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/
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Last weekend, we drove up to Montreal for a conference. I was in the passenger seat on the way, so I had a chance to take pictures of the scenery. We were running late, so there was no chance to stop. So as usual, I took pictures from the passenger seat of a moving car. Tonight I started editing some of my photos. This was one of my favorites, probably because those blue mountains in the distance remind me of home. I had to crop out the interior of the car, including the dashboard. Then I did some retouching and adjusted the exposure. I didn't realize I had the location function turned off, so I am not certain where this was taken, but I think it was in Vermont, about an hour south of Burlington.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
This is the third of three pen-and-ink drawings that I drew on July 19. I was working with a small sketchbook and a Sharpie in a hotel in Montreal. All three were used the following day as illustrations of a PowerPoint presentation (about accountability). I think these drawings are going to be used at another presentation at a conference in the fall; I hope to be able to clean them up a little first. But it seems that they were successful.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
I used Painter to add a woodcut effect to the image that I posted here yesterday. I fiddled with the controls to get just enough black to emphasize the patterns of the leaves and the tree trunk. I took the original photo on July 10, at Long Hill Gardens, here in Beverly, MA.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Last Thursday (July 10), I posted a photo of oak leaves, taken at Long Hill Garden. (We were there to pick up our weekly share from The Food Project, our CSA.) I used Painter to create this posterized version of the same photo. While I was at it, I created a digital woodcut version, which I plan to post here tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Here is the last photo of the set taken at last week's opening of the group show at Galatea Fine Arts. (The photo was taken by Mel Dubnick.) I used this photo to create a "virtual opening" for faraway friends and family. To see my "virtual opening," click here: www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/sets/72157645215832428 The show is up through July 27 and if you are in the Boston area, stop in at the gallery and see the whole show which includes work by some pretty amazing artists. (I am grateful to be in their company.) If you want to learn more about Galatea, follow this link: galateafineart.com
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Here are two of my smaller paintings, hanging at Galatea Fine Arts, near the front door of the gallery. This photo was taken at the reception last week (photo by Mel Dubnick) and I am using it as part of the "virtual opening" slide show that I created for family and friends who couldn't make the show in person. If you would like to attend my "virtual opening," click here: www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/sets/72157645215832428/
Monday, July 14, 2014
This is another view of the paintings that I have in the group show at Galatea Fine Arts in Boston. This photo was taken (by Mel Dubnick) at the opening last week. I uploaded it here to use create a "virtual opening" for friends and family who live far away. If you would like to attend my "virtual opening," click here: www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/sets/72157645215832428/
Sunday, July 13, 2014
This is a photo of the window at Galatea Fine Arts in Boston, where I am participating in a group show. This was the first thing I saw when we arrived at the opening on Friday. I had forgotten to charge my phone and had no battery left, but my husband Mel took some photos for me. I decided to create a slideshow, a little "virtual opening" for friends and family who won't be able to see the show in person. This is one of the photos in the album. If you want to see my "virtual opening," follow this link: www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/sets/72157645215832428/
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Here are four of my acrylic water media paintings, on the wall at Galatea Fine Arts (Boston) for the group show (through July 27). Photo by Mel Dubnick, taken at the opening reception last night. I was pleased with the framing and very happy with how the paintings were displayed. If you want to know more about Galatea, visit galateafineart.com
Friday, July 11, 2014
My painting, "Red Canyon," appears on this postcard (front and back) advertising the group show at Galatea Fine Arts. I uploaded this today to use as part of a slide show for friends and family who couldn't won't be able to see the show in person. The opening was tonight, so it seems right for this to be today's post. The show is up through July 27th.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Today we went to Long Hill Gardens and picked up our weekly CSA share at the Food Project. I saw these oak leaves growing on low branches, near a tree stump. I loved the pattern and the way the leaves looked in the late afternoon light, so I took some quick pictures. Tonight I used Painter's digital pastel to repair a few ripped leaves. I also created a posterized version as well as a digital woodcut, which I plan to post here soon.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Tonight I used Painter software to create this digital woodcut from the photo I posted here yesterday, a photo of boats at the Gloucester waterfront. I used the woodcut effect and fiddled with the controls to get the colors I wanted as well as the right amount of black outline.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
We took a ride up to Gloucester on Sunday. I took this picture at the waterfront. I especially liked the red boat and the ice house. Tonight I did a little digital editing to deal with a problem in the lower left corner. Although problems remain, I think it might make a nice digital woodcut.
Monday, July 07, 2014
I worked on this necklace for several days, and finally finished it on July 6th. The beads are unusual and when I bought them (a while ago) and while I was creating this piece, I had my daughter in mind because she likes blue and white patterns on porcelain. I combined the blue and white patterned beads with small dark blue beads and silver metallic accents. I used a stretchy cord, so no clasp is needed.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
This is a necklace I worked on for a couple of days, and finished it on a very rainy July 4th. I used blue painted wooden beads, incised to make a striped pattern, and added incised reeds, also with stripes. I added some pale wooden beads in assorted shapes, and used copper-colored metallic spheres for accents. This is strung on stretchy cord, so there is no clasp.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Friday, July 04, 2014
It rained hard last night and the weather today is uncertain. But I went outside this morning and took a picture of a beautiful bouquet that we received earlier this week. I used Painter to do a little bit of editing, and then posterized it to get this image. I also created another version with a woodcut effect that I plan to post here tomorrow.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Today I went up to the studio at Porter Mill and worked for a while on this project. I am covering this heart-shaped box with patterns created from collage, using printed metallic ribbon. I am still and forever working on the top of the box, creating purple and orange stripes. The work is slow, but the stripes are getting easier to see as I fill in the gaps. It helps me to know that I did this before (which is why I call this "Another Heart Shaped Box." To see how my first heart-shaped box turned out, follow this link: www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/sets/72157632769935420/
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
This image began with a photo of pink roses on a trellis. I took the original photo on a recent visit to the Willowdale Estate at Bradley Palmer State Park (in Topsfield, MA). Yesterday I cleaned up the original photo with Painter's digital pastel and then posterized it. Here is another version, a "digital woodcut" created with Painter's woodcut effect.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
This image began with photo that I took recently at the Willowdale Estate at Bradley Palmer State Park. I saw these roses in the garden at the front of the main building. Tonight I cropped this composition out of my original photo and used Painter to do some digital cleanup of torn leaves, wilted flowers, etc. Then I posterized the image and here it is. I also created another version using the woodcut effect, and I plan to post it here tomorrow.