Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Leaves Turning at Bradley Palmer (Digital Woodcut)

I used Painter to add a woodcut effect to the photo that I posted here yesterday, a picture of the leaves turning at Bradley Palmer State Park (Topsfield, MA).

Monday, September 29, 2014

Leaves Turning at Bradley Palmer (Posterized)

Here's another photo that I took during our most recent visit to Bradley Palmer State Park. Fall colors seem to be early this year, maybe because of low overnight temperatures. I was admiring this tree, so I took a picture. I cropped this image out of the original photo and then used Painter to posterize it.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September Sunlight and Shadow (Bradley Palmer State Park)

This is from a recent trip to Bradley Palmer State Park, in nearby Topsfield, MA. There is always a lot to see there, but I found myself staring at this simple little scene of sunlight and shadow at the edge of a wooded area, so I took this picture. Tonight I edited it in iPhoto and cropped it to get this composition.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Just Nasturtiums (Digital Woodcut)

Yesterday I posted a photo of nasturtiums, a picture that I took recently at Long Hill Gardens (in Beverly, MA). I liked the colors and the patterns, so tonight I used Painter to play with the image a little bit. I posterized the image hard, to bring out patterns and shapes, and then added a woodcut effect. I used a lot of color and just a touch of black outline.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Just Nasturtiums

Here's a quick picture of nasturtiums from a recent trip to Long Hill Gardens. This is another photo taken down by the farm house near the field where we pick up our farm share at the CSA. I saw the bright blossoms peeking out from behind the big leaves. I liked the colors and patterns so I took this photo.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Something New on the Horizon (Posterized Photo)

On the way home from my recent quick trip to New York, I took this picture of the skyline through the window of the train. I used Painter to create this posterized version of the photo. If you look closely, you can see that there is something new on the horizon, the silhouette of the new Freedom Tower, standing where the Twin Towers used to be. I am still sad that those towers are gone, but glad there is something new on the horizon. So that's how we move through time from one year to the next, remembering the past but moving forward.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Union Square Apples (Digital Woodcut)

This image began with my recent photo of apples at Union Square in New York City (posted here yesterday).  Last night, I used Painter's digital pastel to simplify the background and then created this digital woodcut.  I always think of apples this time of year because it is Rosh Hashana, when we eat apples dipped in honey to celebrate the Jewish New Year.  So today I am sending this image out to friends and family to wish them a sweet year ahead.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Apples at Union Square

During last week's short trip to New York City, my cousin took me to the farmer's market at Union Square. Of course I took pictures, and today I cropped this image out of one of my photos. I also used this image to create a digital woodcut which I plan to post here tomorrow.

Monday, September 22, 2014

New York Sketch - Green Grocer on Broadway (Final)

This is the little sketch of a New York fruit and vegetable stand. I started it while I was visiting NYC last week, using the Brushes app on my iPhone. I did some more work on it yesterday (on my phone.) Today I imported it into Painter and did some more cleanup because it was just small to see what I was doing. Now I think it is finished.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New York Sketch: Green Grocer on Broadway (Revised)

I love the sidewalk displays of fruits and vegetables that you see in New York City. Last week during my very short trip to New York, my cousin took me to a green grocer on Broadway and it had quite an extensive sidewalk display. That inspired a little sketch that I drew on my iPhone with the Brushes app. I didn't have much time to work on it, but I posted it here last Tuesday. Today I went back to my iPhone and the Brushes app and worked on it some more. It could use some more cleanup but it is getting there.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

On the High Line, NYC (Posterized Photo)

This week I took the train down to New York City to visit family. I left on Tuesday and returned on Thursday, possibly the world's shortest vacation. But I had a lot of fun in a short time. We walked on the High Line, a nature trail/"linear park" build on an old elevated railway track on the West Side. It starts in midtown and goes down to the village. This was a whole new way to see New York City. This photo gives you a sense of what it feels like to walk among the trees, a couple of stories above the ground. I used Painter to posterize the photo, enough to add some fantastical colors. I wanted it to look a little bit improbable and magical because that is what it is.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pink Cosmos at Long Hill (Digital Woodcut)

