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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, July 29, 2021

Phantom of the Opera and exhibition

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For Rains promt "musical" I go back many years in time. 
This was 1989 and I and my daughter was in Hamilton on a skipping camp. On our way home we stayed in Toronto for 2 nights. We were happy to see The phantom of the Opera was on a theatre nearby our hotel. And we were lucky enough to get 2 seats on top row. The only ones empty so close to date. 
In the image you see a younger me with the Phantom t-shirt on for christmas. The Phantom on the scallop is my grandson who I photographed with a mask on. He likes to dress up as different characters and visit fantasy convents.  So, I made this on his request. This scallop is now hanging over his pillow. 

Deers in blue
This is photoart. It is created from two images, One is a closeup on grass the other one are fallow deers. Worked in Photoshop and Topaz.


Chain flowers
I painted this a few days ago for an exhibition themed Red!
It is painted with acrylics and chains used as "pencil". Canvas 30x40cm

These are the three paintings I left at the Exhition yesterday. It will open Saturday. It is just a small art gallery so not many will visit I think. People are also still used that places are corona closed. Yet, there was quite many artists that has brought their work. So it will be nice and fun to see the exhibition. 
My art is "Leftover", "Chain flowers" and "Valentine"


© NF Photo 1989 and 210729

In Sweden we have got a few floodings. But not as hard as down in central Europe. Some things destroyed but no injuries as far as I know. 

Take care. Right now I think fires and floods seem worse then Corona. You can still wear the mask to protect yourself from smoke.

Linking up with the following memes. My thanks to the hosts:
Paint Party Friday   Rains TAD


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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Favorite Decades??

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Transition!
Today Rains promt is Your favorite decade today.  Well, as I live in the present and don´t take much attention to the past so I cheat a little bit today. When it comes to favorite decades it will certainly never be the present one. Who wants to remember Corona, fire and floods?
Transition is the place where the unknown future becomes the known past. Constantly moving in time. 

I had a dream the other morning and I follow that! I dreamed I painted the floods! It took some testing before I got to it. So, this week I painted and photographed my very first Dark art! Not sure where this will take me. I feel torn about it! My second alias has always been Catching Light! Not the dark!

I worked on A3 watercolor paper. 
First try I grabbed some color tubes, thought it was acrylic or watercolor but I misstook it and it was oil. The tubes look similar so mistakes are likely. Because of that the color did not work at all as I thought it would. It flowed very reluctantly over the paper. 
Beach!
Well, I kind of like it and went to fetch some of my shells, and Voila, I have a beach. 

OK, next step on a new paper ended up with: 
Crossing!
Painted with oil and acrylic. 

Floods disaster!
Finally, this is pretty much what I dreamed. No image used as inspiration. Just the phootage seen on the news. 
In this case the dish soap made the oil more fluid. And cleaning up was easier. 

That was the floods, lets finish with an old piece with fire.

The fire!
painted with Tempera on an old LP-record. 


This week I had problems with the oil and how to dry the painting and to clean the brushes. 
First I learned on YouTube that in some cases you can quich up the drying by putting some kind of tissue over it. It kind of soakes up a little oil and it dries quicker. 
The next was to get the paint more fluid and to clean brushes and hands. Using that dishing soap solved those problem. The soap also created some nice cells if you like that. 
😂 

Hope you don´t mind I twisted Rains promt today. 

There has been a lot of flooding and fires across the world this week. In sweden we only had a little flooding in the south part. Nothing we could not handle so far. 
Take care. And use the mask to keep safe from fire smoke as well!

© NF Photo 210722

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Linking up with the following memes. My thanks to the hosts:
Paint Party Friday    TAD

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Morning and other art

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The promt for Rains challenge is Morning today. 
I created the doortag at first. And then went to find bookmarks on Tumbelina.
I have always cared for the bookmarkers as they are from my childhood and from my mothers. Now when I get older I can as well use them. I doubt my daughter is interested in them. I searched the net a few years ago to see if they were valuable. They was not 😞 

Golden butterflies
Acrylic painting and stickers on A4 watercolor paper

Fantasy landscape
Acrylic painting on A4 watercolor paper


Flowerbed!
Watercolor on A4 watercolor paper


Pencil tag!
I had to sharpen a few pencils! So... 😁

© NF Photo 210715

Take care everyone. Sweden is opening up. Let´s hope it stays that way. 
That´s all for now, my world are hot  and humid. Not my favorite really 😰


Linking up with the following memes. My thanks to the hosts:
Paint Party Friday    TAD    Three Muses ´Butterfly´

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Crossing and windy mosaic

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Hallo everyone. Hope everything is fine with you. Over here it is hot and humid and I am not a fan of that. Speaking of fan, I created a fan on placemats for Rains promt CrissCross today. 

