Thursday, September 21, 2017


Created on my iPad 
Apps - Adobe Paintcan, Repix, Procreate

Selune represents the mysterious power of the moon, the celestial force that influences the tides, changes lycanthropes, orders of reproductive cycles, and pulls at the edges of sanity. An incalculably ancient deity, Selune approaches existence with the placid calm of dappled moonlight. Like the moon itself, the quietly mystical Lady of Silver has many faces.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

No Need To Please

Model - Pixabay
Created on my iPad

Finally creating some art again - I just wasn't feeling inspired.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

PA Landscape

Created on my iPad - apps Adobe Paintcan, Repix and Procreate
My photo from PA.
Loving Paintcan interesting app and lots of potential, easy to use and nice results. I think maybe I should have brought this into iColorama for some lighting and color adjustments but was just playing with Paintcan for now.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Shadow Creature

Created on my iPad using Procreate, iColorama, Repix

Model Pixabay

Still now what I have in mind but I am getting closer.  Loving my iPad and the apps but so much to learn.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Two Images

Both created in my iPad with various apps.  I like the first better but they are different so hard to compare.

Monday, August 28, 2017


Model - Hannah Colby File
Created on my iPad

I just cannot seem to make the type of image I have in mind - working on my iPad but still thinking Photoshop. I need to maybe spend a month or more just experimenting on the iPad with nothing in mind and no posting to get where I need to go - I am frustrated!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dark Angel - I Will Remember You

Back to creating my own stuff after completing the 15 Day challenge.  Did this one on my iPad pro with a lot of different apps.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

15 Day Challenge Slideshow


So I decided to make a video/slideshow of all 15 images together.  I used iMovie to make the video - I know nothing about iMovie but somehow managed to make the video.  Full screen it looks awesome. Pretty easy and interesting - I need to learn more about iMovie. Something else to take up my time - good thing fall and winter are coming


Day 15 of Brook Shaden’s 15 Day Challenge
And so it ends. I loved the challenges and loved having a theme for each image. I am ready to get back to experimenting and doing my own work but I really did learn a lot. I think I have learned to be more thoughtful in planning my images. I also learned that I like to have more time to refine and add stuff to my work before I post it. It has been a great 15 days! And yea that is me at lunch.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Flying - Even Angels Stop To Rest

Day 14 of Brook Shaden’s 15 Day Challenge

Flying - Even Angels Stop To Rest

The challenge was to make interesting wings.  I made mine with paint  and spatter.  I liked the idea of the angel taking a time out to rest a little before she flies off.  I do feel it was too easy to make an image of an angel - my first thought was a flying pig or fish but that will have to be for next time.  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Forgotten - Books

Day 13 of Brooke Shaden’s 15 Day Challenge

Forgotten - Books

Between Kindles, Nooks and Tablets people have forgotten about reading actual books.  The challenge today was forgotten using paper - so my book pages are the paper.  I could have used any reference for this image - newspaper, notes, cards, letters, etc. all forgotten in this modern electronic age. Created on my iPad. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Day 12 of Brooke Shaden's 15 Day Challenge
Pressure of Living Underwater
I had a lot of ideas for this challenge but not a lot of time to develop them. This was not my first thought but it is where I ended up. Sometimes the pressure just gets so great we need to escape what is confining us. Model - Pixabay.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Diversity - Herbs

Day 11 of Brooke Shaden’s 15 Day Challenge
Diversity - Herbs
In an effort not to repeat myself or to rely on what is easy I decided to challenge myself today and create an image without a model. My other challenge was to create it on my iPad with some of the new apps I just purchased. This is a photo I took in the beginning of the summer at a nursery near my house. I loved the display they had set up. I wanted a painterly quality to the finished piece and I wanted to keep the feeling of the sunlight. I like to actually make my art so I do not like to rely on an app or filter to do the work. I like to manipulate with my Apple Pencil, make a number images in different apps and then combine everything. I really liked making this image and want to explore these apps more in depth.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Being Alive

Day 10 of Brooke Shaden's 15 day challenge

Being Alive

We can never be truly alive until we break free from the ropes that bind us. Created in Photoshop model credit mjranum Deviantart. I was running out of time today but would like to develop this theme at a later date.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Day 9 of Brooke Shaden's 15 day challenge


I have been a Photoshop user for a LOT of years. Last year I bought an iPad and I am determined to use it to make art. There are so many apps out there and I am curious as to what a lot of them do. I created this image using my newest app purchase and a few others. I am wanting a more painterly/artsy look to my images and this gives a great watercolor look and feel. I do not have a lot of apps but I do want to know about the ones I did buy - how they work, what they can do and how to combine the results. For me this girl just looks curious!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Day 8 of Brooke Shaden's 15 day challenge


We all have the potential for greatness - sometimes all it needs to grow is a little quite time and planning. Model credit AuroraDreams Deviantart

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Day 7 of Brooke Shaden's 15 day challenge


The whole idea of time is very hard for us to understand.  The older you get the faster it passes.  I tried to portray the idea that from youth to death is just a blink of the eye - time is running out for us all.  What a happy thought!

Created on my iPad.  I think I am reverting back to the easy images and I do what this to be a challenge so I may need to think harder.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Beauty - The Sea

Day 6 of Brooke Shaden's 15 day challenge

Beauty - The Sea

What I feel is beautiful is nature particular the sea.  I live by the ocean but I am not englamoured with a beautiful sunny beach day. I love wet stormy days by the sea.  The smell of salt air and the cool dampness seeping into my skin.  Beauty to me is a stormy, foggy day.  

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Broken City - Shattered Dreams

Day 5 of Brooke Shaden's 15 day challenge

Broken City - Shattered Dreams

This was not what I initially thought I would do - my first thought was a broken heart but this is where I ended up. I am playing catch up today. Created in Photoshop.

Spellbound - The Moon

Day 4 of Brooke Shaden's 15 day challenge
Spellbound - The Moon

I find the moon fascinating and mesmerizing and I could look at it for hours spellbound. I am a moon child! Created on my iPad. I am trying to just make quick images for this challenge - not quite as finished as I usually do.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Day 3 of Brooke Shaden's 15 day challenge

Endings - Door

My third challenge and this one was to portray endings using a door. My idea is that we are all prisoners of time so it is best to step through the door of possibilities while we still have time. Model Colby Files.

Thursday, August 3, 2017


Day 2 of Brooke Shaden's 15 day challenge

Emotion - Sadness

My second challenge and this one was to show emotion and not show faces.  Well I do have a bit of a face in this one.  I have been doing a lot of images partially cut off and figured this would work well for this challenge.  Created on my iPad.


My first image of the Brooke Shaden 15 day challenge.  The theme was rebirth. To me nothing says rebirth like the cycles of nature especially the growth and reseeding of flowers and weeds.  I guess I will consider the close up and spacing of the pod on my canvas as my enclosed space.

My intent for myself for the 15 day challenge is to use my iPad for the images.  I tend to do a lot of “people” images so this was a nice change for me.  We will see if I actually do an image a day but I do know I will complete all 15 challenges!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Between Light And Shadow

Model - Pixabay
Background - tow of my photos
Moon, feather, bird, crown - my collection
Created on my iPad

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Textures and stuff - my collection
Created on my iPad iColorama, Repix, Stackables Procreate

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Day Walker

Background - created using a number of photos (my collection and Sebastian Michaels)
Model - Pixabay
Bird brushes, crown - my collection
Created on my iPad - apps Adobe Paint Can, Repix, Stackables, Procreate

Saturday, July 22, 2017

In The Morning

Model - Pixabay
Textures, bird, flowers, stuff - my collection
Created on my iPad using Adobe PaintCan, Repix, Stackables and Procreate.  I am loving Stackables!!!!!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Model - Pixabay
Background - created by me using lots of textures, flowers and stuff
Created on my iPad with iColorana, MetaBrush, Repix, Stackables and Procreate

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lonesome Tree

Composite made on my iPad from a number of photos. Apps - iColorama, Repix, Snapseed, Procreate

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bird And A Bottle

Model - Pixabay
Textures, bird, smoke, sparkle - my collection
Created on my iPad - apps - Metabrush, iColorama, Procreate
I am really loving this one!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Model - Pixabay
Textures, stuff - my collection
Processed on my iPad Pro.  Apps used - Brushstrokes, iColorama, Procreate
Back working on my iPad and enjoying it!!!!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Fortune Teller

Model - Pixabay
Textures, stuff - my collection

Processed on my iPad Pro.  Apps used - Brushstrokes, iColorama, MetaBrush, Procreate

Monday, June 26, 2017

Modern Day Godiva

Godiva - extracted from a painting by John Collier
Background - Pixabay
Harley - my photo and my motorcycle
Textures, birds, sword, flower, tattoos, feather, pearls, hair strands - my collection
Lighting - Auto FX

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Red Hair

Model - Pixabay
Background created using a number of photos and textures
Initially created on my iPad - apps - iColroama, MetaBrush. Finished in Photoshop.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Homage To George Hitchcock

Background - from my inspiration painting
Textures, birds, trees, writing, flowers - all my collection

I love the art work of George Hitchcock and decided to do a digital image based on one of his paintings Calypso - 

This image is a combination of work in Photoshop and on my iPad - apps iColorama and Repix.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Day Dreaming

Model - Pixabay image
Textures, bird, writing, leaves - my collection
Created on my iPad - apps used iColorama, Repix, Stackables, Procreate

Sunday, June 4, 2017

My Geranium

Photo taken on my iPhone processed on my iPad.  Apps used - iColorama, Repix, Stackables, Procreate.

