Wednesday, November 25, 2015


I returned to my iPad to experiment more with some of images. I took this picture very early on Sunday morning in a coffeeshop on Queen Street in Toronto. By the way, the coffee and breakfast was excellent and a bonus was that in addition they also sell comics. But back to the picture. I liked the sunlight which created some beautiful shadows. The picture worked well in colour and black and white but then I decided to play with this picture using a variety of image apps. Some people might be interested in my workflow. So first I transferred my original picture to the iPad then into the app Snapseed. Then I used a wonderful app called iColorama. The next step is turning a copy of the image into a drawing using Photosketch Then on to Laminar Pro to combine the copies and add some effects. Learning to use these apps takes time of course but the result can be very interesting.

Monday, November 23, 2015


I send cards to our grandsons, which they enjoy. I guess we all like getting actual snailmail, cards and letters, rather than bills and printed advertising. I made this card after we visited the Royal Ontario museum and of course they liked the dinosaurs but I transformed the picture into a mythical dragon. Maybe the the skeleton of Smaug, the famous dragon from the "The Hobbit" or the dragon slain by Sir Lancelot.

Friday, November 20, 2015


Another exhibition we visited was the Royal Ontario Museum Pompeii exhibition  Its an excellent show which we really enjoyed. The story about the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum is of course well known but seeing all the different art works you simply have to marvel not only about the superb workmanship but also the magnificent creative aspect of the displayed art  objects.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


On our trip to Toronto we had rented a house close to the Beaches. Its a very nice area, which has a very nice board walk and of course we went for a walk along the lake. The adjacent park was lovely and to my surprise still had lots of Fall colour. For this picture I liked the Autochrome effect which gives the image an almost historic feeling.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


We just returned from a very pleasant stay in Toronto, where we visited the J.M.W. Turner exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. It was a wonderful experience. Most of the pictures were from the Tate gallery collection in London. So if you are planning to go to Toronto you definitely should go and see the show by arguably  the greatest British painter of the nineteenth century.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


We have had some very nice Fall weather these last few days. walking past an office building downtown I made some pictures of this old very textured maple tree. The windows behind reflected a pattern of bare branches. I did not like the colur of the original image, which was quite blue so I turned it into a toned black and white image but brought back some of the colour of the tree to create a stronger visual contrast.

Saturday, November 07, 2015


I always am looking for textures and colour. the concrete surface of the overpass had a very rich colour palette ranging from a very light ivory to deep brown and charcoal black with beautiful textures. I reminds me of an early sixteeth century Chinese landscape painting.

Friday, November 06, 2015


Yesterday we had a very unusually warm and pleasant Fall day. We walked around the town of Powassan. When walking you see so much more of your surroundings. A good example is the CN railway overpass in the downtown area. Normally you simply drive by and you will not see all the intricate textures, shapes and details. So I made quite a few pictures and this morning worked a few images using the new On1 Photo 10  photo editing program. I have to say I just love the program and will be exploring it over the next few weeks.

Monday, November 02, 2015


Just a simple subject but quite interesting visually. I liked the overall colour quality but what got my interest in the first place was the umbrella in the window.