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, July 9, 2020

The little Mermaid and other things

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The little Mermaid
A few months ago I played around with dropping color in water and photograph it. I had the sticker of the mermaid and a photo of the little dolphin. Combined the underwaterworld in Photoshop


The little Mermaid
A shot of one of my pours, 40x40. I added some mermaids and fish to create a digital underwaterworld.

This is "memory lane". We call them "Book marks" but I think the English might be "Printed scrapes" Most of them was my mothers so they are about 100 years old. You can recognize "Cinderella", "Snow White", "The Frog prince". "The wild swans". The last one might be "Nils Holgersson" a Swedish tale by Selma Lagerlöf.

The scrapes are 6x8 cm each placed on A4 paper.

If this was Dinosaur´s instead of deer´s this might be a forest from the Triassic period.
I photographed ferns from below and the deer is actually a winter shot with a large tree.
Combined the two images and Voila, a fantasy forest.

© NF Photo Art 200709 

Hope everyone is safe. Sun is shining today but it is chilly. We have desert, winter and rain periods all in the same week.
😕

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Bits and pieces on a plate

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Life is Beautiful!
Rains  theme for today is to Try a different medium. Well, this is pieces of wood from canvases I did not use. They have "collected" dust for a while. I have some plastic plates and placed them out on one. They became a barn and a fence. Then I painted the plate with black, green and silver Tempera color. Finding the deer and the message stickers completed the plate. 


Dark forest
Watercolor on A4 paper


The swan

Meadow

The Swan and Meadow is as you can see digital art from my photos. Both are made from 2 images each using  Photoshop and Topaz

© NF Photo 200702 

We had a very hot week but yesterday the rain finally cooled us down a bit. And saved us a little from fire hazards. Hope everyone is safe and sound!

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Too hot for comfort

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Rains TAD theme for the week is "Heat wave!" And this week in Sweden has been/is really hot.
I went to the local lake where we have a small beach. It always makes me restless while tanning so I brought some pens and paper with me.

Trying to catch the view in front of me with gelly pens. A sweet water lake 10 min walk from my home.


Then I noticed the shadow of the grass moving on my paper. So had some fun trying to catch it.
 Same thing as above and added a cone. So, this actually shows the grass, the shadow and the sketch.
 đŸ˜Š
 Think I have to find a way to make the grass itself more visible. đŸ’„



At home I continued the "grass" project. Now with watercolor on paper.  A4



This is watercolor on sketch paper A5
A little pencil exercise 
© NF Photo 200625 

Hope everyone is still safe. I am but I have fans going to keep me from being too hot!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A little Magic

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Dried roses I got from my daughter at Mothers day. I dried them and put them in an artful glas I have.

I painted my first volcano. Watercolor with think paint
CARBon paper A5


And a little Magic for Rains TAD
 The golden world
Photoshop, a statue I have and some water photos was the base for this one.


Afrodite in the ocean

I created this one several years ago, 130307.  You can see the objects I used below. Also added a shot with water drops as backdrop.

Afrodite, a dolphin and a glass ball

© NF Photo 200618

I hope everyone is still safe. In Sweden we are now allowed to travel a bit. But we still have to keep distance.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Canceled summer plans

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Summer plans for Rains DAT this week. Well forget about it.  I guess everybody knows why that is.
I was thinking of driving to Öland. An iceland in the south of Sweden. Not to windsurf myself but to photograph them. I made this watercolor painting inspired of a photo I took several years ago. I love watching them and if I was young I would certainly try it!

Yellow Magnolia
One photo used three times in different ways and combined.

I have now put the small, bright, paintings on a white canvas.I might call it
"Black and White kitchen wall"
😄

© NF Photo 200611

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dreams, pros and cons

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Warning! 
This will be a different post I believe. Rains theme for the week is "Your dream" and she mention her own nightmares. I don´t really have nightmares but now and then have dreams that pisses me off. I am not religious but I am spiritual and meditated for a lot of years. Lots of things happened.

My spiritual journey was difficult as I seem to be as somebody told me "a mess" and "all over the place". I see myself as three different pieces, body, spirit and soul. They are not One entity. Spiritually I also seemed to have two different guides and they disagreed most of the times about what I should or not should do. Which pissed me off pretty much.

In my book dreams and meditation experiences comes from the same source. The difference is, in meditation you can control what happens most of the times. But the "other side" can interfere and take over.
For dreams the brain rules the show. Unless you learn how to interfere with it.

I have an experience that include both meditation and dreams. Several days apart.

The attached one
When I meditated I had several times felt that I had an entity attached to the right side of my butt. It was a strange feeling.  I also had a dream about a coffin below a staircase. The coffin was filled with water and a dead man.

I told a man in England about it. He knew a female medium that might help out. One day I was meditating and she was tuning in on me.
Next day I got a mail from my friend. The message from his friend was that I had a Russian, dead soldier attached to me. When he died he had seen a green light radiating from me and thought he had come to heaven. And hold on to me. The medium has sent him to where he should be. And I never felt him again.
The strange part of this was the green light. When I meditated I sometimes experienced green light in my chest. But I did not mention that to my friend.  I think that is the heart chakra glowing.

Now, to the bad part.
I was often badly treated by the "guides" or what ever they were. The last thing was two hands grabbing my brain and pulled it apart. I fell to the floor and cried my heart out. I cried for weeks. And never meditated again.
I hated them. That was the only thing they actually taught me. How to hate! It took many years but I finally learned. In my book violence and abuse is NO WAY TO TEACH LOVE! NEVER!

