The Purple Barn

Channelling my inner Van Gogh again (apologies to the Master) I thought I would continue in my Purple Fields series.

This one again started out as a photograph but I messed about with it in Corel Painter and Photoshop.

Finished up with something, as far as I am concerned, a little more interesting and a lot more painterly

 

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Being Creative On A Cold Afternoon

What to do when its cold, wet and dismal outside????   Do something creative ?

I love putting images together for no other reason than a) it makes me happy  b) it takes up a little time on a cold wet afternoon c) I love to see what emerges from a blank screen when I just mess about putting bits and pieces of images together

Should make a nice print 🙂

 

 

 

Dare To Share?

From a very early age I was taught to share – even though we had nothing and this need to share has never left me.

When I visit camera clubs to do may presentations I am regularly thanked for sharing my “knowledge” and people often say that they are surprised I am so open as to how I “do things”. I have lost count of the number of people who tell me that so and so at their club knows how to do something to a high standard but when asked how they did it will say “oh, I’ve forgetting how I did that…. I did it a long time ago”… or similar statements.

Whether it be camera settings, what lighting was used, how a picture was constructed or even the name of the model featured in the photograph, many people will keep this information closely guarded.

In some ways I understand. If you have taken the time and trouble to learn something (especially if you have paid for that information) does it sit comfortably to then pass on that newly gleaned information to others ? I have heard people say “I had to learn how to do such and such a thing so everyone else should do the same and find out for themselves……why should I teach them”. I also understand that for some people telling others how they (for example) put their picture together might help others to “beat them in the monthly comps” – I have heard this reason for not helping others time and time again, I have also had personal experience of that particular mind set when the person involved would always shrug and smile when asked how they had created the image.

I was told a few years ago “that I was crazy” to show people how I did my textured images – I was told that I should “keep it a secret and tell no-one”. Those that know me know I didn’t take any notice of that piece of advice and there are lots and LOTS of people who have attended my workshops and those people are now producing some lovely textured images. Am I dismayed about that fact … not in the least ! I am thrilled to bits that they have embraced what I have shown them and gone off and done their own thing.

I try and help and give advise to as many people as I can – people come to my home for a one to one, I give critiques over the internet and I also run a Face Book group which is dedicated to help people be more creative. This is all done free of charge and I do it willingly in the hope that some (if not all) may benefit from the little bit of input I give them

Helping others improve is a great gift and seeing them blossom and move forward is a wonderful thing and I for one throughly recommend it.

 

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.

Children From The Past

Today I have concentrated on colorising these two little children – I still have to wonder who they were and where their lives took them. Obviously I will never know.

A little bit of added surrealism makes the difference to this picture..  Well I think so anyway.

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Little Girl Blue

Todays bit of surrealist fun is another of my colourised vintage photographs – with bits and pieces added from my own personal photographic collection.

Planning a whole series of this type of image – for no other reason than enjoying being creative 🙂

 

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If You Go Down To The Woods…….

It’s quite a while since I visited the surreal world I inhabited a few years ago… so I thought it was time to packed my Photoshop bag of tricks and revisit it.

Don’t know if there is going to be a dark theme but do know its going to be on the surreal side.