New App Tutorial

Happy New Year Everyone!

Today I got a new app called Inkwork, by the same developers as Brushstroke. This app will give you a beautiful line drawing in many different ways, and can be useful in your digital work. This photo was processed with Inkwork, as well as other apps and combined to create this piece. I will probably always use this app in conjunction with other apps. The app is $2.99.

Here is the link, however, if you are on a Mac the link will not work. According to the developer, Apple is aware of the problem and is working to fix it. You can of course access the app through your iOS device.

Inkwork Link



Here are some of the results from Inkwork. I used the first one in the completed image above.

Best Wishes for a New Year to All! I am looking forward to an art-filled year.



Creating a Series

Lately I have been exploring some new apps and technique, and have been working with photos of a bird statue given to me by my mother about 40 years ago. In doing so, this has evolved into a series of works for me, which I have named “Avis”.  This leads me to a question about art: Should you always work in a series?

For me, I like working with one subject at a time-for a short period of time.  I can focus and explore all the aspects of it in different works, looking at it from different angles. I also think that working in a series gives you a unified, cohesive and related body of work. But how many works are needed in a series? Just a few, or more than 20? 

While I am not bored, I constantly want to try out new things. I even work in several different mediums so as to not get into a rut.  So after a while, I may want to set aside a specific series and explore something else. If I have more than one series, I can work on a different one if I am “stuck” and need a fresh start.

So for now I am satisfied working on this new “Avis” Series. I am focusing on this one bird statue and trying out new and different apps and techniques that I do not usually use in my work. This has been a lot of fun and I am learning so much!

I hope all of you have a Happy Holiday Season! 



Learning New Ink and Encaustic Techniques


A couple of weeks ago I attended a fabulous class taught by Elizabeth Schowachert at the Encaustic Center in Richardson, Texas. The class was on using inks and handmade brushes on beautiful asian papers, and some encaustic techniques. I came home and played with some encaustic monotypes, then adding the ink to the papers. Here are some of the results.

I am really just a beginner when it comes to encaustic monotypes, but I had a lot of fun playing  with these new techniques. 


I am working on framing a couple of them, and will share those when they are complete. Have a great week!



Procreate 4: New Features


iOS 11 is here, and so is Procreate 4! This is a huge update for Procreate, and there are many new wonderful features. I made a short video on some of these new features. I am sure there are more wonderful things to learn, but in the last 2 days since updating, this is what’s new:


The features I love the most: 

  • The ability to download and install brushes from the cloud effortlessly without jumping through hoops to install them.

  • The new way the brushes work! They are more sensitive and mimic real paintbrushes.

  • Layer masks! probably my favorite feature. The ability to mask in a non destructive way.

You can learn more here.

If you are interested in the new P3 wide color, I found an article here.

For the students in all my online classes I will have this video for you in the resource section.

I hope you enjoyed this video on some of the new features of Procreate 4! I hope you all have a wonderful week!



Double Exposure Experiments with New iPhone Apps

Double exposures are one of my current favorite things. I love the look images transposed on top of other images, and now there are several apps that will allow for this. One of the newer ones I just got is Cortex Cam. While double exposures is not what this app was created for, it produces somevery cool effects. 

Cortex Cam is a camera-only app that produces crisp clean photos especially in low light conditions by combining dozens of frames. If you move your camera while the app is taking pictures, you can end up with a cool double exposure. 

Another app I was playing around with is called You Gotta See This!. This app will take pictures as you move your camera and stack them up in a variety of ways. You have 7 choices of combinations, and depending on which one you choose the app will save your image as either a png or jpg file. Cortex Cam will save your images as a tiff file.

I played around with just the items on my mantle and the wall next to it, my handmade polymer clay dolls, and some framed works of mine. In the two pieces featured above I took the first two images in the gallery and edited the with a few different apps to create a finished piece.  The other two images are examples of both Cortex Cam and You Gotta See This!. 

I will be playing around with these apps for a while, I am sure. 


I hope all of you have a wonderful Labor Day Holiday!



App Review & Tutorial: Filters for iPhone and iPad

I am a serious app addict. I love finding new apps that I can incorporate into my work.  I thought I would share some of the apps I have discovered with all of you. I am not sponsored by any app company, just my own personal opinion. Today's app review is on the app Filters for iPhone and iPad by Tap Tap Tap LLC. It retails for $1.99. 


I bought Filters for iPhone and iPad a few months ago, and I am finding it quite useful. Filters is an app  that does exactly what it’s name implies-filters.  It has Film filters, color filters, texture layers, lighting and some adjustment tools.  The price isn’t bad either at only $1.99. In this short video I will go over how to use Filters for iPhone and iPad. 

I hope you enjoyed the video. All of the photos below photos with the exception of the flowers were edited ONLY with Filters. The flower image was edited with Snapseed, Brushstroke, and Repix before using Filters.

I hope everyone has a great week!