June 28, 2016

52 Cards - Week 26

52 Cards - Week 26. David Hayes, 2016.

Week 26. Half way there! Probably should have done something special to mark this point...but I didn't realize this until now...

Had some fun with this one...used one of my old photos for the "paste-up"...an image of a tree and the handwriting from my digital files...the dragon fly came from a digital kit. Apps used....Procreate and Stackables.

Here's the "source" image:

June 21, 2016

Collages - Three More...

Collage #8 (6-11-16) David Hayes, 2016.

Three more in my ongoing series of mixed media collages. It's been interesting to see how each of these collages turns out...I do start with some sort of notion but then let the bits and pieces show me the way!

Collage #9 (6-15-16) David Hayes, 2016.

As with the others in this series, all are available for purchase in my Etsy shop! https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnEclecticUniverse.

Collage #10 (6-19-16) David Hayes, 2016.

June 20, 2016

52 Cards - Week 25

52 Cards - Week 25. David Hayes, 2016.

I discovered this tiny photograph in my stash...just seemed to fit where I was going with this week's card! Apps used: Procreate, TitleFX, and DistressedFX.

The "source" card:

June 13, 2016

52 Cards - Week 24

52 Cards - Week 24. David Hayes, 2016.

Now this one is truly a little bit of this and a little bit of that! Stumbled about putting this one together I must say!! Alls well that ends well...

Some cutting and pasting, a touch of digital art from KPertiet...apps used: Procreate, iColorama, and Stackables.

The "source card":

June 10, 2016

Collages - White Flowers

Collage #5 (6-4-16) David Hayes, 2016.

Collage #6 (6-4-16) David Hayes, 2016.

Collage #7 (6-4-16) David Hayes, 2016.

These collages are a series within my continuing series of mixed media collages...inspired by the concept of "white flowers". (I have Amy Duncan of Four Corners Design to thank for the idea.) Each of the collages feature one of my photos of a different white flower, handmade papers, and other such stuff. All are available on my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/aneclecticuniverse.

June 8, 2016

Ferris Wheel

An annual event here in Milford, Ohio, Frontier Days follows the Memorial Day holiday as a kick off to summer. There is always a parade on the first day of the festival with three days of festivities over the week-end. We live only blocks from the fair grounds so it’s an easy walk for us to amble over, pick up some cotton candy and a fair waffle…and take pictures!

Opening the image in the app iColorama, I first did a square crop, focusing on the wheel itself and leaving a bit of negative space in the top right corner. Clicking “Apply”, I moved to the next step.

Still in iColorama, I next went to STYLE > TENSOR to give the image a painterly feel.  I used the default preset (1/4) and left the Opacity and Amount also at the default settings. Clicked on “Apply” and “Save” to finish up in this app.

Here’s a look at the image so far. Time for the next app!

Opening the image in Stackables, I applied the “Summer Glow” filter with a blend mode of Overlay @100%.  Saved this to my camera roll.

A quick look at the image after using Stackables.

Moving to the app Repix, I first went to “Rain Drips” and painted this effect over the entire image.

Wanting a bit more grunge, I then used the “Cracks” effect and painted this over the entire image.

After applying the two effects in Repix, the image is looking pretty good but I’m thinking it needs a bit of tweaking as well as a grungy frame. Snapseed is the perfect app to do both these things so that’s where I went next!

Once opened in Snapseed, I used the “Glamour Glow” effect 5/5 at the default settings.

I then used the “Tune Image” function to first adjust “Brightness” to -35.

Secondly, I adjusted “Saturation” to -44.

For a finishing touch, I opened “Frames” and applied Frame 8/23 with a width of -10.

Here’s the final version of Ferris Wheel! Quite a change from its source image wouldn’t you say!

June 7, 2016


Collage #4. (6-3-16). David Hayes, 2016.

This is the fourth in what will be a continuing series of mixed media collages. Bits and pieces of various papers from my stash, some dried flowers pressed in waxed paper....

As with all the collages in this series, this one is also available in my Etsy shop! Do check it out!!

June 6, 2016

52 Cards - Week 23

52 Cards - Week 23. David Hayes, 2016.

I don't know about this one...seems a little forced. I guess that happens from time to time. Digital art (the bird) comes from itKuPiLLi's Woodland set, apps used include: Procreate, iColorama, and Stackables.

The "source" card:

June 2, 2016


#1 (5/25/16). David Hayes, 2016

The beginning of this year found me in a bit of "doldrums" with my photography. I had spent the prior year exploring the still life genre...and was pleased in general with what I had created...yet I also realized that my muse was not as happy with all of this as I might like. After a bit of a drought, I decided that my best course of action was to focus on sharpening the technical side of my photography and to seek out other outlets for my creative side. 

I started by going back to my painting...and I see good things happening here...nothing that I'd want to share as of yet. I've also gone back to doing the cut-and-paste, get my hands messy mixed media collaging that has always informed my still life photography. After a bit of a false start, I am now working on a series of collages that I feel are worth sharing!

#2 (5/28/16). David Hayes, 2016

Each collage measures 6x6" and is assembled on heavy weight water color paper. I'm using elements that I already have at hand...and when I can, bits and pieces of my photography. I don't start my collages with any theme in mind...instead I just start putting elements together and see what happens!

#3 (5/30/16). David Hayes, 2016.

I have the first three done in this series...a fourth is almost completed and I've just put down some "texturing" for numbers five and six. I don't have any certain number of collages in mind for this series...we'll see how this plays out!

I am offering each of these for sale on my Etsy site if you're interested. I think you'll find my asking price for each one to be quite modest...and it does include domestic shipping! Do check these out at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnEclecticUniverse.