Category Archives: Other Artists and Their Work

Must-have iPhone Photo Apps!

PocketboothHow many of us have started using our iPhones as out “go-to” camera when traveling, sightseeing, etc? It takes sharp photos that can even be enlarged for wall prints. Add some great apps for iPhoneography and you have incredible creative possibilities! Some are free, most are a dollar or two. Try some, find your favorites and share them with your freinds -it’s irresistable!

Here’s a couple of great lists of the best photo apps for iPhone compiled by the blog PhotoArgus:

http://www.thephotoargus.com/gear/30-popular-iphone-photography-apps-you-need-to-try/

http://www.thephotoargus.com/tools/14-must-have-apps-for-the-iphone-photographer/

If you need proof of how creative the work can be just using your iPhone and apps, check out this portfolio:

http://www.thephotoargus.com/inspiration/26-inspiring-examples-of-iphone-photography/

I also have been following my friend Dianne Poinski’s new iPhoneography obsession and I would recommend you check out her work:

http://www.thephotoargus.com/inspiration/26-inspiring-examples-of-iphone-photography/

Have fun!!!

Baby Portrait – collaboration with photographer Natasha Meyer

I am really excited about a new creative partnership with Florida portrait photographer Natasha Meyer. We will be bringing an exciting new suite of products to her photography studio clients through Citrus Creative PhotoWorks™.

These one-of-a-kind fine art pieces will be available as special orders in the following formats:

  • canvas prints with oil rub and/or cracquelure finish
  • hand painted prints on fine watercolor paper, rice paper or silk
  • facemounted prints on acrylic  with metallic standoffs
  • prints on fine art metals
  • encaustic portraits on wood board hand rubbed with oil paint or pastels
  • wood block collages, triptychs, diptychs and other dimensional mixed media collage pieces
  • image transfers on metal, wood, marble and glass

Top image is original image, bottom image is my rendering. Click on photo to see larger image.

Oreo Portraits? No way!

OK just when you think youve seen it all I find a woman who does portraits on Oreo cookies, flowers made from hair, nails clippings and baby teeth and little scenes using insects as the main characters. Judith Klausner is a graduate of Wesleyan U and is based in Somerville, MA. Her stuff is very provocative, always engaging and even slightly repulsive but never dull. Isnt that what good art is all about?

 

See more at her website

Encaustic Monotypes – Paula Roland, Artist

I came across this artist, Paula Roland while researching encaustic painting last week. What I saw amazed me, as I had no prior knowledge of this medium. Paula paints using what’s called a “hot box”, which is basically a large plate of anondized aluminum placed over a regulated heat source. The plate heats up enabling you to spread the encaustic paint sticks on the surface of the aluminum and then manipulate and shape the wax with a scraper, squeegee or knife. The final step is to take a piece of paper and place it over the melted wax and allow the wax to imprint the paper. What makes these images fascinating is the wax the oil in the wax creates this beautiful halo around the blotches of color when it bleeds on the paper. The images are sublimely beautiful and very organic.

Click here to visit her website

Paula also has a great DVD which talks about her process – looks like another “must have”! Here is an excerpt from her DVD:

 

Diane Poinski – A Master at Hand Painting Photos

I found Diane Poinski on Facebook recently. She does wonderful hand painted photos and more importantly, she has written a free e-book to teach others to do the same. This is a technique I have always been curious about but never tried because I didnt like the expense of having to buy tubes of Marshall’s photo oils needed to do it. Until now, that was the best method, but now with the introduction of PanPastels, it is less messy and a lot less expensive. Not that the PanPastels are cheap by any means, but they seem to be easier to manage and have other applications besides hand painting photos, which justifies the expense better.

 

View Diane’s portfolio and download her free ebook about Hand Painting Photos at her website – and dont forget to LIKE her on Facebook, too!

Encaustic Artist and Author Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch

Keeping with my new fascination with photography and encaustic, I just purchased two new books by author and encaustic art Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch on Amazon. One is on the way and one is due for release the beginning of August 2011. She is a wonderful instructor and a terrific artist, not to mention a really nice person, too. Very generous with her knowledge. She also runs EncaustiCamps, which I wish I was nearby so I could attend. Check out her website at pbsartist.com if you are interested in seeing her work.

Encaustics and Photography…a new love affair

I am afraid that I have caught the encaustic bug. Encaustic is the process of painting with clear or pigmented hot wax on a board. It has always fascinated me and now I have just discovered it can be used beautifully with photography and collage. Bought my first big chunk of beeswax and dammar resin this weekend and took advantage of the rainy days to try it out first hand. It is incredibly hands on to melt the wax, paint with it then use the heat gun to manipulate and shape the wax. I started with clear beeswax but I know next I will want to get some oil pastels or pan pastels to add color to the wax or rub on top of the wax once it cools.

It is an ancient art dating back to the Greeks and Romans. The finished works have a deeply layered and transparent appearance. It is a seductive medium but one that is not easily mastered. I have seen some great artists online that produce incredible work in this medium. They have inspired me to pursue learning more about the techniques and experiment with using some of my photographs with encaustic medium. Will post the results when I have some completed pieces.

In the meantime, here are two great encaustic artists whose works I love:

Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch: http://www.pbsartist.com/

Elena de la Ville: http://floridahotwax.com/