On the Road to Bethlehem

December 17, 2019

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I got this picture of Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem from a Christmas display at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville a few years ago. I used some post-production software to clean up some of the noise that was present. But I wanted to post this reminder of the true significance of Christmas.

Hemlock Springs Overlook

November 26, 2019

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My Beautiful Bride and I tend not to travel north during the winter months, but a few years ago we went up to Virginia during November. I got a photo from the Hemlock Springs Overlook along Skyline Drive and thought it would make a good black-and-white photo. This is the result.

 

Pisgah Inn Panorama

November 5, 2019

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Betsy and I never get tired of the view of the sky and mountains from Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. I made this panorama from photos taken when we stayed there in September of this year.

Looking Back: Autumn Color in Our Front Yard

October 29, 2019

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Most of the autumn colors we’ve seen this year has been in photographs taken in prior years. Several years ago I took an autumn picture of the dogwood tree in our front yard. While looking at it recently I decided that the photo would make a pretty good painting. This is the result.

Tree roots

October 15, 2019

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I got a photo of these exposed tree roots while visiting Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio several years ago. I tweaked the photo with software to make it look a little more ‘artsy’.

 

 

Great Falls of the Potomac

September 9, 2019

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My Beautiful Bride and I visited the Great Falls of the Potomac several years ago, and, of course, I took lots of pictures. Recently, when looking through them, I used Photoshop to make one of the photos look like a charcoal sketch. I rather like the result, so I’m sharing it with you.

Double Delight Rose

August 20, 2019

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Double Delight is one of our favorite roses, because of its color and fragrance. I used Photoshop to convert a photo of the rose from our yard into a painting. I hope you like it.

Stargazer Lily

July 30, 2019

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Betsy and I enjoy lilies in our yard in late Spring and early Summer. One of our favorite lilies is Stargazer. Although I took this photo a few years ago, I recently got curious to see how it would look as a painting. This is the result I got after playing with the photo in Photoshop.

Rhododendron Blossom

July 9, 2019

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Back in April I took some photos of the blossoms on our large rhododendron, and decided that the photo behind this image would make a good painting. So I fired up my Topaz Adjust software to see what I could do. This is the result.

Cantina Iris in Watercolor

June 18, 2019

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My Beautiful Bride and I try to walk the yard at least once a day nowadays since we have so many things in bloom now. I got a photo of one of our iris — Cantina — after a shower, and since it had raindrops on it, I decided to see what the image would look like as a watercolor, using software to make the changes. This is the result.