Art effects: “Painted Sky”



Skyler’s once a month
“art effects lesson”
was how to make
photograph look
like a painting.

Have you a place
on your cell phone
where you can
which includes,
Effects, framing,
changing tone?

Did you think this
took a flat field
and added
Depth or

: : : :

Skyler Harrison,
aged 11 plays
with my phone
teaching me
outlining and

I am just a
novice Nana. πŸ™‚


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    • I agree especially those who drench their regular photos with color. This seems wrong to make a rose (or barn) more red, for example. It already is a beautiful flower, so why change it?

    • I thought it was kind of cool, changed the scene a little. Tank you, Lisa. πŸ™‚ I like your untouched, natural photos, like your yellow finches and cute squirrels!

    • Joanne, this is so nice of you to say! I took my fancy, work wrist watch over to have him set my clock ahead. I am somewhat tech “slow” not tech “savvy!” πŸ˜‰

      • Once upon a time I used to consider myself tech savvy. It was my job to understand it. Now I know just enough to function with reasonable efficiency … although I acknowledge that’s a relative term πŸ˜‰

      • Joanne, thank you for remindung me, possibly I may not have known this about your past profession. Very serious, technical and also, weren’t you a teacher?
        Every time I get a new phone they change things! WordPress has changed a lot since I started blogging. I used to struggle to get the “machine” (technology) to allow “Classic mode” to stay in place for writing my posts, “forever.” It never stays!

      • No, I wasn’t a teacher. I worked in Information Privacy, Security, and Risk Management. Yes, very technical, very serious, and I’m afraid not very glamorous πŸ˜‰

        One of the things I’ve lost is my *back door* into the classic mode of writing posts. At first I was grinding my teeth, until I discovered the *new* version isn’t so bad πŸ™‚ In fact, I got used to it very quickly!

      • Joanne, brother, grandson and Mom are eating snacks and preparing to watch Cleveland Cavs play. I am commenting on long ago post replies. Thanks for sharing your professional background! I don’t always find my way through WordPress but I do appreciate the place where comments can be responded to, even months later. Thanks again for your sharing about classic mode of writing posts. I actually feel it is a challenge going back and editing or adding tags which may help joining past with present posts. Have a great Memorial Day weekend, Joanne.

      • The last time I changed my gravatar, it took me a long while. It wasn’t as easy as I expected it to be … and I don’t even remember what I did.

  1. I love the painting effect on your photo. I was introduced to these customising tools recently, while visiting my family in Wales. A grandaughter had recieved a camera, and we enjoyed a few hours producing special effect photos. I was amazed!

    • Oh, V. ❀ I am glad you had an opportunity to be the "learner" while your granddaughter played the role of "teacher." Special and precious grandson also reset my watch for what we call Daylight Savings Time. πŸ™‚ It is interesting and amazing.
      Will you have photos of Wales to share? Have a wonderful rest of the week.

    • I am glad you liked this, Dan. I like letting Sky feel important by listening to his serious lessons. I am just learning this; so thought others may enjoy seeing what is possible to create. I have another camera but it doesn’t have a cord to download pictures to the blog. “Old school camera” takes new baby photos and other momentous events. πŸ™‚

  2. Funny how these kids who grew up in the age of technology just kind of know their way around a computer despite all the classes we take. I think it makes it look like it’s raining.

    • I think the raindrops effect is a good description of this, Marissa. I agree, I have to have things both written plus demonstrated. By their growing up with it all, they already understand so much technology. My newest grandson likes me to show his photo to him and he is 7 months.
      My grandson knew how to use all 4 buttons on my watch and reset it t Daylight Savings Time. πŸ™‚

    • You are so right, at least for me. You are already competent with computers and technology, Mike. I like your sense of humor found in, “Ask a child.” πŸ™‚

  3. Where editing and filters and effects are concerned I think the moderation in all things rule applies. You can add and enhance a little but beware of doing it a lottle πŸ˜‰

    • I am one who doesn’t highlight or increase intensity of color. In our family, we joke around by saying, “You are preaching to the choir.” I can tell when people do this, Fiona! It is like when people take photos and then draw lines using the guidelines of the photo instead of their eyes. If customers want a draftsman’s drawing of their house, don’t ask me! πŸ˜‰

      • Indeed, I am sure you can. Art has always involved manipulation and boundary pushing. Your pictures are refreshing and beautiful πŸ™‚

      • Thank you so much for this lovely comment. I hope my photos are able to give people the essence of the moments I felt happy on the days I took them. The words you said about art has always manipulated or pushed boundaries, are so true. I loved Salvador Dali and of course, Pablo Picasso. There are so many more who are out there, but those two came to mind. One Spaniard and One Frenchman. Funny, could also add my distant uncle, Alexander Calder for his sculptures, Fiona. Smiles and hugs because you brightened my evening. Heading home after I check to see if anything new is up on your blog. . .

      • Oooh – I will look up Alexander Calder. I’m not familiar. My youngest daughter is a fine arts student at Liverpool University (John Lennon’s Art School which she is very proud of) … they encourage pushing the boundaries. She often says to me ‘I don’t know what it means – it means what you want it to mean. I’m just the artist. I do’. I’m re-reading a biography of Chagal by Jackie Wullschager. I have it in France and mentioned on a blog that I follow by a Canadian Artist that I was missing my books. He sent me a copy. How sweet is that? And not odd – I have ‘met’ his wife and daughter and grand-daughter through blogging. It’s funny – in this world of fear (I fly to France this evening and on to England on 2nd April and then back here and I know it won’t be easy because security will be tighter than ever) but in this world of fear we have such lovely green shoots. You are one of those. Keep doing what you do – I’m so fortunate to have ‘met’ you and watch out – when I get back I’m angling for tea and cakes and chats because I do recognise a kindred and as I said to my husband last night – we owe the dead one thing … that we appreciate every crumb of this life that we have.

  4. I think there is a place for this but what it does do is stop folks learning how to use a PROPER CAMERA and discover the delight of pure photography! Well done to Skylar though for giving Nana a tutorial πŸ˜‰
    And just for you Robin, because you liked the effect on Derrick’s blog

    • First of all, thank you for the colorful garden of flowers and smiles, dear Jenny. ~**~ xo
      Next, I have an “old school camera” which I use for new grandbaby photos and holiday pictures. I have stacks of photo albums for each individual grandies. πŸ™‚

    • I posted the fields of flatness in a countryside post. I will go back a few posts to check the title out. Skyler decorated the photo of himself and called it The Gambler.

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ You have shown you have a great imagination, Anneli. You can picture what the 2 of us sitting side by side together, heads leaning close over the cell phone lloks like.

    • Diana, do you create your fantasy worlds starting with realistic scenes or nature? Thank you for saying you like to play with photos and waste hours doing the effects! You relate to this activity which I look forward to doing with Sky. Did you see the photo of his lounging on the sofa? He called it The Gambler. He added mustache, holding cards and he traced around the edges with a cartoon (animated) effect. Next month, he has chosen to do this for April Fool’s Day, using my cute grandbaby’s photo. Thanks for joining this play time, now back to work! πŸ™‚

    • Natalie, when you take photos, do you “crop” them? In that area there are places to check out your colors, tints, frames, etc. G’Night, Natalie! Sweet dreams! πŸ™‚ ❀

  5. It is interesting. I would say it looks flatter and aged. I honestly love what it did to the sky, but the effect seems lost in the darker places. Still overall nice πŸ™‚

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