Welcome to
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, March 26, 2020

Rains and PPF

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We all need a hug these days, this is for you.
Photocollage of 2 images

For Rains "in like a lamb, out like a lion" challenge I choose to see two sides of the same water.
Upper and lower side of the flood lock . 2 photos collage

Gannets. .A favorite bird I happened to "pass by" in my files.


The spring has arrived even if we still has cold mornings.
Leaves budding 1 - Lövsprickning
Watercolor CARBon paper A5

Leaves budding 2 - Lövsprickning
Watercolor CARBon paper A4

My test pad for painting  also suitable for Rains this week I think as there are flowers, trees, ghosts and even a spider. The size of the pad is A4
This is a pad I designed for SCANIA heavy truck drivers when I was still working at the design department. I was allowed to bring it home with me when I was retired.



© NF Photo 200326

Take care, stay safe and let the art flow.

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Paint Party Friday     Rains TAD

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Friday, March 20, 2020

A weird world art and virus

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A marsh or wetland tilted and manipulated in Photoshop.
A path I often walk when it is not too much water.

 A fantasy landscape in watercolor. A4 aquarelle paper

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone,  in watercolor. A4 aquarelle paper
Inspired by an image I have on a bag I bought in Yellowstone. 
© NF Photo 200320

I think I start to understand how watercolor works, when to use "wet on wet" or dry painting. Don´t really like that the paper has to dry every now and then, kind of disrupts the workflow. And I have to remember to finish with Fixative.

I hope all is fit and well. I am, kind of stubborn. They say 70+ shall remain indoors being cared for, but I need my exercise so I still walk the forest to see nature and animals. And, btw, I am the least ill person in my family. So, I will probably take care of the others so, lock myself up in my apartment, politicians can forget about that. But I don´t take unnecessary risks.

Stay well, there are at least 2 good things in all this. We can still meet online, and....space images show our world is cleaning up. What politics could not do about climate change, a tiny virus does.

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Paint Party Friday

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Light and dark for Rains

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A  little light in the dark
View from my balcony

Below are the same image in diffeerent Photoshop edits
Dark

Light

Artful filter

Artful filter
© NF Photo 200319

Hope everyone has a little light today. We need it.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

What about LUCK

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I was lucky to find those images of the rainbow bowl When looking for Rainbow luck..
I inherited it from my grandmother and now my daughter has it in her country house.

I also found this feather that I had completely forgot about. This is a photo. In a few days a year it is possible to get a rainbow from a vase filled with water in my living room window. I placed the feather in the rainbow and photographed it. 


This is also a shot I forgot about. This is a spiders net glowing in the low sunlight. The colors are only slightly enhanced.

I call this one "Coffee break" as the "stains" are coffee. 
Just wanted to see what it would look like on watercolor paper A5.

 Coffee break landscape.
Continuing on the one above.
This is a test of how the watercolor in tube behaves.

 This is a watercolor background that was supposed to be the Bird lake I shared earlier.
But I like it as it is so I kept it. Watercolor on A4 paper
© NF Photo 200312

Yes, what about LUCK, we could really use some these days. In Sweden we had the first death of CORONA yesterday. And first set of restrictions. So, many events and meetings are cancelled.
So, we are LUCKY to have the net where we can meet without infecting each other.
Except for artsy ideas of course.

Wishing you all a great week and....stay healthy!


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Paint Party Friday   Rains LUCK    DAD

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Mostly watercolor and what you see

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Running!
This is 2 images combined in Photoshop. The "valley", is our skate course. And The deer Fallow deer. 


I see you! Slightly manipulated image.

The path!
Watercolor on paper A4

Some kind of landscape I guess.  Watercolor paper A4
 I had bought a set of watercolor in tubes. And wanted to test them with earth colors.
The colors I used was: Lemon yellow, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber and the last one is deep green as I thought it needed something else to stand out. For the deep green I took the color from the tube and did not ad water. I like this colorpalette and will probably do something more with these colors. 

 I also tested some trees I found in a book. A lesson in how to use the color from the treetrunk to create a shadow on the ground by adding a little water at the bottom of the trunk and let the color flow down words and spread out.  🙏
And as you see, I liked the tissue I used for the color palette 😇


Lookíng at my bunch of images I guess they all are suitable for Rains "What do you see" promt for this week. Even if that was not what I thought at first. 😁


© NF Photo 200305

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Leaps and PPF

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 Abstract landscape
A mixture of  photo and watercolor

 Second try on the lake in watercolor. A4. Aquarelle paper

Deer
Watercolor and gel pen on sketch paper A5

For Rains TAD Leaps and bounds.
This is actually my grandson taking a leap into the unknown below the surface.
Photoshop edit

© NF Photo 200227

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Wisdom and watercolor

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Ballerina, watercolor on A5 sketch paper using stencils

I found a tiny doll in a second hand shop. I placed her in my watercolor landscape an took a shot.


Ducks! Watercolor on A5 sketch paper.



Wisdom 
watercolor on A3 sketch paper

Yin and Yang is a concept of dualism. Most people think the symbol should be and mean "perfect balance" but I don´t think the Universe is perfect so, my symbol is not perfect.
That is wisdom to me.

© NF Photo 200220



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Friday, February 14, 2020

Art this week, a little of everything

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Acrylic background with stencil butterfly on water color paper


 Avocet painted on sketch paper with a tooth pick so it is tiny
background with a foambrush for makeup

Deer with glitter gel pen. I had the deer on another paper and draw the colors with help of a lightbox

I covered the Tree fairy with paint and made the patterns scraping away paint with an old credit card.
Canvas 40x50 cm

First water flower attempt with layers on sketch paper A5
© NF Photo 200214

Not Art every day, but more then I usually do 😁

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Fractal

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Fractal
© NF Photo 200207

I was going through some of my old files and found this. I made it in an online program years ago. And forgot about it until now. Hope you guys like it!


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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Colorful dining and watercolor test

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Fallow deer

Waxwings



 I think the deer and the Waxwings are on the same colorful Dinner party
Photo and digital edits.

I´m searching for a new way to do art without having loads of canvases everywhere. This is a test with watercolor in progress. Not yet finished as can be seen. Not sure this is what I will do. Time will tell.

© NF PhotoArt 200206

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Little bit of everything

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Dancing on the wall
This is a photo of a stone wall where I added manipulated copies of the ballet dancer I cut out a few weeks ago. I think this will be a personal favorite 💝



The two pieces above: As my walls are full I am now trying to paint more om paper. I think it works quite well. The paper you can save in a file and don´t have to dust them. But I still have a few canvases that is not painted.

This is the same painting as above but I added some Glow for Rains challenge. 

Glowing swan for Rain


Only my reflection and my young Barbie self left in the Exhibition.


© NF Photo 200130
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