Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Graphic Photo Art and A Free Texture!

Hi Friends,

Hope all is well in your corner of the world.  It's bitterly cold here in Quebec, Canada but we are not in the midst of a major snowstorm as are most areas in the northeast tonight.

Requests have been made for earlier reminders about our once a month link up Photo Art Friday.  The next edition of PAF is scheduled for Friday, February 7th - but the doors always open on the Thursday for early birds.

The optional theme for the February edition is Geometric/Graphic/Angular.

Any art that features some graphic lines will do!  For example here's a piece of 'geometric or graphic photo art:

Photo, texture and Photoshop Filter, Poster Edges created this piece of photo art.  The graphic lines in the texture (once treated in Photoshop) could be taken as other high-rise buildings.  Photo and texture are below:

The photo, with reflections and dirt on the roof window of the car was taken while stuck in traffic on Sherbrooke St. in Montreal, last fall.

The texture applied was made from a photo (frankly I cannot recall which photo) using
Filter>Distort>Wave in Photoshop.  The texture is from my private collection and not yet available to the public.

Here's a sweet, free texture with graphic lines that could make it something you can use as a background or enhancement for the February theme for PAF.  Enjoy!

To download your free copy of pdpa Graphique texture, simply click HERE.

I'm still spending all available time in my studio painting.  In an effort to educate myself about art styles and techniques I have acquired many books on art and watched hundreds of YouTube videos of gallery shows, art history documentaries and live artist demos/tutorials.

I then go to my studio and use what I have learned in my own way/style.  The whole experience has been absorbing, exhilarating, frustrating, at times discouraging, but overall exciting and rewarding.

My 'live-in art consultant' and Fine Art graduate from the renowned Ecole de Beaux Arts says I am making good progress.

He does not, however, pull punches with his specific critiques of the paintings!  I have heard a variety of reactions from: "hmmmm", "interesting", "not finished - keep at it", "not your best" and even a couple of "are you kidding me??"s! The rare "wow", "impressive", "one of your best" are really encouraging.

Most encouraging, however, was when I found him with hammer and nails in hand saying "Let's decide where we can hang some of these paintings."

I have yet to acquire the proper lighting with which to take good photos of the paintings.  When I feel I have finally captured the paintings as they truly are I will share some here.

Until we next meet, be well ... and if you have time leave a comment and let me know how you are and what you are up to!


  1. Thank you for this reminder and for the texture and the progress of your studio time.It sounds wonderful, I would love to spend a day with you, but a little peek at what you have been up to will be great. x

  2. I love the texture, however when I click on "here" it takes me to a site called mediafire?

    "with hammer and nail"...where to hang the paintings....love that!

  3. Awesome image idea - great design.
    so glad you shared an example of our next challenge - this was helpful..
    I'll be there..

  4. What a fabulous texture!
    Stay warm!!!
    See you the 7th!

  5. You sure don't let any grass grow under your feet ... I am summarily impressed with your commitment to your art and can't wait to see your paintings. You are lucky to have an honest consultant who is more commited to your progress than sparing your feelings ... though I am guessing he is gentle in any case. But, at least you will know when it is really good ... no second guessing. I love it!

    I, on the other hand, have no grass to grow under my feet ... only snow and much cold weather. This has been, as one friend put it, a real winter. And I can only tell you that I can hardly wait until the temperatures start working their way back to livable. Unlike you, I am still only dabbling ... no concentrated effort to become great. I just enjoy what I do and keep it simple. I have many things on my plate and my art, in whatever form, is an escape ... a way to relax, so I don't dare start taking it seriously. But I love that you do and I look forward to the day when I can say " I knew her when .... ". Looking forward to next week ... will have to start looking for some good angles on the angles :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  6. Hi Bunnie. Sometiems I envy your kind of art. I can´t do that. I´m not a painter or anything and I don´t really have any talent for fantasy, getting ideas and carry them out. What I do is seeing things, take a shot and see what the shots wants to be. I´m glad you have someone to aid you in your work.

    I remember that once before christmas somebody asked you if you could do something on Facebook. I have started a group on FB for people that wants to link up their posts. It is no challenge only a place to linkup and meet other artists in an easy way. I thoguht that maybe you could mention it next week when PAF is on again. Thanks in advance.

    The link to the group is:


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