Some weekend art experiments
I’m just kind of sticking around the house this weekend, even though there are some cool events happening nearby that would be fun to see, like the Pittsburgh Blues Festival and the Vintage Grand Prix. Perhaps next year when my house is situated a little better. For now I have other things to focus on. That doesn’t mean I am not having any down time. But down time around the house means either playing my guitar (which I did earlier) or some computer / internet browsing activities. Photography is kind of tough. My house is in a dull looking neighborhood so there isn’t much outside of interest to shoot, so if I want to be creative I have to do just that – be creative.
One way I like to be creative when I have the time to spend processing is using textures. I experimented a lot last year with them but I haven’t seemed to explore textures much this year. So I took a few pictures on the upper floor of my house, which I am currently renovating (i.e., it’s a mess) and added textures to some rather ordinary photos. For the original photos I used a “nostalgia” mode in my camera which gives a soft muted look to the photos. I never really used any of the cameras preset modes before and it was a chance to try something different. I used the same textures for both photos, mostly because I was lazy and secondly because I wanted to see how the same textures worked on different images. Speaking of lazy, yes, the flowers are artificial! My wife tries to make even work sites look a little nicer.