Flowers 1A, Painted in the Procreate App

Pink flower painting
I began with a loose black oil pastel line, as I added paint, and worked in the oil pastel, it became a tighter than I like. Had to crop it to improve the composition; hmm, that’s a lot of pink…no more dabbling, on with the next one.

I’m using my photos, and my garden for visual info. Some I plan to do will be more whimsy, than exact likeness. The beautiful colours, shapes and patterns in flowers (and foliage); aways a wonderful subject matter! *Painted with my finger, on the iPad.ย 

A Watercolour/Art app Mix, Process Pics, and a Poem

Mother and baby painting
This is the finished artwork, after using my iPad to scan in the drawing, and then painting on it with “Art Set Pro” media.

This began as a quick black watercolour pencil sketch; about 4″ x 6″ (10cm x 15cm) in size. A favourite subject matter of mine – a mother and baby. I whooshed some water over it and then with my iPad, scanned it in, using the “Scanner Pro” app. I like the look of the original, but thought I’d add some colour in an art app. It printed up well. I used (as I usually do) the lovely epson heavy weight paper. The print has a soft, muted look, which I like, though this is partly acheived, by my not so great scan! – getting better at it though. I find a photo isn’t as effective as the scanner.

A little further along is a poem I had fun writing recently, titled “Rough Draft Rumblings”. Yet to be illustrated; so there may be more rumblings. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Just touch on a pic below, to enlarge them all.

I’m trying different ways to present my prints. With this one, after cutting around the printed picture, and leaving a white edge, I tried laying it on an A4 size green/ grey paper – the black paper, looked a bit harsh. Quite, like the look of it. Think, I’ll get some different coloured card, and do more of this. May eventually place it into an A4 frame.

Presentation, has never been my highpoint…like to just get on with the next pic. However, if I want to continue to display some locally, (I’ve exhibited and sold some of my art, occasionally, over the years) I’ll have to look into it more. Of course, an effective frame, can add to a piece…will just experiment with ways which look good, don’t take too much time, and don’t cost too much!

Lately, I’ve enjoyed adding oil pastel, and so on… and acrylic mediums to some of my iPad artworks after printing them. Sometimes, it’s fun to, scan an artwork in, as with this one; and then draw and paint on it (I use my finger, rather than a stylus) within an art app. Sometimes, I just like to print something I’ve drawn or painted on my iPad, and leave as is. Spoilt for choices; and thankful.

Rough Draft Rumblings

There was a tale told,
that our scribblings, our penned,
but unpolished lines,
would be taken out to shine.
Placed upon a new page;
prettied up with pictures;
and presented upon an iPad stage.
Sense and syllables carefully checked –
our sounds, spruced up, tweaked –
our vowels carefully paced.
And the placement of a pause,
in just the right place.
But still we wait.

Those pesky pint sized poems,
haiku I think she calls them – they’ve made it out.
Suppose, they speak lots, even shout,
within a small space.

Well, I’m a poem too, and I’m tired; I’ve waited
and waited – I want to be illustrated.
I may be longer in syllable count,
but I deserve, a wash of line and colour;
to be tizzied and typed up in a pretty font –
that’s what I want!
I still have lines, where a full stop
should restrain me;
where penline arrows point –
in all directions, and make me feel
rather threatened; and where
I pivot precariously in places,
at the end of a parade of ellipses…
I need to be fixed.

But, I hear tell, before our ink fades,
we may have our say.
The rumour is, there’s a flurry of movement
in the filing cabinet;
a ruffling of manilla folders.

We are the older ones,
but it seems she’s not forgotten us.

We may have begun as scribbles,
written quickly between the folding of washing,
and wiping baby dribbles…
But she’s still fond of us.
Though we may not all make it
to the online world…it could be,
the day is coming,
where at the least, our
lines will be made legible.

For those of us, who don’t make the cut –
at least on paper, it’s enough,
we’ve helped her along the writing path;
and we still live on in our maker’s heart.

Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

Some Recent ArtWorks, and a Bit About My Exhibition

Watercolour landscape
Whoosing around with the watercolour paint in the “UBrush Pro” app – an imaginary landscape. Hmm, will have to soften the top of the cloud on the right.

These are drawnย and painted in a few different apps, and I did get to try out the oil pastel in the “UBrush Pro” app, which I mentioned in a previous post.ย More info with the pics, on the captions. Thought I’d place them into a gallery format, makes it easier to view them at a glance, and saves having to scroll down a long way. To take a closer look, just tap twice on one, to enlarge them all.ย 

Looking at my art in this gallery, and inย the “Segue” gallery ( talk about this exhibition, further along) has helped me to better see where I’m going with media and subject matter, and changes I may make in both. Hmm, I could try turning the heads in a different direction!

*Drawn and painted with my finger, on the iPad.

Recently, I had an exhibition of some of my iPad art, along with a fellow artist – and her beautiful watercolours – at “Segue”; a local community art and craft venue.

It was a busy time, finishing off some works, printing them up here, at home; and placing them into some simple, but effective black A4 frames. I share about various aspects of printing and presenting iPad art, on a new page I recently added to my blog – “Printing iPad Art”. I’d show you a photo of the exhibit, but can’t find where it went to at the moment.. Anyway, you may well have seen most of the works. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve dabbled with some traditional media on paper lately – will scan some in, and share them soon.

I displayed some without glass, using an acrylic gloss medium, overlaid with a uv satin varnish, to protect the print. Aside from liking the look of these types of finishes; it saves me having to fuss around with glass – not one of favourite jobs!

However I also love the look of a matt finish. Actually I print my iPad art onto a lovely matt paper, which beautifully picks up the colours and contrasts. So I searched around for a matt finish and found one online called “Timeless”.

I’ve tried it, and it’s pretty much invisible…just as they claimed. Lovely!

As the pigment ink in my printer, does not smudge or smear, (dries almost immediately) I can apply these finishes with a brush. No sprays wafting around, which is great. If the paper curls a bit once its dry, I just flatten it out between heavy books for a few hours. When I display them in a frame (without glass) this also flattens them out. I’ll experiment more (have tried this with with very small prints, there’s an example in the gallery, above) with using the medium/varnish to glue a print to a canvas backing – yet another way to present a print, and not muck about with glass, yay. Lots of experimenting lately – good fun!

Thank you for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