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Written September 12, 2008
Julie Frye ©

Sketching the fabulous Notre Dame Cathedral from the banks of the Seine, the intricate Rouen Cathedral painted so prolifically by Claude Monet, capturing in pen and ink the famous Matterhorn from our balcony in Zermatt, notating while awestruck by the beauty of the Colorado Rockies; All these things have created for me the opportunity to relive these excursions abroad and in our own beautiful country. Drawing and sketching is a passion for me, and with only a few very lightweight materials the artist, whether beginner or more experienced, can create a wonderful memory to be relived over and over.

I have filled many a sketchbook over the years but my personal favorite for this type of journaling is the Kilimanjaro Watercolor Paintbook, 10 in X 5 ½ in. (I ordered mine from Cheap Joe’s) This sketchbook contains alternating sheets of drawing paper and watercolor paper. I use a variety of black and/or brown pens to record what I see on the drawing paper sheets. My favorites are “Pilot” ball point pen, medium black, and a medium-point felt tip called Expresso. (Both are available at supermarkets as well as Office supply stores) On the watercolor sheets, I use watercolor pencils after I have sketched the subject, adding the water last with a small soft brush to bring out the subtle color. (If adding water be sure you have used a pen that is NOT water soluble or it will smear!)

I sketch directly with the pen and ink using no pre-drawing with pencil. This takes a little time and experience but if you START this way, knowing you can’t erase, you will look twice and sketch once! I did a lot of practicing sketching trees in my backyard, and then graduated to Encanto Park and Arizona Center, sitting unobserved on a park bench in the shade. Be bold, dare to branch out of the comfortable pencil, eraser mode. Sketching in this manner improves your eye-hand coordination and WILL IMPROVE YOUR PAINTING! Imagine all that and a fun keepsake of any trip you take, whether near or far! Try it once and you’ll be HOOKED!

I have been fortunate to have been able to experience many parts of the world and I treasure the sketch journals I have created. I re-read them often and they give me much pleasure and satisfaction as I relive wonderful memories.

Vincent Van Gogh
(Starry Starry Night) - Don McLean

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Written September 12, 2008
Maxine James

I have never graduated from kindergarten. My favorite things were crayons which were so beautiful I was afraid to use them--they might break, and books with pictures. Through school my “pedestal toppers” were friends who could draw. My stick figures were no match. My first job was secretary/treasurer with a tool and die school and engineering firm, and at night I was being trained to be the first lady tool and die designer in the U.S. It was all pencils and rulers. It was my first taste of art and I was go-o-o-d. It all ended with marrying one of the students, the war, 3 children and waiting until retirement before getting into the art world. It started at the Washington Adult Center in the 70's. With a motorhome we traveled the U.S. and I plein air painted watercolors wherever we would stop. It was glorious. Then came Mexico, Hawaii, Canada and Switzerland.

Switzerland was a whole other story. Taking off from dirty, congested, noisy JFK airport, we landed in Zurich, (from night to day) gleaming, large, beautiful, gorgeous terminal. We had one bag each with half of my art supplies in each, but only one followed us. It was a tricky three days. Clothes don’t dry as fast as Arizona. The other bag went to Brussels. First was a 10-day workshop with James Godwin Scott and following--16 days traveling through all the numerous boroughs and languages that make up Switzerland. In a nutshell my memories of Switzerland include painting at the foot of the Matterhorn with three layers of clothing and gloves, mountains so high it took 3 lifts to get us up one, and miles tunneling through another; it was hard to put it all on the paper-size that we could handle; cheese; open-face sandwiches all in art form, beautiful chateaus, and no fences. If it were to be my only overseas trip, I’m glad it was Switzerland.

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written September 12, 2008
Yolanda Martin ©

PhotoShop 101 in 30 minutes
(as explained informally by a considerate, caring, and resourcefully pragmatic instructor)

To have a source image with high resolution (300 pixel/inch) and 10 mp digital camera, if possible, is the key to being able to work with any photo's or combined set of photos' components satisfactorily in Paint Shop Pro or other photo editing or painting software program.

After taking your photos with your digital camera, you download the photos from your camera's storage to your computer either by inserting the memory chip or using a USB connection from your camera to the computer. If you just have a photo print or other image then you can scan that into your computer to use.

To begin with it is a digital photo or scanned image but after working with the photo and applying effects then it becomes a digital painting depending on how many effects and how much topical layer drawing and brush painting is applied. It is really difficult sometimes to determine where the source digital image (photo or scan) ends and the painting begins. Anything in the photo underpainting can be modified and to what ever level of detail you want to modify it resulting in the final art image.

