Category Archives: First Arts

“A Learning Process”


It has been a while since my last post. Being as I don’t have many followers yet I don’t guess that’s an issue.    I’ve been so very busy trying to learn how to paint digitally. I’ve been asking my artist friends for advice or tips,but  there has been a major communication error.  I have been so frustrated due to the fact -I KNEW there were tutorials for the effect I was so anxiously searching for, but after searching through  hundreds of tutorials on Google or the ones my friends forwarded me too-they were either VERY expensive or either it was NOT what I was looking for. Needless to say- after tediously searching for an entire week I finally found this very simple yet very informative (to me, at least) tutorial!
(Portrait Paint Over Tutorial )
I  obviously was not typing in the exact ‘wording’ for the correct tutorial.  I was unaware (along with everyone I have mentioned it too) that “Digital Painting” is NOT the same as “Digitally Painting Over”. 
Who would have thought? (ugh…word play…) I have NOT done any work since this new art i want to learn has entered my mind, and now that I have finally found what I’m looking for it is going to take time to get it down pat and tweak it to my liking. I am going to try to fit in a manipulation or two while I am learning though. 

About two weeks ago before I was completely immersed in learning how to “paint over”- I was aimlessly practicing a very minimal  painting effect. I created the first piece below named “The Eye Of The Dragon”. I am not any where perfect yet and I have noted that to all of my followers and on this blog, but this piece makes me feel like progress in the right direction is definitely being made.   I realized half way through that the woman and the dragon took too much of the left side up so I had to actually create a dragon tail from scratch (drawing has never been a friend of mine–I am horrible at drawing  ) and then paint on scales and everything else to make it look like it belonged to the dragon. I guess the real opinion of the art lies in you.

I of course am my own worse critic and felt like the tail looked a little misplaced so I added a lot of shadow to that area of the picture, but all in all I guess its pretty good for only my 10th or 11th photo manipulation. I feel that this is definitely where my calling is. I will still continue my photography, but I will have more fun manipulating it afterwards i’m sure…:D   Hope everyone has a good weekend and I truly appreciate you reading!
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         “The Eye Of The Dragon”

The Eye of the Dragon
This picture below is the third manipulation I’ve created. It was admittedly a simple task because I only had to select the model from her original background and post her into a white background. From there I added paint strokes, a little dodge and burn in some areas and so forth. At the time I was learning how to actually fit the subject correctly into a background and make it look as if she wasn’t placed in.
* (All Stock was used with permission. Their credits are posted at these links: “The Eye Of The Dragon” and “Dispair”.)
*This post was originally posted at on Thursday , July 11, 2013 
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 My son has turned 5 this month. We celebrated his birthday this weekend at a friend’s house who donated their living room and pool to our cause  I am a lil depressed that he is growing so fast but if you are a parent or know one – you definitely know the feeling or have heard it be stated!It is the truth-one day you’re putting on diapers and the next you’re giving them away on their wedding day…ahhh…I can definitely sit back and await that day, lol. 

So – thru all this it made me think fondly about my childhood “fantasies” because I am constantly reminded of my children’s.  I’ve had a small issue recently with inspiration. I don’t want to go as far as to say its “Artists Block” but I do have a tad lack of inspiration. I want to create-I’m just at a loss at WHAT. I am also eager to create it seems because I want to be as good as the images I create in my head, and creating MORE WILL EVENTUALLY GET ME THERE. Practice makes perfect!  [now i’m blabbering…] 

 When it came to this piece it was mainly inspired because of my children and how envious I am of their imagined reality and outlook. At first all I had were the stock photos. I held onto them for a couple of weeks in Photoshop without even touching them.

 I knew I wanted to use them I just didn’t know for what until my eight year old daughter made a comment about traveling the ocean in a cardboard box after seeing the stock, and THERE IT WAS. I learned that sometimes the right inspiration is a child and their imagination.I can’t leave it all to the imagination because that’s 80% of art, but it was my CHILD’S imagination that made this one. 

 This piece is named “Serendipity” and is dedicated to my 5-year-old son, Aidan. I shall use their imagination and fantasies from now on. 


Happy Birthday Aidan James~MY HEART AND SOUL


This is the 3rd piece I ever created. I made it for my father.He wanted a nice background for his motorcycle.  It was an easy manipulation, but the selection of the bike from its original photo proved to be a very tedious job. 


(*This blog post was originally posted on Wednesday June 26, 2013 at )