Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Scribble of Paint...

and a Stabilo pencil, and I'm a happy camper.  I'm posting two more of my 100 faces challenge by Dina Wakley.  I do scrape a coat of gesso on the page before I draw.  That way if I make a major blunder, I can use a baby wipe to "erase".  No gesso, no "erase".  The goal is, however, to scribble away and not worry about perfection.
#13 above and #14 below…

The paint came first and then the drawing.  I promise you I did not plan the eyes to be as they are -- one over the blue paint and one over the green.  It was just one of those serendipitous things.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Makeup Brushes

I was looking through my files for an image to process for Texture Tuesday.  I found this image of makeup brushes.  It's a full color image, but I decided to experiment with it in Lightroom.
I added Kim's Dark Day and Quiet Dreams presets.  Then I took it into Topaz Adjust to return a bit of detail and add a border... then back to LR for a slight vignette and a bit of grain.  I wanted it to look like an old Hollywood photo.  
Below I added Kim's Word texture blend mode color burn at
52% opacity.
More Texture Tuesday here.  You'll get to see Kim's post about her  article in Stampington's "Artful Blogging" publication.  Congrats, Kim! 

Kim Klassen dot com

Monday, October 13, 2014

More Joys of Lightroom

Texture Tuesday seems to arrive before I know it.
This week has been heavy on the Lightroom learning curve.  Some days I seem to spend a lot of time figuring out why something doesn't go as I planned.  As my friend says, it's almost always a selection problem.
In Kim's Start2Finish class I've been working in the print module learning to make a contact sheet.  I edited one of my photos four ways and managed to create a contact sheet of them.
I did a still life photo shoot, something else we've been working on in S2F class.  My kingdom for some light in my house.  I discovered if I set everything up about 10:00 to 10:30AM I have a window of about an hour where I get some light in my bedroom sliding glass door (depending on the whim of the sun).  That time frame is going to get a lot shorter as daylight hours dwindle.  I uploaded 47 photos to Lightroom, culled them and then worked on a couple.  I really like working with LR presets.  Since LR and presets, it seems textures can almost be an overkill depending on the look I want.  Kim has some beautiful presets, and I've made a few of my own. A project I completed for S2F…... set up a plant or flower or? using a paper bag as a holder.
I used only a preset here, but for my Texture Tuesday entry below I used Kim's "Not Too Shabby" texture on the same image.
and… final image…clean and simple.

Kim Klassen dot com

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Is It Fall Yet??

I'm pretending it's fall, but it's really more like Indian summer… enough to sizzle the best of us.
Here goes though.  I have been dabbling with Topaz's latest addition - Topaz Impression.  
This image of white pumpkins was edited in Impression "Impasto".   
I'm so delighted I don't need to buy Corel Paint (which I've been sort of lusting for after seeing the incredible work Karen Burns does.  I drool over her art.  I know she used Corel Paint at one time.  Whatever she uses, she's very adept at it.   
Another Impasto "painting".  
Have you noticed how many different colors and styles of pumpkins appear every year?  They just get more and more spectacular……even the blue are interesting.  Oh, and the warty ones..beautiful in all their quirkiness.
Enjoy the season with friends.  Also be sure to see all the Texture Tuesday entries at Kim's.  I used her "Autumn Burst" on the image below.
and finally, a montage.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Love Affair - Part 2

Another thing I love about Lightroom is the "Print Module".
It makes preparing layouts so fast and easy!!!
I put these images together in about two minutes.

What's even better is that I can save the template and use over and over without having to create a new template.
I do need practice because there is much to think of when creating the layout…things like do I want a border between images or an outside border or stroke,  do I want a color for that border, do I want to "lock to photo aspect ratio", etc.  I find new techniques only become second nature after I repeat the exercise a few times..  If I'm lazy and don't burn it into my memory, I have to go back and revisit how to do a particular technique.  It took me a few tries to get my blog header together. You may be seeing a few of these in the coming days while I practice!
~ Calm ~

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Love Affair

Yes, I'm having a love affair with Lightroom.  I've learned that I can completely (well almost completely) edit an image in Lightroom.  As far as I can see, I can do everything in LR except add layers.  What that means is I have to go into Photoshop to add a texture or text.  Other than that, LR can almost do it all.
For Texture Tuesday, I cheated a bit.  I used Kim's LR preset "Touchadrama".
I liked it so much I never added the texture.  This pretty little bowl came from Anthropologie.  
Join me at Texture Tuesday for more beautiful images.
Kim is actually highlighting images from some of the contributors.     
~ Calm ~


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Just for Fun

It's been a crazy busy week as I'm sure it has been for all of you.  
For Texture Tuesday, I picked an image I have worked with and posted previously.  This time I used Kim's "Dusty Rose" texture and edited for that soft look.
Then I took a turn and decided to have some fun with it.  If you haven't tried, it's loaded with little fun effects.  I use Pixlr Express since I do most of my editing in PS.  I used Pixlr's "smashed" effect here.
The geometrical shapes give it a really different look.  I'm always looking for ways to add a twist to an edit.  
Enjoy the week and stop in to see more Texture Tuesday.

Kim Klassen {dot com}

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Photoshop Artistry, Fine Art Grunge posted some new bonus content for members.  I was taken with these new textures and decided to have a little playtime.  I had taken this shot with my iPhone on the spur of the moment on my way into an office.   It was just one lone dandelion shining its little heart out.
The image was very underexposed, so I cleaned it up, brushed it off, cropped it to a square and added one of the textures.  I love the way it turned out…..very sort of abstract and painterly.

I think if one must have a "weed" in one's yard, the Dandelion is delightful.  It certainly doesn't know it's not wanted.  
~ Calm ~

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hotter Than a Chili Pepper!!

That's what it is here right now, and we have a few more days of it.    So I'm just hunkered down in my studio/office.  Too hot to clean house, right??  Right!!
I think I will paint today, but before I get off on a different track, let me post my entry for Texture Tuesday.  Have you seen Kim Klassen's new website?  She has completely overhauled it, and it is just beautiful.  It is just so "Kim".  I'm taking her "Start to Finish" class again.  Just finished her "Lightroom Begin 2", a freebie, and I'm also taking her "31 Days" which is 31 tips and tricks for Lightroom.  This lady truly gives 110%, and I've learned so much from her.
I edited this image in Lightroom….changed exposure and added a filter from Topaz which now plugs in to Lightroom as well as Photoshop. Yay!!  I took it into PS and added two layers of Kim's "Way".   I took this shot from above, a trick I also learned from Kim.   I know you will want to visit Texture Tuesday's entries for more fun.  So click the button below.

Kim Klassen {dot com}
~ calm ~

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Lightroom Class

With the completion of Kim's Lightroom Begin, I decided to do a real photo shoot.  Since I have so very little natural light to work with, I did everything I could think of.  I held a piece of white foam core hoping to reflect/bounce light.  I still needed more, so this was as good a time as any to play with ISO and exposure compensation.  The exposure compensation makes a huge difference.  So I took 40+ images of the rose and one other still life composition.  I culled and ruthlessly (as Kim puts it) deleted many of them.  This entry for Texture Tuesday made the final cut.
I used Kim's "Annabelle" texture which is one of my favorites.  I like the musical notes on the edges.  
I think I'm finally developing an understanding of Lightroom, but I'm extending my access to this class as there is so much about the library and catalog, I may need forever.  It's a huge learning curve,  for me anyway.  I'm going to sign up for 31 Days….Lightroom Tips and Tricks.  I thought the quote was perfect for my continued learning goals. 
To see more Texture Tuesday art, click on the button below.

Kim Klassen {dot com}