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Two Irises

Two Irises

Created with permission of the original photographer using textures and customs brushes.


FIRST IMAGE: Original Image

SECOND IMAGE: My rendering

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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.

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Balinese Paper Lantern – remembering Imagination Squared

It’s almost one year ago my work was part of the Imagination Squared exhibit at the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art. I never got a chance to showcase the photo on my blog, so I will do so now as the anniversary approaches. Around 900 artists were given small blank squares and asked to create their own piece of art. The squares were then hung as a huge grid that took up the whole main gallery of the museum. The exhibit’s opening was one of the largest events in MOCA history with hundreds attending the reception and thousands of viewers coming to view the exhibit. The highlight of the evening for the artists was definitely the fun of trying to find your square. They also made posters for us to sign our square and a three page pullout of all 900+ squares in Arbus Magazine’s commemorative edition.

Click here to see my original Facebook posting of the opening night reception – what a night to remember!

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Topaz Labs Plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom – wow!


If you haven’t checked out the incredible plugins by Topaz Labs, you need to do so ASAP! Here is desciption of the bundle which sells for great price of $249. Once you seewhat these plugins can do, the proce will seem like a real bargain:

  • Simulate lenses, filters & specialty cameras withTopaz Lens Effects
  • Make your exposure, detail, and color pop with Topaz Adjust
  • Create a variety of stunning painterly art effects with Topaz Simplify
  • Get halo- and artifact-free detail enhancement with Topaz Detail
  • Eliminate noise while preserving detail with Topaz DeNoise
  • Quickly and efficiently mask and extract photos with Topaz ReMask
  • Sharpen and restore image clarity with Topaz InFocus
  • Control portrait smoothing and stylized edges with Topaz Clean
  • Fix JPEG artifacts and optimize web photos with Topaz DeJPEG

My personal favorite is Topaz Adjust, which is best described as HDR gone wild. You can use it 100 different ways and never get the same results twice! Here’s how to do “easyHDR” with Topaz Adjust 4:

If you are a lightroom user instead of Photoshop, you can also use Topaz Fusion Express to use the bundle in Lightroom. Check out the complete bundle at  http://www.topazlabs.com/

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A different way to restore an old photo

A friend sent me an old photo and asked me if I could restore it. I decided to go one step further and used Topaz plugins, some textures and overlays to create an art piece vs a simple restoration. Here are the before and after:

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I love textures

I was surfing Flickr recently and came across a photographer whose work fascinated me. She had a soft, feminine point of view and I loved her style. So I wrote to her and asked her how she achieved her look and she told me – Photoshop textures!

It turned out she also ran an e-store that sold her own original textures, so I checked them out and discovered a whole new realm. I am hooked. It involves layering textures over a photo, using layer masks to paint the texture on/off the photo and using clipping masks and adjustment layers to add effects. I have taken my Photoshop skills to a whole new level thanks to Leslie Nicole. See her textures and tutorials at www.frenchkisstextures.com.

Here is my first attempt at working with textures fpr portrait work with before and after images. Thanks to Leslie for the textures!


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Panasonic Lumix LX5 – my new best friend

I just traded up my beloved Panasonic Lumix LX3 for the new LX5. For those of you that have not seen the LX5 and its daddy the LX3, it is like having an old Leica in your hands. If you are in a situation where a big DSLR is just not possible or practical, this is the perfect camera. It does just about everything creative you can do with a full size DSLR without the weight and size. It allows for discreet shooting with the highest possible image quality. AND it also shoots beautiful HD movies, too! PS…got a gently pre-owned model at B&H Photo in NY for $349 vs $499 new. When it arrived, it was indistinguishable from a new one. Great deal!!!

Learn more about this camera

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