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.


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.