Three Red Feathers
Three Red Feathers, the simple composition and added texture really makes a difference. There's nothing difficult about creating this one, three strips of newspaper and three feathers, found in the garden. Photographed on a piece of mount board, to gives a simple background to start the textures on. The image has several oppositions and balance points in it to strengthen the composition.
There's 23 layers in total. Two textures. One from a whitewashed greenhouse at a National Trust property. It features in several of images. This adds arty feel and contrasts. The square canvass was a simple choice, as it creates a tighter images and brings the eye straight to the focal point in the centre of the image. The added Colour isn't from a photoshop gradient but part of the second texture.
On finishing an image I aways check if it works as a mono. Not all images do. In this case, I did a black and white conversion in photoshop and added a tone, which adds softness. The mono has to be the treated differently from the colour, adding eleven layers to the file. The additional layers are the put in group in the same saved file.
Three Red Feathers has achieved serval awards and acceptances in colour. I wonder which you like best?
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A Landscape of Colour
time to play. 2019
Most of my work is using a love limited colour range. I tend to work in expression emotions and the feeling of being there. There are times that I can't do anything, no matter how I try. The images I create just don't work. The Trash soon fills up and get frustrated by the last of clarity. Time for break. Walk the dog or simply watch TV.
A way I kick start images it to play with an image to manipulate it and see what happens. I used a variety of filters and transform tools to achieve the final Patterns. Once I'd created the pattens, They needed something to give it a focal point. I played around with different shapes, figures and lines but inn the end I went for the old favourite, the Tree.
The colour in the landscapes creates a mood and reference to what and where the landscape is and what it would mean to you if you visited the location.
These are just for fun.
The search for The Christmas Card is always a daunting task each year. Trying to get something different but something that appeals to friends and family. I normally print and post a short run of cards. It's nice to give something when I don't send gifts or its simply too far to see them. This year especially with the restrictions of the call for Coffee and swop gifts due to Covid and government guidelines on mixing.
I played with several visions of of the the christmasy pet pictures and Star Wars figures with gifts etc.I did post one of these on Facebook, 'Alone at Christmas'. Nothing really did what I wanted it too. I was trying to avoid The Tree as it's my fall back Christmas Card. I'd created a background for the Christmas cards already with a star night sky. I definitely want to use this. I played around from a couple of days not really settling on anything or simply deleted the files.
I gave up and started playing with the stars and trees to break the chain of failures. The more I played with the simple tree idea the more the set came together. I just needed a change of direction. A set of three Star Trees and a Christmas Card.
It's an interesting idea and works so many other images. I hoping to do more in the near future.
White on White
On a Tuesday Photo Day out in 2019 . We aimed for the galley because of another exhibition which we really enjoyed by Grayson Perry. The main exhibition was a galley of was mainly white on white paintings part from a couple of figure studies. The exhibition consisted of large canvases painted white with another object painted in white, highlighting the shadows and form of the objects. It fascinated me that such simple things could be so intense in the setting of a gallery married with the amazing skills of the artist.
One, wet winters day I wanted to do something creative. I looked round the house for something to photograph. On my craft desk there was a roll of masking tape, this was the first of the set of images. white on white. I've not repeated any of the objects from the exhibition but be simply inspired by the idea. That started a search round the house of white objects that would be interesting printed. I took several thatI didn't use so a limited section of images, so far. It's a set that I'm hoping to add to with another set at some point. I photographed the images in natural light from the window and changed them to mono image to enhance the shadow details in the shots.
I've had some interesting comments, one from a camera club who told me he was painter and decorator and said he'd never considered photographing Masking Tape.
It's challenge I set when I go to clubs. photograph something on the same coloured background. great competition Theme.
Why not try it round the house while we're on Lockdown?
A Street of Bikes 2016
A visit to Cambridge, after a talk tour in the area. We visited various locations, including the Museum. The city is named after the river Cam. Cambridge became an important trading centre during the Roman and Viking ages and finds have shown evidence of the early Bronze Age. What a great history.
Coming out from the museum, I spotted the bikes, which Cambridge is famous for, as the students run round the city and pedestrians need to beware of the them. Bikes are fastened up on any area available around the city. Even having signs saying no bikes, so they're not secured to the buildings. The bikes that took my eye were fastened to the bars on the windows of a building with blacked out windows. They fascinated me, all bikes have their own individual personality given by the owner.
This set makes a good triptych and has also done well as individual images in external exhibitions. There are approx. 33 layers in each image with the addition of three textures to each image.
Chester Zoo 2009
There's something about visiting a zoo that gives you a chance to see the animals that might not be around in years to come. I've been taken to the Zoo since I was very small. There's something magical about creatures that share our world and the there's also the sadness people who only see money in them. Chester Zoo is a favourite zoo of mine, it's one of the best and local. You walk in the grounds and there's a special sort of anticipation of seeing the favourites and the new babies.
