A page from my sketchbook journal, using colored pencils and watercolor wash.
Yes, it’s been awhile…It has been such a busy and fun summer, but I’m finally getting back into the groove with some new work.
Out in the garden the other morning doing some pruning and dead-heading, I was inspired by the different dried seed pods to make these collage pieces.
Looking out my kitchen window, I saw a little sparrow in my forsythia hedge eating the flowers off the branches. I’ve been enjoying the birds in my yard for a long time now, but I had never noticed that’s what the sparrows were doing before! I couldn’t resist doing a quick little watercolor sketch of that little guy with a mouthful.
Since discovering some new photo apps, I’ve been spending (too much) time experimenting. For years I have used Photoshop Elements and then last year I moved up to Photoshop CC. I still have a lot to learn about that latter one.
These pictures of the dahlia garden were taken last fall at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, NY. I edited the first photo a bit in Photoshop Elements-brightening it up and blurring the background, then on my Android, I manipulated it with the PhotoDirector app, using a grunge effect. Fun!
In this second photo, the background was changed to black and white in Elements and the colors of the flower and bud were saturated slightly.
The third photograph wasn’t touched up too much. I just cropped, brightened it a little, and blurred the background. I like the blur tool!
Some free photo apps that I use :
PHOTOSHOP EXPRESS – a camera and editing app
PICSART – a photo editing app that I use for making grids with multiple photographs
SNAPSEED – for photo editing on your mobile
VSCO – a camera, editing and photo sharing app. I just added this, but haven’t really checked it out yet.
I know some people who really like CAMERA+, a camera and editing app for iPhones. I have an Android, so can’t say.
I do find I’m using my digital camera less and less and my “phone” more and more, especially now that I have all these apps to help make my photos look so good!
I know there are so many apps to choose from. Are there any others for photo editing that anyone would recommend?
Finally back at work on some new collages. This is a digital piece, all done on the computer, using much of the old books pages, letters and images I’ve been collecting and scanning. The flower basket is a black and white image that I hand colored. Hope you like it! Oh, and I’m having some blank notecards made with this design, as well as an 8″ x 10″ print ready for framing – they’ll be available for sale soon.