Rhubarb and Apple

Rhubarb and Apple

Recycled Cans

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.


Texture Mixes 

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. 

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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 includes 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.

For those who worry about these things between 14 - 27 layers for these. Set of 8 images in total.

The Red Chair

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.

daily walk

A Daily Walk

With the dog 2019

We're all expected to do our daily walk but it has to be local. There's only so much you can do It reminded me of the images I made in 2019 about waking in a fantasy of colour and shape. .

One of the things I do enjoy when I'm playing with images and painting is using something simple to make somethings new.

This set is created from Colour Splash images that I've created and have used for many images as Backgrounds and Overlays. There's nothing like getting messy and having fun with colours no matter what the medium.

These are just for me. So, no rules or expectations and they created simply to create.

A painted splash image is the start for this  image,

I have 8 layer only in this one. It’s fun to play with new ideas. In the case I’ve been playing with colour and shape. to create the daily walk we all take, sometime simply repeating the same path and seeing different things along the way. Other times going to a new walk and exploring the things you see along the way. 

Here’s a couple more from the set. Still playing with the theme going for a walk.  Sometimes feeling alone and sometimes running and enjoying the freedom of space and time. 

Painted Backgrounds

Painted Backgrounds

Use Your Delivery Boxes

You can use any kind of paint, emission or children's ready mix, it doesn't matter. Just have fun.

Flatten some boxes, Amazon, cereal or any type of box that you have lying round. Cut to size and shape for your images.

Now, have fun and paint he boxes any pattern or shapes, it all depends on what you're thinking putting on them. Neutral Colours are often the best but it's up to you.

Cut your card into rectangles and squares.Use limited colours and paint your backgrounds. 

Let them dry overnight to be sure. There are so many things you can use to put on these backgrounds, for simplicity I used some tulips. 

The ‘magic’ has been done in photoshop with the addition of textures and blending modes.

There are a total of 20 layers, including tweaks for printing. 

Finally to print. My personal choice is Hahnemühle Digital Range – Bamboo. A soft gentle paper with a slight texture just finishes off the image perfectly. Printed on an Epson P600

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Old Image Breakdown

A simple image called the Swirl, created in 2003. See more on the Image page.

Place Setting

A bit of fun for the first post for the new year. Not my usual colour selection but playing around with Blending modes and colours. I like the Blues and Orange Tones.

It looks great as a print.

Also find it on Instagram

Alone this Christmas

Keep Well and keep safe this festive season. Keep in touch with Friends and family even though you cant be together. Remember sacrificing this time together can save their health and their future. Enjoy the day and look forward to next time you can see them. x

Christmas Trees

Christmas Card 2020

Christmas Cards are always hard to define as Christmas means so much to so many people. This years I'm returning to a well used theme of "Trees". It's a great time to photograph bare trees at the moment but finding them against the sky isn't always easy. One of my other recurring elements is a circle in a square format. All tried and tested elements.

I had a background I wanted use and my trees but tried various ways of mixing them together. In the end I decided to go for the more simple approach instead of trying to reinvent the wheel.

I hope you all have a great Festive Season, keep safe & well.

All Right Reserved Dianne Owen FRPS 2021