Thursday, September 29, 2011

Photo Art Friday, Sept. 30th to Oct. 2nd

Welcome! 

Here we are at our fourth Photo Art Friday already.  This one will lead us right into the month of October.  As mentionned in a previous post, I was again amazed by the quality of photo art pieces posted by everyone last week.  That certainly bodes well for what awaits us this week.

You may very well be wondering why Photo Art Friday is published on a Thursday.  :)  Every week the inlinkz tool activates on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. EST ... just for the early birds among us.  If you are not ready to link up Thursday evening, you have another three days in which to do so.  The inlinkz tool will be open until Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. EST.  So - no hurry, no worry.

There is no theme this week, nor will there be next week.  You do not have to fit your image, imagination or creativity into any category box.  My only request is that you make a link in your post to this post, so that as many people as possible will join us either to participate or to view the art.


This photograph of a white 'cleome' is used as the 'canvas' for my photo art this week.



Eh voici - my submission for this week.  If it looks familiar, you may have seen it previously on my other blog Original Art Studio

Here's how it was done:

Made a slight levels adjustment to brighten the photo
Sharpened the image
Added an overlay with a faint script (not yet released here)
Blended the overlay with the photo in Difference blend mode
Left the opacity at 100%
Added my signature


Okay, the doors to our 'virtual vernissage' will open to the public soon.  Time to link up your art!

I'm already linked up and now busying myself preparing little virtual canapes and the virtual champagne and sparkling water.  Everything will be on a buffet table waiting for you.  Please help yourself.  Then, make your way from artist to artist and be inspired by the variety of photo art on display just for YOU.   :)

If you are new to Photo Art Friday, please don't be intimidated by the word "art".  Read the guidelines in my static page HERE and you will see just how broad and relaxed the requirements for participation are.

Last, but certainly not least, please don't forget to visit other participants.  We all need a little positive feedback now and then.  :)



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

... scenes of love ...





The above image was selected for submission to Texture Tuesday's "Love" Edition.  One of my own textures was used, a little PSE editing, and the final touch was the addition of Kim Klassen's black "canvas magic" texture.  I thought it fit the theme of "love" with the young man and woman reflecting on theirs, and the woman to the left, showering love on her dog.

If you missed my post from yesterday (it took Blogger 10 hours to post it on their blog rolls) please scroll down and take a peek.  It will be worth your while - two free textures await you.  Enjoy!



Monday, September 26, 2011

Thank You and A Texture - Or Two



A big THANK YOU going out to every one of you who contributed to last Friday's virtual vernissage!   I was just blown away by the quality of photo art linked up.  If you did not see it, do scroll down to my previous post and soak up some inspiration.  Thank you, too, to those of you who remember to link back here and even post the Photo Art Friday button.  Doing that benefits not only me, but each and every participant in the link-up, as it helps give our artsy showcase a little publicity.  People can't come to check out your amazing artwork if they don't know about it! 


Those who responded to my question about whether to include themes or not in our Photo Art Fridays seemed to agree that they enjoyed NOT being constrained by a particular theme.  As per some of the suggestions, if I ever do suggest a theme, I will keep it VERY broad.  Thank you so much for your input!   Soooo, no theme next Friday - just more of your incredible artistic compositions  ...  please!

As a little thank you for your support and participation in Photo Art Friday, please accept the free texture below.  It's just a couple of clicks to download and add to your archive of textures.



To download pdpa Unconditional texture, just smile ... and click HERE.


Okay, how about another free texture?  If one is good, two has to be better, right?  This texture is the cousin of "Unconditional".




To download pdpa Acceptance texture, click HERE.




Terms of Use for Free Downloads: You are free to use my textures to enhance your personal or commercial artwork. Please do not claim them as your own work, regift them or sell them as is. I also ask that you do not use these textures with the addition of slight adjustments to make your own textures. Copyright still applies after download. I am only agreeing to forgo copyright once they are incorporated into your own art or photo editing work.


See you Friday, if not before!!!



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Photo Art Friday, Sept. 23rd to 25th

Welcome to the third Photo Art Friday!  Last week's submissions were awesome!!  Thank you so much for linking up your incredible art.  (I'm publishing this post a little early as it took over two hours this a.m. for a post to appear on the dashboard blogroll.)  Can't wait to see what is in store for us this week.  Here is my contribution:




This piece of photo art was made from the photograph in the upper left corner of the collage used to display the artwork.  Garden Notes, a texture from my pdpa Magic Dust textures Set One was used in the processing, and is used as the background in the collage.  (Just to be clear, the collage is not the photo art - just the vehicle I am using to present it this week.)

You can see the original photo was very lack luster - but with a little brightening and sharpening it was ready for the application of Garden Notes texureDifference blending mode at 85% opacity was used.  I then added the Filter, Poster Edges and reduced its opacity to 70%.

(As mentionned in a previous post, I have reduced the number of days that it will be possible to link up, from four to three.  Photo Art Friday's inlinkz option will close from now on each Sunday at 7:00 p.m. EST.)


switching to a 'custom domain'




Hi Everyone!   I have just made the switch from ".blogspot.com" to my own ".com" on both of my blogs.  I've owned the dot com domains for a while and figured it was about time that I use them.  Blogger gives you the option of switching to a custom domain by going to Design>Settings>Publishing>Switch to Custom Domain.  The great thing is that Blogger still remains the 'host' of your blog.   Have any of you made this switch, and how did it go for you?


I am noticing a couple of glitches - I've lost my 'Fav Blogs List' in my sidebar and have been informed by one dear follower that when she tries to visit here she keeps getting 'redirected', but not ending up here.   A few comments have made their way here since I made the switch.  So ... I'm scratching my head ... wondering what is going on ... ??? 



I don't know how to fix these problems and have a call into my favorite computer technician, but he probably has more important fish to fry right now.  If any of you computer savvy peeps know how to fix these problems, I'd love to hear!!!


In the meantime, please be patient until I can get these problems fixed.  I apologize for any inconvenience any of you have experienced.  I've got my fingers crossed that this does not affect Photo Art Friday which opens for early birds tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST.



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Is your photo art ready to link up?



  Another week has flown by and I hope you are preparing a piece of photo art to showcase here for Photo Art Friday!  I'm preparing the post today.  Those of you who like to get an early start can link up your art beginning tomorrow, Thursday, the 22nd at 7:00 p.m. EST.

If you are new to Photo Art Friday, you can learn more about it and review the guidelines by clicking on the button under my header, or by clicking HERE.  Please remember to add a link back to the Photo Art Friday post in your own post.

I have decided to shorten the number of days for Photo Art Friday from 4 to 3.  So as of this week you will have Friday, Saturday and Sunday to link up (no more Mondays).  Activity on the PAF post seems to wane off by Sunday.

I would appreciate receiving your feedback about themes.  Would a weekly theme help focus your artistic energies ... or inhibit them?  So far I have not suggested any weekly themes but would love to get your input on the matter.  One thing I do know is that if we do have themes they will not occur every week - but only occasionally.  Since preferences will probably not be unanimous, at least that way everyone will feel their preferences have been taken into consideration.  First, I need to hear your ideas.

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On another note, you may have noticed that I have opened a new little texture shoppe called Texture Singles.  Instead of having to choose among sets or collections, at this shoppe you can purchase individual textures.  If you spot one texture you would like to work with, you do not have to buy a whole set to get it!  Or, if you want you can create your own little collection choosing exactly what you know suits your needs.

Here is a collage featuring some of the textures you can acquire individually at Texture Singles:





Not to worry, free fine art textures will still be featured here every week, so you can still build an archive of textures that way too.  I hope you will also take a peek at the new shoppe.

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Many of you have sent links to the digital enhancements you have made to your photographs with my textures, and I thank you!  It's always gratifying to see how you are using the textures that I have created.  There are so many great photo artists out there!!!   Seeing your work makes all my work (and occasional frustrations!) worthwhile.

