skip’s blog here.

A Wonderful Walk

This is a photo I took while walking out in Golden Gardens last winter with Warren. 

I put it in a Reflect app, Distressed FX, Skylab App and Enlight App.  

I read an article today about Ansel Adams.  He once took one photo and enhanced it 40 different ways.  It was this particular photo that helped make him famous.  That’s what we are doing today.  We are taking one photo and changing it many different ways.  Only our dark rooms are now digital.  Ansel Adams died in 1984.  Just before computers and digital cameras.  

I’m betting from how technical he was, from all the writing he did on photography and processing that he would have loved digital cameras and digital post processing.  

A Painting 

This is a quick painting I did on my iPad Pro. 

I am entering my sixth month of a quick three month remodel. OMG what an experience this has been. 

First, I have to say I am honored to have had master craftsmen do the work in my home. But the problems that have come up. The stupidity of their office people. Like why rip out the house and then let it sit for two months and do nothing?  All the while we’re living in it in two rooms and a bath?  I could go on and on. But it will upset me too much. The upset I had with the overpriced and inadequate decorator is unbelievable. Two days after the painter arrived, I was still arguing about colors with her. The first day she came to my house, I showed her the colors I wanted to use. Why did she ignore me?  I can’t believe the screw ups she did. 

She charged us an arm and a leg and contributed zero. 

It’s all a silly game that they play. The homeowner gets screwed. So do the workers I have a feeling. 

My art and photography has suffered so much I can’t believe it. So has my physical health. I developed a stress ulcer and the doctor had to put me on tranquilizers. Over a stupid remodel?  I should be feeling joy from this. Instead, I just feel regret and disgust. 

Everyone tells me I’ll look at this eventually and be glad I did it. I hope so. It cost a lot of money. 

They should be out of here soon. I keep saying that and yet they won’t leave. 

We’ve gone through three painters!  Unbelievable. 

A Beautiful Rose

IMG_1725This is one of the beautiful roses I received for my 41st anniversary on May 29th.  I can’t believe that we have been married that long.  I first met my husband in 1969, and we moved in together in 1970.

Looking at both of us at that time, you would not have thought things would work out.  But they did.  We have had high times and low times.  There was a time I wanted a divorce.  I’m so grateful he said no.  Fortunately, I was so sick with Lyme disease that I couldn’t fuss too much.

What I’ve learned in all these years is that I should keep my mouth shut. I don’t know how successful I’ve really been at that.  I think my husband is the one who has kept his mouth shut and been agreeable and given in way more than me.  That is why I love him so very much.

I shot this rose with my iPhone 7 Plus.  I used the zoom lens.  Then I used Enlight app to edit it.  I am trying out their Beta app at this time.  I like it.  But it looks like they are going to charge a monthly fee for many of their basic features.  That’s too bad.

Then I put it into iColorama and I forget exactly what I did.  There is so much to play with in iColorama, that I can never remember what I did.



Hawthorn Tree, Spring is Definitely Here

Warren and I took a very short walk Saturday. His foot is in one of those walking boot things. He has a pulled tendon in his foot. Not much walking for four weeks. 

Seattle was literally glowing with bright spring colors. It was glorious. It was like all the trees had opened overnight and burst into color.

To take this photo, I used my iPhone 7 Plus. I was in Camera+ in macro mode, so they took away my raw capabilities. But I got a pretty good photo anyway. 

Three Ways To See A Tree

I went for a walk along the beach. I saw this tree and I just had to take her photograph. 

I immediately did what I think people call an emotive edit. It was pretty dark. That is posted at my Digital Bunny Instagram account. You can connect to that account by clicking on it on the right hand side of the screen. 

But then I wasn’t happy with it. So I worked on it some more. 

I now have three more versions of it. So I’m putting those up here. I would basically call these dark, medium and light. 

Initially, I thought I liked the dark one because it had the most intense colors and the most contrast. 

Now I just don’t know. Each photograph offers something unique to the viewer. All tell a story about the tree. They all have interesting textures and shapes. 

I’m relatively new to photography. What I don’t want to do is do what’s been done before. 

I’m retired. I have free time to play. So I want to play with my photos in a new way. I want to do all this on my iPhone and iPad mostly. There is a rumble out there going on in photography. It’s happening on the iPhone and iPads. I want to be part of that. It’s new, and it’s exciting!  It’s very cutting edge. 

The Watchers

This is an edit I did recently. I got my source images from Getty Images.

The question in this piece is who’s watching who?

Are the people watching?  If so, what are they watching?  Or are they just looking down. Or are they being watched by the eyes in the mountains?  Who are the eyes in the mountains and what do they represent?  Are they our conscience, society, the CIA or mother?

Then you will need to figure out if the thing in the sky is actually a Russian spy plane or what?

Then perhaps this is none of the above. You decide for yourself. Wherever your imagination takes you is where you should go.

I did this on my iPad using Leonardo. I have tried to use Union but it only has one layer. Which in my opinion, severely limits it.

The masking brush in Leonardo could use some improvement. I noticed that it’s sister app SuperImpose has recently gotten some big updates. It is supposed to really do a great job on masking hair. Again, this app only has one layer.

Additionally, I worked in Stackables.

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