a long while back i bought a set of water soluble coloured pencils and barely used them, pulled them out for a trial run, the strokes of colour on a toothed watercolour paper sketchpad change dramatically into a smooth watercolour wash once you brush water over the coloured pencil areas.
fine tip marker and watercolour, based on someone else’s ink sketch, stone stairs and lush garden growth. I am very rusty. On the plus side i did pick up the brush and finish a watercolour sketch.
working in a different way to manipulate landscape photos lately
I am working with two cameras these days: digital single lens reflex, Nikon D3100 with a 18-55mm lens, and a point and shoot digital camera, Sony H50 (15x zoom lens). The software I use to manipulate images is Corel Paint Shop Pro x4. The technique I use varies. Mostly it is two steps, local tone mapping which tends to brighten the image a little too much for my liking and then I darken the image by using the brightness/contrast function. Then after that I may try a few others things with the software. My goals is to get a darker, richer, more contrasty image. A somewhat surreal image. Sometimes that is the goal. I am never completely satisfied. My personal handicap is red green colour blindness which is a problem for more subtle colour editing.
English: Silver Pencil Sharpener (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
fiction – Pete Dexter
biography – Robert Caro
crime – Lawrence Block
essays – E.B. White
short plays – Sam Shepard
screenplays – Robert Towne and Preston Sturges
my old poem
Procedure for writing non-fiction
Spin around three times in your swivel chair.
Cast over each shoulder the mixture
Of pencil sharpener shavings and eraser fragments.
Look at the empty page.
Close your eyes and say: