Hi art friends,
Way back in March, I signed up for Sebastian Michael’s Photoshop Artistry Grunge class. I’ve learned a ton of techniques, which you may have noticed in my weekly posts. I’ve had to translate his techniques from the Adobe products into Gimp and digiKam. So far, I’ve been able to take nearly everything he’s taught and apply it in the programs I use.
By the time I got to this image, I’ve probably made 20 or so images. This one is my favorite so far. It includes photos of 3 of my mixed media paintings, my own handwriting, one of the images from the October 2016 road trip to Toppenish and Northeastern Oregon. It incorporates just about every technique covered in the class so far: layer masks, layer options, painting out sections of the layer mask to reveal what’s underneath, and various photographic adjustments.
I like this image so much that I made it available in a variety of prints in my Society6 shop.
Hi art friends.
I have been scheduling my posts several weeks out as part of my on-going plan to make regular posts. I’m actually writing this post in late March when I’m in my full digital photo experimentation mode.
The reason I’m posting so far in advance is that May is going to be busy with SIFF and in June, I have my other knee replacement. It’s a bit of a mad dash to get the posts scheduled through the first month post surgery. I’ll be on painkillers and won’t be online until I’m weaned off the drugs.
i’m digging into old photos and various artworks and re-imagining them with Gimp and digiKam.
Today’s image is a photo from several years ago. A dear friend was selling her condo/office that was decorated in a very cool 30s decor.
This vase of flowers was on the kitchen counter. I adjusted the curves, bumped the colors into the yellow range, used the X Process filter and an unsharpen mask. I love the mysterious reflections in the vase.
Hi ho friends.
Life Book Week 9 had 2 lessons. This post is about the mini lesson with Effy Wild. I’m familiar with Effy’s style, so I downloaded and reviewed the pdf and remembered that I’d painted over some journaling. This lesson was a great way to make use of the background.
I mixed some gold mica flakes with Finnabair gold mica power and smeared the mixture around the pages with a palette knife.
The flowers were drawn with Pitt big brush pens. I used Finnabair soft gel to glue down the tissue paper with the words written in Pitt pens.
I enjoyed this lesson and I like the way these pages turned out. It reminded me of one of Effy’s previous Life Book lessons, which I also enjoyed.
I took a different path to the office this morning and found this gorgeous tree overloaded woth blossoms.
Lesson 3 of Radiant Faces is with Christy Tomlinson who has what I call a whimsical impressionist style.
I tried working the entire piece with her supplies, but it was trickier than I thought.
My Girly Girl was done with Stabilo pencil, acrylics, Pitt pens, Collage Pauge, alcohol ink, various papers, Stayzon ink, stamps, stencils, and Prisma pencils on 9 x 12 canvas.
I am enjoying the class and it is stretching my skills. I’m not totally in love with her but I like her. I want to try Christy’s techniques again because I like the idea of shading with Pitt pens.
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Hollyhock on Cortes Island, BC has a beautiful garden. Mr. Thompson and I have made three trips to this gorgeous place: twice for Jim Kerwin’s go workshop and once for a week’s vacation.