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Picturing Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW

Posted by barbara on September 18, 2013

Applying the Photoshop Filter - Artistic function to a digital sketch created in Corel Painter or similar provides endless possibilities for this view of Megalong Valley.
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Picturing the Blue Mountains' Megalong Valley

Posted by barbara on September 30, 2013

Rimmed by the sandstone ramparts of the Blue Mountains, the Megalong Valley has a charm of its own.
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North Sydney's Art Along The Boardwalk

Posted by barbara on May 23, 2011

Congratulations to North Sydney Council and the weather gods/godesses respectively for (i) organising Saturday's Art Along the Boardwalk and (ii) turning on the weather, unlike last year's wet wet wet inaugural event.
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Best on board (be that canvas or masonite)?

Posted by barbara on July 3, 2011

Did the 'tyranny of distance' work to an artist's advantage in the days before globalisation?
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Picturing Bunneroo Valley, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Posted by barbara on October 25, 2013

Surely one of the more picturesque views in South Australia's Flinders Ranges.
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RBG's wow factor sculpture

Posted by barbara on July 24, 2011

Enclosed in temporary fencing because of the surrounding saturated grass, this fascinating installation was a welcome adornment to Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Artist's studio on a desktop—but without the mess!

Posted by barbara on August 19, 2011

For time poor creative types who lack a dedicated studio or artist's corner, graphic tablets are a convenient toolkit that can be set up in seconds and packed away just as quickly.
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What image shall I put on my Christmas card?

Posted by barbara on December 15, 2011

It's that time of year, the last minute search for an image to grace the small number of cards going out via snail or email.
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Dreaming of a short hot summer

Posted by barbara on June 1, 2012

As we tip into WINTER, my thoughts fly back to 45 degree plus days in far north western NSW in early 2012
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Celebrating the Blue Mountains Crossing

Posted by barbara on May 13, 2013

Posted in the spirit of the re-enactment of the 1813 Blue Mountains crossing, this is my WACOM 'sketch' of the iconic Govetts Leap view, Blackheath.
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Happy Blue Mountains crossing 1813

Posted by barbara on May 14, 2013

The sandstone cliffs of the Blue Mountains, courtesy of Corel Painter and WACOM, in the original and filtered version (watercolour)
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Wilpena Pound from Stokes Lookout

Posted by barbara on July 2, 2013

When creating digital artwork in Corel Painter, the use of layers allows you to create multiple versions of the same scene.
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Picturing Mount Chambers, Far North South Australia

Posted by barbara on September 13, 2013

How the application of a Photoshop filter can completely transform a mild mannered watercolour sketch.
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Flinders Ranges - the view from Hawker

Posted by barbara on September 15, 2013

While it's a 50 km drive from Hawker to the Flinders Ranges Resort (South Australia), one can't complain about the views.
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Picturing Capertee Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Posted by barbara on September 26, 2013

One computer graphic of NSW's Capertee Valley equals various options using Photoshop's artistic filter.
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The valley's picturesque 360 degree skyline is an artist's paradise.
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Painting Capertee Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Posted by barbara on October 6, 2013

How a dashed off watercolour can be transformed into multiple works of art using Photoshop's Artistic filter.
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Picturing a Mutawintji Gorge waterhole

Posted by barbara on October 13, 2013

When a digital image you've spent time on doesn't really grab you, it's worth trying out a range of Photoshop filters to see if the end results are more appealing.
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Experimenting with digitally produced WACOM graphics of the Mutawintji ranges, north east of Broken Hill, using Photoshop's Filters - Artistic
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Picturing the Tumut Hills Southern NSW

Posted by barbara on May 23, 2015

Having fun converting a graphic into a range of possibilities via Photoshop's filters.
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Picturing Tenterfield country in central northern NSW

Posted by barbara on May 22, 2015

Inland northern NSW's granite belt provides inspirational material for photographers and artists.
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When it comes to spectacular and easily accessible examples of weathering and erosion in the sandstone country, you can't go past the Blue Mountains 'Three Sisters'.
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Picturing Patawarta Hill, Far North South Australia

Posted by barbara on October 18, 2013

More of a peak than a hill, Patawarta Hill lends itself to artistic interpretation.
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Here's a trio of graphics created in Corel's Painter Essentials on a Wacom tablet, all of which have been 'wrangled' through the Photoshop Filter Distortion - Polar Coordinates.
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Australian artist Hans Heysen was particularly partial to the Arkaba Ranges.
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Picturing the Blue Mountain's Grose Valley, NSW

Posted by barbara on May 18, 2015

The Grose Valley, more out of the way than Katoomba's Echo Point, is an artist's delight, whatever the weather.
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Picturing the hills east of Harden NSW

Posted by barbara on May 16, 2015

Stopped on the side of the road on a cold morning back in the 1990s and spent an hour struggling to make something of the rolling hills.
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Picturing the Tumut Hills Southern NSW

Posted by barbara on May 17, 2015

The starting point for this graphic was an early 1990s oil painting that I worked up from photographic prints taken on a backroad leading from Tumut to Gundagai in southern NSW. Some years later I scanned the painting and the resulting digital file has created endless new opportunities via Photoshop's filters.
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Picturing a ruined shed on a back road to Victoria

Posted by barbara on June 13, 2015

Take a shearing shed in ruins, 'sketch' it up in Corel Painter on a WACOM tablet and put it through its paces in Photoshop's Filters - Artistic.
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Picturing far north western New South Wales

Posted by barbara on June 29, 2015

A landscape devoid of features or a mere sideshow to a very long straight road?
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Picturing the Blue Mountain's Grose Valley

Posted by barbara on September 26, 2015

What a difference it makes transforming a scanned painting of the Blue Mountain's Grose Valley through a series of Photoshop filters.
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Running a Corel Painter Essentials digital sketch through Photoshop Filters.
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Picturing a Condoblin shed, central western NSW

Posted by barbara on January 12, 2016

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Picturing the Bathurst to Ophir (NSW Australia) back road

Posted by barbara on November 5, 2016

The discovery of gold north-east of Orange in 1851 triggered a massive influx of fortune hunting miners from across the globe. 165 years later, my task is to wrangle some 'gold' from a WACOM sketch via a range of Photoshop Filters.
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Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW Australia

Posted by barbara on March 12, 2017

Transforming a quick sketch into something of gravitas!
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