American Collage 5″x7″ Acrylic on Masonite

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Acrylic Collage on masonite. This was really a fun collage to do. It somewhat meanders in it’s images and invokes memories from the past the longer you look at it! Made with scraps of paper, found objects and acrylic paint. I use Liquitex matte medium to bond materials to the board and then enhance the image with ink, acrylics and even scans from previous collages. I sometimes print on rice paper and then use these scraps to add to the design.

Price: $99 with Free USPS Priority Mail

Calloway Memory 4″x4″ Gouache on Ampersand Panel

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I painted this little 4″x4″ gouache on ampersand watercolor panel for Carol’s birthday today. It was from memory of a trip we took to Calloway Gardens many years ago! It’s quite a challenge to paint on such a small surface but in a nice white frame it really looks great on our bookshelf!

Price: Not For Sale

Molly Collage 5×7 Acrylic on Ampersand Board

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This collage was made from bits and pieces of paper I had around the house or that I found walking the neighborhood. I used acrylic paint to do the layout and add color and form. Painted on Ampersand Clayboard. I did a digital print with colorfast inks on rice paper for the image of Molly, the wonderdog, and painted it in with acrylic medium. The rice paper almost dissapears leaving the image. Very cool!

5″ x 7″ acrylic on Clayboard with varnish – Free USPS Priority Mail postage.

Price: $75

Everlasting to Everlasting – Acrylic collage 8″x10″

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This 8″x10″ collage is done with acrylics and tidbits of memories from family photos and little bits and pieces I picked up on my walks around the neighborhood. A scrap of paper here, a twig, a wrapper. I sometimes scan other collages I’ve done to create elements that are then fixed to the panel with acrylic medium. These are quite personal and express events and people in my life.

Price: $125 with free USPS Priority Mail postage.

 

Dick’s Barn – 3″x5″ Oil on canvas with Frame

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I painted this barn in Loganville, Georgia in oil on canvas. It has a “homemade” frame that is 1 1/2″ deep. The painting is 3″x5″ and the frame is 4″x6″. These barns are so beautiful and are everywhere still standing and doing the job they were built for a hundred years ago!

Price: $100 with Frame and free USPS Priority Mail postage.

Mount Pleasant Live Oak with Cardinal 4″x4″ gouache on panel

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I painted this gouache on a 4″x4″ Ampersand watercolor panel. Carol and I visited a bed and breakfast and sat under this live oak overlooking the inland waterway in Mt. Pleasant, SC near Charleston.

Price: $79 for the original (free USPS Priority Mail US Only)

Abigail’s Swing

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Abigail's Swing
This is an animated GIF file created in Photoshop CS3. Shot in high speed mode on my D300. It is seven photos composited together. Quite a nice swing by our three year old grand daughter Abigail! I say sign her up for the “big leagues!”

Georgia 400 Buckhead Tunnel

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I took this about 6:30 a.m. of the Buckhead Tunnel where Georgia 400 goes under Atlanta Financial Center on Peachtree. I didn’t think it had a “shot” at coming out but it’s pretty nice!
Nikon D300 Camera
Nikon 12-24mm lens

Ava

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This sweet photo of my granddaughter Ava reflects the gentle spirit and loving person she is. I love the atmospheric quality of this photograph. I used PhotoShop CS3’s Black and White sliders to tone this and created a blur layer and layer mask to focus on her beautiful eyes.
– Nikon D300, Nikon 60mm Macro Lens, SB800 flash, ISO 800, 1/250, F 3.2.

Christmas Cousins

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PhotoShop CS3 Tutorial:

1) Original Photo – the original photo is really nice, but I want to put it in a dark frame and create a more artistic and timeless feel to the picture. These are my three grandkids and I want the to look…well, adorable!

2) I added a layer with an extreme gaussian blur. I created a layer mask and painted away the blur from the faces I wanted to be in close focus.

Here’s what it looks like at this point.

3) I added an adjustment layer for hue and saturation and then darkened the whole photo with the sliders

4) Using the layer mask for the adjustment layer,
I painted out the areas I wanted the original bright tone.


5) Finally, I wanted a less saturated look with a bit of
a brown tone. I created another adjustment layer for
Hue/Saturation and hit the Colorize button, Hue 38
and Saturation 15. I then used the layer mask to paint
color back into the faces and bring out some of the red.


It’s really fun to get three wiggly kids to sit in one place at a time, especially when there are so many things to explore!

Equipment: Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200 VR Lens, SB800 Flash, Gary Fong attachment.