Thursday, November 29, 2007

b&w collage 02

b & w collage 02

it's also from a b & w photograph, though the original collage is/was color-full. for details, the notes from collage 01 apply equally to this one.

b&w collage 01

b & w collage 01for both this image and the next one, b&w collage 02, i began by scanning in 24-bit color the original b&w photo of a mainly magazine, greeting card and related ephemera cut-and-paste collage. successfully, i believe(!) i tweaked the perspective to something close to the way the original presented on the wall, applied a sharpen filter (1x) and then adjusted curves, brightness and contrast and the image color to black and white rather than converting back to grayscale. as usual, the pc display is darker than on the mac, and so far this one is more successful than 02, but when i have a few minutes i'll work more on both.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Saturday, September 22, 2007

photographs trilogy


horse and trees

sandpipersThis morning I scanned and cleaned up this wonderful trilogy of photographs from ages ago. I am very happy with the results, so I decided to blog them here. Even though I didn't take the photographs, I did the photoshopping, so in that sense I can claim ownership.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Harwich Scrapbook - end

harwich end

Harwich Scrapbook - cover

I'm planning to upload my 13 Harwich scrapbook pages to one of my domain names, but before doing that I want to check out the appearance of some of the pages. I've been working on the cover this morning.

Harwich cover

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Harwich 02

Showing the really original state of the house, here's the second page of my Harwich scrapbook...

Harwich originals

Harwich 01

Harwich scrapbook coverThis is the cover page of my analog Harwich scrapbook; I've digitized all 13 pages and made 3 or 4 (so far) additional pages from slices of those. I'd tried uploading png images to Photobucket but given the size of the originals they were so huge it looked as if nothing was happening, so I saved them out to the default jpg for file sizes 1/5 or 1/6 of the size of the png images—they all look fine to me online! As soon as I finish my Advent Study proposal and get some time in the puter lab, I'm going to make a pdf site and upload it to one of my domain names.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

450 Salem Western Avenue

450 Salem Western AvenueIf you've lived or worked or gone to school in the general Boston, North Shore, South Shore, etc. area, you're well-acquainted with the fabled public trans system, usually referred to as MBTA (pronounced as an actual 3-syllable word) in everyday parlance; the extensive MBTA network includes light rail, subway, buses and boats. The MBTA's current Route 450, West Lynn via Western, runs from Salem's Commuter Rail Station to Haymarket--same basic route as when I lived in the illustrious city of Salem on Boston's North Shore. In those days I always took the MBTA 450 whenever I was going into downtown Boston for a day or to school at UMass. Check out the link for history and fun facts! For all of those three years, I lived on Federal Street on the top floor of an amazing Federal-style house.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Sprouts - Five

Here's the last group of the groups, familiar to anyone who's seen my Earth Day Stamps:

Sprouts 01 Sprouts 02 Sprouts 03 Sprouts 04 Sprouts 02

Flowers 01 - 02 - 03

On all these color interaction images I'm blogging I used crosshatch and sprayed strokes Photoshop filters; on several that were very dark, I adjusted brightness and contrast. As usual, some that were pleasing on the Mac display are too dark on a typical PC. ...comments from July 2007.

Flowers 01 Flowers 02 Flowers 03

Monday, July 09, 2007

trees: 01, 02 and 03

I did a couple other trees and maybe a few other others that I decided not to scan; the ones I scanned and Photoshopped were plenty enough to convey the general idea.

Tree 01 Tree 02 Tree 03

Sunday, July 08, 2007

sky_01 and sky_02

Sky 01 Sky 02

sea_02 and sea_01

Here's another of the seven different drawings I made to demonstrate Color Interaction (the course basically was based on Johanness Itten's color theory); be assured, I have some interesting future plans for at least portions of some of these sketches!

Sea 02 Sea 01

Saturday, July 07, 2007


While I was taking a color theory course called "Color Interaction" a way long time ago, I drew a series of graphics to illustrate the theories we were studying. Now I've scanned and minimally Photoshopped the representational images I did for each one in different interactive color palettes (I also scanned and saved out each color strip, most of which included more colors than the image); I drew a total of seven pics--last week I blogged Houses - 5!; for today, here's a pair of celebratory balloon fantasies:

Celebrate 2 Celebrate 1

—please note I made the post time read 7/7/07 @ 7:07...

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Houses - Five!

Clearly I have this thing about houses; here's more graphic design evidence, originally drawn for a colour theory class:

House 01 House 02 House 03 House 04 House 05

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Graduation Sunday

Here's the right side of the two 14 x 8.5 bulletin covers I designed for this coming Graduation/Teacher Appreciation Sunday; we'll be using the one without the star sun.
Graduation Sunday 2007 Graduation Sunday 2007 Star

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Stamps for the County Fair

Here's the group of Earth Day Stamps I'm printing to enter in the San Diego County Fair. Actually, the background color isn't displaying true on this iMac monitor, but who knows how it looks on yours?!

San Diego County Fair Earth Day Stamps

county fair stamps

You can see the horizontal "landscape" version here.