Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental Fun!

I love playing!  I only wish I had more money to waste on all the creative software out there.  I have not tried animation software but my Microsoft PhotoDraw has a very few animations on it at this time.  Once Microsoft stopped supporting it, the 3-D no longer operates with my newer Windows.

The following are various experimental graphics and animations with PhotoDraw.

Layered storm clouds, headstones and faded flowers called “Forgotten.”

One of my favorite stories from the Bible. It is quoted in a Charlie Brown’s Christmas describing the Birth of Christ. Bust of Angel surrounded by scripture with enhanced corners.
Luke 2:9-11

Used the same cropped flowers with softened edges on either side of another cropped lavender with bee photo over background with french text.

Had a picture of the cropped moon fade and scroll right across sunset for solar eclipse.

Animated “Forgotten.”

Weekly Photo Challenge & Daily Prompt: Ghoulish & Rounded

Both will pertain to the autumn and Halloween that some celebrate.

I love to decorate for fall adding a few old time Halloween touches throughout, as cheaply as possible of course.  I wait to get my pieces in sales, sometimes from clearance the year before.

We will start out with emphasis on curves such as the altered glass plate from Ikea I hang in front of the lighted trellis.  The roundness of pumpkins, gourds & squash prevalent this time of year and various decorative items.

Now we come to the “good stuff.” The ghoulish or macabre. Not my cup of tea but many like this stuff, especially around Halloween.

 

One of my sons LOVES Halloween and really goes all out each year.  This is him as the crow and that is his own hair, no wig.  The other videos are some of the special effects that he uses.  Enjoy this very “ghoulish” display if you dare!

Enjoy my PhotoDraw animated slide show for Halloween fun!

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Daily Prompt: Willy-Nilly Kaleidodesigns

Sometimes I like to play with the various Kaleidoscope effects my software offers. One just splits the image and another does the actual Kaleidoscope design effect and allows you to place it where you want it in terms of color and shape, lots of options.  The split effect they call kaleidoscope splits 4 images at a time.  There is a plan to what I do eventually but my designing does begin willy-nilly.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus In And Out

In Focus

Out of Focus

Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

Was fooling around with a weather vane picture taken atop a building at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan with Microsoft PhotoDraw.

poster effect on original shot

stronger poster effect

black and white

neon glow

fresco

accented edges

dark strokes

 

Daily Prompt: Stumpy Blossoms

I’m here to share a design secret of a semi-professional artist!

The following is what I did to a watercolor/acrylic piece I made quite by accident a few years ago.

I created it when I was “doodling” absent-mindedly while interrupted with a phone call from my actual art work and I grabbed a silk flower blossom that had come loose days before, stuck it in some pink acrylic paint that had been thinned with acrylic gloss medium.  I began randomly stamping a small piece of water color paper.  Looking over what I had done later, I got the idea to turn them into a field of flowers by turning the picture upside down and holding a good size wash brush soaked with various colors of metallic water color paint and letting it run down naturally, missing the dried pink flowers due to the protection of the acrylic glaze in the paint.  It created stumpy looking leaves and stems in this field of true “wild” flowers.

I then scanned it so I could play with it some more.  Please see further details on each picture.  I became bored of studying fine arts many years ago thanks to digital photography and computer software.  I’m not going to say that it made me lazy but it’s sometimes nice just to scan or take pictures of your art and further enhance it for print work for various effects.  Hope this inspires you!  God bless!

The original scanned watercolor.

The original scanned watercolor.

Placed a "watercolor" effect with Microsoft Photodraw which enhanced everything.

Placed a “watercolor” effect with Microsoft Photodraw which enhanced everything.

Increased the color saturation to +50 really making the colors "pop" I think the kids call it.

Increased the color saturation to +50 really making the colors “pop” I think the kids call it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony

Enjoy the harmony of designs from one single blossom and my computer software.  Microsoft PhotoDraw and Ulead PhotoImpact 5.

Original image from my yard

Original image from my yard

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Colored pencil with various color formatting then layered four on a black page to begin my images.

More computer enhancement to come in future posts with more detail.

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