Thursday, January 22, 2015

About painting on my new iPad

I finally got an iPad. It was my Christmas present even though I bought it on Black Friday; I really got an amazing deal! Now I can answer those questions people have had about reading my eBook on it. Just send it via email or Dropbox or put it in the iCloud. Read it in iBooks. Simple as that!  You can do something similar with an Android tablet and read it with Adobe Reader. Now I can take my eBook with me wherever I am creating art. I bought a gooseneck holder on eBay for mine, (not the fancy one shown in the picture). I can attach it to my art table or desk and have hands free viewing. Just reach up and swipe the screen with my stylus to turn the page!

Unfortunately, the iPad has totally consumed me. I need to put it down and start on my next eBook! The apps are so inexpensive that I feel like a kid in a candy store. I want them all but I know my appetite is bigger than my little iPad can handle. The apps I believe are stored in the cloud, ( not sure about this) but some of them take a lot of memory to use. In addition, I need to learn to use the ones I have. The one that is the biggest challenge is iColorama. It is a very complex app. The creator is a genius, and she is more about tweaking and adding to it, so there is not a user’s guide. If she did, it would be outdated by the time she published it. I had to search the web and Facebook to even to begin using it. 

The image I posted here was the first one I painted with it. I have no idea what I did and I have not been able to do it again. I started with a photo donated by Thomas Churchwell on Facebook. I cropped the photo and changed the angle of it a tad and the saturation. That is about all I can remember doing except that I painted it using the Plane setting.  To the best of my knowledge, which is next to non, it is about painting through an opaque mask that the plane or bound settings puts over the photo. You paint by removing it with brushes, which creates the different strokes and textures. I apologize that this sounds simplistic and absurd, but possibly someone will ask me these questions and this is the best I can do. I added some paint touches using another favorite app, Procreate. I did not know at the time I could have done that in iColorama. I am a fan of rough brush strokes so I was happy with this painting. I am sure someday I will know enough about the app that what I said in this post will possibly be wrong and totally embarrassing. Just saying.

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