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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 


Friday, June 21, 2019

Dark Abstracts and Midsummer

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Dark Power
Photoshop work! I was playing around with an image of two beautiful art glasses I have. Then I was looking for a fairy to complete the image, but, I found a devil :)  Think the pair sits nicely on their thrones :) 


  Dark Fountain 2
This is a brighter version of the Dark Fountain from last week. Not as much black this time and more colors. This is photographed when it was dry.
Tempera on white Canvas 24x30 cm

This is a detail of the one above. Photographed when still wet and then color enhanced in Photoshop. 


Captured golden seafloor - Gyllene havsbotten
I liked the string of black on the white board so I tried to capture a kind of pour in the middle of it. I wanted fo keep the interaction between the black and the white color.
And finally added the "black spot" in the center.
Tempera on white Canvas 28x28 cm

This is a photo I took yesterday. In Sweden we celebrate "Midsummer" to celebrate the summer solstice and today is Midsummer eve. So, I wish you all a great Midsummer. :)



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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Scallop and canvas

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Dark fountain
This is a chainpull on white canvas 24x30cm. I had used too much black so I think it became too dark for my taste.
 I´m thinking of creating another with more white in it, But I am out of canvases. And, so are the shops. There are three places selling canvases and all of them are waiting for their orders to arrive . Seems the ship is astray somewhere. This made me realize a problem. All of the stores are buying supplies from a single supplier in, probably, China. That way no supplies finds my country if that delivery is disturbed.  :(

My daughter on a scallop
I printed her photo and fixative to stabilize the colors. Then added medium on the scallop and the image on that. carefully pressing the photo to avoid wrinkles. Then added the sand and stars and finally the blue.

Ocean sunset on scallop
Tempera colors, medium, sand and a shell

© NF Photo 190614

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Trees n seas

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Wetland forest
This is a photo that I edited with "Split toning" in PS. This means you give different colors to highlight and dark areas. In this case blue and green.

In the sea
I bought an old canvas and painted on it with my silvery, tempera colors. It´s a bit shiny but I like the colors.  Canvas 30x30cm

Dusk
This is an image I got in my head when I woke up the other day. I clearly saw the white circle and the dark trees. I call it Dusk but I don´t really know if it is dawn or dusk or the sun or moon. :) But, who cares?  :) 
Tempera on canvas 20x20cm

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Travel tree and music

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This is an image from Morocco. I was inside a market place so it got blurred because it was dark. I took it to Photo shop and enhanced  it with a filter. I think you can call it Impressionist photo.
I like to go through old travel images. Here and there I find something useful :)

 Whimsical Tree Goddess, finished, I think! Canvas 31x40 cm. Acrylics
I did not want a large black space at the bottom so I let her skirt flow out so the background is visible. This exercise was good and I, kind of, like the finished one. BUT, I clearly need more practise to teach my hand and arm how to paint curves :)


I think I will call this one "Louis Armstrong"
It is painted on an OLD record with Louis music on.  I bought the record in a second hand store. I don´t dare  tell my sister. She liked the old music. :) Well, could not play it anyway. It was 78rm
I used a colander for the pour. Tempera color. The record soaked up a lot of  paint. :)

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Summer is closing in but we need much more rain where I live. I hope everyone are safe from drought and flooding.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Abstracts

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 Copper birch abstract


Forest blur abstract


Whimsical tree´s texture canvas with shadow pattern, edited in photoshop

This is the "Whimsical Tree Goddess" project.
I saw the video on Youtube and thought it is a good exercise for handling pencils. First time  I got the blending of  Acrylic colors to my liking. It was well explained how to do it. So I was happy :)
Then I made a sketch of the treegoddess. And got stuck! It is hard to transfer the sketch to the canvas as the canvas surface is kind of, slippery.
So, for the time being I photographed the canvas texture and took it to photoshop for some fun edit.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

LP-flower and Microcosmos

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LP-flower
This is painted on an LP-disc. A black background and then I too a chain with white color to create the "frame" In the center I added a few colored paint spots and used a balloon to create the flower.


