~ 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:
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
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot,
but there are others who transform a yellow spot into sun.”
~ Pablo Picasso
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
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:
All images by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2014 madlyinlovewithlife