Friday, September 30, 2011

Topaz is Soooo Much Fun

I wanted to post some more treated images from my playing around with programs projects.  Here's one:

I actually had a trial copy of Nik Pro Efex 3 that I did some experimenting with.  The trial has run out, but I still haven't decided if I want to purchase this set of filters.

I thought this was a fun little boat tooling around the lake on a beautiful day.

A sweet little rock garden leading up to a gargantuan mansion on the lake.
A guy fishing under a bridge.

No explanation  necessary.  Just took this image from the side of the road. 
And a little gazebo on the lake.  I used DAP on this one.  As always, I love getting comments.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Playing with Programs

I've been doing a lot of playing lately with other digital painting programs, even combining some of them.  I'll be posting some here. Love the color on this one.

All the images were taken by me over the past year. 

For those of you not familiar with Dynamic Auto Painter, it's a sweet little auto painting program that really produces some exciting effects--especially when coupled with other programs and plug-ins--PSCS5, Topaz, Corel Painter, and DAP.  So cool!

Another thing about DAP is that you can go to their forums and download additional painting styles.  Yea!

I thought I'd put the word out that I'm still looking for animals to paint.  So, if you'd like to see your pet painted, be sure to send me a photo.

  I hope everyone is having an awesome day.

Friday, September 23, 2011


My granddaughter recently started dance class--tap and ballet.  I brought my camera hoping to get a few good images.  Unfortunately, we had to sit in a small room to the back of the dancers behind a very dirty, smudgy window with lots of reflections, making it very difficult to take pictures. But, I caught a few when she turned around.  This is a painting from one of those.  Not too bad considering all the reflections.  Anyway, I'm hoping everyone is having an awesome day.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I wanted to post some images that were considered more photography and paintings, although, lets face it, I can't completely stay away from Photoshop.  I was able to create an Action in Photoshop that included a BuzSim, Topaz adjustment and I used it on several images which I will be posting here on my blog and some on FineArtAmerica.

This image is from a tranquil scene on a lake and I hope that's what it makes people feel when viewing it.  This image is also posted on FineArtAmerica

And lastly, at least for today, this is another tranquil scene from our boat.  Also available for purchase here.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.  As always, any and all comments are welcome.  Take care.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mr. Schnauzer

Here's another pet portrait from an image I saw on Public Domain I thought he could use a little color, so I boosted the blues, and used traditional brush work in Corel Painter 11.  As always, I like to use Photoshop for all my adjustments.

Some days, I don't have much to say.  Today is one of those days.  I do hope that everyone is having a glorious day.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mountain Streams and a Little Dog Too!

This week I've been experimenting with several digital plug-ins in addition to the usual digital paintbrushes that I normally use.  Here are two more images that I've used from the public domain website that I particularly like:

The first is a sweet little pooch with bows in his hair.  In addition to painting this little dog, I also used a little program called FotoSketcher to give him a watercolor effect.  You can find the original image here.  I also obtained permission from the owner of the image to post this to my Fine Art America site where I hope to benefit animal rescue organizations through the sales of my pet portraits.

The second is a oil painting done solely in Photoshop from an image from the same website.  I used the Art History Brush for this painting, taking several snapshots throughout the process to work from.  You can find the original here.

I hope you enjoy and be sure to leave comments.  I love them.  Also be sure to check out Artists in Blogland here.  If you are artist, this might be the place for you too!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sweet Colorful Kitty

This is a painting from an image that I found in the public domain at  I decided that this cutie needed some added color, so I gave her a boost.  I'm continuing to work with some of the plugins that I referred to in my last post. The majority of the painting was done in Corel Painter, as usual.  To purchase greeting cards or prints your can visit Fine Art America here.   Some of the proceeds from the sale of prints and greeting cards will help benefit animal rescue organizations.

I hope everyone is having a glorious Saturday!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Painterly Portrait of a Cute Dog and a Cat, too!

I decided that I needed to paint some images with a more painterly approach.  One of my mentors recently did a webinar where she showed us how she approaches a painting while also using several programs/plug-ins in her "Digital Artist Toy Box".  I had most of these programs already, but I did purchase a new one and downloaded a demo version of another.  If interested in her products and workshops, you can find her here.

Another rather fun thing happened recently.  I found an email in my mail box from a writer, Jazz singer and art lover, who writes a weekly blog column and asked if I would like to be interviewed.  Of course, I said yes and that I was very honored to be asked.  You can find that interview here.  Here name is Deborah E and the name of her blog is Scat N Style.

Both of the images used in these paintings are in the public domain and you can find the originals here, and here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The White Bird from Madiera

For greeting cards and prints please visit FineArtAmerica here.

I had this image from our past vacation down in Florida at Madiera Beach and thought, "I've never painted a bird before."  So here is my attempt at painting a bird.  I can't tell you what kind of bird this is, and I suppose I could look it up.  But, really, do I need to?  I thought it was a pretty bird, so I took a picture of it... so there.  Anyway, we are having the most outstanding weather here right now.  I almost hate saying that because of all the recent devastation from mother nature in other parts of the country.  Here Louisiana was battered yet again and next door, Texas can't buy a rain drop.  Annette, I hope you are doing OK.

I so hope that things will get better for some!