This is my large planter in the front of my house.  I see it every time I go for my AM walk and return home.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Look Down

Photo taken on my iPhone processed on my iPad.  Apps - iColorama, Repix, Stackables, Procreate. 

This is a low wooden railing that runs along the walking path on my AM walk.  This vine has started to grow against it in places as well as on a lot of the trees - I don’t think this is a good thing.  So very much green in the spring so I tried to dull the color a bit in this one.   

Friday, June 2, 2017

Look Up

Another image in my AM Walk Series.  Maybe a little cheating here as I took this photo a few months ago - before the trees had leaves - but it was on an AM walk.  Photo taken on my iPhone processed on my iPad in iColorama and Procreate.

I love the look of the bare branches against the grey winter sky.  I used iColorama to make the tree image and then Procreate to add a moon, birds and texture.  

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tree On Spring Meadow

The third image in my AM Walk series.  Photo taken on my iPhone processed on my iPad.  Apps used - iColorama, Repix, Laminar, Mextures, Destressed FX, Procreate. 
I also added some additional texture, birds, writing, branch when I assembled the final image in Procreate.

Spring Meadow is one of the main roads in our community and the walking path runs parallel to it.  This photo was taken looking into the storm basin after a rain storm. I really like the texture and painterly feel of this one.  I am enjoying the simplicity of these images.  

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


My photo taken with my iPhone on my morning walk. Lots of Rhododendrons out in our community. Image processed on my iPad - apps used - MetaBrush, Brushstroke, Repix, Stackables, Procreate. I made quite a few images and then combined them in Procreate to get the look I wanted. I wanted a watercolor painted feel to this one. So my second image in my AM Walk series I am on a roll!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Micky's Flowers

My photo from my iPhone processed on my iPad.  Apps - Repix, Brushstroke, Procreate, Icolorama, Stackables.

I have decided to take photos every day on my morning walk and process them in different apps on my iPad.  I would like to do one a day for 30 days - but we shall see about that.  These images will be simple and very personal.  I have a tree in my front yard which is a Carolina Silverbell.  In the spring it has beautiful bell shaped flowers that smell wonderful and attract a lot of bees.  I picked a flower bunch and photographed it on white paper with my iPhone.  I processed  it on my iPad. The pod shapes are from another picture I took by the pond.  The tree’s name is Micky.  I want to make painterly/artsy images rather than digital looking work for this series.

Monday, May 29, 2017

At The Cafe

Woman - extracted from a painting by Gustave Jean Jacquet
Background image - 1875 painting by Ilya Repin “A Paris Cafe”
Bird, feather - my collection
iPad apps - Repix, Stackables 
Continuing my efforts to make my work look less digital, more painterly and better integrated. The iPad apps are great for a painterly look - I keep coming back to Repix for right now. Textures on this created in Stackables.

Saturday, May 27, 2017


So this was an experiment the first image is from about 8 years ago when I actually painted abstract paintings. The second and third images are from ArtRage which I tried to do an abstract work from scratch. Of course I like the original painting best but this was my first try at working in ArtRage on my iPad. So this was fun and I think I will explore it further.  I need to figure out how to get a more brushed look in the digital images.  I actually had that but kind of softened it in Repix.  I am learning but having fun. This makes me want to paint for real again.  I lost my studio when we moved into a smaller house 5 years ago so it is not easy to paint large canvases where I am now.  But it is something to think about. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

iPad Apps

So I thought I would explore some apps I frequently use on my iPad.  I figured I would start with the above image and go from there and keep track of what I use.  I cropped it to the size I wanted.

The image above was worked on in ArtRage.  This is a new app for me and I do not know too much about it.  It is pretty much a paint program and I really want to explore and see what it can do.  You can create layers in this app so I created a few and painted and drew on the layers.  I then saved the image for the next step.

I took the ArtRage image into MetaBrush and painted on top of it.  I really love MetaBrush but am still learning what it can do and how to do it.  It is made by the same person as iColorama.  This app really gives a photo a painterly look which is what I want.

I then took the image into Repix one of my favorite apps.  I further refined the painterly feel of the photo. I added charcoal, drips, tags and other marks.  I love what you can do with this app and I was pretty happy with the image so far.

I next brought the image into Procreate and layered a texture over it and did a few slight adjustments to it.

I then brought it into Stackables and added another texture.  What I like is that I have the same image to compare.  I learned a lot doing this exercise.  I jump from app to app on my iPad and when I am done I have no idea how I created the final image or even which apps I used or in what order.  I do consider this just an exercise but I do like what I created in such a short time.  The iPad is really amazing and the apps mind blowing. I plan on learning and exploring during the summer months and the best part is that my iPad is portable.