Fanned placemats
These are made of venners sewn together to form a placemat. The fan is also made of veneers so they really fit together. Created by my photos in Photoshop. 


Had some fun with different things this week. 
Top row is a veneer plate with some mapleseed and painting on it.
The butterfly also ahve some seeds. Painted and glued on photopaper
The unicorn is painted on CARBon black A4 paper. Acryl, pencil and stencil
My tag no2 is also created with seeds and an old bookmark angel I have. 

Windy! 
Full action on a field and something has a hard time flying
😂


© NF Photo 210708 

Take care. 

Linking up with the following memes. My thanks to the hosts:
Paint Party Friday      Tad      Mosaic Monday

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Tiny and testing new things

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Today Rains theme is Miniatyre. Gave me some problems as I have a lot of miniatyres. 

Natures art, Acorn
Two years ago the acorns had some kind of infections that made some of them really beautiful. I picked as many as I could find and even painted on some of them. But the ones on the image is natural. 

Kinese garden.  (or maybe japanese)
A miniature I bought many years ago. The board it sits on is 8x4cm. Most of the pieces is carved in thin wood. 


In the ocean.
My first ever Tag, and my mothers necklace can act as a fishingnet. 


Sticky, grumpy, face!
This is created with a set of sticky notes I found on Dollarstore. 


Black beach!
Breated on a scallop with sand, a shell and lavapieces from my trip to Hawaii, Big island, many years ago. At that time one was allowed to walk in Kilauea volcano. Not possible anymore as it is erupting. 

Peles Tears!
Pele is Kilaueas and Hawaii´s goddess of volcanoes and fire. When you visit you are supposed to offer something for her. So, I placed a strain of my hair in the volcano.
The small droplets of lava is really tiny. When they cools like this they call them Peles tears.
So, these are lava pieces from Kilauea. The size of the oyster shell is ca 7cm long.

I guss I need to stop here. Or the post will be overloaded. 
Taek care everyone,. Today is July 1:st. Half the year already gone. 

© NF Photo 210701

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Linking up with the following memes. My thanks to the hosts:
Paint Party Friday    TAD

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

This week

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Much Jumping at Rains TAD today. :) 
Jumping at the skatepark! 
Created from two of my images. 

The map!
I bought some new green and orange acrylic colors this week and thought I´ll test them. I dotted a watercolor paper, first with the green one. And then it took a while until I added orange and other colors. I like the way I can see what colors was added first. The paper soak it up nicely and "kept it" visible when I added the other colors and then took the roller over it all. 
I think it looks like a map from abowe. Maybe I´ll see if I can ad some "level curves" to it. 


Seems I have been busy this week so I create a Mosaic for Mosaic Monday. 

The two on top is created usin three sizes of bubble wraps. and a balloon. 
Bottom row is somethong like Gelli plate work on A5 sketch paper. I´m sure Andrea can find faces in at least one of them.  I see two faces with one common eye in the left one. 😂
The yellow is a door tag like the one they have in Hotels. Painted a simple flower on it. 


This week I recieved a letter with a survay they want me to answer. It was a "book" with 44 pages and full of questions to answer. Small letters and no empty spaces. So, now my eyes turned XXX:s
But I am done with it so I can now hope you guys have a great week. 
The eyes is an old waterdolor piece that I took and digitally added the X and the page.

I will visit my daughter this Saturday. We celebrate Midsummer. Should really be Summer solstice but they moved it to the closest weekend.


© NF Photo 210624

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Linking up with the following memes. My thanks to the hosts:
Paint Party Friday   Rains TAD    Mosaic Monday

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Invented color

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Todays theme at Rains is Inventions, below is my take on that 😇
First I created my own visor for protecting me from the Corona virus. It worked 
😁

Second, I "invented" a new color to paint with. It is created from the settling when making my own red wine. I always liked the color from that and used to photograph it in my bathtub when cleaning the the container. And made some digital work on that. This time I added some vinegar to it to avoid mold. 

Old time shutters!
In old times they did not have that much glas windows so for protection they used wooden shutters.

This one is created on A3 watercolorpaper using the red wine settlings and acrylic colors.
It was a lot of paint on that paper and it buckled heavily. I thought it was ruined. Also when it dried it cracked. It is impossible to flatten it so it can never go into a frame. But I like it!



Close up abstract of the above.
This is the lower right part of the painting to show the cracks. It is, kind of, a landscape of it´s own. 

Wine flower!

As I had a lot of leftover color I started to paint the flower. But the soft background happend in Photo shop. 



Wheat field abstract!
Photoshop from photo.

© NF Photo 210617

This is all for now. Hope everyone is healthy and not too hot. Over here we expect heat the comming days. Take care!

Linking up with the following memes. My thanks to the hosts:
Paint Party Friday    TAD 

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