Thursday, February 28, 2013

Daises and Roses (Final Version)

Today I worked on this little digital drawing again. I started it two days ago, using the Brushes app on my iPhone. Today I continued correcting errors and fixing lines, and then I added detail to the leaves and added polka dots to the flower petals. Of course I can see some little flaws, but these little flowers make me smile.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Daisies and Roses (Day 2)

Daisies and Roses (Day 2) by randubnick
Daisies and Roses (Day 2), a photo by randubnick on Flickr.
Yesterday I started this little digital drawing, using the Brushes app on my iPhone. Today I spent another hour on it, cleaning things up. It's slow going because the screen is small. I fixed a lot of little problems and cleaned it up. But I can already see that there are still some things I want to fix. And if I have time, I hope to add some details.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Daisies and Roses (Day 1)

Daisies and Roses (Day 1) by randubnick
Daisies and Roses (Day 1), a photo by randubnick on Flickr.
This is a little digital drawing that i started tonight with the Brushes app on my iPhone. It's a simple design but I must have worked on it for over an hour. My iPhone was running out of batteries, and so was I. So this is a work in progress. I hope to finish it up tomorrow.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Morning Light Snowy Branches

This morning the branches were covered with snow, and I love the way they look in the morning sun. I knew temperatures were going up and the snow would soon be gone, so I took this picture. Tonight I used iPhoto to crop the original to get this composition.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Snow Fall at Harvard (Digitally Modified and Posterized Photo)

Today's adventure was a run into Cambridge to meet a friend for brunch. By the time the meal was over, the cold rain and sleet had turned into snow, but we went to the Harvard Coop, Starbucks, and then walked through campus. The snow was coming down in great big flakes and I took a few pictures of the snow falling in Harvard Yard. Tonight I did a little digital editing (cleaned up the snow and covered a fire hydrant) and then I posterized the image in Painter. Finally, I used iPhoto to crop the image to get this composition.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Many Many Hamentashen

Many Many Hamentashen by randubnick
Many Many Hamentashen, a photo by randubnick on Flickr.
Yesterday's post was just one hamentashen (a jam-filled triangular cookie eaten on the Jewish holiday of Purim). I drew the hamentashen using Painter's kaleidoscope mode, so it was perfectly symmetrical. I also used the image to create the pattern that you see here.

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Perfect Hamentashen

A Perfect Hamentashen by randubnick
A Perfect Hamentashen, a photo by randubnick on Flickr.
Tonight I was trying to make a design in Painter using kaleidoscope mode (which divides the canvas into six sections and whatever is drawn in one section is replicated in all the others). As I was creating an abstract design, I realized that I had accidentally drawn a hamentashen (filled triangular cookie eaten on Jewish holiday of Purim). So I opened a new image and started over, this time drawing a hamentashen on purpose, and here it is, perfectly symmetrical thanks to Painter's kaleidoscope mode. I also used this image to create a pattern, which I plan to post here tomorrow.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Fiesta by randubnick
Fiesta, a photo by randubnick on Flickr.
Today's schedule left me with a little bit of waiting time, so I pulled out my iPhone and used the Brushes app to make this happy little design.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Many Kaleidoscope Roses

Many Kaleidoscope Roses by randubnick
Many Kaleidoscope Roses, a photo by randubnick on Flickr.
A few days ago, I finished my digital drawing of roses, done with Painter 12's kaleidoscope mode (apart from the one rose in the center). I have been wondering how the image would work as a pattern, so tonight I decided to find out.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fabric Flowers and Vase (Edges Pinned)

At the end of January, I finished the image in this fabric appliqué still life. But there is more to do if I want to hang it (and I do). Because I started this project in a fabric arts class, hadn't the slightest idea what I was doing (and had low expectations for this project), I didn't center the image on the fabric or square off the material before I began. As I worked, I kept things square by measuring and using a straight edge, and It was easy enough to crop the image in photographs, but today I tackled the problem of "cropping" it for real. I had to square the image off, pin it, and then cut off extra fabric. I grabbed an old bulletin board that was just the right size for the project. The bulletin board supplied guidelines to measure against and made it easier to see if things were square. I even pinned the project to the bulletin board, which was helpful. It took me an hour to get the image centered so I could cut off excess fabric and do a rough pin for hemming. I still have to straighten this out a bit more and then sew the hems. I didn't have enough fabric to create pockets for dowels, so I plan to make a hanging system with safety pins inserted in back, hidden in the top hem. The holes in the safety pins will slide right over small nails. (I remembered this method because I have a small piece of fabric art in my house that is hung this way and it works fine.)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Snow Storm Starting

Snow Storm Starting by randubnick
Snow Storm Starting, a photo by randubnick on Flickr.
Yesterday, with fierce winds and snow blowing outside my window, I started drawing this scene using the Brushes app on my iPad. As you draw, the Brushes app captures a stroke-by-stroke video, so I was able to create a little animation of the snow starting to fall. I posted the video here yesterday, and tonight I am posting the finished drawing.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Snow Storm Starting

Snow Storm Starting a video by randubnick on Flickr.

Inspired by the snow blowing outside my window, I decided to create a snowstorm on my iPad this afternoon. I wanted to capture the snow falling, so I used the Brushes app, which creates a stroke-by-stroke video as you draw. I spent an hour on the project, and then sent the drawing and the "actions" file to my desktop. The drawing came in just fine, I was disappointed to find that I could no longer open the "actions" file and couldn't find the Brushes Viewer app on the computer. By poking around on the web, I learned that the problem seems to be because newer versions of Brushes don't support the viewer (and some people weren't happy with the newer versions). In any case, a lot of people are having the same problem. But I was able to find a work-around and solve the problem, thanks to posts and advice from fellow artists. (I am not sure if the solution is temporary, so I may be in the market for another iPad drawing app. I love Brushes so that is a disappointment.) But meanwhile, here is the video I worked on today, and I am very glad to be able to post it because I began this with the idea of making the animation. Tomorrow I will post the drawing.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Kaleidoscope Roses (Revised Version)

Tonight I revised the digital drawing of roses that I posted here two days ago. I used Painter to create the image, using digital pastel and kaleidoscope mode (which instantly creates six symmetrical versions of whatever you draw). It was a good drawing exercise and I liked the roses, but I wasn't happy with the composition. I realized that I didn't like the empty space in the middle, so I opened the image in Painter and drew in one more rose (this time with kaleidoscope mode turned off). I like it better now.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Another Heart Shaped Box (As of February 15, 2013)

I recently decided to start another collaged heart-shaped box. I was reluctant because I know the process takes a long time, but I really like the result. So today I went up to the studio and got started. This time I am using a Turtles candy box from a previous Valentine's Day, and I am going to cover it with collage created from printed metallic ribbon. I have been thinking about the design and so when I set out for the studio, I already had a plan, at least for the top of the box, which is going to be done in stripes (purple and orange) with a gold border. I am going to use the existing stripes on the candy box as guidelines, but I had to draw in some new lines to make the stripes even all the way across. Then I started pasting down pieces of orange and purple, just trying to establish the new lines that I drew and also to establish the pattern of orange and purple stripes. (It is easy to make a mistake with stripes, something I learned the hard way with a painting that i was working on.) So far this heart- shaped box doesn't look like much; if you found it, you might throw it out! But what gives me courage is knowing how my last heart-shaped box turned out. If you want to see, I have a set of pictures of it posted at

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Kaleidoscope Roses

Kaleidoscope Roses by randubnick
Kaleidoscope Roses, a photo by randubnick on Flickr.
I think this image was inspired by a trip to the grocery store today, with dozens and dozens of roses on display. So I decided to draw roses tonight, but decided to try using Painter's kaleidoscope mode. In kaleidoscope mode, the canvas is divided into six sections and whatever you draw in one section is replicated in the others. So that is how I was able to draw three dozen roses instead of six! I used digital pastel on a blue background. The composition is unusual and I am not sure what I think of it, but this was a great drawing exercise. Maybe this would work as a pattern. . . .

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Winter Sun at the Beach

Winter Sun at the Beach by randubnick
Winter Sun at the Beach, a photo by randubnick on Flickr.
Despite all the snow still on the ground, it was nearly forty degrees, warm enough for a walk at the beach. So late this afternoon, we stopped off at Lynch Park to take the dog for a walk. From the parking lot, you couldn't even tell where you were because of great heaps of snow piled up by the snow plows. But we found a path around the snow and walked all the way down to the beach. It was worth the track. I liked the way the late afternoon sun was playing on the houses in the distance, so I took this picture. Tonight i used iPhoto to crop the original image to get this composition.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Olhas da Sogra (Eyes of Mother-In-Law)

This is an illustration to accompany a recipe for Brazilian candy. The candy, called Olhas da Sogra, which means "Eyes of Mother-in-Law", is made of prunes stuffed with a coconut custard filling. I decided to use Painter's kaleidoscope mode to create the image of candies on a plate. Over the weekend, I posted this illustration on our food blog (Seasonings for Every Palate) and you can see it at

