Thursday, 31 March 2011

Textured Garden Cherub

As texturing photos with layers in Photoshop is all the rage I thought I'd have a go at it.

This is the original taken late last Summer in my garden. I fell in love with this little chap and as he was reduced in the local garden centre he came home with us.

I cropped the original and changed the colour/saturation. Then I added a few different textures (I'd already experimented with ink and charcoal on different papers and scanned them) as layers - changing the opacity on some. The edges needed that old look so I had to do that from scratch there and then making a new file that I can use again.

old photo edge (Feel free to use this if you like. You'll have to scale it.)
Why was I messing about doing this when I should have been painting? The truth is sometimes I just can't do what I think I should be doing. It's as if my hands are tied behind my back or I just plain talk myself out of it more's the point! Anyone else feel the same?

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

A Splash of Watercolour

While I'm in the mood for posting. I'm sharing a little urge I had.

Watercolour is a challenge but its unpredictability is fascinating and compelling. So the other day I thought I'd abandon all fear and carefulness and jump in for a splash (literally) of the stuff! No setting up a still life, no planning, no careful draughtsmanship, just acrylic ink, imagination, years of failures, my homemade bamboo
(leycesteria actually) pen and blobs of gorgeous, wet, glowing colour.

It was very enjoyable, I have to say but maybe I'll do just a teeny weeny bit of planning in future.