Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category

A few watercolors





Read Full Post »


Read Full Post »

… and I didn’t fall off the end of it.  Sorry I’ve been away so long, life got in the way and
I’m sure you all know how that can go sometimes.  But, I’m back and ready to post a few things.

Recently I wanted to learn how to paint in oils so the images you will see in this post are just a few of the many paintings
I have done since January of this year.  I began a painting class the end of January, before that I had never picked up a paint brush
to paint anything other than putting a new coat of paint on a wall.  That being said, please be kind in your comments!

Hope you find something in these to enjoy 🙂


Karen's Paintings_13 750



Karen's Paintings_02 b_750


Karen's Paintings_05b_750


Karen's Paintings_06b_750


Karen's Paintings_03b_750

Karen's Paintings_04b_750

Karen's Paintings_07b_750


Read Full Post »


Read Full Post »

Fine Art

This was just a play on a piece that I hand sketched.  I really love how it turned out!

DSC_9897_0758 c_750b

Read Full Post »

If you’re looking for a way to give your photos a boost from the everyday clean editing,
textured layers is a great way to do just that!  I am familiar with a few different versions of
Photoshop (and although I have CS5 I seem to stick with CS4), and am hooked on textures.

The great thing is that there are thousands of free textures to use, what is better than free?
Simply pulling a textured image into your image as a new layer and playing with the blending
modes gives you endless choices.  I often use several layers of textures, and mask out what I don’t want
to use.  I have come to find out that I do this a little backward but it works for me and I’m happy
with it.

Sometimes textures can help a photo that you really like but it has an issue like
blown out areas, or underexposed areas.  I don’t like to say it fixes a photo, because there
is no substitution for  getting the image right in the camera to begin with.  Textures for me
becomes a creative outlet, and who doesn’t love a little creativity that is free?!

Google or Bing some free textures and get started with your own creativity!

Below you will see some before and after image examples.  Editing can sometimes be a hot issue
between photographers, but I think it comes down to personal preference and your end goal.
I love deep, rich saturation,  and textures by nature and tend to fall on the over editing end of
the spectrum as you will see.

Read Full Post »


I mentioned the other day about getting out and just shooting anything that inspires you, and I hope
you managed to give it a go and will link me to me your posts!
I dusted off my camera and took it with us camping this weekend.  I didn’t shoot a whole bunch,
just enough to get the juices flowing and remember why I love dreaming in kodak colors!

A  few from Little Valley, NY

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »