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Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. It's a journal of sorts. It gives me a place to show my work-in-progress for my painting and photography. Comments are welcome --- add one at the end of an entry or email me at BarbBlumer@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blue Eye


Blue Eye 
iPainting

I learned the hard way that you must save your work frequently in ArtRage or risk losing it all.  That's what happened here. 

I had taken this iPainting from this chunky, demented-looking start to a soft, sweet girl (smoother transitions, more appropriate skin colors, better head shape) when the program shut down on me. Very frustrating. 

But, now a week later, I kind of like the imperfections of this figure and the intensity of the blue eye. 

B

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sketching

Sketch of Tree with the Lake

Yesterday evening I decided to try to use my iPad to sketch, as I might use paper.  There is too much glare to do it outside, so I worked inside looking out the window.

Until now, I have been making up everything that I have painted on my iPad in ArtRage.    It was fun to sketch from life.

B

Monday, August 29, 2011

Red Sky landscape iPainting


Red Sky
iPainting


 
alternate

Another benefit of painting on an iPad is how you can try out new ideas and easily undo them, using the "back" button. 

In this case, I was using a bright red toned "canvas" and was applying thin layers of semi-transparent "paint" on top of it  to create an imaginary landscape.   The look of the painting totally changes when I put in a traditional sky.  I can easily remove it by using the undo button, to see how the color relationships change, and as a result, how the mood changes.   

B

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Web


Web
iPainting

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pink Sky


Pink Sky
iPainting

Friday, August 26, 2011

Starry Night


Starry Night
iPainting


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Butterfly Flowers in Green Pitcher

Butterfly Flowers in Green Pitcher
iPainting

This is a reworked iPainting.  I was going to give up on it, but I liked the way the blue flowers reminded me of stylized butterflies.  So, I reworked the background, foreground and shadows to have more believable light, and a softer color palette.  Here is how it looked when I stopped the first time. 

Before


B

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mennonite Woman

Mennonite Woman
iPainting


What I meant to say but didn't say so well yesterday is-- I can't control how other people react to what I do.  I can only keep doing what I do.  The viewer may not feel what I intended and that's okay. 

Here's another person I made up.  I often see people dressed like this because there is a large Mennonite population in the area.

The patches in the upper left hand corner are my palette for the "painting."  I picked up the color with my finger or stylus, just as you would pick up paint on your palette, and then applied it to the figure.

B

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"Tom doesn't like her" iPainting


"Tom doesn't like her"
iPainting

My husband, Tom, doesn't like this iPainting at all, so I am wondering what is causing such a strong reaction.  I painted her a few weeks ago, and I keep thinking about how we all have such different responses to visual art.  It doesn't really matter what I think about her, now does it? 
B

Monday, August 22, 2011

Coffee


Coffee
iPainting

 
This one is a little crude, but I still like it because I enjoyed messing with the space in the background and using extreme color choices.

B


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Along the Side of the Road iPainting


Along the Side of the Road
iPainting

This was the first iPainting I did when I resumed a few weeks ago.  At that time, there were lots of blue weeks along the side of the road where I take my walk.

B


Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Bluff iPainting


The Bluff
iPainting

This is a loose interpretation of the bluff across the lake.  I like the patches (created by using the roller feature) when they mix with the layers of "paint" underneath. 

B

Friday, August 19, 2011

Metallic Landscape iPainting


Metallic Landscape
iPainting

Another experiment using ArtRage.  I can get a highly reflective look by turning up the metallic feature on the paint.  Used the roller feature to make the patches of the sky.  The brush feature for the hills, and the tube feature for the water.

B


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Red Sun iPainting


Red Sun
iPainting

In this iPainting, I was was experimenting with letting the background color be part of the painting, in the same way that you would use a toned canvas in regular oil painting. 

I chose a very warm rose red for the background.  The sky is a very thin, semi-transparent layer (the dry brush setting in ArtRage)  of the cream color I used in Dance.  The color looks completely different when applied thin versus thick.

The sun was created by using the eraser tool, to let the background show through.  Bits of the rose red also show through in the water and the mountains.

Red Sun reminds me of our trip to Alaska and the view of the shoreline from our ship.  But, it could be anywhere. 

B


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dance iPainting


Dance
iPainting

I used thick paint and a wide brush, then increased the metallic feature to create the shiny dots.  It started as a horizontal painting and ended up as a vertical.  This one has become one of my favs of the bunch.  I like the feeling of movement. 

B


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Horse with Red Moon


Horse with Red Moon
iPainting

Here in Horse with Red Moon, I experimented with the pencil feature of ArtRage (That's the app I am using on my iPad) and the idea of using minimal strokes to convey a subject and create a mood. 

Up to this point, I haven't been using the iPad for actual drawing.  Too hard to control the lines with my finger.  But recently, because my finger was getting sore,  I invested in a stylus for $20.   Now, a new, exciting door has been opened.
B 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Started Painting Again on My iPad

Late Summer Coneflowers
iPainting

Started painting on my iPad a few weeks ago, so I thought I'd post some of the iPaintings.  Here's one that I like because I felt like I was getting my mojo back when it came together.  It is hard to resume doing something once you quit.