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Watercolor Wednesday

Halloweensalute

A belated Halloween salute. The model is a dear artist  friend, although this is not a portrait. This sketch is based on a photo by photographer Scott Groller.

Halloween Watercolor Wed.

An adorable blue-haired demon child, pressed up against your screen door, demanding sweet treats! Happy Halloween!

Nature Attacks The Maple

For those of you who do not know, NJ, USA was hit with a scary, freakish pre-Halloween snow storm.  Power and internet service is just coming back after five days. While this was not a tragic event, it caused (among other things),  the slashing of thousands of limbs from hundreds of trees, still sporting lush green leaves.

During the storm, my family and I slowly turned our heads to one another, then causiously moved from window to window to reluctently view the damage after each erie snap of a giant tree limb crashed onto the roof or to the ground.

When the snow finally stopped, my husband and I ventured out our back door.  The brunt of the snowy wet rampage took half of our huge maple tree.  Snow already melting, the scene looked like this.

It was strangely reminisent of a documentary we watched a couple of nights before the snow, called Radioactive Wolves.  This time however, the damage was nature’s doing.  She had wierdly reclaimed and rearragned our patio, yard and neighbor’s yard.  It was kind of  morosly beautitful, especially the startling  find of new buds clinging to the carpet of branches, twigs, snow and splingered limbs layering our patio. Naturally these buds won’t survive, but like the wolves, I hope our maple will find a way.

Afraid of the Dark

Creeping closer and closer to Halloween night, we are.  What’s out there?  What’s in the closet?  What’s in the basement?  Darkness.

Happy Halloween!

Below is a quick digital painting tutorial at it’s most basic.  Quite traditional, were it not for the Wacom stylus and tablet.  This piece could just as easily been created with acrylic or oil paint on canvas.  All I’ve  done here is transfer traditional painting skills into Photoshop via my Mac.  Digital work need not appear slick and shiny. You maintain control over the medium.  Do not be afraid to give it a try.

Masquerade

If you permit, Photoshop will surprise you.  This goblin-like creature is mysteriously materializing from a pedestrian plan for a masquerade themed piece.

It’s energy is quite assertive, so I’m getting out of the way and allowing the image to evolve via the Paint Daub filter.  The result is a little scary, so I think I will take back control, and hault the process.

Who knows what might happen if I allow it to mature?   Could this be a Trick… a Treat?

A Little Scary

Halloween:A little scary and a little exciting.

October is Halloween’s month.  Halloween makes anything seem possible if one is willing to take a risk.  October’s crisp breezes taunt us with possibilities.   But, as the days grow shorter, the allure of  October warns that opportunities may soon be waning.    All too soon, crisp will become cold and winter will shroud our adventurous impulses with a desire for warmth and security.

Before November thwarts us, release the devilish muses niggling at your artistic sensibilities,  Come on,  let’s travel to the space of  an alternate universe before it’s too late.  This is a place of endless possibilities. Take the risk.  Go to your computer, find a paint application, take the mouse into your hand and draw! If you can stand it, try the color panel.  Adjust your  line.  Warning#1: We are entering dangerous territory. You may need to purchase Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, or spring for an upgrade.  Warning#2: Once you’ve entered this place, the purchase of a Wacom tablet may lurk in multiple dimensions of your future. The faint of heart will turn away now.  But if you are fearless, we can support one another and explore the unknown together.

“Scary” digital tutorials will be offered throughout October.   Send me evidence of your digital explorations and I will post them.   Send me comments or questions if you dare.

Stay with me!  I’m afraid of the dark!

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