This kind of watercolor exercise is so much fun and pretty easy. You just have to have painters tape, paint brushes, Watercolors and a gel pen or marker. I bought a white Sharpie paint marker from Staples for this artwork. These type of paintings are great way to create and destress.
I spotted the tutorial online on the Strathmore Youtube Channel. OMG, oodles of great tutorials on their channel. I want to do them all.
My investment was not to hefty and I bought many of the products at Michael's. The brand Artist's Loft are less expensive than many other brands and great if you don't know you will want to keep going with painting. I am going to keep going.
My painting doesn't look as good as the tutorial but I am having fun with pattern and paint
It has been trying times. I can't believe it is almost a year with living with COVID lockdowns and precautions. I have been looking through my photo files and found some fun ones. Some to warm the heart. I really love the capture of the girl jumping off the ground. She is so joyous! And you may know I love quiet, everyday spaces and, yes, flowers. I find myself wandering and finding a hidden gem just about everywhere. It makes it fun to challenge yourself to find something to capture
The theme I am going with is Circles. Things are pretty round!
I typed in the word "circle" in my google photo archive. You would be surprised one what shows up. These are very interesting and a bit different from each other.
These images were taken from all over. Dedham, MA, Spain, Newbury street, Boston, Netherlands and Kutztown, PA. I miss travel quite a bit. I am lucking to live in the interesting town of Dedham. I have had to be more creative with my photos, but that is pretty fun and a good creative exercise.
I was hanging out with my eight year old nephew, Brody. I told him I was going to do a post on black and white photo images. He suggested to watch the Show WandaVision (image below). The first two episodes of WandaVision are in black and white. You can watch WandaVision on Disney Plus. Brody really likes the acting. The show reminds me in a way of my childhood because the first two episodes are set in the fifties and sixties. I watched tons of reruns of classic shows.
I have been having fun with making my photos black and white. It has a whole different feel and emotion to the images. I have recently been into Boston and the top two images were taken in the. Back Bay Area of Boston. I have missed being in the city. All the images have a very funky lighting and makes a big part of the images.
Do you like black and white images and why?
Nature offers us so much solace in hard times, especially in winter. I have been gearing up and taking walks in cold weather. I am glad I can do this and find great subjects such as funky mushrooms or dried up curled leaves. The leaves can make great shapes!
When I walk, I look for funky nature. Sometimes, I also find great reflections with old leaves in puddles after a winter rain or melting. I plan to walk as much as I can and bring along my camera or phone to capture winter nature vibes.
Next time you are out walking, make sure to look all around you. You never know what you will find.
I like to experiment with black and white and color. These two photos (below) are black and white. I am not sure what I like best. The black and white creates a mysterious landscape. It looks like a very old movie still. You almost expect a ghost to appear.
What do you think of when you see these photos?
Shooting through this lens ball is so much fun. I bought a Merrynine one online. It is small but a bit heavy so if you are on the go not sure if you want to bring the lens ball along. It does show the image upside down but it is fascinating to seeing what an upside down world can look like with a fish eye type effect. These photos were taken in the Endicott Community Greenhouse in Dedham , MA. Love nature photos!
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. —Albert Einstein
Nature can be fascinating, and I have always been drawn to natural lines and shapes. I looked at a few Instagram feeds, such as @_ab_creations01 that post-dramatic black and white nature photos. I thought I could achieve this look and drama, especially with water drops. Photoshop had an easy trick by using the Raw Camera Filter. It was that quick and so much fun to get the look I wanted. It is like a whole new technique for me to use to make dramatic photos. You can teach a sort of old dog new tricks
Announcing, I have opened a new Etsy Shop called "Kerryhawkinsart." Look for my camera logo. Listed in my shop are coasters, original photography, and digital collages listed with more to come. I have been having fun doing digital collages and photographing.
The decision to open a new Etsy shop was a no brainer. It is so easy to list photos and photo gifts. COVID it makes it hard to have holiday markets. Maybe next year, we will all be in an excellent spot to have art shows. I will have to put more energy into my shop, but it will be a long winter.
Let me know if you see something you like in my shop or any suggestions for my shop would be awesome. What would you like to see in my shop?
Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world." – Joel Sternfeld
Black and white photos take me back to my darkroom days. I remember working for hours in the darkroom trying to get a picture just right—burning and dodging, correcting dust spots, getting the right contrast. I can't say I miss the darkroom days but appreciate people who still work in a darkroom.
Black and white give a scene or subject a whole different feel. More drama, contrast, and a bit of grit. I love to see dramatic shadows in black and white. We are so used to looking at life in color. This trip to a different world in one color makes us look at subjects in a new way of looking at a scene or subject. There are a lot more subtleties.
Do you like taking and making black and white photos?
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