Before and After: Digital Paintings

A while back I uploaded several examples of digital paintings I had created using software programs such as Photoshop, Topaz Simplify and Topaz Glow. Several people have contacted me to request before and after examples of some images so that is the subject of this post. In every example I prefer the digital “painting.” The color is bolder, the look is more vibrant, and in my opinion the whole image is more exciting and alive. What do you think ? 1964 Mark II 3.4 OD - before1964 Mark II 3.4 OD - afterbatmobile-airborne-beforebatmobile-airborne-afterCrested Butte beforeCrested Butte afterMassive Arch - beforeMassive Arch - afterYellowstone Wildflowers #2 beforeYellowstone Wildflowers #2 after

President’s Day

faa-ask not walljm 6fdr  1 b andlinc 1wm 3faa-gerald fordfaa-dwight eisenhowerfaa-ronald reganWashington’s birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Colloquially, it is widely known as “Presidents Day” and is often an occasion to remember all the presidents, not just George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is also in February.  The term “Presidents Day” was informally coined in a deliberate attempt to use the holiday to honor multiple presidents and is virtually always used that way today. With official names including Presidents’ Day, President’s Day and Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday, the day is also a state holiday in most states. It officially celebrates, depending upon the state, Washington alone, Washington and Lincoln, or some other combination of U.S. presidents. Some states celebrate Washington and the third president Thomas Jefferson but not Lincoln. Both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays are in February. (reproduced from Wikipedia.) Any visitor to Washington D.C will soon realize not only are Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson memorialized with world famous monuments but as one travels D.C. you will find memorials to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Regan, Gerald Ford, and Dwight Eisenhower plus I’m sure others that I may not have discovered yet.jfk grave

10 Myths About Introverts

Recently I read a blog written by Eli Bishop and with Eli’s permission I am reproducing it here because I find it extremely interesting and spot on at least where I am concerned. If you are an introvert I think you also will find it very informative and feel a lot better about yourself although now that I think about it you are probably quite comfortable with yourself to begin with. Extroverts take note !!

10 Myths About Introverts (As a graphic designer, a list I can really get behind…).

*** Also here is a follow up article about introverts! ***

Definition of introverts via Wikipedia:

Introverts are people whose energy tends to expand through reflection and dwindle during interaction. They often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, music, drawing, tinkering, playing video games, watching movies and plays, and using computers.  The archetypal artist, writer, sculptor, engineer, composer, and inventor are all highly introverted. An introvert is likely to enjoy time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people. They prefer to concentrate on a single activity at a time and like to observe situations before they participate. Introverts are easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation from social gatherings and engagement. They are more analytical before speaking.

Introversion is not the same as being shy or being a social outcast. Introverts prefer solitary activities over social ones, whereas shy people (who may be extroverts at heart) avoid social encounters out of fear, and the social outcast has little choice in the matter of his or her solitude.

Great list of myths about introverts via Carl King Creative:

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.

This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.

Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.

Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.

On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.

Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.

Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.

Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.

Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.

Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.

A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

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Throw Pillows

Throw pillows in different sizes, fascinating abstract art , wonderful nature and landscapes, sunsets, tulips, orchids, water lilies. Find the perfect pillow for your couch!

Wonderful and fun !! Buy them, gift them, throw them !! Pillows are available in sizes from 14″ x 14″ up to 26″ x 26″. Each pillow is printed on both sides (same image) and includes a concealed zipper and removable insert for easy cleaning.


Abstract by Photoshop

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Recently, on a dreary, rainy day I decide to take a bunch of pictures and started fooling around with them in Photoshop. I went to filters/distort and then chose a variety of applications such as twirl, wave, and zig zag among others. It’s a lot of fun and allows me to release my creative urges easily.

All of the pictures you see here are from original images on my website

Can you tell which is which ? I’ll give you a hint. One is a close up of a skyscraper, one is an isolation on a truck, one is a bunch of orchids, one is kayaks, and one is a lighthouse. If you can guess a correct image contact me and I will send you a discount code good for 20% on the purchase of a print.

Martin Luther King Jr.

D C 3 102mlk sephia - CopyAs we are about to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr, I thought in light of recent events it would be a good time to sit back and reflect on the words of Mr. King.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

“I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”