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DOWN UNDER Australia and New Zealand

issue 25 - apr 2019 | digital artistry

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06 E D I T O R ’ S M E S S A G E by Pam Henderson

33- A R T I C L E 41 b y J u d i L a p s l e y

68 D E A N H O H N

- A To u c h O f G o l d

Miller

- A b s t r ac t In Yello w

- 2019 Wildlife and Native

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PHOTOSHOP ARTISTRY by Sebastian Michaels

08- N E W S / W H AT ’ S O N 11 b y A D U M e m b e r s - Care For Africa Raf fle

- Care For Africa Foundation and WorldPix.org - Water From Ar t - Helping Women with Endometriosis - Ar tel Galler y + Store

12- A R T I S T S A C H I E V E M E N T S 26 - F a c e b o o k P a g e - Light Space & Time

Photography Challenge

42- T R I S H H O S K I N 43 - D o d d B e a c h I - Dodd Beach II

- Dodd Beach Fantasy

44- C H R I S T I N A B R U N T O N 45 - P l a y i n g T h e B l u e s S e a t e d - But ter fly Music

- Curly Shells

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KYE THOMPSON - Woman In Blue Balloon

71- F E AT U R E D A R T I S T G I TA M A D AY 80 - The Baronia Thief

46 T H Y S J E A R T H U R

- The Ship Of Destiny

- Ye Old S h oppe

- The Kelpie - Sweet Connection

47- F E AT U R E D A R T I S T CHRIS BARNES 55

- D e l i v e r i n g H a p p i n e s s To N Z - The Piskie - Peter

Christina Brunton

- Rhino Baby

- Jaiya Skye

- Shif tar t Challenge

- Rhino Mum

- The Selkie

- Living The Photo Ar tistic Life

- Wombat Munching

- Me e t Your A r t i s t

- ACS Magazine

- H o l d O n I ’m C o m i n g

- Christina Brunton

- Friends

- Julie Powell

- Koala Cuteness

- St George Motor Boat Photo-

- Kangaroo At Rest

graphic Club Nambia E xhibition

- Golden Cheetah

with Christina Brunton and

- Watching Behind Me

Ilona Abou-Zolof

- Zebra At Night - Me e t Your A r t i s t

GEORGE KONCZ - Bronw yn Blonde Bombshell

28- H E L E N A K E R S T R O M 29 - S w i r l - Satki Run

- Pride New Cubs

30- M A R G A R E T K A L M S 31 - C y c l o n e P l a y

- Endometriosis Expressed With Flowers

32 S U E J O Y

- Light The Way - S a l e m ’s L o t

FRONT COVER by P HIL L IPA F R E DE R IK S E N - T i m e Tr a v e l

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- Burns Beach

- Ducks Delight

- Ar tist Showcase with

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69 M A R Y K N A G G S

56- K A R E N WA A L W Y K 57 - T h e M o n g o l W a r r i o r - Warriors

58- D E N N I S R I C K A R D 59 - P r o w l i n g 60- D E N I S E M c D E R M O T T 61 - S h a m a n - Shield Maiden

62- A R T I C L E 65 V I K I M U R R AY

IN T ERVIE W

b y Tr i s h H o s k i n

66- M I C K R O O N E Y 67 - I n n e r C i t y - Tw o He ad s

- Sleeping In

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COLIN KILLICK - Sk yscraper Sk yline - Pagoda

82- C O L I N C A M P B E L L 83 - 1 9 7 1 F r i e n d s A n d S p e c i m e n s - Layered

84- A N D R E W H AY S O M 85 - T h r e e T i m e s B e a u t i f u l - Locked

- Sign Of The Times

86- A R T I C L E 89 S O M E P H O T O S H O P

INSP IR AT ION

by Andrew Haysom

90- A N N W E H N E R 91 - P r i n c e s s O f T h e

Light

- A Walk In T he Clouds

92- A L I O P P Y 93 - B e e t a

- Dragonfly So Shy - Oriental Sparks


94- L O U I S E S M I T H 95 - D r e a m

120 A N N A L C O C K

146- J I M M E R C H A N T 147 - C r o s s e d T h e L i n e

96 P H I L L I PA F R E D E R I K S E N

121- F E AT U R E D A R T I S T M A R I S A L I B E R AT O 130

- A Line Of Brolgas

- Musical Rhapsody

- The Bear And The Butter fly

- Three Robins

- Water Baby

- Ever yone Wants Something

- Spirited

F r om You

97- F E AT U R E D A R T I S T BARBAR A DUDZINSK A 105

- G e n t l e To u c h - Life Is A Balancing Act

- Wisdom

- Before The Clock Strikes 12

- Peace

- Set ting T he World On Fire

- Innocent Beauty

- Someone Is Always Watching

- Dream Holiday

- R e s i s t i n g Te m p t a t i o n

- Cit y Sk yline

- Keeper Of The Abbey

- Metamorphosis

- Mask Of f

- Vintage Lady

- Blank Expressions

- Beauty

- In Deep

- Golden Lady

- Me e t Your A r t i s t

- My Prince

- Bored Mermaid

- Summer Dreams

149- F E AT U R E D A R T I S T JOYCE MARIS 157 - Oblique

- Angel In Disguise - Delphina

- Streak 13 - Eyes Of Darkness - Other Side Of The Moon - F or e ver You - Me e t Your A r t i s t

158- D A L E B O T H A 159 - R o s e T i n t e d S p e c t a c l e s - The Aloe

132- M A U R E E N M A X W E L L 133 - M o d e r n W o m a n

- Christmas Bells

- Mt Cook And Sir Edmund Hilar y

108- L E A N N E M W I L L I A M S 109 - Te d d y B e a r B e e I n F o r A D r i n k - Te d d y B e a r B e e Tr y i n g O n c e More

110- A L B A M A S S 111 - G h o s t O f S e p t e m b e r

Rain

134- A N T H E A S C O T T E 135 - T h e D e c i s i o n

- Obscure

136- P E N N Y D E J O N G 137 - G h o s t B r i d e Bot tle

by Maureen Max well

114- LY N N J E N K I N 115 - X e r x e s - Nightmare

116- V I K I M U R R AY 117 - G i r l s C a n D o A n y t h i n g

- The Handstand Girls Of Fitzroy

118- R O C H E L L E M A R S H A L L 119 - H o n e y

138- A R T I C L E 141 P H I L L I P A F R E D E R I K S E N

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162- S H A R O N R A N K M O R E 163 - H i s t o r y

- Oh De a r, W h a t Wa s In T h a t

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160- K E V I N S I M S 161 - I n t e r n a l C o n f l i c t

- Internal Conflict II

- The Birds

- T he Journey

- In The Darkness

112- A R T I C L E 113 C H I N E S E W H I S P E R S

- Demon Fighter

- Scrapbook Girl

- A Quick Study

106- S U E M A P L E S 107 - B i r d O f P a r a d i s e

- Lost Soul

- 35 Knots

131 J U D I L A P S L E Y M I L L E R

- Me e t Your A r t i s t

148 C LY D E S C O R G I E

(CAPA )

By Pam Henderson

164- I L O N A A B O U - Z O L O F 165 - F r e e S p i r i t - Full Moon

166- A R T I C L E 168 i P h o n e E d i t i n g

By Phillipa Frederiksen

142- PA M H E N D E R S O N 143 - Q u e e n O f T h e M a r s h

169 G E R A R D W H E L A N

144- M A R J O R I E L O R D 145 - S w e e t P e a s I t ’s M o n d a y

170- A N N L AV I N 171 - F u t u r e

- Titaness

- Wilting Flowers

- Wild Elephants

- L ake Louise Bear Edges

- Nature

- Reclamation

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172- M I K E K A N E 173 - T h e B o o k k e e p e r - The Navigator

174- A N N W E H N E R 175 - T h e W a l l f l o w e r

- W a i t i n g To B e S a v e d

176- C I N Z I A H A R T 177 - R a i n y D a y s - And Mondays

Phillipa Frederiksen - The Conversation

Julie Powell - Paper Daisy

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Colin Campbell - Shells

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aD rOt W i s tNs U N D E R Australia and New Zealand

EDITOR’S MESSAGE Autumn is here amongst us now along with slightly cooler weather (as we all give a huge sigh of relief), the leaves are starting to change colour and our ADU artists just keep pumping out the most amazing images to delight us all. This month we have a wonderful edition that I am delighted to be able to share with you. Our very own Christina Brunton and Ilona Abou-Zolof proudly show us their most recent Nambia Exhibition held by the St George Motor Boat Club Photographic Club, such a trip of a lifetime and wonderful experience. Judi shares with us some more of her very talented photographers’ images from around the world in the Art Of Birding challenge. Trish Hoskins interviews one of our own talented artists, Viki Murray, as she tells us a little about her Art Gallery. Andrew Haysom shares with us another fantastic Photoshop Tutorial, this month on Paths and Shapes.

The Redlands Digital Artists group delight us with another of their “Chinese Whispers” series, this month called “Visitations”. Phillipa Frederiksen explains to us all about CAPA, the Conceptual Art Portfolio Awards and her submission journey. Phillipa also shares her experiences with iPhone photography and her editing processes.

Trish Hoskin - I left My Heart ...

Another amazing month of images and artist achievements. Stay safe & see you all next month. Pam Henderson

Our Featured Artist section is now all about meeting our amazing artists and learning a little about them and their processes of creating images. This month our Featured Artists are Chris Barnes, Gitama Day, Barbara Dudzinska, Marisa Liberato and Joyce Maris. I hope you enjoy their artistic journeys.

Al BaMass - A Red Line At Mt Lawley Backgrounds: Foxy Squirrell Laitha’s Designs - Jai Johnson - White Lane Studio Copyright 2017 ©

Dale Botha - A Fishing Village

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Artists in this publication are responsible for any rights appertaining to their work.


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Image by: Gail Edwards, Photoshop Artistry Student (Canada) Portfolio at: https://artboja.com/art/gvw704/

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aD rOt W i s tNs U N D E R Australia and New Zealand

NEWS

Care for Africa The raffle image has been kindly printed and donated by Print 2 Metal in Melbourne in support of the Care For Africa Foundation. A huge thank you to Marie and Frank for their ongoing support. The raffle image is titled “Water Is Life ll”. The image is a Unique State image and a collaboration between Nigel Lazenby and myself. The image is 20”x30” printed on ultra gloss white coated aluminium with a floating frame. The raffle will be drawn on a date TBA. Raffle tickets are available 1 for $5, 3 for $10. Tickets are available by emailing Dean at dean.hohn@bigpond.com. You can also purchase tickets online direct from Care For Africa. Direct deposit into: Care for Africa: BSB: 037608 Acc: 387249 or Email: jennysaunders122@gmail.com Will ship to anywhere in Australia.

Digital Art links the Care For Africa Foundation with WorldPix.org! Never think for a minute people don’t take notice of your art and what you’re doing. Especially if it’s for a good cause! I got noticed by Mike Goldner, at ArtisanHD, from my ArtBoja page, who in turn told Paul Lynch, the founder of WorldPix.org about the work I was doing with the Care For Africa Foundation, raising funds for drilling fresh water wells. Thank you Mike Goldner for passing my information on to Paul Lynch.

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It is coming up 12 months ago that Paul first contacted me to see if I would be interested in joining their group, who are doing similar work to what I’m doing for the Care For Africa Foundation, in various locations around the world. I said yes and filled out the application form, but I didn’t really meet the requirements of their organization because I have never been to Tanzania and therefore couldn’t provide images of the people or animals from the villages we are supporting.

Dean L Hohn My dream is to visit the Tarime District of Tanzania and spend time with the villagers and attempt to capture their stories and include them in my gallery. The Care For Africa Foundation, that I am raising funds for is based in Launceston, Tasmania. As a result of not having been to Tanzania, the board of WorldPix has been gracious enough to allow me to use my digital art images from around Tasmania, until such time as I’m able to actually visit Tanzania. I thank them for this privilege.

Combine that with the fact I did digital art instead of straight photography and it took a bit for the board You can see my gallery of images at https:// to work out how I could fit into their organization. worldpix.org/galleries-2/ In the end, we have overcome the hurdles and I am delighted to be a member of WorldPix.org. Dean Hohn


Care for Africa Cont ...

WATER FROM ART As many of you will know, my “WHY”, is using my art to support the Care for Africa Foundation to drill fresh water wells in the 6 villages it supports in the Tarime District of Tanzania. These villages are off the tourist route and therefore received no form of aid until the Care For Africa Foundation heard about their plight and decided to do something to help. It was the middle of June 2016 when a friend and fellow photographer posted some of her designs on Facebook that the idea of using my art for designs on clothing and scarves hit me. I asked her if she would mind if I copied the idea, of using my art on clothing and she said no. The end of June 2016 I launched my Nuna Collection, with designs originating from my rock art that dated back to the Nuna Era. As a designer I receive a commission of 10% for each piece that is sold and I in turn donate all proceeds to the Care For Africa Foundation. My designs have evolved over time and my latest designs are more contemporary and varied. You can view the collection at

https://tinyurl.com/yc5ar9gw

I also do custom designs and if you would like something created especially for you, you can contact me at dean.hohn@bigpond.com and I will be glad to discuss it with you. The scarves are available in Modal, Cashmere Modal, Cashmere Silk and 100% Cashmere. If you find a design you would like in a fabric other than shown, please contact me and I’ll add it and let you know when it’s available to order. I’m truly grateful for the support I’ve received to date and would appreciate any support you can give me in the future. Dean L Hohn Below are samples of some of my latest designs.

Lotus With Bees - Cashmere Modal Scarf

Paradise Bee Clutch

Summer Evening - Modal Scarf

Bee In Paradise - Silk Square Scarf

Evening Flight - Clutch

Strong Medicine - Silk Square Scarf

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Helping Women with Endometriosis 50% of profit donated to endometriosis research

My compassion inspires my photoart which I show in presentations to raise awareness. I joined Awake to teach me advanced Photoshop skills, specifically to expand my photoartistic skills to create imaginative and dramatic images.

26 women with endometriosis have told me about their experiences. They spoke to me about their concerns and collaborated during the photo session. We explored meanings of body, ideas of self and impacts of illness together, agreeing which ideas we would explore photographically. My photos are often carefully arranged, but that doesn’t mean they are fake. They represent the personal truth and experiences of 26 women with endometriosis. These women are remembering and acting out their OWN experiences. They choose their own stance and facial expression. Women with endometriosis are the only people who truly know what endometriosis FEELS like.

My photoart opens dialogue enabling freer expression of hidden feelings, experiences too private to mention in ordinary conversation. I create photoart inspired by the concerns of women with endometriosis. Several women have said that the process of imaging their suffering has helped them to face their pain and illness. There is immense strength in being heard. I want my photoart to become visual screams!!

Unfortunately endometriosis is relatively common; an estimated 1 in 10 women living with endometriosis, being over 175,000,000 women worldwide! And an estimated 500,000 women in Australia! Their experiences are heartbreaking. Regular illness and debilitating pain result in missed education and poor career opportunities leaving them women vulnerable to poverty.

When I first heard about endometriosis I felt a deep compassion and need to do what I could to help. Women with endometriosis suffer debilitating pain, disruptive symptoms and often endure multiple operations simply to function normally. Few people are patient when listening to descriptions of pain, symptoms or illness. This can have the effect of silencing people who are ill.

Share ‘EndoWomanArt’ with your friends on social media to raise awareness and money for women’s health! We all need clothes & household goods. Buy yourself a treat or buy a special gift for your friends. Make your shopping count! Remember 50% of profit goes to endometriosis research!

https://w w w.redbubble.com/ people/EndoWomanArt/shop Follow ‘Life with Endometriosis’:

ht t p s : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / LifeWithEndometriosis See Margaret Kalms photoart, ‘Life with Endometriosis’:

http://www.endowomanart.com Margaret Kalms

Women with endometriosis need real medical progress to reduce their suffering. I passionately desire to raise money for endometriosis research so that faster diagnoses are made and more effective treatments are found. To raise money for endometriosis research, I host events and sell products on Redbubble. Recently I gave $3,000 to Canberra Endometriosis Centre!

