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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Yellow Dress

Model - photo by Sebastian Michaels
Textures, flower, bird - my collection
Processed on my iPad - apps MetaBrush, iColorama, Repix, Stackables, Procreate
Still working on the iPad and hopefully improving.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The King's Castle

Created on my iPad with a composite of a number of different photos and brushes.  Apps - Procreate, Repix, iColorama, Stackables.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I Pray To The Birds

Background - composite of a couple photos

Textures, birds, tree, bird brushes, hair strands, feather, grasses, sparkles - all my collection

Monday, May 8, 2017

She Grows Wings

Image created on my Mac in Photoshop then moved over to my iPad for processing.  Apps - Procreate, iColorama, Repix, Stackables.  This is bits and pieces from a lot of different stuff. I know I could have continue to use PS to complete the image but I really want to learn the Apps on my iPad and see what they can do.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Edge Of The Lake

Photo I took two years ago at Lake Ariel in PA combined with two other slow shutter photos. Processed on my iPad - apps Procreate, Brushstrokes, Repix and Stackables. Original photo below.

The Old White House

Created on my iPad - apps  Brushstroke, Procreate, Repix and Stackables.  This is a combination of a couple of photos and AWAKE content. Still working on my iPad not sure how I like it but it is different and I am determined.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Barn

My barn photo placed in part of an image from Pixabay. iPad apps used - Brushstroke, Distressed FX, Stackables. I liked how the fence was a gateway into the image and the trees balanced out the bar and keeps the eye moving around the image.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Guardian Angel

Created on my iPad using iColorama, MetaBrush, Stackables, Procreate

Monday, April 24, 2017


Model - unsplash
Textures and stuff - my collection AWAKE content
Created on my iPad - apps - Repix, Procreate, iColorama, Leonardo, maybe more not sure
So I played with this image some more on my iPad and I finally liked this one.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

iPad Girl

So playing on my iPad and trying to figure out how to get the look I want.  I am getting closer but not there yet.  This girl photo is from Pixabay and I thought I would bring her over to my iPad and tryout some different apps and techniques.  The roses in the final image are two of my photos and I grew the roses too!  I don't like one of these better than another they are different.  They are meant to be learning experiences.  It is difficult when in your head you know what you want to do and the look you are going for but you are not that experienced on the iPad to pull it off.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tunnel Of Tears

Background created using 3 different images
Model - Pixabay
Skeleton, dove - my collection

Started in Photoshop to initially build up the image.  Transferred to my iPad - apps iColorama, MetaBrush, Repix. Transferred back to Photoshop for lighting effects and finishing.  On the iPad I saved many copies and used them to layer in Photoshop to get the finished image. Not sure how I feel about this one - I do not want what I create on my iPad to look exactly like I did it in Photoshop and this is pretty close. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Model - Ariana photo Colby Files
Background - my photo of some weeds and pods and a pic using Slow Shutter of some trees
Texture - one of the images from the new AWAKE content by Michelle Mondragon - downloaded just now and thought I would use one of the yellow images

So processed on my iPad in iColorama.  Moved back to Photoshop and messed with there quite a bit. I called this Transition because I think that is where I am right now with my digital art. I am just playing and trying to figure out iColorama and some other iPad apps.  Not sure where I am going with this but I am going!

Friday, April 14, 2017


My photo worked on my iPad in iColorama. Photo taken on one of my morning walks.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Pipe Dreams

Model - Ariana photo by Colby Files
Background - three photos by Sebastian Michaels

Created on my iPad iColorama, MetaBrush then taken into Photoshop for adjustments and finishing
I am pretty uninspired lately - I know it will pass but it is annoying.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The In-between Place

My photos of woods and a meadow in PA.  Processed on my iPad in Icolorama and Metabrush. Brought back into PS for some adjustments and additional textures. I wasn't sure about the strong color - I usually don't use color like this but I decided to keep it.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Sand Dunes

My iPhone photos of sand dunes at Island Beach State Park.  I combined 2 photos to make this image.  I was looking for an NC Wyeth look.  I love all of the Wyeth’s art but especially NC’s.  

Processed on my iPad Pro using iColorama and then taken into the newly updated Distressed FX App.  I was so excited with all the new overlays and textures that I didn’t write down what I finally ended up using.  I will keep better track next time.  What I do like is that what I used in Distressed FX changed the coloring on my image to a warmer more turquoise feel and I liked it a lot.

View From A Maine Beach

Two of my photos taken in Maine last year. I changed out the sky in the original beach picture for something more moody. Processed on my iPad pro in iColorama, Repix and Distressed FX (Boast overlay and Blue Moon texture).  

I wanted a very painterly look to this and it is very much like the watercolors that I used to do.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Girl

Model - image from Pixabay
Background - made up from 3 photos by Sebastian Michaels
Additional textures and stuff added

These images were created in iColorama using different effects.  One color and the other more monochromatic.  I don’t like one more than the other because they are so different but I wanted to post both.  I am trying to learn iColorama so I have been using the same images and trying out different effects to compare and see the results.  I actually made a lot from this one image and ended up layering some of them in Photoshop and adding some additional textures and stuff.  My plan is to fuse PS and my iPad to produce my new work.  Still in the learning stages.