One of the first things you see as you wander in, usually early morning, is the elephants. It's a lovely well built enclosure with lots of viewing spots to see them better. We looked at them having fun and walked on to see lots of other beautiful animals in the zoo and taking lots of photos too.
Time to go home, it had been a long day and our feet started to ache. One last look at the elephant family before we go. When the zoo starts to close the elephants often go for a bath in the waterfall and pool. Here you can see various members of the family drinking and bathing and usually the babies playing in the water. The older ones also love standing under the waterfall to cool off on a summers day. This is where I took the base image for this. there are 23 layers in total including the print layer.
I’ve included a couple more Elephant shots the Elephant Portrait was taken at Colchester Zoo and the two young elephants on a later visits to Chester Zoo.
Rhubarb and Apple
Taking the Recycling Out
Some days you just have to do the boring stuff, housework. The Re-cycling isn't on top of my list to do. The main bin was full, so I squashed the cans to make them smaller. Great fun and very therapeutic. I suddenly realised, each squashed can was different, the colours and shapes of all the cans made patterns and related to each other.Some even had different colour tabs. Back in the house they go. Out came my iPhone.
The images just needed something to give it a boost. Add texture and a bit of magic.
I do all the tiny adjustments in layers which are grouped into one layer in the graphic.
Layers & Textures
- Total - Layer 27
- Square Crop
- Five Textures
- Blending Modes
- Three layer masks.
- Stamp Layers
- A Brush Layer
- No additioanal images.
I just played until I got something I like.
You can use any amount of textures.
I started with a simple colour background and worked from there. Some add colour, others texture and finally details. Each image has a different mix of textures.
A Magical city 2019
London is one of those places you either lover or you hate. The busy streets with people following their daily lives. The tourists, that includeds me, lost and bewildered but finding new things at every turn. There is wonder and magic, theatres and museums to explore. There is also the sadness of the soldiers now forgotten and the homeless, sitting on the corner simply waiting but not sure what for.
The first things you see are those landmarks you've always known were there. St Pauls, Trafalgar Square, The Tate Modern and the National Gallery. There are so many places to see and so many memories to make. There's always a somewhere to go, something to aim for, as place to visit. The top set of images are Rainy Day in London and did it rain. There are several in the set.
The National Galley, how can anyone not visit this amazing art venue, the history, the famous painting, to see the brush strokes that they actually made. The Tuner landscapes, Vincents madness in the depth of the brush strokes and of course Monet. There are so many different styles of work and imagination. There are some you always walk over to see, no matter how many times you've seen them before. Bathers at Asnières has a fascination in the colours and the skill of pointalism. . Self Portrait at the Age of 34 Rembrandt the unmistakable style of the master of light. Sunflowers there's always a crowd around this one but how can you not wonder at them. The Fighting Temeraire by Turner. you can disappear int he depth of the paint and blends of colours. There are so many more. On every visit you see something new to inspire the imagination.
Trafalgar Square, Taken from the steps of the National Gallery, I came out of The National Gallery and it was heavy rain but this created a gift of reflections of the busy people running to get out of the rain. This famous site always has some fascination. The people and performers interacting, The music of unknown faces and bewitching songs and melody while the lions look on if only they could tell the stories they've seen.
St Martin's in the Field beautiful building and a place of worship. There has been a church on the site since at least the medieval times. The earliest record for the church is from 1222, but there's been a grave found from about A.D. 410. This building was constructed from 1722–1726 and designed by James Gibbs. . The church is one of the visual anchors adding to the open-urban space around Trafalgar Square. You are drawn in to its passing community, hearing the skills and passion of musicians that play their magic. It's place to rest and relax listening to the music. Well worth a visit.
The Tate Morden, It is based in the former Bankside Power Station which closed in 1981. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art which opening in 2000. My favourite part of The Tate is the Tanks, they have very special feel to them. Art not to be missed Gormley Man , and the Rothko Galley. Once you've seen the exhibitions and had good food and coffee, then it's time, to look at the building it's self, the enormity of the turbine hall and shapes of the introduced concrete, intimate corners and of course the textures.
My image 'Crossing the Thames' and 'The Shard' was taken from The Tate Modern in 2017 and the first set of London prints created.
For those who worry about these things between 14 - 27 layers for these. Set of 8 images in total.
Two from a Set of Seven 2017
The Red Chairs
A quick Coffee 2014
It was a cold winters day so we called in for a coffee at this little cafe in Wheelton. If, its still there after so long I really don't know.
We sat in the window with a latte and I expect a piece of cake, as there were several varieties to choose from. The room was covered with various decorations, all linked to the cafe in some way.
There was a larger table with several people sat opposite. This table had four painted chairs, the one that caught my eye was the red ones. The focal point of the image is actually the white chair that stands out from the table. Obviously, hadn't been pushed under the table.
On this occasion it was perfect. The chair away from the table allowed into the image giving you an invitation to the table.
The manipulation in the image is to highlight the movement of the chairs and people during the day at the cafe.
The image has ten layers and only one additional texture.