This is a photograph that I took on Sunday afternoon during a walk at Obear Park here in Beverly, MA. It was very foggy, so much so that at some points you couldn't see much past the shore line. But I managed to get this photo, looking toward the old drawbridge that links Beverly's Ryal Side neighborhood to Salem. Tonight I used iPhoto's retouch tool to remove a straw from the bush and a piece of plastic from the beach. Then I cropped the image to get this composition.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
This image began with a photo that I took a few weeks ago, on November 14. It was a beautiful afternoon. After a trip to the vet with the dog, we decided to take a very long and indirect way home and took a ride down Rt 127, a beautiful road which goes down the coast to Beverly. We stopped at Manchester-by-the-Sea and took a little walk by the harbor. The colors were astounding, so I took some pictures. Tonight I edited the original in Painter, using some cut and paste as well as digital pastel to cover up a couple of private homes. Then I used some selective posterizing. The composition is a bit quirky, but I like it. I think I would like to paint this scene sometime.
Monday, November 28, 2011
I was in the studio on Sunday afternoon, and worked on this collage for a while. It is an image of a chicken made out of patterns. (This idea was inspired by the beautiful patterns I saw last summer while admiring some real live chickens over at Long Hill Gardens.) Yesterday I finally finished putting legs and feet on this poor bird! Then I added a few more pieces of black and white polka-dot pattern to the tail. It's hard to take life (or yourself) too seriously when you are working on a chicken collage!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
This is the last of three related images of pink and yellow autumn leaves. The first image was the original photo that I took last week out at Long Hill Gardens, here in Beverly, MA. The second image was a posterized version of the original photo, which simplified shapes and heightened the colors. (See yesterday's post.) This version, the third, is a digital woodcut that I made from the posterized photo, using my Painter software. But the yellow on the leaves was replaced with white. I didn't want to increase the number of colors to try to get the yellow back in, so instead I added selective color overlays in pale yellow.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Yesterday I posted a photo of pink and yellow autumn leaves. This is the posterized version of the image, created last night using Painter. The posterizing effect simplifies the shapes and enhances the colors. I have also been working on a digital woodcut of this image, and I plan to post it here tomorrow.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Last week we went over to Long Hill Gardens to see more autumn leaves before they were all gone. It was a good idea! There were lots of beautiful leaves. I had already taken lots of pictures by the time I saw these pink and yellow leaves, but they stopped me in my tracks and I had to photograph them. The color and composition of this image are just as they were when the photo came out of the camera, although I did repair one torn leaf with iPhoto's retouch tool.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
This image began with a photo that I took recently at Long Hill Gardens, here in Beverly, MA. I posted it on Tuesday, and also published the posterized version the next day. Last night I also created this version of the image, a digital woodcut created with my Painter program.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tonight I used Painter to create this posterized version of the image I posted yesterday, bright November leaves that I photographed during a recent walk at Long Hill Gardens here in Beverly, MA. I also created a "digital woodcut" from the same image, and I plan to post it here tomorrow.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
This is a photograph that I took two days ago (November 20) on a Sunday afternoon walk at Long Hill Gardens, here in Beverly, Massachusetts. I saw these bright pink, red, and orange leaves on the edge of the garden, backlit by the afternoon sun. I took some photos with my iPhone camera and tonight I used iPhoto to crop this image out of the original.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Several weeks ago, I did this pen-and-ink drawing as an illustration for a blog post on "Seasonings for Every Palate", a food blog that we started recently. This was an illustration for an essay about how full your refrigerator gets when you join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and I was asked to draw an exploding refrigerator. (If you want to see the post, click here.) Well, today I have been contemplating Thanksgiving and the challenge of trying to fit a turkey and all the trimmings in my refrigerator, and this little drawing came to mind, so I thought I would post this tonight.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Yesterday and the day before, I posted photos of an oak tree that I saw as I was leaving Boston's Museum of Fine Arts on Friday afternoon. The bright leaves were beautiful against the blue sky. But the view great when I looked down as well, and saw all these leaves on the ground. The colors were more subtle, but I liked the shapes so I took a picture. Last night I used Painter to posterize the original.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
This is another photograph that I took yesterday. As I was leaving Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, I noticed a beautiful oak tree near the Fenway entrance. I liked the contrast of leaves and sky so I took a picture. Tonight I edited this image in iPhoto.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Today I went to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see the Degas exhibit. As I was leaving the museum, I saw some beautiful oak trees right in front of the Fenway entrance. I stopped and took some pictures with my iPhone camera. For this one, I looked up and tried to capture the yellow leaves against the bright blue sky. Tonight I used iPhoto to crop the original photograph to get this composition.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Every day, there are fewer leaves on the trees, but the ones that are left are beautiful! This image began with a photo that I took yesterday of a view that I saw through a window. Tonight I used Painter to posterize the image, and then cropped and cropped again until I got this composition.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This is a collage in progress, an image of a chicken done in patterns. The idea for this image popped into my head a few months ago when I was trying to take pictures of some real live chickens over at Long Hill Gardens. Today, at the studio, I finished the comb, filled in some gaps on the body and head of the bird, and also added to the tail.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
This image started with a photo that I took during a recent walk at Bradley Palmer State Park here in Massachusetts. When I took the picture, I was trying to capture the bright foliage in the original photograph, but I the lighting was wrong. I was shooting toward the sunlight, and so the trees looked very dark in the photo. Tonight I opened the image in Painter and adjusted the brightness and contrast. The color was starting to improve, so I posterized the image. (Through trial and error, I found the amount of posterizing effect that I wanted.) Then I added a little color overlay in the sky, and cropped several times to get the composition I wanted. I transferred the image back into iPhoto, and decided to hit the "enhance" button. The posterizing effect was still there, but the colors were just a bit better. Then I straightened the image and cropped just a little bit more. I think all this was worth it, because through all this digital editing, I was able to find my way back to the way the scene looked when I was standing there with my camera.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Last week I posted an earlier version of this drawing (posted here November 9), but I went back to it tonight and worked on it some more. This drawing is based on a pencil sketch that I found in an old sketchbook (5 x 8 inches) that I took along on a trip to Colorado in the 1980s. I was drawing in the car (when it wasn't my turn to drive), and some of these sketches identify the location, as this one does ("To Snowmass"). I recently started a series of drawings based on those little Colorado sketches. I am scanning the originals into my computer, printing out copies, and transferring them into a new sketchbook with graphite paper. Then I draw into them with conte crayon, colored pencil, and fine-line marker. The version that I posted last week was fine, but I am trying to create a series, so to make this image fit in to the set, I wanted to soften the colors and make them more subtle. That is what I worked on tonight, and now I think this is finished (but I have been wrong before).
Sunday, November 13, 2011
This is a tree that I noticed last week during an afternoon walk. This is a Japanese maple, and it looked so spectacular in the autumn sunshine that I took some pictures. The sunlight behind the tree seemed to create a golden glow. Tonight I used Painter to posterize the image and then cropped this composition out of the original.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Day before yesterday (November 10) I posted a photo that I took of the bright red leaves on a burning bush hedge. Tonight I used my Painter program to transform my photo into this digital woodcut. I fiddled with the controls until I got just enough black outline to emphasize the lines and shapes of these leaves.
Friday, November 11, 2011
This morning I went to the studio and worked on this project, a collage of a chicken created out of patterns. Today I added some detail to the head: a beak and the red comb. Once I had the bright red pasted down, I decided I wanted to see that color somewhere else, so I added some bright red areas to the tail feathers. I also started the legs just to see how the colors would look.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I love the bright colors of autumn leaves, but red leaves are my favorite. For some reason, the leaves are late to turn red this year, but it is finally starting to happen. Of course, you can always count on the 'burning bush' shrubs to turn red, and here's one that I photographed a few days ago during an afternoon walk at the Cummings Center Pond (AKA Shoe Pond) here in Beverly, MA. Tonight I used iPhoto to do a little retouching and to crop the image to get this composition.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Yesterday I posted a sketch taken from an old 5 x 8 inch sketchbook that I took along on a trip to Colorado in the 1980s. I am doing a series of drawings based on the sketchbook, so today I traced over a print-out of the original sketch so I could use graphite paper to transfer it into my new sketchbook (also 5 x 8 inches). Then I added a few lines with pencil and ruler, as well as the words "To Snowmass," which appear in the original sketch. Then I began to draw into it, first with fine-line marker, and then with a combination of conte crayon and some soft colored pencils.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
This is another sketch taken from a small (5 x 8 inch) sketchbook that I took along on a trip to Colorado, back in the 1980s. I used pencil to capture quick impressions of the landscape, very quick because I was a passenger in a moving car at the time. The writing on this one says "To Snowmass". This sketchbook recently resurfaced, and I am working on a set of multimedia drawings based on these sketches. Today I scanned this drawing in to the computer, and did a little retouching to get rid of some stray marks. I printed out a copy that I will use (tomorrow, I hope) to transfer the image, using graphite paper, to a new sketchbook. After that, I will start draw back into the image with conte crayon, fine-line marker, and colored pencil.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Sunday, November 06, 2011
This is a photograph that I took on October 27. We had just come back from picking up our vegetables at the Food Project, which has a weekly pickup at Long Hill Gardens. I looked inside one of the bags and was surprised to see beautiful light and colors. So I got out my iPhone camera, and made sure the flash was off. Then I put the iPhone right inside the bag and took some pictures. This was the best of them. I did a little retouching with iPhoto, and cropped the image to get this composition. I used this photo as an illustration for our new food blog. The blog is called "Seasoning for Every Palate," and you can see the post if you click here.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
This is a closeup of a collage that I have been working on, an image of a chicken made up of patterns. This idea was inspired by the patterns in the feathers of some real live chickens. Yesterday, I posted a photo of the collage as it looked on November 3rd. This close-up photo that I took the same day shows some details of the tail feathers.
Friday, November 04, 2011
Yesterday, at the studio, I worked on this collage for a while, an image of a chicken created out of pattern. I got this idea a few months ago while I was looking at some chickens (at Long Hill Gardens), and I noticed the beautiful patterns in their feathers. I am still concentrating on the feathers in the tail. The black and white patterns are from the border print on the cover of an Arches watercolor block. This is slow going, like doing a jig-saw puzzle.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Yesterday I posted a digital image based on this snapshot of my mom, taken in 1943. I came across the snapshot yesterday when I was looking for pictures of her, and finally found some among photos given to me by one of my dad's sisters, a few years after he died. On the back of the photo are the words "Backyard at Katzes" and "October '43" -- in my mother's handwriting. I hadn't seen this photo in any of the other family albums, so I wonder if it was a photo taken to send to him. (They married in April of 1943, and by October, he was overseas.) Anyway, the photo was in great shape, but so small that I couldn't see it very well. So I scanned it into the computer, and this is what it looked like when I enlarged it.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
I was looking for pictures of my mom today, and they are hard to find because she hated to have her picture taken. But I finally found a nice snapshot among photos that had been my Dad's (given to me after he died). Well, of course! She was willing to have pictures taken of her so she could send them to him when he was overseas during World War II! Well, I was glad to find this picture of her, taken in the backyard of the house that she grew up in (as did I). The label on the back of the picture says "Backyard at Katzes" and "Late October 43." I recognized the flowers: pink cosmos, which were still growing there when I was a kid. Apparently they were still blooming in October. Anyway, I was happy to find this snapshot. I scanned it into the computer and kept a copy of the original. (I will post it tomorrow.) Then I opened the image in Painter and used digital pastel, color overlays, and posterizing. I worked hard to get the effect I wanted: October light, the haze of memory, and the magic of dreams. It was nice to spend time working on this, spending time thinking about my mom, because her birthday was November 2nd.