Friday, February 26, 2010

Dark Matter - Photo Manipulation


Illustration to a poem by Autumnwind on

All other images are my own.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dragon's Eye - Experiment - Variations

This was an experiment.

I painted the original in Corel Painter and then used it as a base for 'Altered Art' by adding textures and photographs to make a new altered image.

I wanted to try out the different effects of different textures on the image and see what variations I could achieve using this technique. I overlayed the image with textures and added photos but barely changed the original, in some cases not at all.

The idea for the orginal was to make it suitable for manipulation as I wanted to integrate the techniques used in photo manipulation in my digital paintings to create a new style. I've always been using the patterns and papers in Corel Painter, but this is going a step further by integrating textures and photographs.

Woods Dragon

She was completely lost in the woods. There was no sign of habitation and no sense of the woods ending. She struggled through leaf mulch, over roots, snagging her dress on bramble and snapping twigs. Eventually, when it began to get dark she saw an orange light shimmering through the trees. With nowhere else to go, this seemed as good a direction to head towards than any. She parted the branches in front of her and looked a huge glowing eye. Her heart took a double beat and she tried to retreat back, away from the huge beast....

The leaves surrounding the dragon's eye are all photographs I took with the intention of using them to frame my illustrations. All other textures used in the image are mine, too.

Tapestry Dragon 


She had followed the instruction in the book to the letter, followed one landmark after the other until it lead her here to this dirty window in a part of town she had never been before. She wouldn’t have believed that there was any part of the town that she did not know, hadn’t been before, but the book had lead her here. She decided to follow the rest of the instructions. Standing in front of the window, she rubbed the glass, the looked through. Right behind the window was a tapestry wall, framed by tatty velvet red curtains. She spoke the spell under her breath. A huge eye opened in the tapestry wall. The oracle had awoken…


Stone Dragon

He had lost his way amongst the tall oaks long ago, when he came across a crumbling wall. Behind it loomed a huge structure, partly overgrown with moss, grasses and wildflowers. He decided to climb the wall. Laboriously he looked for handholds amongst the crevices between the stones. Finally, he reached the top of the wall and looked across it. At first he couldn't make out what he was looking at, then he realised it was a huge reptilian eye. It blinked....


All other textures and photos are my own:

The ivy is one of my photos I took at Sawston Hall and the stone wall at the front is part of a wall in the Colosseum in Rome.

Please let me know which variation (or the original) you like best:

If you'd like to know how I created these variations, check out my journal entry on Redbubble.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


 The whole mermaid thing was inspired by t-fourlee's poem Ocean Peace

I've always loved the sea and water and this is my take on a mermaid. I wanted to do something dreamy that showed the yearning for the sea and living in the sea rather than something cute and twee.

This is the poem to accompany the image, Mermaid

Featured on Redbubble:






Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Heart of Fire - Challenge Winner


Heart of Fire won the Touched by Fire group challenge. A blog post about all of  the challenge winners can be seen here: 

Fringe - Detail Shots

Some detail shots of my Fringe painting/altered art: 

The winged girl:
The butterflies and the ribbon tree and key:
The skeleton in the wall:

Unfortunately RB does some processing to the preview images which washes out a lot of the detail. :-(


Tuesday, February 16, 2010



Photo manipulated image to illustrate the poem Fringe  by Autumnwind.

When I first read the poem I was bowled over and my head was full of images. I told Shar how much I liked it and that I would love to illustrate it for her. She was pleased about that and encouraged me to do so. This is the result. :-)

Featured on RedBubble :

Medieval 16 - light in room by Momotte2stocks
Girl-8 by Buzillo-Stock
Key by tanystock
Feather stock  by Unrestricted Stock from Nikita-Stock
Candle Smoke  by wasd
Vintage Human Skeletal 1 by inspyretash-stock

Cracks in Ice  by LoveLikeHeroineStock
Backblech 04 by Sundel
Detail of a statue  by Enframed

Spanish Moss by Redheadstock

Ribbon Brush by Andragel

The butterflies and the word "Fringe" on the floor are handpainted. All other textures and stock are my own.


Friday, February 12, 2010


 I was so overjoyed yesterday - one of my images - Trailing Secret - was featured in Redbubble's featured art section,
 another - Heart of Fire - won a challenge

and one of my poems - Helpless - was featured in a group.

What a fantastic day.... but then this morning I woke up to find out that the selfsame featured poem had been plagiarised by someone else. Why do people do this? Sigh.

So, this morning, instead of painting a new image I spent my time copyrighting all my poems with MyFreeCopyright and posting the numbers/image with each single poem.... My images are next.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


For Lianne and Lisa who could see the images in my poem Jezebel.

Before I started the manipulation I looked up Jezebel on Wikipedia and found out she had a very interesting history. Even the historians can't seem to quite agree if she was the devil incarnate or just and independent woman who stood up for what she believed.


I used some stock photos and textures for this:

The rest of the textures and images are mine. I also did a lot of drawing (hair and Alice band, skin colour etc) in Corel Painter plus added lots of my own textures and stock photos.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Trailing Secret

This artwork was inspired by a group I was invited to join and also by a song going round my head, Feist's Secret Heart.
Currently featured on Redbubble:


Make sure you check out all the other featured artists - there are some real treasures! 

Currently featured in the Secret Society Group:

I've used the following stock, textures and brushes (apart from my own):
Plus my own painted heart, my own Victorian wallpaper textures... etc.

The image also contains a couple of lines from my poem Secret Language
The lines are:
Souls touching briefly, longing for eternity.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Another experiment after watching another interesting PS tutorial.

This time I went for a different kind of effect. I've always had a thing about Art Nouveau and the way they create something almost magical but in a simple way with subtle colour and ornamental effects. This is my version of an Art Nouveau poster.

I've used a stock photo by M3ment0M0ri of an actress (I believe) called Maude Fealy and a texture by Dazzle-Textures called Destructive News.

The rest of the images/textures are mine, namely a photo of a cherry blossom and one of my Victorian Wallpaper textures.

Featured on RB in Retro Conglomerate Group:
Currently featured as the challenge avatar for the Retro Conglomerate's Vintage Women challenge:

Monday, February 08, 2010

Skull - Experiment


This was an experiment. I wanted to try out a cool tutorial on using alpha channels I found on the net and then I decided to add my new Victorian wallpaper textures as well.

I've used the following stock and textures (apart from my own):
Skull by Unrestricted Stock on DA kindly donated by Suicidalover
Smoke by MySnapz - this is where I used the alpha channel tutorial.
Curtain by LunaNYXstock
Fire by Shin-Rhys
Backblech 04 by Sundel 

Detail shots

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Ghosts - Altered Art

A memory of all those gone...

I've used several components for this - my own Victorian wallpaper background, several of my own textures and photos (flowers, branches) plus textures and stock from other people.


Tuesday, February 02, 2010



... another of my favourite Spring blossoms. You can't beat magnolia for sheer gorgeousness...

Made with my own textures and photo. :-) I've added depth and colour with brushes in Photoshop.

Sorry, there is no greeting card available - the proportions of the image don't work with the greeting card dimensions. If you'd like it as a greeting card, send me a mail and I'll upload a version specially for greeting cards to Redbubble. :-)

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