Now I have blocked them all out. I am my own master! And will never go down that path again.

Now, back to bad dreams. Maybe some might be useful for somebody. When I had those bad dreams like running after trains, planes and whatever and never reach them. Frustrated.  Then I remembered I heard about somebody who had learned how to interfere with dreams.
When I wake up from one of those dreams I get pissed. So angry they tell me to do things and never let me do them. When I go to bed I angrily tell my brain to realize when I dream and let me interfere. After a few nights that actually happened. I was in the dream, aware of it. I looked around, saw the ship going away and I stopped running. Looked at the boat and turned around and walked away. So I changed the outcome of the dream. I stopped running after it. Every time I have any of those recurring dreams I go in and stop them and change them. The dreams no longer have any power over me.

I share two drawings and a photo to help you understand what I talk about.
Attached person in meditation.

Dream with dead person in water coffin

This is an LP I painted to remember to chase off bad dreams. It is beside my bed.

There is a lot of things I have to avoid but, as I am born to see light, I always do that in my photography. And keep myself busy with photo and art.

© NF Photo 200603

A crazy post, but life is crazy! I hope I did not scare you off. This is a onetime post!
Take care. stay safe.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Art this week about cracks and atoll

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 Time table cracks!
This is an old one I did. The cracks was on the plastic cover over the bus time table.

 Created some cracks on 2 smaller photopapers using thick watercolor paint. You can see the fine line in the center. One paper is "up" the other upsidedown. I wanted to see if it made any difference painting on them the different surfaces. Was not much really.   I added some reed here and there.


The atoll
on hard board 18x24 cm. The shells and other things are not yet glued on it.
Still have not decided if it is supposed to be glued on.

This is the board photographed in sunshine. That is why the color differs from the one above.
I think I will keep it this way as I can use it as a frame.
It is tempera colors and thick pasta for the "atoll". And sand from a beach in the center. The sand is glued on.

© NF Photo 200528

I hope everybody is still fine where ever you live. Sun is shining and we gets nearer to summer. I´m not sure I want summer just yet. Spring is great! I hope you are allowed to go outdoors. I am.

Take care, stay safe.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Round and round

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On Rains TAD we have Round and round as theme. I gathered some old and some new works for TAD and PFF, Some digital, others paintings

Purple!
I don´t remember anything about this one but like the color and it is bubbly.

Catching light series. It is a serie of 5 images with different lights.

Crystal world.
One of the first ones I created in PS long ago. It is my hand in there.

The button tree!
20x30 cm canvas created 2 years ago.

 Circled landscape
Watercolor landscape on paper A4 and a towel with brown markings from a plate.

The wave.
Canvas 40x50 cm Tempera pour painting

© NF Photo Art 200521

I am going to visit my daughter today. It is a trip north about 70 km. Will take me 1,5 h to drive. From this week on we are allowed to travel within our area. But to be safe we will stay in her garden and not go indoors. She can´t risk being infected of anything whatsoever as she underwent a back surgery 4 weeks ago and it will take several months to heal.

Take care, stay safe.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

TAD and PPF

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Coral Reef
For Rains TAD theme this week, Historical Events, I choose the creation of Coral Reefs.  Long ago  they provided habitat for soo many species and lifeforms. Important for both ocean and land worlds.  Painted on a scallop.

Abstract flower
This is a painting using tempera color on a circular canvas dia 30 cm. I had one left to use.
These are soo much fun to create. To bad they are filling up my apartment.  😞
The "flowers" are created with a balloon.

A night in Paris
Digital art from two images.

The Universe
Digital art from one image and some painted stars.

Deep sea swimmer!
Hm, think she is swimming in the coral reef in the first image.
Digital art, 3 images. She is my granddaughter btw.

© NF Photo 200514
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I hope everyone is still safe and sound.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

A little of this....a little of that

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Carnation in a piece of Birch bark
I am born in Sagittarious  and Carnation is the flower I choose for  Rains TAD this week.



April Bonfire
Last day of April we celebrate spring in Sweden with a bonfire and students singing. This year the celebration was cancelled of course so I painted my own. Tempera on photo paper.


 Many of my walls are bearing wall and hard to put nails in. Over at Dollarstore I bought a large canvas and arranged six of my smaller canvases (20x20 cm) on it, that way I only had to hammer one hook in the wall instead of six.

Floating red moon
This is a collage and manipulation of two images. 



And, finally! In Corona times I have now created a visor that I can adapt on my glasses. You put the spectacles sidepieces in the holes with the plastic in front of the glasses. 
Works well as long as there is not strong winds blowing them around. And I don´t get steam on my glasses.
So, this is me in the photo. 😃

© NF PhotoArt 200507


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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Spring Dolphin and Coffee

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 The forest

Spring! Magnolia and my sis.
The images above are digital, Photoshop, edits of  Spring.


Blue fire
(gave it a black background in PS)


 Dolphins

The images above. Many years ago I was about to print my own photos and bought a lot  of photo paper. It turned out to be difficult and expensive to do as it took a lot of paper and ink. So, I gave it up. I have had those papers on my desk for ages. But this week I got tired on watercolor paper. so I thought I would try to paint on the photo paper. It is glossy so it takes a different style to paint. So far I like it. The papers are small 10x16,5 cm. The paint is tempera.
As I recently seen images of dolphins swimming in Luminescence water I tried that. It was fun. 😊

Waiting for my brother yesterday, we were to go for a drive, my cup of coffee ended up on watercolor paper. A4
😇

© NF Photo 200430

Take care, stay safe out there.

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