Another Road……

Todays creative edit again features trees but this time I have added a shadowy figure.

Is he just a man walking away or is he waiting for you…. you make up your own mind.

I have created this image using Photoshop (various layers and blending modes) along with brushes that I have made myself.

This kind of digital art is so enjoyable to create and the bonus is that they are making a lovely set of vibrant prints.

Creative Portrait #5

A bit of a departure for me today as I attempted a more abstract portrait – again featuring the very lovely Stephanie Dubois

These creative digital portraits are for my own enjoyment and not for competition –  so I can work away to my hearts content not wondering if the picture will catch the judge’s eye 🙂

Stephanie Abstraction 1


Creative Portraits

Continuing my exploration of creative “painting” using a combination of Corel Painter 2016 and Photoshop brings me to my latest portrait.

Over the years people have asked me why I don’t do “proper photography”, why do I have to mess about with the picture !  Well in fact I do do proper photography … all the time !  I enjoy taking “straight” images whether it be nature, landscapes, fine art nudes  or portraits and in fact have had success in national and international competitions with those images. But for me, that first straight photographic image is just a means to an end  – in other words, its just the beginning of the journey.



This picture started as a studio shot but I knew I wanted to do more with it… so I used it as my “blank canvas” – a starting point to paint on to create a more ethereal image.

I am well on my way now but…. if you are interested in joining me on my journey via the wonderful world of Corel Painter please click on the FOLLOW JOAN BLEASE PHOTOGRAPHY” tab on this page (top right)  or LIKE the FACEBOOK page or click on the white button to FOLLOW THE BLOG VIA EMAIL






Malta – Further Travels With My Camera

Even though I seem to be using Snappy (Sony DSC RX100 iii) very frequently these days – I haven’t  posted any of the resulting pictures.

Malta 2

Last week I was in Malta and took the opportunity of putting the camera through a number of “trails” to see how it coped on the street.

Malta 1

I am going to Cuba next month so want to have a light responsive camera that I can use for all occasions……..   looks like Snappy will be up for the job 🙂



Dabbling With Textures

Getting excited about  “going on tour” next weekend down to the lovely county of Kent – but in the meantime I am getting ready for the event by having a bit of a dabble with colour and texture

Shadow Of The Crow

I started to play around with textures and blending modes (with the odd colour layered on top ) but when it was finished I felt it needed something…. but what?….a bird!  So I photographed a bird that was sitting in the garden and he fitted into the picture perfectly.

All elements of this picture started life as a photograph – from the textured background to the bird

Looking forward to the Tantalising Textures Workshop on Monday and the various “one to one’s” I am doing whilst I am in the area.

If you are on the workshop…….. I am looking forward to meeting you and help you texturise your particular world

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The Journey Begins…

Over the last few days people have contacted me to express their surprise that I am “doing nature”  !!

Most people “know me” if I am known (which I very much doubt) for being a Creative (not a proper photographer) but it’s not always been that way.

I began my photographic journey (don’t you hate that phrase) back in 2007 when I bought my first DSLR camera and joined a local photographic club. It’s hard to believe that I didn’t find out about competitions until mid 2008 …. but once I did I was totally hooked.

My first images were very much based around people and mostly mono – which is a surprise as I don’t do many mono images these days. Here are a few of them …

2Total-Boredom            3-Holding-Court      Agony-&-Ecstasy


Cheers        3-Lonely-Lunch    The-winning-hand




I attempted nature…

7Great-Crested-Grebe-On-Nest        8Canada-Goose-Wing-Stretching    JoanBlease%2-Female--Mallard-In-Flight


I also didn’t find out about Photoshop until mid 2008 but when I did WOW did I enjoy the whole process of learning how powerful it was.  I learned about layers and composites and here are my very first attempts…. don’t laugh


JoanBlease%4-On-The-Run                                                              GBJOBL10


The above images were taken in 2008 and marks the beginning of my love for all things photographic – needless to say I wasn’t very successful getting many of my pictures accepted in competitions.

However, by the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 I was feeling more confident with my Photoshop manipulations and dipped my toe into the creative world 🙂










As it’s the time of year to look back….. I have found that I have looked back to 2012 and the images I was producing in that year.

It’s really surprising to see what I was doing in 2012 and what I am producing now – I have to say it’s still painterly and still on the surreal side.

I have always appreciated the weird and wonderful and remember how much I enjoyed putting together the headless man and the giraffes – it lead to a number of other images that were equally wild & wacky.

In 2014 I have still enjoyed painting with pixels….. but 2015 is going to see me return to the FINE ART NUDE which I have neglected for a while now.

I am really excited at what is in the pipeline for 2015 and will be able to tell you more about it early next year…… lets just say its going to be FANTASTIC !!


The Yearning

Ophelia's dreaming