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19th-century photo of the Nikolayevskaya Stree...

19th-century photo of the Nikolayevskaya Street in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Ukraine). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While doing research for a story set in Kiev (Kyive), Ukraine, I came across the photograph of this amazing tree. Since I love seeing what Photoshop filters can do to enhance photographs, I tried them on this wonderful old tree.

“Grünewald’s Oak Age: 800-900 years, named after the famous painter Matthias Grünewald who used to draw fantasy trees.”





Which do you like the best?



Original photograph found at

The art found here is absolutely charming!
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE ORIGINAL BLOGGER’S POSTS. They were kind enough to let me share this wonderful article with you.

Ars Nycticorax

I must apologize to my facebook followers who have been anticipating this moment, I’m not sure it is as epic as warranted by 3 weeks of secrecy.

A while ago Lucretia Renee Rathmann – proprietress of Dark Fusion Boutique – asked me to create some illustrations for DFB. She wanted me to use photographs from the website for reference, which was sweet, since she is a great photographer. First I came up with this:

For reference, I used a DFB photo taken by the insanely talented Christopher Perez. For the rest of the DFB images, I wanted to mute the models a bit so the clothing would pop a bit more. I created the foreground images and the DFB logo in the same style as Lucretia’s portrait, (sans heavy shadows on the models) then brought the images into photoshop and completed them there. I also did 3 variations of…

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Here, I have posted the original and several images of the original edited using Adobe Photoshop Filters to make them look like works of art. I used this particular photograph because of the rich colors and the brilliant light source. Starting after the original photograph, each new image becomes just a bit more abstract until the last three. If the viewer did not know these as manipulated photographs of a castle on the banks of a river or lake with the sun shining in the background, they may not see anything except blobs of color. This is where the imagination can really go wild.

I have also included in this post a link for a tutorial that shows how to use Adobe Photoshop Filters.

Using Filters in Photoshop

I borrowed the original image from:

Amazing Photos of Castles, Palaces, and Chateaux amazing photograph is of Moritzburg Castle, located in Dresden, Germany

Original Photograph:

Next, I would like to take these same images and see what I could accomplish using oil paints, watercolors and acrylic on raw canvas. Maybe even see what could come about if I used colored washi paper to get different effects. The possibilities are only as limited as the imagination.


I found these wonderful bugs and birds on various sites. Listed below each altered image is the link for the original photographs. Be sure to visit each one. If not for the talented photographers’ pics, I would not have had the wondrous creatures to work with.

I am constantly amazed at the fabulous colors that come from our tiny chitinous and feathered friends. I took colors taken from each little critter to transform the background and foreground using Adobe Photoshop Filters.






Polka Dot Bug

This is a recreation of Moments Clicked’s cute Polka Dot bug. Go here to find the “real deal”… Thank you for sharing this wonderful little critter with us!

What I liked most about this little guy (or girl… I mean I can’t tell) is its colorful polka dots. So when I was “Photoshoping” it, I used that color to create the background for the redo. Yes, the beautiful orange-brown color you see , I took directly from the little bug’s spots.

Here’s what happens when I switched the background and foreground colors. And yes, this new background was also taken from Polka Dot bug. It is the lighter color of its shell.

So which do you like the best?

I found the photos for these magnificent flowers at Momentsclicked’s blog site I thought they were so beautiful that I wanted to share them, but first I added a bit of Adobe Photoshop pizzaz. Not that the original photos needed any, I just love playing around with Photoshop and seeing what I can come up with.

Be sure to stop by the original blog site. Here it is again are many more beautiful flowers where these came from!

A magnificent castle, a well-lit photograph and fun with Photoshop. It is amazing what fantastic, otherworldly creations can come from combining these three…

Bodiam Castle

Pena Castle

Pena Castle

Alcazar Castle

Portola Castle

Pedjamski Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Mont Saint Michel Castle

Lowenburg Castle

Hunyard Castle

Caerlaverock Castle

Mosaic look of Neuschwanstein Castle


10 World Beautiful Castles:


Adventures by Disney – Germany:

Maze-ing Maze 199

Check out these amazing mazes.  I am working on putting together every single puzzle on their blog site. It is a wonderful stress reliever and lots of fun besides! Press the link above and you too can enjoy Maze a day’s wonderful blog and puzzles.

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English: The Water Lily Pond ((1919) by Claude...

The Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet

Here is a project that I found it in a  book entitled: Art for the Very Young by Elizabeth Kelly and Joanne McConville. It features a technique made popular by the Impressionist art movement of which Claude Monet was and still is a front-runner. I first discovered this charming painter when I did an assignment on one of Monet’s fellow Impressionists, Pierre-Auguste Renoir for Humanities class in the eleventh grade, high school.


Materials Needed:

Cookie sheets, cake pans, or pizza pans

tablespoon each of blue, purple, pink, green tempera paint



Dish detergent

Wite construction paper that is larger than the pan you choose to use

Green tissue paper

Small plastic containers, one for each paint color


Paint brush(es)

Cut tissue paper into lily pads. In each plastic container mix: 1 tempera paint color with 1  tablespoon each of honey and water. Place pan upside down and paint the surface with any combination of the tempera-honey-water mixtures. Place construction paper over painted area. Gently smooth paper with hands. Carefully lift paper to reveal a “pond” pattern. Place tissue paper lily pads on wet paint. Gently smooth them down and let painting dry.


Art for the Very Young: Ages 3-6

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