Monday, February 11, 2013

Evening Snow and Fog

Evening Snow and Fog by randubnick
Evening Snow and Fog, a photo by randubnick on Flickr.
Today, in addition to the snow from the recent blizzard, we had more snowfall, then sleet, then rain, then drizzle, and then fog. Late this afternoon I took this picture of trees seen through fog and backlit by a street lamp, just as it got dark enough for the street lights to come on.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pink Sky on Winter Afternoon

Here's another post-blizzard picture that I took today. It was late afternoon when I took this photograph from an upstairs window. I liked the contrast of snow-covered roof and pink sky. Tonight I used iPhoto to crop and do some basic editing.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Snow Scene Through Window Screen (Posterized Photo)

Well, as everyone knows by now, a big snowstorm blew through Boston last night, and kept going most of the day. I took a few "look how much snow we have" photos, and a few scenic views out the windows. But what I liked best was the view out my kitchen window just before the sun set. The sky was the palest pink. I took a picture through the window (and window screen). Tonight I did some basic editing in iPhoto and then used Painter to clean up the image a bit with digital pastel and then I posterized it.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Simple Flowers (Digital Print)

This is an image that I made tonight with Painter's pattern pen. I used the pattern that I created recently (see yesterday's post). This time, I chose a strong background color, and used a "pattern pen marker" in purple, loaded up with my new pattern. I used a great big brush, and made a few strokes. (Sounds easy, but it takes a lot of trial and error to get the strokes where I want them.) Then I did some posterizing and cropping to get this image. I call images that I make this way "digital prints" just because the process and the results remind me of printmaking.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Many Little Purple Flowers

Many Little Purple Flowers by randubnick
Many Little Purple Flowers, a photo by randubnick on Flickr.
Day before yesterday, I posted a simple purple flower that I drew on the computer using Painter 12's kaleidoscope mode. Today I opened the image in Painter again and cleaned it up a little bit. Then I "captured" the image as a pattern. Then I made this new image with the pattern in a rectangular tile. (I am thinking of using this pattern to make things on, and sometimes it is easier to work with a rectangular tile.)

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

February Afternoon at Lynch Park

After a late lunch with my daughter, we ran some errands together. The weather was warmer than it has been lately, temperatures in the high thirties. (We saw high school students were walking around without coats. It wasn't that warm, but still.) The sun came out so we decided to stop off at Lynch Park to walk the dog. It was very windy at the cove, so we didn't stay long, but I liked the long diagonal of this cloud formation, so I took some quick pictures. Tonight I edited the best one in iPhoto, adjusting the values to compensate for directing the camera toward the sun, and then cropping it to get this composition.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Simple Purple Flower (Kaleidoscope)

Tonight I made this little digital drawing with Painter 12, using kaleidoscope mode. (The canvas is divided into six sections and whatever you draw in one section is replicated in the others.) This is very simple, but I think it might make a nice pattern.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Necklace with Brass and Blue Irish Glass Beads (Revised)

This necklace is made with blue glass beads that I bought in Galway, Ireland, back in 2004. I was browsing in a bead store and they caught my eye because of the shape, but what I really loved was the raised Celtic spirals on them. Anyway, I put this design together yesterday and posted a photo of the necklace. But today I revised the necklace. I shortened the cotton cord to change the way the necklace hangs and then I redid the clasp and finished it with metal spacer beads. It was a pain in the neck to do this (untying knots is not fun), but I love these beads and it was worth the trouble.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Necklace with Brass and Blue Irish Glass Beads

This is a necklace that I put together this afternoon. I bought the beads back in 2004 in a beading shop in Galway because I liked the Celtic spiral design. Today I decided to use them, and I combined them with little brass beads on a cotton cord. I am not sure this is finished because I think I would like to shorten the necklace a bit and possibly change the clasp, but I am happy with the design as it is.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Girl with Curly Hair (Pen and Ink Drawing)

I recently came across this pen-and-ink drawing in one of my old sketchbooks and decided to photograph and post it. This was a while ago; I have no idea of the date, but probably sometime in the 1980's. I drew this from my imagination, probably to practice creating patterns with pen-and-ink techniques.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Another Heart-Shaped Box (Day Zero - Feb. 1, 2013)

I was at the studio today, thinking about starting a new collage project, and decided to just check to see what collage materials I had in the bin. I saw the printed metallic ribbon (leftover from previous projects, including a heart-shaped box that took forever to finish). Lots of people tell me to make more boxes like that, but I say no, no, no; it takes too long, etc. But today I saw that there were two heart-shaped boxes already in the bin --Valentine's Day candy boxes saved and given to me so I can use them for collages. So I played around with the idea for a few minutes, and took this picture, and then put everything away. Then I reconsidered and took everything out again. I decided to try pasting a few pieces of ribbon down, and if I could get the pieces to stick to the surface, I would commit to another heart-shaped box. They did. To be continued. . . .