Last week, I posted a photo that I took of some pink cosmos at Long Hill Gardens. I have been wondering how the image would look with a woodcut effect, so tonight I used my Painter software to create this digital woodcut.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New York Sketches: Trees and Brownstones

New York Sketch: Trees and Brownstones. Drawn with Brushes on the iPhone, on the train going home from New York

New York Sketch: The High Line

An old elevated train line has been transformed into a lovely walking trail and park, high above the street.  Tonight I used the Brushes app on my iPhone to make this sketch.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New York Sketch: Green Grocer on Broadway

One of my favorite things about NYC: the beautiful fruit stands on display outside the stores.  Tonight I used the Brushes app on my phone to make this sketch.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pink Cosmos at Long Hill

Last week I took some pictures of a beautiful garden behind the farmhouse at Long Hill Gardens. I think of this as an old-fashioned garden. These are the kinds of flowers I remember from childhood, especially cosmos, which my grandmother grew in the back yard. This view features the pink cosmos, with marigolds and zinnias in the background. I like the way the flowers look against the pale yellow siding.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cosmos, Nasturtiums, and Marigolds (Long Hill Gardens)

Every week we pick up our farm share from The Food Project, our *CSA. Our pickup location is Long Hill Gardens (here in Beverly, MA), in the fields at the front of the estate. This week, I took a little walk and saw this amazing garden. These flowers were growing right outside the little yellow farmhouse, near the fields, far from the formal gardens and the main house on the estate. Long Hill (AKA Sedgwick Gardens) was once a private estate, but now the property is owned by the Trustees of the Reservation. I loved the combination of these flowers, on the old-fashioned side, nothing exotic. I liked the way they looked against the yellow farmhouse, so I took some pictures.

*Community Supported Agriculture

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Another Window Box in Rockport (Digital Woodcut)

This image began as a second photo of a window box, taken  during a recent trip to Rockport with my friend.  I used Painter to add a "woodcut" effect, adjusting the colors and the amount of black line until I had the effect I wanted. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Another Window Box in Rockport (Posterized Photo)

Two days ago I posted a photo of another window box, also seen during a recent trip to Rockport, MA. I used Painter to create this posterized version. Posterizing intensifies the colors and simplifies shapes. I also used the photo to create a digital woodcut, which I plan to post here tomorrow.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Before the Towers Fell (Digital Woodcut)

I don't have a lot of photos of the World Trade Center even though I used to live in New Jersey and often went to New York City.  By 2001, we had moved to Boston and in July, we went back for a visit.  We wanted to do something new and my cousin suggested that we take the train to Brooklyn and walk back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge.  So we did, and I as I took pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge, as a bonus I got some great photos of the Twin Towers just a few months before they fell.  Tonight I went back to those photos and made a very close crop of the skyline.  Then I used Painter add some color overlay and a woodcut effect. I wanted soft edges, not a lot of detail.  Memories fade, but not emotions.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Another Window Box in Rockport (Digitally Modified)

Here is another window box in Rockport, MA.  This is from a little excursion back on August 24; I took my friend touring and we strolled along Bearskin Neck where almost every quaint little shop has window boxes. I do love window boxes so I took a couple of pictures. I had to do a little work on this image because there was just one wilted leaf.  So I opened the image in Painter and used a little digital pastel to turn the wilted blossoms into leaves.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Window Box in Rockport (Digital Woodcut)

Here's one last look at this window box. The original version was a photo that I took a few weeks ago in Rockport, Massachusetts. We were taking a stroll out on Bearskin Neck. Last night I used Painter to add a woodcut effect to this photo.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Window Box in Rockport (Posterized Photo)

