For various reasons, mostly inexcusable ones, I haven’t been doing much in the way of creating any photo art lately, though I have continued the learning process. I’ve even signed up for another artistic learning site, the highly recommended Shift Art Summit course. But, my long creative drought has ended with this piece, which I’m titling “Window Into Infinity.”
I started working on it in December, but I put it aside for awhile until just a few days ago, when inspiration and motivation got me going again. It’s a combination of about ten different images and several adjustment layers in Photoshop. So, without further ado, here it is. Enjoy.
From the Photoshop Artistry course, this is a finger exercise, which is supposed to be a warm-up activity to get the creative juices flowing. These short exercises shouldn’t take more than 15-30 minutes, and the outcome isn’t all that important. They’re kind of like doing stretching exercises before a jogging session. However, I’m still learning, and this took quite a while to do, longer than it might take other folks.
This is a photo I took near Azrou, Morocco way back when. I used a sketch technique that I learned in the course and added some texture layers, also from the course. (Not so) short and sweet.
Used a sketch technique in Photoshop to create this version of a nice viewpoint near the Moroccan town of Azrou.
Here’s my latest photo art project, which I’m still working on. I’m not nearly satisfied with it, so I’ll continue to tweak it until I feel OK about it. I’m thinking of entitling it “Dancing at the Demon’s Crypt” or some such thing. The boy at the front is Nai’s niece’s son, Leo. I’ll keep working on it and get the final version posted here soon, I hope.
Leo having some fun.
Here’s my latest creation, “Gateway to the Underworld.” I took the photo of the entryway itself at the nearby Cultural Park, an exhibit of traditional Lao houses. One of the houses was built on a rocky mound and it had a couple of lower floor doorways to an area that could serve as a basement or storage cellar. As soon as I saw these entries, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Here’s the original photo.
Lower entrance to the basement or cellar.
So, I then desaturated the original, added some images I found on Pixabay, applied some textured layers that came with the Photoshop Artistry course, and experimented with adding light and color gradients in Photoshop. Voila! Gateway to the Underworld.
Enter, if you dare.
My latest, somewhat gruesome, creation — ‘Til Death Do Us Part? The photo I based this on was taken in Nong Khai, Thailand, at the Sala Keoku (approximately pronounced sala kaw que) sculpture park, a fascinating place to visit just outside of Nong Khai.
Below is the original photo, followed by the new creation.
In Sala Keoku sculpture park near Nong Khai, Thailand.
The new creation. Added some grunge layers, colors and text.
Ok, back to work. Not only working on some more photo artistry (though it’s more like play), but also back to work at school, after a five-week break. Breaks are nice, but they’re unpaid, so gotta make some more money. More later.
My latest offering is of a photo I took in Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic about ten years ago of a few of my baseball academy students with some of their friends. I threw in a few textures and some other things, played around with the lighting and blend modes, and, voila.
These guys and their friends are going for a cruise around the area in a car that one of them rented for the afternoon.
The school has been on break for about a month now, but we start up again next week. My time is going to be limited, so I’d better try to put out a few more pieces of art before then, so, as always, more later.
Here’s my latest offering of photo art, a composite of some photos I’ve taken in a few of the nearby Buddhist temples. Now, let me say right at the start that this creation is not meant to be sacrilegious. As a matter of fact, the monk statue on the right, along with a half a dozen others like it, has been standing for at least a couple of years in a temple near where I used to live . Whether it was “dressed” by the monks in the temple or by local people, I don’t know. However, it shows the whimsy sometimes inherent in the culture. The monk statue on the left was given sunglasses by yours truly.
I found the big laughing Buddha in an out-of-the-way temple that was half in ruins and overgrown by vegetation in some areas. Parts of it are attended to, and there are also some repairs being made to the main building, though it didn’t look like anyone had worked on it for a while.
The Buddha is not in the main building, but is in a smaller outbuilding, and when you first come upon it, it’s kind of a surprise. After a few seconds, it’s hard not to laugh or at least smile at the expression on it’s face.
I’m not quite satisfied with the art yet, so I’ll probably tweak it some more and post the results here. Enjoy.
Having fun in the temple.
[EDIT] Version 2: Made a few changes to the monk on the right so that it doesn’t have such a “pasted in” appearance.
Having fun in the temple, v2.
[EDIT] Version 3: I put the right hand monk behind the Buddha to give the composition a bit more of a 3D feel and I gave it a bit lighter look.
Having fun in the temple, v3.
This one is part of the Weekly Challenge series from my Photoshop Art course. This is the Week 2 Challenge. I won’t go into all the constraints of the challenge. The focus is to create something using minimum resources and using specific techniques. In this one, I had to use a couple of specific textures, only two of my photos, an edge effect, and a few other items.
The photos I used are a shot of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park and a photo of a young Native American from a visit to a pow-wow near Flathead Lake in Montana. I think I took both of these in 2008.
This one I’m titling “Homeland.” Hope you like it.
P.S. Once I get enough of these photos completed, I’ll set up a Gallery page for them.
Another Photo Art composition: Homeland
My latest Photoshop Artistry course image is called “On the Beach.” This photo was done for a weekly challenge, of which there are many, but it’s the first one I’ve done (Weekly Challenge One). For the challenges, you are given a set of guidelines on what to use in your composition. For example, in this one I could only use one or two of my photos, and I had to incorporate a couple of textures, another specific grunge texture file, and a vector file, all free course content (and royalty-free). I also had to use a “Painting With Light” technique in Photoshop.
The two photos I used were from a vacation in Thailand several years ago. One photo is the beach scene (beach, chairs and ocean) and the other is the background island. I’m really having fun with this, but there’s a long way to go and lots to learn. Enjoy.
Here’s my newest photo art composition. It’s a photo I took in Luang Prabang, Laos, back in 2006. Here’s the original.
The remake, so to speak, includes a background image of part of the Pleiades star cluster. I downloaded this image from Pixabay, a stock photo website that offers free downloads of royalty-free images. Great site. Here’s the photo art. I think the title should be “Buddha in the Cosmos.” What do you think?
Of course, I’m still learning about all of this and I have a long way to go. But, it’s a life-time course, available at any time. I hope to have several more art photos, at least, in the next few weeks. Let me know what you think. More later.