Friday, May 18, 2012


I recently downloaded a camera app to my android phone that has really got me interested in manipulating my reference photos.  Called Pixlr-O-Matic, it has dozens of filters and add-ons that can take a plain photo to another level.  For instance, I took a very basic picture of this iris as a reference for a painting in the future.  Using the filters to deepen the colors, and heighten the lights and darks, it shows me what I might be able to do to change my painting from a 'copy' of a photo to an imaginative, even illusional painting.  I am excited about what I can do with the I can make the painting sing with more contrast, more color, and even add abstract elements to it for excitement.  There are a lot of free apps on the market for phone photo references that can stimulate your creativity, activate your imagination, and bump you out of the rut you have dug yourself in. (I am talking about my recent slump into inactivity!)  I saw a cartooning app, a retro camera app, and even a distortion app.  I am going to have some fun trying out a few of these!  I would love it if you wanted to share your attempts with me...leave me a note on my comment board, and I might add a few to my blog (with your blog link, of course!) 


Mohsin Hassan said...

nice work superb creation. i like your creativity

Rose Altom said...

Thank you so much for your kind words!