Yesterday I published a picture of this little window box, a photo that I took two weeks ago in Rockport, MA, while my friend and I were taking a stroll on Bearskin Neck. Tonight I used Painter to create this posterized version of the photo. I also created a digital woodcut version which I hope to post here tomorrow.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Window Box in Rockport

Two weeks ago, I went up to Rockport, MA, to have lunch with my friend. Afterward, we walked up and down Bearskin Neck, all the way out to the ocean and back. There are window boxes on the store fronts all along the way, but I really liked this one, so I took a picture. Tonight I used iPhoto to crop this original image to get this composition.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Magnolia Blossoms (Oil Bar Painting)

This morning I worked on this painting of magnolia blossoms. This is roughly based on one of my photos (posted here August 14). This is painted with oil bars on a canvas that is 8 x 10 inches. This morning I started by mixing a tiny bit of blue into white and I used that bluish white (or extremely pale blue) to add some subtle shadows to the white part of the blossoms. Then I did some cleanup and announced that the painting was done. But later this afternoon, I went back and reworked some of the stems and leaves. I am ready to say that this is painting is finished. I will start sealing the edges tomorrow. This is part of a series of paintings of branches, and tonight I added this painting to that album. If you want to see all the paintings in the series (so far), follow this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/sets/72157646682793975/

Friday, September 05, 2014

Magnolia Blossoms (Oil Bar Painting as of September 5, 2014)

Here is my oil bar painting as it looked this morning, after I worked on it for a while. This small oil bar painting is loosely based on one of my photos (posted here on August 14). Today I put just a tiny bit of yellow in some titanium white, and used this yellow-tinted white (or extremely pale yellow) to suggest sunlight hitting the leaves. It's almost too subtle to see if you aren't looking for it, but still I think it helps. I also added a little more light to a few branches. The rest of the time was spent cleaning up lines and fixing little mistakes. There are still a few small things I want to do, but I think I can finish this painting tomorrow, or maybe the day after. . . .

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Magnolia Blossoms (Oil Bar Painting as of September 4, 2014)

This morning I worked on this painting again. This is oil bar on an 8 x 10 inch canvas. I am using one of my photos as a reference (posted here on August 14). Today I continued working on adding light and shade to the blossoms. By the time I finished today's painting session, I was pretty happy with the blossoms. There are still a few little adjustments I want to make, and I also need to do a little cleanup of some of the lines. But I think this is almost finished. . . .

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Another Heart Shaped Box as of September 3, 2014

I went to the studio at Porter Mill this morning and spent some time working on this project, a heart-shaped box that I am covering with collage designs created from printed metallic ribbon.  I am still working of filling in gaps in the purple and orange stripes on the top, and just barely getting started on the gold border. I call this project "Another Heart Shaped Box" because I have already completed another one.  If you would like to see how my first heart-shaped box turned out, follow this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/sets/72157632769935420/

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Magnolia Blossoms (Oil Bar Painting as of September 2, 2014)

I am still working on this painting, based on one of my photos (posted here August 14). I am using oil bars on a small canvas (8 x 10 inches). This morning I continued to work on the blossoms, trying to add depth while indicating light and shadow. This is taking longer than I had anticipated, but I think I am getting somewhere.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Magnolia Blossoms (Oil Bar Painting as of September 1, 2014)

Here is my painting of magnolia blossoms, still a work in progress. I am working with oil bars on an 8 x 10 inch canvas. I am using one of my photos as a reference (posted here on August 14.) Today I worked on the blossoms. I am trying to suggest a little bit the play of light and shadow in the reference photo. I am finding it challenging, especially with pink and white blossoms, but then one of my favorite painting teachers used to say that white is the most difficult color to paint. So yesterday I decided to shift the colors towards purple to suggest shade. This morning, just to be sure, I decided to confirm that approach by checking out the colors in the reference photo with Painter's color selection tool. After I got a little digital confirmation, I went to work on those blossoms with more confidence.