Thank you too for spreading the word about Photo Art Friday on your blogs!  Looking forward to seeing what you bring to the party on Friday!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sharing With Texture Tuesday



This beautiful path dedicated to anyone who wants to walk, jog or bike without having to deal with traffic, intersections, noise pollution, etc. is where I try to walk almost every day.  

The paved path winds around for miles with views of young forest, mountains and little local landmarks.  Old-style lanterns mark the path, making it safe and pleasant to walk even once the sun goes down. 

It is so well maintained by the municipality that even in the dead of winter it is snow and ice free.  I am so grateful for this path that I don't begrudge the rather high property taxes we pay to live here.

This photograph has been enhanced with Kim Klassen's Stained Linen texture.  Other edits, after the addition of her texture, were made too.  It is being linked up with Kim's "Texture Tuesday".  Pop over and join us!

P.S.  Scroll down to my previous post if you would like to download a free texture from moi!

Monday, September 19, 2011

... every Monday needs a freebie ...

Thought it might be time for another free texture.  I love this one because you can achieve a real old world, painterly feel with it.  If you look closely, there are musical bars and notes hidden in it too.

This post contains an example of what it can do to an everyday photograph.  Hope you have fun with it and link me up with the edits where you use it - it's always great to see them.

Terms of Use for Free Downloads: You are free to use my textures to enhance your personal or commercial artwork. Please do not claim them as your own work, regift them or sell them as is. I also ask that you do not use these textures with the addition of slight adjustments to make your own textures. Copyright still applies after download. I am only agreeing to forgo copyright once they are incorporated into your own art or photo editing work.



For your free download of "Renaissance Music", click HERE.



The photograph on which I applied Renaissance Music.





My editing steps:

*  sharpened photograph
*  added texture
*  selected Color Burn blend mode, at 100% opacity
*  applied a Layer Mask
*  with soft brush adjusted to 45% opacity, removed texture from most of ornamental cabbage
*  flattened layers
*  duplicate layer
*  Filter>Artistic>Poster Edges
*  reduced Poster Edges opacity to 55%
*  applied signature
*  saved as both a PSD and a JPG

Scroll down to my previous post if you would like to see the new texture sets available in my Texture Sets Shoppe.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

... for all the texture lovers out there ...

I've raided my texture treasure chest and pulled out some of my VERY favorites to make some four texture sets available for you in my Texture Sets Shoppe. 

All four sets of fine art textures below contain 300 dpi textures that produce beautiful, reliable, fine-art enhancements to any photograph.  If you enjoy making your photographs look like classic old-master paintings, these sets are for you. 




The "Drips of Monet" textures above, were part of the secret stash of textures that I had been keeping just for myself.  (Yes, I am hanging my head in shame!)  Well ... what can I say ... I have trouble sharing my ice cream cones and favorite jewellery too!

"Drips of Monet" add a real classic, painterly effect to an image.  I just know you will love them!






These "Vintage Manuscript" textures (both sets above) just never seem to fail.  Occasionally when testing textures, I find myself removing various textures from a particular image, finding they just don't enhance it - BUT these "Vintage Manuscript" textures perform almost EVERY time.  Trust me, they really are a 'must have' for your personal texture archive. 

Yes, I have been hoarding these as well in my secret texture treasure trove, (say that four times fast!) but I have finally decided to act all grown up and make them available to others.  I am certain you will love these too!

And I have not forgotten the script-on-texture-lovers among you:



If you love to add a swirl of script just to bring a little 'je ne sais quoi' to an image, the above set of "Text-Art" is for you.  I have, of course, tested them all on many different sorts of photographs and they are top-rate performers! 

I am looking at them right now and trying to name a favorite for you, but I truly love all four.  The thing is - the script itself will often determine which will fit best with your image, and in that moment IT will be your fav.

If you would like to purchase any of these texture sets, simply go to my Texture Sets Shoppe by clicking HERE.

In the next while I will post a few edited photographs where I used some of these textures so you can get a feel for their magic.  Okay, you talked me into it - here's one using texture #3 from Vintage Manuscript Set One:


This composite image began with a cropped macro of a pink flower and the insertion of a profile of an angel.  The final touch to bring everything together was the Vintage Manuscript Texture Set One, #3.  Opacity of the texture was reduced until I liked the effect.  You can see that it adds a bit of bokeh, and a border - among other effects.


A big thank you goes out to all who participated in Photo Art Friday.  Just a pleasure to view your works of art!  Hope to see you and more of your photo art back here again next Friday.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Photo Art Friday, Sept. 16th to Sept. 19th



Welcome to the second Photo Art Friday! 
Last week's submissions were truly amazing - can't wait to see what you showcase this week. 

I created two little pieces of art for our photo art vernissage today, from the non-descript photograph you see below:


This photograph was taken while wandering around Old Montreal in 2010.  Looking in an art gallery window, I took a photograph of a painting of a large flower.  Yes, I was aware of, and wanted, the reflection of the large building across the street. 

The photograph is quite drab, so I did a little work on it before trying to turn it into a piece of photo art:    a levels adjustment to balance the colors; 
         a hue/saturation adjustment to pop the red/pink; 
         and I sharpened the photo. 
        

Once the preliminary touch-up work was done, I used a photograph of waterfalls and superimposed it on the original photo I was working with.  I then experimented with some Photoshop Filters, finally deciding to use Plastic Wrap and Daubs.


Same touched up photograph here, but this time I experimented with using the Gradient Map tool in Photoshop.  Found one that gave an entirely different feel to the image.  The Poster Edge filter was applied and the opacity of it reduced until I found the effect that pleased me.


Now it's your turn!  Hope you enjoy this intimate, little gathering.  Take your time viewing the art, soak up the feedback about your submission, meet some of the other participants, and stoke your creative fires.

  Can I offer you a virtual glass of sparkling water -  some wine -  a coffee?




... link up tonight and a freebie now ...

Just a quick reminder that you will be able to link up to Photo Art Friday at 7:00 p.m. EST tonight.


Each week the post with the inlinkz tool will go up on the Thursday evening for those of you who don't want to wait until Friday.  Of course, you have the entire weekend to link up but you have more chance of your photo art being seen by others the earlier you place your submission.

A number of you seemed to appreciate one of the last free textures "Silk Canvas".  Thought I would offer you another version of the same.  This one is called "Silken Waters".   Enjoy.


To download this free texture "Silken Waters", click HERE.


 
I added Silken Waters to this plain photograph.


 
I tried several blending modes and finally settled on Linear Burn at 70% Opacity.  It was a bit somber so I used a Levels Adjustment to pull in some whites.  That's it!


 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

all you have to do is dream



These pieces of photo art are being shared in Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday.  This week there is an optional theme of "do" and photos submitted must use one of her textures.  I have used her "Dream" texture on both images.











If you use textures in your photo editing, you can scroll down to my previous post to download two for free!  Enjoy.

Hope to see you back here for Photo Art Friday!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Free Textures Await You!





Hi there everyone.  How was your weekend? 

We had beautiful weather up here in the North East.  The scent of Fall is definitely in the air.  We kept our weekend low key - going for a lovely long walk, making apple pie with a big bag of organic apples picked by our daughter and grandaughters, played a fun game of miniature golf with the three of them, buying chocolates and fudge at a wonderful store where they make all their own, watching  some great US Open tennis, and, of course, paying our respects by watching some of the remembrance commemorations of 9/11.  Don't you just love early Autumn weekends?

I want to thank everyone who participated in Photo Art Friday.  The submissions were simply amazing!  Can't wait to see what you link up this coming Friday.  There is no theme - just post a piece of photo art that you've recently made or that has been sitting in your archives waiting for its 'moment' in the spotlight.  The inlinkz button will go up Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. EST, but you will have all weekend to add your link - so there is always lots of time to participate.  :)

The photo art at the top of this post was created with a texture I will be releasing soon in a little package for purchase.  I am linking that image up to Lisa's The Creative Exchange.  You can check out The Creative Exchange by clicking on the box below.






