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.


Created on my iPad Pro

Image first assembled in Photoshop using a lot of photos and components, then transfer over to my iPad Pro.  Apps used - iColorama, MetaBrush, Repix, Leonardo.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted

Model - Michelle photo Colby Files
Background - Three photos from unsplash combined
Various textures - my collection and AWAKE content

Created on my iPad pro using iColorama, MetaBrush and Repix.  Still playing and still learning - I am getting close to the look I want but not quite there yet.  I want to lose the photo look and have a more painterly look.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pink Flowers

My photo from the Philadelphia Flower Show
Created on my iPad pro using iColorama, MetaBrush

Still playing with my iPad but I am all over the place trying this and that.  I need to get serious and do some actual work that I like. It is tough when you are learning and it is very hard ti keep track of what you did in iColorama.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Two New iPad Creations

The Moon Belongs To Everyone
Models - Unsplash
Background - created with 2 images plus a full moon photo
Created on my iPad pro with iColorama, Metabrush, Repix and Leonardo

Earth Angel
Angel Statue - Unsplash
Background - three photos combined
Created on my iPad using iColorama, MeatBrush, Repix, DistressFX

The weird thing about creating images on my iPad is that I don't know if they are good or awful. In Photoshop I KNEW!!!! Still learning and it isn't easy.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Created on my iPad from a photo using iColorama, MetaBrush, Repix. I am warming up to my iPad but I have to say iColorama is a bear to learn - so much trial and error. I guess I am learning so it is not wasted effort.

Realm Of Shadows

Model - Crissa photo by Colby Files
Background - I used 2 photos plus a full moon photo combined to create the BG

Created on my iPad in MetaBrush and iColorama, Repix, Leonardo.  I am warming up to my iPad - still a huge learning curve.  I finally figured out that it is just a tool to get the job done.  What I do like is I get different results than I would with Photoshop.  I always wanted a more artsy/painterly look and with iColorama I can get this.  

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Dreamer

Model - Unsplash
Background - created using 2 images combined
Created on my iPad using MetaBrush, iColorama, Repix, Leonardo

Another image created on my iPad.  Still not very comfortable working there. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Girl And The Stairs

Model - Unsplash
Background - created using 3 images combined
Created on my iPad using MetaBrush, iColorama, Repix, Leonardo
I saved a number of different images and combined them in Leonardo masking and using the parts I wanted for the finished image. I want to start using my iPad more for my digital art and I want a more artsy/painterly look. I am getting there!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


So I thought I would try one of my PA barn photos in iColorama.  I made a ton of these and combined them.  I love the painterly quality - used a number of effects under the Style menu.  I still have no idea what I am doing but it is fun and you get interesting results.

I was thinking about this today and I usually work in Photoshop and compose complex images with many layers.  I thought I wanted to do that on my iPad too but have decided that if I can do that in PS and do it successfully, then do it there.  I will be using the iPad for painterly/artsy pieces.  Things that are fun and not all that complex.  I have to look at my iPad and the apps as just more tools and I wouldn't hammer a nail with a sponge or wash a window with a hammer.  What I am saying is use the best tool for the job

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

iPad Work

So I have decided I want to do some work on my iPad.  I am just uninspired right now and sick of the same old stuff in Photoshop.  I have my iPad over a year now and have never really used it seriously. I have taken a few classes in mobile art but nothing seems to stick.  The image above I did a few days ago and as I described it I had no idea what I was doing - just winged it.  I said "I did this image last night using - iColorama, Repix, Leonardo and Stackables. I had no idea what I was doing or even how I ended up with this image".

This image was almost done completely in iColorama. Just getting to know what is what. I can see this can become addictive. I saved 4 or 5 different images and then combined them in Leonardo. I also ran it through a few filters in Repix. I have no idea what I am doing yet and that is hard for me being the control freak that I am, but it is fun.

Did this image today. More play in iColorama. Original photo Colby Files. I did try to keep track of what I was doing but I saved so many copies of this image that now I am not sure what ones I used. I did use a lot of the items under Style and also Brush. I also desaturated the image in one of the presets in the Tone section. I liked it better in B&W than color. I ended up assembling the layers and combining them in Leonardo and did a little bit in Repix. Another hard thing for me coming from Photoshop is on my Mac I have access to all my files - on my iPad I kind of think what I want to do and then bring over what I think I will want to use. A lot to get used to but I am trying.

I have decided that I want to work with iColorama for now.  I want to get to know how to use it and see what it can do.  It is a steep learning curve for me.  Maybe I will work on some landscapes next.  I think my major problem is I LOVE to use lots of layers and on my iPad it is not quite as easy as in Photoshop.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Background - Mischief Circus with textures added
Model - Ariana photo Colby Files
Textures, smoke, sparkles, horns, moon, vessel, snakes, mist hair strands - my collection, Mischief Circus and AWAKE content 

Djinn - More commonly known as a Genie, Djinn are supernatural creatures in Arab folklore and Islamic teachings which occupy a parallel world to that of mankind. Like humans, they can be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent. According to the Qu'ran, the Djinn were created by Allah from a smokeless fire.  

I have not been making much art lately - juts not inspired.  Working a bit on my iPad - I did make this in Photoshop.  I want to use my iPad more and get to know the apps but I always come back to PS

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Stairway

Background - image from Pixabay
Model - extracted from a vintage photo
Webs -
Textures, crow, skulls - my collection
Lighting - Auto FX

I added some skulls and just kept adding them - I had even more going up her dress but removed them but I did like the idea and may do another image like that.  You can't go wrong with skulls!!!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Forever Young

Background created using four papers from Jen Maddocks AWAKE content
Girl - extracted from a vintage photo 
Textures, bird brushes, moon, flowers, writing, stuff - my collection and AWAKE content

I did a lot of work on the girl from the vintage photo - the original is below.  I just loved the expression on her face.  I have been hearing the song Forever Young on a commercial lately and I can't help but think these vintage kids are really Forever Young. 

 The original image I used to extract the girl.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Jezebel's Garden

Model - Stephanie photo by Colby Files
Background - created by me using many papers and images
Textures, flowers, bird, clock, trees, gate, hair strands, stars - my collection and Mischief Circus

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pull Of The Moon

Background - combined two photos from unsplash
Model - created using bits and pieces (head, arms, dress, feet, hair) combined
Moon - my photo of a full moon 
Texture, smoke, sparkle, hair strands - all my collection

Been thinking of this image for some time - not quite sure if this is it but for now it will do. I am a Cancer and a moon child and I find all phases of the moon fascinating.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Almost An Angel

Model - Ariana photo by Colby Files
Background - created using two images
Wings - Raw Exchange 
Textures, feather, writing, stars, trees - my collection

Playing with wings - this is a beautiful photo taken by the amazing Colby!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Vintage Sisters

Background made from 2 photos and many textures
Sisters - extracted from a vintage photo 
Additional textures and stuff  - my collection and AWAKE content

Something different for a change - I love to work with vintage images.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Spending Time In The Woods

Background - my photo from one of my morning walks
Larger clock - 
Textures, feather, clocks, hair strands, sign - my collection

A play on words.  This is a path in the woods near my house and I pass by it every day.  I have no idea where it leads.

That Annoying Guy At The Train Station

Background - created combining four photos - one from Pixabay and three from Sebastian Michaels AWAKE content
Model - Aurora extracted from a photo by Colby Files 
Trunk - Mischief Circus
Textures, hat, feather, flowers, birds, bird brushes, tag, star, sparkle - all my collection and AWAKE content

Yea weird I know but fun too.  I love to add the unexpected element to my compositions and I love to use skulls and skeletons. I thought the abstract background resembled a station of some type so I added the trunk.  I wonder if she accepts the flowers??

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Valentine

Background made up of 2 photos combined
Floating hearts - Textures, dove, writing - all my collection

Well it's that time of year again so I thought I would make a Valentines image.  I am not particular inspired or happy with what I have been creating lately.  I just do not know what direction I want to go so that is a problem.  I make very simple images - I use Photoshop Elements and hardly anything else special.  I have some 3rd party stuff but tend not to use it.  I do not use actions because I prefer to make my own images my way.  I guess I will just keep plugging along and see where I get to.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Background - created using two of my photos
Sheep - extracted from an unsplash photo
Model - Aurora - extracted from a photo by Colby Files  
Textures, weeds and grasses - my collection

I wanted to make an image in the style of William-Adolphe Bouguereau - one of my favorite artists

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Model - Stephanie - extracted from a photo by Colby Files
Background - Mischief Circus
Back Zebra, chair - Mischief Circus 
Textures, moon, hair strands, striped stockings, bird, front zebra, weeds, sparkle, stars, feather, flower - all my collection

The Circus!!  I wanted to make an image with a woman in striped stockings and this is what I ended up with - quite a lot of stripes!!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Radar Love

Background - made using 2 images
Models - Hannah &  Miles photo by Colby Files
Steampunk elements - Mischief Circus 
Textures and other stuff - my collection

So back to Photoshop.  I love making Steampunk art and haven't made any in awhile.  When I saw this photo from Colby I know it would make a great Steampunk themed image.  I wanted the figures to be the main focus but still wanted a steampunk theme.  I added the glasses to the male figure and created an appropriate background.  Lastly I ran it through a few filters.  I work pretty simply - I mostly do not use anything fancy - just Photoshop Elements and the filters provided with the program lots of masking and layers.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Power Of Three

Models - extracted from a photo from unsplash
Textures, moon, stars, birds, stuff - my collection 
iPad apps - Repix, Icolorama, Stackables

Made this on my iPad.  I haven’t been using it much lately and wanted to get back into making some art there too.  I am finally coming to realize that I do not always have to make a polished digital image in Photoshop. What used to bother me was I wanted to make the same exact type of images on my iPad as I did on my Mac - I didn’t want to be able to tell the difference as to where I made it.  That caused me not to use my iPad because I was out of “my comfort zone”.  Now I am liking the different look of the iPad work and want to do more using the apps there.  Another goal for 2017.  