This is the Microcosmos shell from last week. Yesterday I noticed on my balcony this piece of birch bark and placed the shell on it. Now I think this is how my "Microcosmos" is complete :)
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Friday, May 10, 2019

Universe and Transformation of field

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Micro cosmos - Mikrokosmos
In August there will be an exhibition in my town where every local artist can attend with three pieces. The theme is Micro Cosmos. I have created two small pieces so far. The shell is 12x12 cm and the canvas 12x18 cm.
I´m unsure which way to turn it. I created it as the lower one but my daughter sais it shall rotate to the upper one. What do you think? I would like the input.


Below I decided to share how some things evolve when I work
This is a field hole, I think they call it, where my daughter lives.

 The same image with a PS filter, Angle strokes

Next step:  channel mix1  o gradient map
Liked this one so I decided to try to paint it

So, here it is: the Field hole as painting on canvas. Acrylic 20x30 cm
I was using a roller, pencil and a water spray bottle. I liked the little dots created by the water.
Has very  little in common with the original, right?



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Friday, May 3, 2019

Circles and Reusable things

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Circled Owl
As I found the Instagram challenge with circles I thought I should try.
This was created om an A5 paper using glittering, metallic gel pens of sort. When I took the photo I tilted the paper slightly to be able to capture the glow. 

Button Tree, Canvas20x30 cm
I had a litle left of the thick medium, and the circle challenge ctill going. So how to do this? I like white trees so I cerated a "lake" and a tree.  This is obvously a flowering tree. :)  I had some buttons in a drawer and created flowers with them. I think it is fun!  :)

Memories! Canvas 30x40cm
Not sure what to name this! Any suggestions?
I was selling some chairs and this delicate shawl was hanging on it. It belonged to my mother and I wanted to keep in in some way. It also suited the circle challenge. I put it down on a white canvas while working. Then it hit me. I fasten it on the canvas and draped it to create the center and then used one of the buttons for a color point. I photographed this piece on a black canvas not to spoil the shape of the surrounding shawl.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Colors and circle

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Colors of life

Acrylic on 30x40 canvas
As I have acrylic paint I wanted to play around with it. I had seen something on Youtube I wanted to try. But of course, my work took it´s own path. It´s not even close to what I started with :) 

 My Circled Universe

One sketch and  painting on carbon paper, and 2 pours, one on canvas the other on an LP record,  combined in Photoshop

© NF Photo 190426

Re the "My Circled Universe" I have seen some kind of challenge on Instagram It is only a few days left but I want to see if I can join in.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Easter and this weeks art

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Deer under the Tree
White tempera on black canvas 20x20cm

 Emotional meltdown - Känslomässig härdsmälta
Grained paper A5
One morning at breakfast my brain presented me with "Emotional meltdown" Two days later I tried to paint it. I used only three colors, Black,red,yellow which I think represent a quick destruction. Which was proved in Paris this week. :(

The Seesaw - Gungbrädan
Canvas 20x20cm
This happend as I had the decoration gravel and the white Seesaw. I had some troubble with the thick paint but finally I got it too work.


Happy Easter! - Glad Påsk!

Earlier in life I always painted my Easter eggs with tiny chickens. Thought I´ll do it this year too even if I had no guests   :)

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Happy Easter everyone!

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Testing shopping and having fun

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 The wave!
I tested some homemade think pasta. Sadly it is cracking so I used the blue paint "water" to glue it. Seem to work but it is rather fragile. Was thinking of adding a white tree but changed my mine. I like it as it is.  A very small canvas 12x18 cm


The beach!
Teh otehr day I was shopping! They have set up a DOLLARSTORE in my town and this was my first visit. I found the little black canvas above and the DECORglas, in the shell, and bought them. Also used remains of the pasta in the beach. And, giggling, the sand was once collected by my mother in Teneriffa :) 


The red beam!  20x20 canvas
This was mainly a failiure. I tested to work with stencils and straith lines with helo of tape. My mistake was I covered the canvas with tooo much black paint. The surface is slippery. That is why the paint looks dotted. Like oil it was drawn to puddles insted of an even surface.
Well, I got the idea and learned from it :)


© NF PhotoArt 190411

Sometimes I wonder where I land when I "grow up" :)


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Rainbow challenge

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Rainbow
© NF Photo 190409

For the rainbow challenge I remembered an image from the beginning of blogging. Luckily I had named it rainbow so I could find it. I combined it with a UV-lit curtain image I took 2 weeks ago.
I don´t remember what happened to the pot as I don´t have it anymore :(


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