Monday, August 25, 2014

Photo Art Friday Update

Hi Everyone!

Just want to let you know that I have not forgotten about Photo Art Friday - in fact, I've been giving it a lot of thought.  I struggled with making the decision, but have decided to continue the hiatus of PAF.

The medication that helped get rid of my chronic cough has started to cause some unexpected side effects. Health issues are such a drag aren't they?  I know many of you are struggling with your own.

Anyway, just feel I have enough on my plate for the moment.  I will give you lots of notice when I am ready to get it going again.  That will probably be when I  'get it going again'! :)  Apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment caused by this decision. :(

I haven't even been painting for the last couple of weeks due to these health issues, but I did post some of my latest paintings here.  These are a few of my favourites:

"Welcoming Emotion"  20" x 28" x 1.5" 
When I am not working at the easel, I work at high counters that I cover with newspaper. One day some words on the newspaper under my canvas jumped out at me.  In the Cultural Events section laying on the table there was an article about a up-coming symphony called, "Welcoming Emotion" - Tickets on Sale.  I could not resist cutting it out and incorporating it into a piece of art. The above is the result. You can click on the images for a larger view.

 "Landscape III"  24" x 36" x 1.5"
I've done about seven paintings of abstract woodlands and gave up on giving them each a unique name.  This is number 3 in the series.

"Walk With Me"  24" x 24" x 1.5"
While painting the background of this piece, it occurred to me that most of my stroking had been vertical, so I quickly 'threw' in a few horizontal strokes.  When the painting was complete those horizontal strokes seem to take on the appearance of a building in the upper centre.  Love when happy little surprises like that occur.

Here are a couple of examples of paintings I did after viewing instructional demos on YouTube.  Australian artist Carole Foster posted her tutorial which I followed to produce the painting below.

 While not an exact duplicate of Foster's work, it is a pretty close replica (in terms of content, not quality).  Now that left me with a dilemma.  Can I sell a work that is based on an instructional video?  Hmmmmm ...

 "View From The Other Side"    24" x 36" x 1.5"
To make this painting more my own, I added a big tree.  Hope Carole Foster approves!

This is another version of Carole Foster's tutorial painting in different colours.  Again, felt I needed to change it up a bit:

Here trees were added all across the painting - to make it more 'mine'.

I'll be back now and then with updates and the occasional free texture for you.  If you are in the market for backgrounds for your photo art, you can find some great ones here.  

Be well dear friends!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Few Goodies For You!

Hi my dear photo art friends!  Hope this post finds you well.  Just checking in with some great links for freebies and a course you should know about.

Are you subscribed to the Pretty Presets Blog?  This blog is a great resource for photographers and frequently shares many free resources. Just the other day I found Pretty Presets' "40+ freebies for photographers".  You can access this page here.  I'm sure you will find some helpful resources among the 40+ offered.

Are you taking more and more of your photographs with your mobile devices (e.g. iPhone, iPad)?  If so you will want to know about Bob Weil's online instruction in how to make photo art using your mobile device, apps and textures to make fabulous photo art.  The course is called iPhoneography and Weil is offering it right now for half-price ($84 until August 31st).  Click on the image to view all the details.  Sign up for the course and you will find several of my textures (among textures from many other texture designers!) as a bonus built into the course.

I've designed even more new sets of textures that can also be used for making photo art with your iPhone and photo art app. You can view these new textures in my Background Textures Shop.

I also have a nice new texture that I want to share with you!

To download your free copy of pdpa Soft Damask texture, just smile and click here. :)

Take care and do leave a little comment to let me know you dropped by and picked up your free texture!