One Fuchsia Flat and Other Digital Dabblings

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“I believe in pink.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe that tomorrow is another day
and I believe in miracles.”

~ Audrey Hepburn

My Digital Dabblings

I really should have gone to art school. But, for some strange reason, for a very long time, I didn’t know I was an artist at heart—I only knew that I loved to dabble in creative things. I have no formal art training and I don’t draw especially well, but I have always had a strong innate desire to create and express myself in some visual form.

I may not have gone to art school, but happily for me there has never been a time of greater access to all sorts of artistic and creative pursuits. For one thing, there is digital photography itself—I don’t think I would have ever got into photography without the advent of digital photography. Being able to take an unlimited number of shots—literally thousands of shots—allowed me the freedom to experiment and play without fear of “wasting” film. Then there are all the software programs and apps that have appeared over the last ten years that allow me to play with my photographs—hand-painting them with a stylus and tablet or processing them with various filters and software programs and apps. For people like me, the digital world is a godsend, opening up a myriad of avenues for creative play and artistic expression and I’m enjoying every bit of it.

Here are some of my artistic digital dabblings:

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Moonlight Mouse

For another image and more about Moonlight Mouse, check out my previous post: In Search of a Midnight Morsel: A Short Story.

 

“Creativity is our true nature;
blocks are an unnatural thwarting of a process
at once as normal and as miraculous as the blossoming
of a flower at the end of a long slender green stem.”

~ Julia Cameron

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Magpie Dreams

 

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot,
but there are others who transform a yellow spot into sun.”

~  Pablo Picasso

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I Wish I Could Speak Like Music

 

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at a college–that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”

~ Howard Ikemoto

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Autumn Drive

 

Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent
with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.

~ Henry Matisse

 


All of these images started out their creative life as one of my own original digital photographs. I then played with them in various ways until I was happy with their evolution. I hand-painted some of the photographs using a Wacom Tablet and stylus, using various digital “brushes” in Corel Painter on my PC. I played with others in Adobe Photoshop, and some I played with using a combination of various iPad art apps, a Wacom Tablet and stylus, Adobe Photoshop, and Corel Painter.

I love playing with art and photos on my iPad. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun playing with these apps. Most of them are available for various mobile devices and for desktops. Here are some of my favourite apps:

Inspire Pro
SketchBook Pro
Artist’s Touch
PhotoToaster
Pic Grunger
PS Express
ColorSplash
Diptic

 

Image Credits:

All images by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2014 madlyinlovewithlife

12 thoughts on “One Fuchsia Flat and Other Digital Dabblings

  1. Knowing that you’re an artist at heart is a great discovery, as you are making & showing your art (and it in turn is showing you off as well). Very beautiful work!

  2. Hello Jeannie!
    Apologies for arriving late to the show. I’ve been having some internet issues and unable to access my email & WordPress for a while :(

    I *love* your artwork, and I’m not saying it just because I consider myself one of your most avid fans ;) Your creativity, artistry and positive outlook on life is always a huge inspiration. I agree, it’s wonderful how technology enables us to really bring out our creative sides. Like you, I never went to art school, but considered myself to be creative (i.e. I always enjoyed making things) and digital cameras have definitely introduced me to a whole new world!

    In my humble opinion, having a creative outlet is also a wonderful form of therapy. When the daily grind starts to drag me down, I know I can look at so many beautiful artwork out there and feel refreshed :))) Hope you have a Happy Sunday.

    • Hello Takami! I’m happy that your internet issues have been resolved (though you never need to apologize for how long it takes or even whether you pop by here or not). Thank you, once again, for your most gracious comments and your appreciation of my creative endeavors. I totally agree that the realm of creativity is a wonderful place where we can pull away from our daily life to “re-create” ourselves, so-to-speak, and focus on beautiful and inspiring things, either in our own work or in the work of others. There are so many talented artists out there and this wondrous thing called the internet still amazes me. Never before have I had such easy access to such a wide variety of inspiring artistic creations and ideas from artists all around the globe (such as yourself!). Thanks again, Takami! Have a great week! :))

  3. Thank you Jeannie for the list of apps you like to use for photo enhancing. Right now I use PicMonkey. I have always shied way from Photoshop thinking it would be too complicated for me as I am not overly computer savvy and of course the cost with being on a fixed income. I look forward to checking the sites out.
    Yes you are right that with the digital age being artistic is much easier. In fact before the digital camera came out I never took photos because I was scared of cameras.I got my first digital camera from my boss when I retired at 60.
    Have a beautiful evening with your sweetie~

    • Hello Dianne! Just to be clear, the apps I’ve listed above are for using with the iPad. These apps may have desktop computer versions, but I really don’t know. However, if you have an iPad, I think you’d really enjoy some of these apps. And what a wonderful retirement gift your boss got for you! It opened up a such a great avenue for creative expression, and you are clearly a creative person! But I agree with you about Photoshop—if you are not at least a little computer savvy, Photoshop isn’t that easy to latch onto without taking a course. I did learn it, but only the basics, and I do have a bit of experience using art software. However, I still need to spend time reading my Photoshop reference books and watching Photoshop tutorials on YouTube. But, from seeing your beautiful work on Flickr, I think PicMonkey is serving you well. It’s been a treat to watch your creativity blossom. Creative photography really is a wonderful way to express ourselves. Enjoy the rest of your week! :))

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