Several days ago, I started a sketch with the Brushes app on my iPhone, a courtyard in Brasilia, drawn from imagination and memory. (The original sketch is posted here, on June 19.) Tonight I went back to it and cleaned it up, still using the iPhone Brushes app.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
This is one of my small acrylic water-media paintings, inspired by memories of the Colorado mountains. Tomorrow I am going to turn in a painting to Galatea Fine Arts (Boston, MA), to be on display in July in the artists alcove. I couldn't decide between this painting and another one, so I framed them both. (I will post the other one here tomorrow.)
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
This is a photo that I took in Copacabana, during a recent trip. I liked the look of falling leaves (because its winter in Brazil) and the backdrop of art deco architecture. I liked the original image, but it contained a truck and a street lamp. So last night, I used iPhoto to crop out the truck, and then used Painter's digital pastel to take out the street lamp and add some more leaves to cover my tracks. Then I did a little bit of light posterizing to get this image.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, my cousin was visiting and we spent time photographing flowers at Long Hill Gardens, here in Beverly, MA. And when things are in bloom at Long Hill, it is hard to pay attention to anything else. But this chestnut tree looked amazing in the dappled light of late afternoon, so I tried to get some pictures. (It wasn't easy, due to the mix of bright light and dark shadows.) Tonight I edited the original photo to get this image.
Monday, June 15, 2015
I used Painter to create this pattern from my sketch of peonies. (Yesterday I posted the final version, with a green border.) This pattern is offset, but I can also created a tiled version. Either way, I think I can use this pattern (as well as the sketch) to make things on Zazzle.com.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015
This is the sketch of peonies that I started a few days ago (June 10th). Yesterday I added some more dark green leaves, working to make logical connections of leaf to stem. This was done with fine-line markers (a great set of Sharpies that I picked up at Costco).
Friday, June 12, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
This morning, I was waiting around as my stove was being repaired, and I decided to draw to pass the time. I got out my Sharpies and a small pad (maybe 5 inches square). I had a couple of my recent photos of peonies on my phone, and I looked at them for reference, but a lot of this was from my imagination. I had a lot of fun. This is as far as I got by the time the repair was complete.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Here's another photo that I took last week at Long Hill Gardens, here in Beverly, MA. My cousin was visiting and we went to Long Hill Gardens as soon as she arrived. It was close to 5 PM and I loved the way these daisies looked in the late afternoon light. Tonight I cropped the original photo to get this composition.
Monday, June 08, 2015
I made this necklace for my Aunt Rita some time ago. Last week, Rita's daughter visited and returned this necklace to me. This is blue stone on a knotted leatherette cord. Now I am going to wear it in honor of my Aunt Rita (my father's sister), whose memory is a blessing to me.
Sunday, June 07, 2015
Saturday, June 06, 2015
This image began with a photo that I took yesterday at Long Hill Gardens, here in Beverly, MA. My cousin and I returned there for a second visit, this time late morning. She took lots of photos of peonies for her project, and I took a few myself. We were almost finished when we spotted these dusty rose peonies. I loved the color, but the flowers were leaning toward the ground so the angle was difficult, and besides that, they had to be photographed through a balustrade. Although I managed to get a good view of the blossoms, my photo also captured part of the wall in the background, including some pipe, rusted white wire, and other assorted complications and distractions. Tonight I opened the image in Painter and tried to solve some of the problems. First, I added some pixels to the top of the image so I could make the angle less extreme. Then I used digital pastel to draw over the distractions. Then I posterize the image to make the background blend together. This also posterized the blossoms, and I was really happy with the way they looked. I moved the image back into iPhoto to straighten and crop the image, and to do some final cleanup, and here it is.
Friday, June 05, 2015
Here is another photo that I took yesterday at Long Hill Gardens, here in Beverly, MA. My cousin was visiting and wanted to look at the peonies. We got there around 5 pm, and the evening light was lovely. My cousin was taking lots of pictures, and I took a few myself. Tonight I cropped this image out of the original photo, a closeup view of one pale pink peony.
Thursday, June 04, 2015
This is a photo that I took today at Long Hill Gardens, here in Beverly, MA. My cousin is visiting and wanted to look at the peonies there, and take some pictures. We got there around five and the light was amazing. I liked the way these red peonies looked in the late afternoon light, with white daisies in the background. This picture is just as it came out of my (iPhone 6) camera.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Yesterday's post was a digitally modified version of my drawing of rhododendron blossoms. I used Painter to change the background color to blue and added a woodcut effect. Tonight's post shows what I did after that: I added a white border and created a new pattern.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Tonight I decided to add a little more zip to my little drawing of rhododendron blossoms. So I opened the jpeg of the drawing in Painter, and applied a woodcut effect. Then I used the paintbucket tool to change the background color.