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On The Corner

St. Lawrence Market – 7am (Photoshopped Slightly)
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Sunday

With most of the day’s scheduled tasks and duties out of the way perhaps now would be a good time to settle into a comfortable chair and open a good book…

New Photo of Old Classics
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Busy, Busy, Busy

Everything todays seemed to fall into place just right so I was determined to make the most of it. Shortly after dawn saw hours dedicated to the all-important art pursuits which were carried out as far as I could take them at that stage.

Throughout the remainder of the day I could be found mowing the lawn, washing the car, taking care of laundry along with the regular obligations already in place. I’m almost sure there are other completed task which came and went but I’m not the kind to make lists of such things.

Usually each day starts with only a rough idea what may actually go on since procrastination is still one of my more dominant traits. Luckily things do fall into place and get done for the most part.

Took a couple minutes for creative photography and editing for my own amusement. Some would consider the subject matter questionable but sometimes testing boundaries can yield favourable results.

Hopefully after the sun sets I won’t be left with the usual feeling that not much was done with the day at all. We’ll find out shortly.

Bird Dropping on Windshield – Post Editing
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Dandelion Dream

What do you get when combining a dandelion from yesterday with the pre-dawn sky of today?

Dandelion Dream
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Sawdust in Silvertone

Closeup During Another Rainy Day
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Wordless Wednesday

Okay, I’m “borrowing” this idea from another blog today as there seems to be a lack or original thought at my end.

Flower in the rain taken this morning.
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Art (sort of)

With the colder outdoor temperatures encouraging many to stay in this week it’s time to get caught up a art-related administration duties. There are an overwhelming number of art sites and publications to contact if you aim for a global appeal. It’s a time consuming process given the number of countries and cultures in Europe alone.

Unfortunately we all eventually start to lose focus after numerous hours of non-art activities we’d rather have someone else do. At this point I’m as likely to get into trouble as the next person. The most anyone can ask for is that it’s something productive.

So, I started to look through a selection of photos and wondered what Photoshop could do with them. You know what direction this is headed in…

Took a photo of the bridge at West Montrose, Ontario and explored a few Photoshop options.
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Uh-oh!

Looks like I may have started something that could prove impossible to stop. The previous painting session has me obsessing about a nearly completed canvas and today I may have thought through the ideal steps. Now would be a good time to creatively step back just to be sure this direction is truly the best. After all, you can’t unring a bell.

The weather update today has been getting my hopes up that at least one day this weekend outdoor temperatures will be sufficient for more artistic efforts. Perhaps now would be the best time to practice guarded optimism.

Can’t seem to ease my concerns about the shortage of appropriate paint available on the market. I really should go through everything on hand for a proper perspective and to plan ahead if the need to adapt arises.

Until I’m once again creating something on canvas now would be as good a time as any to provide a sample of Amateur Photoshop.

Original photo taken in bright sunlight but adjusted to create a more evening feel.
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One Word Wednesday

Creativity!

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Midnight Monkey Business

So late in the evening last night I was reviewing several photographic websites and forums just out of basic curiosity. As an Abstract Painter an open mind is essential to stay creative and evolve. My own skills as an amateur part-time photographer are limited (and that’s being generous) so there’s no shortage of things to learn along the way.

Part of my interest lays in the area of creatively altering images to produce an artistic outcome. With varying success I’d like to think the effort is moving along well. Perhaps the following images will illustrate my earliest efforts…

Here we have the original photo with only the slightest adjustment to colour and contrast.
Here we have the same image converted to greyscale with further adjustments to contrast.
Shown here is my attempt to make the same photo appear as though it were taken with night vision equipment.

Perhaps these photos provided display that gradually I’m picking up a trick or two over time. Perhaps they convey how well I copy the steps on a website opened off to the side. All I can claim is that there’s always a curiosity to explore and learn as part of my ever expanding horizon.