Friday, February 3, 2017


So nothing in this image is real and I guess I am into rain and umbrellas right now. And yea I know the stop sign is on the wrong side of the road - it needed to be there.
I made the model from bits and pieces of other photos. The face is Hannah - photo Colby Files. The skirt and feet from another image as well as the arms, top and umbrella from another.
The background is made up from four photos
Textures, rain, stop sign, birds, lantern all my collection

Gotta love Photoshop!!!!!

I am still thinking about recurring images and in this one I have my usual dark image with the birds.  I completely created this model and it was no easy task but I think she works pretty well.  I like working with the rain and umbrellas for now - I can see a few more with his theme coming up. I do think there is a story here!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Background - created using six different photos
Textures, rain, hair strands, bird brushes, trees, stars - all my collection and AWAKE content

So this is my first image for February.  I spent some time creating this one.  I actually made the background first which is not how I usually work.  I made a similar background once before and I used that as the basis for this one.  After I made the stormy road I needed to put something on it.  This was not the original model I was going to use but I loved the way her white dress and umbrella looked against the dark stormy background.  I am going to use the other model in another umbrella image.  

Someone on the AWAKE group posted today about the Rule of Thirds.  I know all about that rule but never really follow it.  In this image I put my main subject smack dab in the middle and for me it works.  As I stated in my previous post I just finished a portfolio renovation with Brooke Shaden - on one of the days she talked about recurring themes or elements in your images.  Some recurring elements for me are the moon, trees, flowers, birds, skulls, a model, cats, keys, fog/mist and clouds. I never really thought about that before but now I am so much more aware of what I use in my images and how my props set the mood.  I also like the umbrella in this image and think I may do a few images if not a series using the umbrella.  My theme in this one as usual is dark and moody and for me this also tells a story.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Looking At My Work

I did the 20 day Portfolio renovation with Brooke Shaden and it was very informative.  It has me looking at my work in new and different ways.  Right now I feel my work is not cohesive in a number of ways - color, style, subject, appearance, etc.  I am all over the place.  This is not unusual for me as I do get bored but I don’t want my overall collection of work to suffer for it.  I plan on working on sone standards for my finished work.  I also want to work in a more thoughtful way and this will probably mean slowing down which will be a good thing.

One exercise was to look at a group of images and pick out your favorite and least favorite and list why.  I like this idea - I don’t always love everything I post so analyzing why is a good exercise.  I usually complete about 10 to 15 or so images every month and at the end of each month I am going to do this exercise.  So for January I have picked my favorite and my least favorite image.  I had trouble picking my favorite which is a good thing since that means I liked a lot of what I posted but there were a few I was less englamored with so not a good thing.  

One of my favorites was Escape The Sea above. I like it because it is a good composition - the eye moves around the image.  The overall coloring holds together well.  There is a lot of action and things to see so it is interesting.  It has good and correct lighting.  All the parts are in correct proportion and the main image is easily defined. AND the big one for me it tells a story.  

One of my least favorites is The Family Tree above.  I am not all that sure why I don’t care for it but I worked on it a lot trying to resolve some issues and maybe it just has too many elements in it.  Too many things shouting look at me. There is just too much going on.  The coloring is OK and there really isn’t much lighting at all.  It does tell a story but I am not in love with this image.  Problem is I really don’t know what I would change to make it better so sometimes for me it is best to move on. 

I will be blogging more about the Portfolio renovation in the coming weeks as I work through more of the information.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Love Lost

Model - extracted from a vintage photo and then I colored her
Bleeding mascara -
Background created using textures, some photos and other stuff - all my collection  

Monday, January 23, 2017

Of Fire

Model - Ashlieya photo by Colby Files
Textures, writing, stuff - my collection and AWAKE content

I am very much in love with the work of Jean Jacques Henner and started off wanted to make a digital image like one of his paintings but that is not what happened here - maybe next time!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dispel The Darkness

Background - created using three images from Pixabay
Birdcage -  
Textures, lighting, birds, writing, smoke - my collection

I am not loving this but I am sick of working on it.