I always highlight eyes of my Pekingese images and do further modifications to enhance the photos. One terminology for this type of art is "Computer Software Art" since a lot depends on the art tools available with any particular program you are using and your knowledge and ability to use those tools and effects artistically.
There is a computer and programs skill level required to be learned, and a working knowledge of using the computer and its programs in order to do what you want to do with the photo to create fine art images suitable for printing, frame finishing, and showing. The nice thing about computer software art is that there are minimal cost of supplies and consumables in the making of your art image.

I think a good understanding of fine art fundamentals is also required in order to create something you can be proud of and of course you always continue to learn as you go. I read and study daily and am creating something all the time because I enjoy working with the computer and love working with the images of my Pekingese.

Illinois Winter LandscapeMy Song Just a Matter of Time, his portrait

My birthplace was in rural Illinois and I lived my first 1/4 of my life there .... that landscape is both memory stimulating and nostalgic for me, and it evokes many fond memories of my childhood while for others it might appear cold, bleak, and dreary.... somehow I thought it valuable no matter what the viewer might feel when seeing it. I included it on my web site since it is so much a part of my upbringing. The stubble in the cornfields is also a memory marker for me ...... so many cornfields in Illinois, and as a young child I would walk across frost and snow covered fields picking up corn left from the harvest to pull in a little red wagon to the local weigh station then deposit the money I received in the bank saving it for my college education and knowing that I would have to work hard if I was to achieve my life's goals.... The corn I picked up was depleting what the livestock would be able to feed on, but I had first opportunity to find the gold! I doubt that what I collected meant that the cows and pigs would go hungry since they always had enough to eat even after I had finished. I learned a lot about ecology and nature as a child that could be learned no other way than by direct experience and contact with the land and its residents.

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Written November 18, 2008
Yolanda Martin

What Artist has never heard that deprecating judgment about something they have created? After entering your creation into an Art Show you enter win a ribbon and place or nothing at all.... not even a critique as to how you might improve the painting or what failed to impress the judge. One of the interesting things about an Artist being brave enough to create something, anything at all, is understanding the affect it might have on others ...... repulsion, disgust, anger, dislike, negative feelings, neutral nothings, positive feelings, likes, tranquility, approval, attraction, ..... etc the full gamut of rational, irrational, and imaginary numbers from -1 to +1 range of feelings and emotions and maybe even some thought processes too if it stimulated the intellect.

It requires courage to express how you feel about something another has created and to let the Artist know either in appreciation or critical disapproval so that he may improve. Sometimes an image is meant merely to be a catalyst for change and then often actually accomplishes its mission.

Sometimes, that which we first dislike intensely slowly changes us and with the passing of time we discover that we have developed an appreciation and even fondness for it and no longer dislike what we may at first simply did not understand ..... and that works in reverse also. As an Artist, we always value and try to learn from what we have created regardless of its merit or worth as judged by others, if for no other reasons than the investment of time and energy we used in creating it so that it was not a total wasted effort of all those involved.

So I know you may not like it initially, but let's give this Phoenix Bird graphic which I created to use as my Web Site Avatar and a PAG Mascot and have named "Inspire" some time before we decide to repudiate and reject it. Isn't it wonderful that we all exercise our freedom to not think alike and we each individually have different likes, dislikes, and sometimes vastly different cultural backgrounds? Our challenge is to co-exist peacefully and productively with mutual respect for each other.

I value highly this Phoenix Bird, named "Inspire", which has externalized itself from within my being, and for some reason or other it is satisfying my soul at this time and inspiring me to create and study more about art. It is flamboyant, jubilant and it inspires me and maybe other viewers. I believe this controversial and digitally divisive, or "digital divide" defined as the troubling gap between those who use computers and the internet and those who do not, animated graphic of mine does engage all web site viewers attention, interest, and their pro or con judgmental behaviors at whatever level of social evolution they presently exist. The animated graphic uses seven discrete visual components for "systematic desynthesization":digital camera, computer laptop, Artist's palette, planet earth, Phoenix Bird, Artist's color wheel, and URL address text.

The Phoenix Bird graphic and its animated version are used on the PAG web pages of this web site as both a colorful flourish accent and iconography authenticating and identifying this web site's spiritual essence. The Phoenix Bird graphic avatar as animated is a web site's method of authorship as my work similar to how an Artist would sign their paintings or other works of Art with their own copyright protected identifier.

In education and in business professions (my experience in life), visual aids exist artistically, if possible, and their primary purpose is to explain a difficult concept or break through a barrier closed mind set and that is what I see my "too busy" and "bad" design graphic doing..... especially when animated because the palette with its colors flies quickly from cameras to laptops as the earth turns and the color wheel is spinning visually representing the many artists at work using colors they individually mix either on the traditional palette, with a program using the laptop, or within the camera's light detecting sensors and electronics.

I believe that the "Phoenix Bird graphic" as I have conceived and have created it in its rather bizarre "geeky busyness, bad design judgmental interpretation" is a catalyst for change in my own mind's eye self development and the image is cognitively and conceptually stimulating me to reflect on "State of the Arts", so to speak, and whether I have a place to fulfill in the macrocosm or microcosm of it and of my own self concept and life's progress. The graphic is also recalling and invoking Nemesis, a greek mythological goddess and the spirit of divine retribution.

I hope you appreciate that coming up with a modern technology design for ART Circa 2008 using the seven components (digital camera, laptop, palette, earth, bird, color wheel, and URL address text) and to animate the graphic was a challenge for me. The unifying factor of all seven components is intellectual, intuitive, and is conceptually abstract and interactively developmental (a work in progress) rather than being simply concrete, plain, and readily apparent on the surface as a finished work.

The graphic dynamically illustrates the modern Artist at work, year 2009-15. All creative artists, collectively, are symbolized by the immortal Phoenix Bird, a mythical imaginary legend dating back to art antiquity. The Phoenix Bird has evolved over the centuries and it now has 16 million colors available to use, a world filled with computers, and the digital camera provides rapid reproduction of the many Art images that Artists world wide have created. As a result now there are complicated copyright laws needed to protect intellectual and Artist rights. We live in a world with many wars. Peace, as well as our very planetary survival, is all too elusive.

PAG Phoenix Bird Web Site animated Mascot, also Yolanda Martin's Avatar


PAG Phoenix Bird Web Site Mascot and My Avatar   Nemesis
Isn't it a wonderful feeling and sense of freedom as an Artist to be able to create freely without limitations or concern that someone else might not ..... like it ? .... to be able to understand .... and to learn? Our challenge is to peacefully coexist in world civilization productively and progressively non self destructively and to do that we need tolerance and patience, understanding and wisdom.

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Written December 22, 2008
Yolanda Martin
What is Art?
One person's viewpoint

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"What is art?"

Written December 22, 2008 by Yolanda Martin

Art is the Language of the Soul

Art is not a necessity of life. Art is the necessity of pleasure in a life. "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness " is one of the most famous phrases in the United States Declaration of Independence. These three aspects are listed among the "inalienable rights" of man. I think the wording should be the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of Art. It is not easy to define Art or to comprehend the meaning of Art. Conceptually, it is the quintessence of humanity and spirituality. Art is the positive proof of progress and evolution of man, of his environment, and of his contribution endowment to future generations of a legacy of beauty and intelligence.

Traditionally, the term Art was used to refer to any skill or mastery. This conception changed during the Romantic period, when Art came to be seen as "a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science". Generally, Art is a human activity, made with the intention of stimulating thoughts and emotions. Beyond this description, there is no general agreed-upon definition of Art so one is challenged to define Art and search for the meaning of Art as best they can as I have in writing this article. There is no one best definition of Art since it is different for each individual and his personal experience with Art in life.

Art can describe several things:

a study of creative skill,
a process of using the creative skill,
a product of the creative skill,
or the audience's experience with the creative skill.

The creative Arts (Art as discipline) are a collection of disciplines (Arts) that produce Artworks (Art as objects) that are compelled by a personal drive (Art as activity) and echo or reflect a message, mood, or symbolism for the viewer to interpret (Art as experience).

Art has a beneficial and therapeutic effect for both the creator and the viewer, it heals the body and spirit, and promotes peace, progress, and productivity. Artworks can be defined by purposeful, creative interpretations of unlimited concepts, ideas, and inspirations to intelligently and humanly communicate something to another.

Art is something that stimulates an individual's thoughts, emotions, beliefs, or ideas through the senses. It is also an interpretation and expression of an idea, and it can take many different forms and serve many different purposes. Although the application of scientific theories to derive a new scientific theory involves skill and results in the "creation" of something new, this represents science only and is not categorized as Art.

1.. Experience of the mysterious

Art provides us with a way to experience ourselves in relation to the universe. This experience may often come when we appreciate Art, Theater, Dance, Music, or Poetry allowing our soul and spiritual being to restore, refresh, and refine.
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true Art and Science." -Albert Einstein

2.. Expression of the imagination

Art is a vision to reality quest and it provides a means to express the imagination in non-grammatical ways that are not tied to the formality of spoken or written language. Unlike words, which come in sequences and each of which have a definite meaning, Art frees the mind and spirit. Art via a variety of media, range of forms, symbols and ideas inspires thoughts and meanings that are malleable and memorable.

3.. Universal communication

Art allows the individual to express things to the world as a unified whole. Art is a form of communication and its creator, the Artist, is indivisible from his work.

If only the work of Art could d speak.

Could it share with us what the judge thought when he gave it a ribbon or when another judge chose not to include it in a show of about 60 paintings selected from 180 or other similar elimination competition? Could it share with us the time, thought, and care the Artist invested in creating it? Could it speak volumes about the talent of its maker or the lack of it and those things over which it had no control during its creation and tangible existence to become fine Art. Does the Art ponder its existence being perhaps the result of an expression of love, of loyalty, of originality, or of another mood and intent to convey some message to its viewer? Could the painting tell us about the frame shop owner who framed it to the best of his ability or about perhaps the organization that hosted the show and the location and its gallery? Could it speak of its economics, value, and appeal to others or merely share remorse over its waste, self indulgence, or vanity of its creator . Could it perhaps speak of the good it has done for its maker or its viewers by evoking feelings or thoughts and memories long forgotten or just content to simply be.

If only its Maker, the Artist, and others could know.


In my childhood Arts and Crafts were one and the same thing. I feel that Arts embraces Crafts and not vice versa with Craft being specific knowledge and skills of various media of choice used to create Art.

Being a fine Craftsman may not always mean being a fine Artist but surely a fine Artist is always a fine Craftsman.....

Music First Love Poem graphic

I choose to live for the future for the present so quickly becomes the past.

I choose to look to the future for that is where I will be the rest of my life.

I will gladly rejoice in the present...., (Sounds Soft Now, Intl).

And finally, in conclusion,

"Art is not a NECESSITY of life...???

Art is the necessity of happiness in
With less wasteful worrisome
strife !"

Art is Happiness

Saguaro Cactus Blossom graphic

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Written June 21, 2009
Yolanda Martin

Clip Art Example of Use

Above is an excellent example of the use of PSP Tubes (clip art) selected to create a graphic..... the 4 images of the mice, the chair and items at the chair's feet are all separate pieces clip art (stamped onto the background) and the background is also clip art but the design composition is original and also interesting and creative. This example illustrates how many different images (Tubes, clip art) are combined to make the finished graphic... The Artist has put her signature on her creation and so obviously considers it an original despite the use of clip art as being the only thing used.

Although I can see no original art work at all in this graphic and recognize all the components of the background image as being lifted or selected from other previously seen graphics (who knows where it once was an original), it would be possible for me to use this as a foundation then paint my own original art over the face of it (to customize edit), making it a derivative original, unique but having the common clip art components used in it (.... most graphic artists today have a collection of clip art that they have made themselves and then share with other artists or use to make later works .....). Just like painting with colors, textures, and patterns, they also paint with clip art (tubes, stamps) to be able to quickly answer the call for a needed graphic which "speaks".

Clip art is basically nothing more than pre-made modular components that are saved and can be used again over and over for different applications/uses and saves the artist a lot of time. Clip art is also related to the concept of templates of any kind and their use .... Collections of clip art are as necessary to an Artist as a dictionary is to a writer.

Clip art, if used too much, sometimes could be the same thing as a cliché is for a writer .... the freshness and originality is missing and it becomes a negative wherever used and recognized by the viewer as something seen before. On the other hand, some clip art is similar to being image 'words'.... and like words which are used over and over again by a writer, but each time depending on how the words are put together, the sentence and meaning is different ....

The example above is creatively put together and I think it is original despite the fact that is totally made of clip art components and nothing else....

Artists are so creative and a picture is worth a thousand words ..... that is a cliché ..... or maybe two, or more!

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Written January 15, 2010
Yolanda Martin

Long gone are the days of

survival of the fittest...

Our humanity ruled by our heart and emotions controls us collectively to help all to survive regardless of the many adverse circumstances and costs associated with the lives so prolonged and protected. It is

survival at any cost...

Even if that cost bankrupts us all draining health and vigor from the collective?

Unnatural extensions of life, medically and economically subsidized, may be so extreme that the most fit who were once able to survive are no longer able to simply because the parameters of survival are so unreal, unnatural, and extreme.

Life comes with death, in all cases it is just a matter of time and resources consumed. We can and have denied death for as long as possible, but we certainly can not deny the costs of life.

Strike a balance between survival of the fittest and survival at any cost. Logic and humanity's irrational emotions should be balanced; the continued sustainability of life seeking to survive weighed with our caring benevolence and ability to provide its needs;

survival of tomorrows making sound decisions today...

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Written January 15, 2010
Yolanda Martin

My favorite tool in my photo editing and digital painting software is undo. It reverses changes you have made that you didn't like. but there remains a history of the act. And if you do want the change you can redo it creating more history logged. Creating a test environment for new programs you have coded essentially provides a controlled environment in which you test your changes and if you don't like them you can revert back to prior status or modify to fix parts as needed. The programmer keeps in his mind the history of changes or it is recorded in a log. Trial and error learning is safe so long as you are in a friendly environment where you can do not real damage but are freely able to experiment, learn, and produce.

Backsy is something my Father would give me when he was teaching me to play chess giving me more of an opportunity to learn and even win the games we played. Backsies are not acceptable once you have learned the fundamentals of the game unless someone wants to be extra nice and kind to you for a stupid or thoughtless move. With backsies there is also a history record that you tried a move, decided not a good move, and want to revert the move and make a different one. Again trial and error learning in a safe situation.

Life doesn't always have undo or backsies. Life involves live fire with real fatal hazards, real costs, and real consequences. Some decisions and things we do... can not be undone and may not be redone. Forgiveness is a valuable social concept. It allows for our human fallibility and mistakes. Life goes on happily, but the transgression or mistake can not be totally erased from minds or historical record, and for some it becomes a list of transgressions so that it becomes harder and harder to forgive someone the next offense... perhaps their credibility is lost forever.

The Catholics have confession to the Father and other religions absolve our sins thereby reducing negative feelings of guilt and remorse. With software programs that are user friendly, human errors and mistakes are forgivable by some means or another (ex. simply cancel and restart) so that you can recover and continue on.

To truly forgive another is also to help them learn and grow, and in doing so you also grow, knowing that to err is human. We all have our many histories, some with more fiction than fact in them. I can forgive that. That is human history.

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Paintography--What Is It?

Written February 23, 2011
Yolanda Martin


The entry I submitted is a hybrid photograph and digital painting (paintography) .... not one or the other, but a creatively, unique blending of both digital mediums .... You can clone in missing eyes, erase distractions, change colors, add effects, and unlimited possibilities to transform the real into the interesting and one of a kind art to share and show others around the world via the Internet.

Many digital artists computer canvas cyber art works are mostly self originated digital paintings, highly imaginative in concept, but they are not using photo based material as a launching pad, so I can see why they would think mine are not artsy enough. I am more inclined to enhance reality rather than stray too far away from it. In working with the photograph and making it into paintography, I improve my own awareness and comprehension of the reality on which it is predicated. Via my media of choice, paintography, I improve my own sanity and have improved senses in this incoherent, insane world of political turmoil and strife ever constantly changing and competing for increasingly limited resources needed to sustain life on earth.

I like paintography because it uses the camera recorded computer image as digital painting cyber canvas; the artist can experience many artistic freedoms that the traditional artist practices, both are similarly transforming a photo into an art image. The only difference is in paintography, the artist is working in cyber space with cyber tools which befuddle most traditional artists who are still not computer literate. Paintography uses cyber simulated equivalents of the tools and pigments traditional artists use such as those provided by Corel Painter 11 or other photo editing software. In finishing the cyber image after printing to real canvas, then the paintographer can further paint the cyber created image using traditional media, either oil or acrylic or add mixed media collage effects.

A photo is the underpainting of the finished art to which the cyber space artist adds his unique and original creativity, imagination, and play with colors beyond the limits of real to what is more than real. Discoveries along the way while working with the computer canvas digital creation happily present many choices to improve the overall image and its composition artistically. So while an art created with paintography may look similar to a photo, it is much more than a photo... It is what the artist creating it wants it to be and say to the viewer.... Happy to see you..

Dr. Wayne Svoboda with my Pekingese pet

With Corel Painter 11 art images are created just as in traditional art. Paintography starts with a photograph which can then be rendered into abstract, watercolor, oil, or even a Van Gogh style among many other transformations that can automatically rendered. Abstract art can be created by using one of many "effects and filters" applied to the real world photograph ..... or you just paint using cyber artist tools choosing among hundreds of brushes, pens, and options on a blank cyber canvas of one layer or as many layers you want to for your work.

I did an interesting cubism art work when studying Picasso as a mimic of his style in a class taught online by Academy of Visual Arts, but for that I started with a blank canvas since those works do not start with a photograph but can if you want the palette of the photo and or certain shapes in it or you can select, copy, and paste or clone from one photo source to the new cyber canvas as desired. Once the paintographer creates the cyber canvas image(s), textures, patterns, and picture tubes (like little pictures in a paint tube) can be applied. The cyber canvas images they can be combined, resized, made into mosaics, it can be cyber framed if desired, and then if desired printed as giclee on canvas or watercolor paper for framing or finished as a canvas wrap.

Once printed you can then use any of the traditional oil or acrylic paints or textures to enhance the work before finishing and framing for show exhibition or sale. In the cyber art studio, you can apply many different perspectives, warps, distortions, geometrics, or anything you can think of (much more than a traditional artist can do with his tools). Where a real art studio is limited by physical laws, the cyber art studio is not. The cyber art studio is accessible to the world, portable, and does not require real estate cost considerations and upkeep. Many more things can be done with cyber art studio tools and functions/features than via traditional art studio methods and techniques. If it is not already begin done, it certainly is possible to even create 3D art sculptures via cyber art studio software.

Paintography is neither photography nor is it pure pixel painting digital art. Instead paintography uses both the media of photography and the media of digital painting to achieve a totally new media (Paintography), creating an art image which may or may not resemble the original photo used as the underpainting ..... using the word photographer normally connotes photo editing skills which may then advance to what a paintographer does.... a paintographer paints with pixels and is assisted or uses as an underpainting the pixels of a photo the artist has ownership of and would not be violating copyright protections, but the paintographer uses his artistic license making what began as a photo transformed into an original art work creation.

I think that most individuals who have little or no experience with photo editing via the computer would be astounded at the power and versatility cyber art studios has in making its art creations. I was very impressed and still am with the cyber art studio and the programs that provide the studio everything the digital artist needs to create his art works.

Another interesting cyber art style is fractal painting. I use the program, Apophysis, It creates very intricate art images mathematically via numerical parameters. Apophysis has fractal art image editing tools for the artist to control the making of the fractal art images existing on cyber canvases.

If you like art then you might enjoy learning more about cyber art, digital photography, and Paintography. It is truly fascinating and rewarding leisure time pursuit which just might become professional work.

It takes talent

to identify and capture
the moment in time
of a subject
in its background
worthy enough
to call the resulting photo,
A picture is worth a thousand words ....
and most are photos,
some are also truly fine art.
"Paintography" can create
fine art with any photo,
or merely be entertaining,
educational, and creative play.

When I photograph my Pekingese and make paintography art of the photo images, I first had to produce them as living sculpture works of beauty and art (as a Pekingese breeder) ..... so one media can feed another media and I believe the artist who is responsible for everything in the photo is the most original and creative more than one who is merely photographing something he had no ownership of or responsibility for it existing.

I have photographed a sunflower which is the result of 14 years of reseeding and hybridization and set in my own front yard landscape so I take pride in what the photo is recording and preserving for future reference and exhibition. After you have a photo, I like to make large size giclee prints on canvas and suitably frame it to hang on the wall or exhibiting in an art show..... without paintography work done to it.

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Learning Via Online Videos

Written February 28, 2011
Yolanda Martin

Ultimately, the most important thing in a portrait painting is not the likeness, it's getting the character. --Mary Whyte

(15 YouTube watercolor instruction videos on YouTube)... Each play is about 4 minutes in length capsules each by 15 different artists and then at the end YouTube will give you images at the bottom to click on to select the next capsule video presentation .... The nice thing is it is free!...Also the videos are very good teaching mode. These techniques are taught by qualified artists who have mastered the art of watercolor portraiture..... I enjoyed and have saved to view as I have time available ..... thought you might like to see these too... The Internet is filled with instructional videos and other sources that provided educational instruction that will teach you while it connects you with other artists and their art.

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