I Can’t Quit You Baby

This is a painting I finished awhile ago in Painter. Painter is a high-end painting app made by Corel. I made this painting with thick impasto brushes that I made. Painter comes with probably hundreds of brushes. But I like to make my own to do exactly what I want them to do.

Painter has a very complex brush engine. This is both a plus and a minus. It has taken me a long time to understand the brush engine. But now that I have, I can make brushes that do what I want them to do.

The brushes I used for this painting are particle brushes. The particle brushes in Painter are based on physics. They can be pretty wild. But if you get control of them, then they can look very realistic and mimic real brushes.

Then you can add in the impasto effect to them and get a really interesting brush.

Controlled Chaos

I recently took a class from a woman, Tricia Dewey (find her here). It was called Controlled Chaos. It was an amazing course. We learned a lot about several iPad and iPhone apps.

The app that fascinated me the most was one called Decim8. This is what is known as a Glitch app. These apps take your photo and tear the pixels apart. All to varying degrees.

Then we took our photos that Decim8 had taken apart and layered them in another fairly new app called SuperimposeX. It is made by the maker of Leonardo and Superimpose.

This is a new layering app with blending ability and it does other things also.

I took my piece after putting it in SuperimposeX and put it in Procreate and used a pencil to put some lines on it.

By the way!!!! Tricia and I have opened a page on Facebook where we teach IOS Apps. The page is called IAG-IOS App Group. You can reach us here.

Each month we will do a video, give you a photo to do the Challenge and have a feature slide show at the end of the month. Come and join us!!!

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.

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