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.