Tonight I created this "digital woodcut" from one of the photos that I took during a recent trip to Montreal. This is a view of Place Jacques Cartier, one of the main squares in Old Montreal. It's a very busy place, but I took this picture during a quiet weekday morning. The original photo had a lot of problems, so I did some basic editing in iPhoto to correct the exposure and light and dark balance. Then I cropped the image to get this composition. After that, I opened the image in Painter. I used some color overlay and digital pastel to make some of the tourists' clothing more neutral and less distracting. Then I posterized the image and applied a woodcut effect. I worked with the "select" tool to apply different amounts of "black ink" and "heaviness" to different parts of the image.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Today I used Painter to create this digital woodcut from a photo that I took during a recent trip to Montreal. This was on Rue St. Paul in Vieux Montreal. I took the photo early in the day, so the street was fairly empty. I used some color overlays to mute the colors and patterns of tourists' clothing, just to eliminate some distractions. Then I posterized the image, and added the woodcut effect.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I was at the studio today and I worked for a while on my collage project. I am covering this heart-shaped box with bits of printed metallic ribbon. I am still working on the top of the box, creating purple and orange stripes. The stripes are starting to look the way I had hoped they wood, so I am encouraged. I call this project "Another Heart-Shaped Box" because it isn't the first one I have done. If you would like to see how my first heart-shaped box turned out, follow this link: www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/sets/72157632769935420/
Monday, July 28, 2014
I took a picture of these flowers last week at Long Hill Gardens, when we went there to pick up our weekly farm share at our CSA (The Food Project). I liked the combination of pink flowers and the variety of leaves and grasses. This is not part of the formal gardens; these plants were growing at the edge of a field. This was a natural floral arrangement. Tonight I cropped the original photo to get this image.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
I have been working on this necklace for a few days, and I finally finished it yesterday. This is Chinese turquoise, blue glass, and wooden beads, with gold metallic accents. I used stretchy cord, so there is no clasp.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
I used Painter to create this "digital woodcut" from the photo that I posted here yesterday. I took the original photo during a recent trip to Montreal. This is a restaurant called "La Savagine" (The Waterfowl), during a quiet moment on Rue St. Paul, one of the busiest streets in Vieux-Montreal.
Friday, July 25, 2014
This is a photo that I took during a recent trip to Montreal. We stayed in Vieux-Montreal (the old quarter), right off Rue St. Paul. At times this street is filled with people, which is fun and lively, but hard to capture in photographs. But I took this picture during a morning walk when the street was fairly empty. This is a little restaurant called La Sauvagine (which means The Waterfowl). I liked its white walls, red awnings, and red umbrellas, so I took a picture. I edited this image in iPhoto and Painter tonight. I also used Painter to create a digital woodcut, which I plan to post here tomorrow.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I went up to the studio at Porter Mill today and worked for a while on this collage project. This was once a candy box (Turtles, to be precise), but I am covering it with designs created from printed metallic ribbon. I have been working on the lid, creating purple and orange stripes. My design is showing up more clearly as I add more pieces of ribbon. I call this project "Another Heart-Shaped Box" because it isn't the first. Follow this link to see my first heart-shaped box project: www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/sets/72157632769935420/