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Monica Johansson and NatureFootstep.com
I am interested in nature photography and photo art and travels
as much as I can to find new areas to document.
I have many blogs and below you find links to them.

Photo and PhotoArt blogs
NatureFootstep Photography and PhotoArt
Image files:  File 1,    File 2,   File 3,    File 4,   File 5

Bildverkstan - Image workshop
Image files:   Bildverkstan/Image workshop       Creative playroom ART

NatureFootstep World   Image file:  NF World

Birds blogs
NF European birds    Image files:  File 1,  File 2,  File 3
Birds around the world, Honolulu, Norway, Iceland, Japan    Image files: Around the world,   part of Japan birds
Birds in Costa Rica  Image files: Costa Rica
Birds in Morocco  Image files: Morocco
Birds in Queensland, Australia  Image files: File 1    File 2 


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Feather and fishbowl

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 Peacock feather
This week I finished the peacock feather. Acrylic on canvas. The basic pattern comes from an old skirt I have. I have not used it much but love the colors. It is 40x50 cm.

Fishbowl
© NF Photo 180817

I found some Tempera colors on sale and bought it. Thought I can test that as well. I found a "childproof" recipe, that is...non toxic. I loved the golden color and the silver and blue used here.
 Not to wast a lot of money I made the pour on a pizza box 25x25 cm. It buckled of course. A lot! When it was dry I moisture it a bit on the carton side and put a glass with weights on top of  it to try to flatten it. Right now I have checked it and think I actually succeeded in making it flat :)
I call it "Fishbowl" as I think one pattern looks like a fish :)

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Workstation and pouring

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My new "workstation", I took the table from my balcony and are now using it for painting. It fitted perfectly between the computer desk and the door. 


 I made my first "dirty pour" Did not turn out exactly as I wanted but it is interesting. If I turn the painting around I see different things in it. Abstract animals and bodies and whatever.  But overall I see a  landscape from above with patches of lakes here and there. I was a bit sad when a part of the colors I liked went over the edge. But could not do anything about it.

When the painting above had dried and I took it away I found the patterns, I talk about above, on the paper.  I did take some shots and then created another digital art in Photoshop from that "over pour". I might make a poster of it and share it of the exhibition I will have in November  :)

 This is what I am working on now. The peacock feather from last week are going  acrylic.
I´m learning new things about how to handle the pencils and colors. For me it is a completely new way of working. One thing I noticed is how shades and highlights occur. Quite fun. 
© NF PhotoArt 180810

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Friday, August 3, 2018

More testing

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Barbie and the dragon overlooking Skatepark Canyon

Testing Peacock feather with glitter pen

Blue canvas

Chain art
© NF Photo 180802


Well, too hot for outdoor activity still so I have been busy indoors. Except for the first image when I took Barbie and the dragon to our skate park for a shooting session.

I have an idea to paint a peacock feather on blue canvas. So I painted the blue canvas. And for fun I added the lighter crack in photoshop. My idea is to use the blue canvas for the peacock feather, but have to practise a lot before I dare do it. The peacock feather is done with some glitter pens just for fun and practise. I think the canvas have to wait.

The last one I created with help of a chain as Nicole suggested. I like it better then the yarn. I also liked the pattern the chain gave when most color was used up so I added a little on the sides.


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Friday, July 27, 2018

Acrylic learning and your eyes can trick you

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Rainbowtree
© NF Photo 180725
Somebody last week wanted to see the Rainbow when it is finished. Now this one is on my wall. My first paining and I will share it on my exhibition in November.   :)


cracked plastic cover at the busstop original image
© NF Photo 130509

Original cracks,  white on white vs grey on black
© NF Photo 171026 and July 2018

I painted the white crack on black paper and did the rest in photoshop
© NF PhotoArt 180727 


Work is drying on my kitchenfloor
© NF PhotoArt 180727

This week I share no photo except for the one at the bus stop that was the cause of the Crack series. At that time I was not good at editing in Photo Shop and spent several hours to fix the image as I wanted it.

I also tried some yarn work.Not yet learned how thick the paint shall be.

 It took me some trouble to figure out how to transfer the image from the screen to the paper. There was some computer, needle and pencil work involved in order to transfer the crack from the computer to the paper.

Being tricked by my eyes!
When I worked with this post I realized my eyes and brain did not see the crack image as it was.
I painted White on black and was thinking black on white for the opposite side. BUT, the original is different shades of white on white! An importent thing to learn I guess. If I some day get really good at this I will try all the shades that is in the original image.



OUCH..........this was a long one.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

A little of this a little of that

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Circle of color   It started very simple but ended up with a series of 4. I have them on Instagram.
(All Digital in photoshop)
© NF Art 180716

 This is sketches of mallard feathers pencil on paper and then a bit Luminance work in PS to get the old fashioned look. The bottom feather is black the tail feather of Mallard male.
© NF Art 180716

 Started to paint the Rainbow tree on canvas. Not finished but I like it this way.

Rainbow tree, I still have the trunk and branches to do.
© NF Art 180719

The two Rainbow images is photographed in different light that is why they have different colors. The first one is closest to natural colors.

It is really hot and dry in Sweden right now and a bit up north from me there are lots of forest fires burning. I have been indoors for two days with the cooler on. Great to have something to do then.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Lichen

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Lichen - Bägarlav
© NF Photo 180716, Katrineholm

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Beach treasures and Rainbow Tree acryl paint

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Treasures from the beach
© NF Photo 180708




Rainbow tree
© NF Photo 180712

Rainy backdrop, my first attempt with acrylic oil, on paper 14,8x21 cm white, grain.
After almost three weeks I finally got the paint and pencils, but no panels. They were not in store. And the delay of the colors was due to our post office. They are not reliable nowadays. :( 

I painted this on the paper and it was a good way to learn how paint and pencils work. But I did not dare to sign them. Tried to "write" with the pencil with no luck. But, it is possible to paint, but not write, with a toothpick. :)

I took a photo of the backdrop. It does not really look like the video I studied but I liked the way the white curves contrasted to the more or less grey surface. So I kept one image that way. Will probably do some more work with black and white only. I would have liked if the paper had been more square. The tree should have come up higher.



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