on Wood. 2019
Tulips are my favourite flower to photograph. They are so delicate and have so many variations, it's aloe a sign of warmer lighter nights after the dark and cold of winter.
I aways start by finding an interesting background that I've not done before or haven't done for a long time. My choice on this occasion was wood. I knew I wanted wood to contrast with the purple and green of the flowers. This would create texture and add something different from my pastel backgrounds of overlaid textures. Off the the garage, to see what we have got in the scrap pile as I didn't want anything too big. Nothing interesting took my eye. Looked around the other things in the garage and found a sheet of plywood, it had been painted and then some of the paint removed when it was recovered from its location which to start with was slightly annoying. Take the opportunity when you can so the more I looked the more I thought it a great opportunity. It had very distinctive marks on it which could be used in various way and lets face it no one else has that background, so no copies.
I tried various ways and looks lots of images these are just three fron=m the shoot. All taken in Natural light from the window and textures added to give the white washed look.
Smooth Fine Art Papers
Ideas and Choices
my no.1 paper
The first time I printed on Bamboo, I knew it would be a favourite. If I could only buy one type of paper it would be this.
Bamboo is a natural white paper adding a soft tactile feel that extra softness and a little warmth from the natural white colour.
It's a first stop for my soft still life and many other images.
Bamboo is made from 90% bamboo fibres which makes it a very environmentally friendly paper. Part of the Naturals Range with a smooth surface.
favourite smooth paper
The white cotton artist’s paper, with its characteristic, wonderfully soft feel, boasts a lightly defined smooth surface structure. I'd use it on flowers and portraits, anything that doesn't want texture over parts of the image. Sometimes, you can overpower an image with the texture, this is perfect for the smooth surface image.
My standard for softer images. An ideal choice for my softer creative images. This adds a soft gentleness to the image and is very tactile.
The lighter weight paper is a great one to try for your first arty smooth paper.
Textured Fine Art Papers
Ideas and Choices
favourite Textured Paper
German Etching is a arty photographers favourite. The textured surfaced paper that takes most images to the next level, this paper adds a unique textured surface to your image, enhancing the textures in the print. German Etching adds that little extras to a textured image.
There's a Fine Art feel to the paper. If you're a beginner with textures papers, this is one to try.
The bright white art paper has a clear, coarsely structured felt mark and is characterised by a very special tactile feel adding a three-dimensional effect and sense of depth.It reminds me of little clouds to the touch.
A perfect paper to add shadows to less textured areas adding depth. Especially if you have little detail in the sky.
Many creative photographers use this paper.
The Environmental Choice
Hemp, is an award winning natural paper, made with 60% hemp fibre and 40% cotton, it makes an environmentally friendly paper, one of the Natural Line Papers. I like the texture and how it integrates with the images. I use it for the images that needs a slightly textured adding the finishing touch.
It has a white natural tone which is created by the light colour of the hemp fibres. The lightly textured surface. Hemp was an essential part of paper production for many centuries and has a long history in paper making
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 an painting.I'm 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.
This is the startup point for the image and then I have 8 layer only
The people and dog shapes are created form a home made brushes. The original images, taken on Crosby Beach.
Hope you like them and you have some fun.
A coulemore from the set. I hope you like them and maybe feel like going for a walk :O)