Here are a couple of great new free textures for you. I love to receive your feedback and to see what you produce with the textures, so please send me a link to your work if you have the time and/or inclination.

You will see that these are not subtle textures.  They work really well in many of the blending modes, but you must use your artistic judgment about the degree of opacity and about removing the texture (using a Layer Mask) where it detracts from your image or the effect you are wanting to create.


Personally, I find there is almost always a little tweaking that must be done to make the texture work with your image.  Just plopping one over your photograph and thinking you're good to go almost always produces unsatisfactory results.  Then again - sometimes you get lucky and the texture and image make that rare perfect marriage that needs nothing else.  In the end - it always depends on the artist's/editor's eye, don't you think?


To download pdpa Silk Canvas texture, click HERE.



 
To download pdpa Scratched Canvas texture, click HERE.



Terms of Use for Free Downloads: You are free to use my textures to enhance your personal or commercial artwork. Please do not claim them as your own work, regift them or sell them as is. I also ask that you do not use these textures with the addition of slight adjustments to make your own textures. Copyright still applies after download. I am only agreeing to forgo copyright once they are incorporated into your own art or photo editing work.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Photo Art Friday, Sept. 9th - Sept. 12th





Welcome to the first ever Photo Art Friday!   I can't wait to see the photo art you have prepared to showcase with us today.

If you need a reminder about the guidelines for participation just click HERE.

Don't forget that your submission must come from an image you have published on your blog, and that in that published post you need to include a link back to Photo Art Friday.


So, without further delay, let's get this photo art vernissage/showcase started.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Photo Art Friday is almost here!

Tomorrow (Thursday) will be the first chance to link up to showcase your photo art in Photo Art Friday.

I have programmed the post to appear a bit in advance of Friday, so tomorrow Thursday, Sept. 8th at 7:00 p.m. EST the post with the inlinkz tool should appear. 

I stress the word 'should' because I want to warn you that this is my first attempt at using inlinkz.com.  It all seemed very straight forward, but I have been known to mess things up on the first go 'round!  :)

So please be patient with me, and if you check in here to link up and things aren't working as they should - check back again later and I will have any problems resolved.

While there is no particular theme for this first Photo Art Friday, the time period will include the date of the tenth anniversary of 9/ll.  If any of you wish to showcase art in remembrance of that pivotal day, feel free to do so.

And, if any of you have any questions or need any help linking up, you can ask in the comment section or e-mail me.

I'll be looking for you!  :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

... two little gifts for you ...


To celebrate the last long weekend of summer, here are two new textures for you.  Enjoy!

Don't forget, you can begin to link up to Photo Art Friday this coming Thursday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m. EST. 

I've written a little post on my other blog Original Art Studio comparing what we will be doing here on Photo Art Friday to a "virtual vernissage".  Click here to read it.

Have a wonderful long weekend everyone!


Download this free texture "Life is Good" by clicking HERE.



Download this free texture "You Framed Me" by clicking HERE.


Terms of Use for Free Downloads: You are free to use my textures to enhance your personal or commercial artwork. Please do not claim them as your own work, regift them or sell them as is. I also ask that you do not use these textures with the addition of slight adjustments to make your own textures. Copyright still applies after download. I am only agreeing to forgo copyright once they are incorporated into your own art or photo editing work.
 
 
 


Thursday, September 1, 2011

... overlays for you ...

No free textures today.  BUT, we have two free overlays - one with text, one without for when you do not want to be limited by my choice of words. 

I have tested them on a couple of photographs with good results, but the real test is how you feel about using them on your photographs.  Personally I like them on landscapes, but you all are full of creative ideas so please let me know what you come up with.

To download, pdpa dream dream dream overlay, click HERE.



To download pdpa dream overlay, click HERE.


Terms of Use for Free Downloads: You are free to use my textures to enhance your personal or commercial artwork. Please do not claim them as your own work, regift them or sell them as is. I also ask that you do not use these textures with the addition of slight adjustments to make your own textures. Copyright still applies after download. I am only agreeing to forgo copyright once they are incorporated into your own art or photo editing work.