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Jan McCartney

Art photographer, Nikonian, Wordpresser, Artistic Googler, Lives in a Velvia world.
October 08, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 11 plus ones
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This is my capture of the Zeedijk in Belgium. It is tarted up in Alien Skin Snap Art. I like the spatial composition. This is the image I used for our first acrylics exercise today with gloss medium.

I like this image but I really don't like yellows and browns for a series of 10 images. Blue-violets and golds sing to me. We were playing with a formal colour palette today (black, white and maximum of two other colours) so I figured this would be easy. Brown is a hard colour to work with in paint.

I will come back to this when I know a little more, but I need to exercise the Burano jellybean houses (next image down in my Profile)  for the acrylics exercise. Blue will calm me down.

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October 07, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 21 plus ones
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It's a rainy Monday and before the first coffee, I was determined to cut canvas and gesso it for an acrylic series - really more of a group of studies testing various media and treatments in class.

The hard part is choosing a single image that has the legs to last through 8 repetitions and variations, and be simple enough to complete in 3 hours. And there are so many to choose from!

Maybe this one? Burano jellybean houses with a jellybean boat, tarted in Alien Skin Snap Art.

Make.More.Art.

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October 02, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 27 plus ones
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"Three Ravens" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

A reprise of a GSV capture from the isle of Hoy in the Orkneys with ravens added and, in this case, run through the DaVinci filter of Topaz Impressions.

There were three rauens sat on a tree,
downe a downe, hay downe, hay downe,
There were three rauens sat on a tree,
with a downe,
There were three rauens sat on a tree,
They were as blacke as they might be.
With a downe, derrie, derrie, derrie, downe, downe.
The one of them said to his mate,
Where shall we our breakfast take?
Downe in yonder greene field,
There lies a Knight slain under his shield,
His hounds they lie downe at his feete,
So well they can their Master keepe,
His Hawkes they flie so eagerly,
There's no fowle dare him come nie
Downe there comes a fallow Doe,
As great with yong as she might goe,
She lift up his bloudy head,
And kist his wounds that were so red,
She got him up upon her backe,
And carried him to earthen lake,
She buried him before the prime,
She was dead her self ere euen-song time.
God send euery gentleman,
Such haukes, such hounds, and such a Leman.

As sung by Peter, Paul and Mary: Peter Paul and Mary, Three Ravens

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Ravens

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September 30, 2014 3 comments 0 shares 22 plus ones
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Digitally enhanced from an iPhone capture in iColorama 

Taken at Hillebrand winery's restaurant this sunny Monday in the wonderful Niagara wine region. Hard to believe it is still tee-shirt weather here on Canada's south coast.

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September 28, 2014 5 comments 0 shares 21 plus ones
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Homage to J.E.H. MacDonald's "Tangled Garden" about which the Toronto Star wrote ""An incoherent mass of colour".

First shot on my new iPhone 6 just up the street and tarted in iColorama

Inspired by +Paul Brown +Robin Cohen and +Janice Hackney 

http://www.wikiart.org/en/j-e-h-macdonald/the-tangled-garden-1916

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September 21, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 12 plus ones
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The magnificent chandelier at Balzac's Coffee House, Distillery District. Tarted up in Topaz Impressions - Chiaroscuro.

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September 21, 2014 11 comments 1 shares 48 plus ones
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A digital sketch of the glorious golden trees of High Park with Topaz Impressions - DaVinci.

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September 21, 2014 7 comments 0 shares 18 plus ones
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An image taken a couple of weeks ago when the sunflowers up the street were still fresh. The tartography is the DaVinci filter (my favourite so far) from Topaz Labs' new Impressions plug-in for Photoshop. 

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September 21, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 14 plus ones
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New toy from Topaz labs (h/t +Patrick Sheeran ) is their Impressions plug-in, available through September as a free trial. If you like the Topaz user interface, you'll enjoy the combinations in this new addition to the suite. This is Impasto.

+Rob Robinson 

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September 09, 2014 2 comments 1 shares 15 plus ones
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"Yorkville" for +Artistic Google's Street Art theme, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Once the hippie capital of Canada and breeding ground for cultural notables like Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and Margaret Atwood, Yorkville has transformed into a high-end shopping district with Mink Mile and multi-million dollar condos.

Village of Yorkville Park is a series of gardens celebrating the diversity of the Canadian landscape. This garden features a 650-tonne hunk of billion-year-old granite, cut out of the Canadian Shield and transported to the Big Smoke.

In remembrance of The Coffee Mill, a neighbourhood landmark from the hippie days, serving goulash, dobos torte and strong coffee for 50 years, a favourite haunt of writers and artists. Challenging the Anglo-Saxon attitude of the 1960s that "nobody's going to sit outside", this cozy retreat in Lothian Mews brought us a taste of Euro style. Times have changed as patrons moved on to Queen West and the Distillery District, and The Coffee Mill closed its doors this past week.

http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2014/08/26/the_coffee_mill_a_yorkville_institution_set_to_close.html

Musical accompaniment: Eurythmics - 17 Again

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/g1cIZ

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