While I've been incommunicado here, I have been immersing myself in the photo-editing program, Photoshop Elements 8. Tending to prefer to spend my time floating merrily along in the right hemisphere of my brain, it is quite a jolt to have to almost totally dwell in the left hemisphere to understand technical 'whys' and 'wherefores'. A few million (billion) cells that had been lazily drifting along had a rude awakening and a lot of exercise. The complaints were constant and raucous, however both hemispheres survived and so did the body that houses them - barely!
The first image below is of a painting I did a few months back with mainly palette knife. I was not pleased with the result and after taking a photograph of it, parked it away with all my other disappointments. :0)
I decided to use some of this less than stellar material as the basis for some digital artwork in PSE.
Above is the painting after applying a variety of textures and filters from Photoshop Elements to it. I quite like it now!
Above is the same painting edited again in PSE using textures and filters, but with the addition of a photograph of leafless trees from our property. (I will get rid of that black border at the bottom.)
As you can see, for the moment I am more interested in creating digital abstract art than in creating vintage, dreamy or grunge effects on photographs. The problem is the possibilities are without limit, especially when one can marry paintings and photographs to produce scrumptious effects. The above pieces are from my first 'play periods' with PSE. I will show you some even better (I think) work soon.