PAINTING with PIXELS Workshop I will be teaching a two-day workshop January 4th and 5th, at The Art League School, in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. It will be covering some excellent apps for painting and drawing. Among others, I'll cover ArtRage, SketchBook Pro, ArtStudio, PhotoShop Touch, and Procreate for the big multiple medium programs, and specialists for ink (Zen Brush), graphite/charcoal (Asketch) , and watercolor (Auryn Ink). From the catalog:
"This workshop introduces students to tablet and smart phone apps for fine artists. Discover helpful apps to improve traditional drawing and painting experiences, including useful tricks to help composition and visualization. Participants also learn apps that enable drawing or painting directly in various simulated media, such as charcoal, ink on paper, watercolor, pastels, or oils. Other non-traditional media and special effects apps are also covered. Participants must bring their own Apple iPad, iPhone, or Android tablet." Contact me with Questions, and check out the APPS for ARTISTS heading. Come see what you can do with this new medium!
High Light, October I've been reworking some of my favorite Camera360 photos from this year, with a higher resolution and layers of controlled effects. Here's a before-and-after pair of a high street lamp back-lighting a spectacular October tree. The original shot, below, uses a Cartoon filter at full strength, saved at low resolution. The final version uses the Cartoon and four other filters as well, mostly with low strength, and saved at full resolution. I liked the first one, but I like the new version much better!
This little watercolor painting was accepted into the "Small Works" juried show at the Art League Gallery.
About an hour's drive west there's a place where the Appalachian Trail crosses Rt. 7, near the town of Bluemont. It descends down the side of one mountain, crosses the highway, and climbs back up the next mountain on it's way to Harper's Ferry. There's an old lodge nearby that's a trail center called Bear's Den Lodge. Sometimes I go there for a bit of Nature time. I was on the trail very early one morning, it was still a bit foggy.
The painting is not very big, only a bit larger than 4" X 6". It was painted with a teeny tiny little set of watercolors, and a brush that stores water in it's handle, (self-watering?).
Nancy Freeman is a native of California who lives now in Washington, DC. A lifelong artist, she paints portraits and other commissions for a living, which keeps her traditional skills tuned and supports her decades-old obsession with computer art, and pastel painting.
She is currently using her 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th computers, but remembers when Dick Tracy had to make do with a two-way wrist radio.