Monday, April 22, 2013

Free Texture For You!

Throw a pebble into a pond and watch 
the perfect circles 
form and spread effortlessly. 
Think of your art as that circle – 
a circle of creative energy spiraling out, 
taking in new influences, 
reaching out for new experiences – 
but always coming back to center – 
to you.

~Virginia Cobb

Hi there - it's been a while since I've posted here.  Hope all is well in your little corner of the world.  In my little corner, I've been spending time in my studio painting.  I have completed 3 pieces of art and have two other works in progress.  It feels so good! 

It's great to have the tactile experience of tangible art-making tools, the canvas, the acrylic mediums and paints, as opposed to the virtual elements used for creating digital art.  Though I have to admit I really miss having an 'Undo' button while painting!  With digital art it is so easy to undo, or save one version of an art piece and then proceed immediately on the next.  Not so with acrylics on canvas.  Clean-up takes a little longer too!  :)

Anyway ... I just had this overwhelming need to get away from the computer and to get back into the studio ... so that's where I've been.

I want to thank you for your kind, understanding comments when I announced that Photo Art Friday would be taking a two month hiatus.  I was really touched by your empathy and encouragement.  It made taking the break a much less 'guilt-inducing' choice.    :)

Here's a sweet, little texture for you:

Download your high res copy of pdpa Spring Light texture here.

pdpa Spring Light texture was applied to this image and blended in Hard Light - opacity left at 100%.  Poster Edges Filter creates the little black lines in the canvas-like texture and gives the image a bit more of a painterly feel.

P.A.R.C. Subscribers:  New textures are waiting for you on the Photo Art Resource Cache.  You have until May 15th to download all the textures that have accumulated on the site.  So if you have not grabbed them all yet ... you have about 3 weeks left to do so!

Did you know that you can now download a free Beta version of the new Lightroom 5?  Adobe releases a Beta (test) version that allows customers to try it out for free.  Adobe hopes that those who try it will give them feedback about the new version - you are not obliged to give feedback however.  Just download it and try it out.  It is probably configured to expire once they release Lightroom 5 for sale - but in the meantime you can experience and enjoy this fantastic organizing and editing program.  Lightroom is really not an expensive product.  I have Lightroom 4 and find it to be amazing value for the money.


  1. What a beauty, what a beautiful example you posted ... good to hear you can enjoy your studio, guilt-free!

  2. Bonnie, I miss Photo Art Friday but completely understand your desire to step away for awhile. Will you share any of your art work here on your blog? I'd love to see it - maybe it would inspire me because I've been wanting to paint but can't seem to start. That Undo button gives me courage - if only there was one of those for real painting. :)

    Thank you for the lovely texture - have a wonderful week!

  3. This texture, and your example is wonderful, so I'll try this one to some photos.
    I had to smile when I read about the "Undo" button. That's why I starded to work in Photoshop, Nothing to clean up, and the "Undo" button:)
    Good luck with the work, untill we "see" you again, Bonnie!

  4. What a lovely texture this is bonnie! Wish you would post some shots of what you are painting. Yes that undo button is very handy! HOpe you are enjoying less computer time! Will be happy when you are back, but breaks are great. Hugs from Texas

  5. Love the texture, Thank you.
    Happy painting.

  6. Fabulous example this week and thanks for the texture! I too have ventured back into my studio this year and plan to spend more time in there than on the computer. We need to do what our hearts tell us to do! Enjoy and Have Fun! :-D

  7. Bonnie- There are levels of our being. And while the computer is such an amazing tool and gift, the body requires more movement and connection. I myself have been out in the garden.

    What is interesting is until I received my first camera at age 10 I drew and painted all the time. I began photographing things I would like to draw, and photography took over. I wonder sometimes about drawing and painting again.

    I look forward to seeing some of your efforts soon. xo teri

  8. Hi Bonnie good seeing you. Thanks for the new texture.

  9. Oooooh I love this texture. It looks like it will be great for blending in with earthy toned backgrounds. Can't wait to it. Also, thanks for the software heads up...I've been looking for an excuse to try Lightroom ever since I started using Photoshop.

  10. Bonnie: I love your pears! So inviting. Thanks for the new free texture and the heads up on the Lightroom 5 beta. I'm so sad ... I have an old Macbook with OSX 10.6.8 and the new beta requires OSX 10.7 which is not compatible. I keep getting messages that it's time to get a new computer! But I must wait. ;-< In the meantime, I'll enjoy playing with your textures. ;->


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