Bunch Of Butterflies On Grevillea Sweatshirt

Butterflies False Colour Grey Stripes

Bunch Of Butterflies On Grevillea Pencil Case

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artel gallery + store

Artel Gallery + Store now stocks a wide range of artworks by photo-artist Judi Lapsley Miller. Run by artist and bird lover Maude Heath, Artel features a huge range of New Zealand art with a special emphasis on local artists from the Kāpiti coast and Wellington regions. Currently available is a range of framed and unframed limited edition prints, including “It’s About Time” – which is a 40cm print, edition 2 of 5. Also available are many of Judi’s popular “Tiny Art” pieces, where quality printing and framing offcuts are upcycled into unique affordable works of art that make perfect gifts. You can find Artel at 9 Mahara Place, Waikanae, Kāpiti Coast. Photo credit: Judi and Maude in front of some of Judi’s art. Photo by Linton Miller.

https://www.artelgallery.net/ https://www.facebook.com/ArtelGallery https://www.artbyjlm.com/tinyart

Andrew Haysom - Sunset Flight

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Trish Hoskin - The Phone Box

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artists down under monthly Achievements

Jim Merchant - Global Warming

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artists down under facebook

Margo Zerbes - Catching Debris At Dusk

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Gitama Day - Delivering Some Happiness To Kiwiland

The Artists Down Under Public Facebook page has been set up to allow the artists in the group to showcase their work and to enable them to share promotional information about themselves, e.g. exhbitions, awards etc... You can find the Artists Down Under Public Facebook page at this address; https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtistsDownUnder/ So, if you are an artist in the group, don’t forget to regularly share your work and information here, and to let your friends and family know about the page if they are interested in viewing the latest art and news from the group. If you are a reader of the magazine who does not have access to the page, please click the link above and request to join. When you request to join you will be asked to answer three simple questions that will allow us to determine if you are an eligible artist who may wish to join the group and therefore be able to post on the page, or a member of the public who can view, comment and like the work on the page. It’s a great place to see some great art from this vibrant group every day!

Colin Campbell - Tree Time Maureen Maxwell - Blue Eyes

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Trish Hoskin - Venetian Epiphany

Mike Kane - The Lady Of The Lake

Joyce Maris - Nip The Clown

Three ADU members receive a special gift Our very good Awake friends Teddi Rutschman of Foxey Squirrel and Diane Stafford from WhiteLaneStudio continue to give gifts as a reward for members of the Artists Down Under group who contribute to the ADU Facebook page by regularly posting their artworks and supporting other members with their comments. Teddi, from Virginia, USA, is well known for her fantastic sets of digital designer backgrounds, masks and all kinds of wonderful elements ready for designers to add to or build a wondrous creation. Teddi Rutshman can be found at

http://www.foxeysquirrel.com/ http://www.oscraps.com/shop/Foxeysquirrel

The April lucky winners are Teddi Rutschman (Foxy Squirrel) Gift Voucher of $10.00 - Corrine Davis Dianne Stafford (WhiteLaneStudio) texture & Overlay Kit - Ann Alcock - Julie Powell

Teddi has given a $10.00 voucher for one very lucky member to spend in her on-line shop. Diane Stafford from Chester, UK, designs Photoshop textures and overlays for photo artists and photographers to use in their digital artworks. Diane has created another special kit just for Artists Down Under for the month of April. Two artists will receive a Diane kit each. Diane Stafford can be found at

https://www.etsy.com/shop/whitelanestudio

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Light Space and Time “Abstract” Art Exhibition

Overall Winning Category 7th Place - Denise McDermott - “Little Worlds”

Special Merit Category Margaret Kalms - “Cyclone Play” Rochelle Marshall - “Sour Grapes”

Photography and Digital Media Category 4th Place - Denise McDermott - “Little Worlds” 10th Place - Colin Killick - “Balconies”

Honourable Mention Ilona Abou-Zolof - “Flying Balls”

Denise McDermott - Little Worlds

Special Recognition Ilona Abou-Zolof - “Colourful Tiles” Ilona Abou-Zolof - “Fishface”

Colin Killick - Balconies

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Ilona Abou-Zolof - Colourful Tiles

Ilona Abou-Zolof - Fishface

Rochelle Marshall - Sour Grapes

Margaret Kalms - Cyclone Play

Ilona Abou-Zolof - Flying Balls

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Light Space and Time artist showcase Christina Brunton Congratulations to Christina Brunton who has been announced as the Gallery’s new “Feature Artist”. Click on the link below to read Christina’s Biography

Steampunk Scientist

Mystical Huntress

Steampunk Violinist

Wolf Whisperer

Walking The Dinosaur

https://www.lightspacetime.art/christina-brunton-artist-showcase/?fbclid=IwAR1_p_BvOtKpgIeUuSO5E5t_qHkcVAHRD-GIENj3Hkp1qxAGiZg_e63ZHF0

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shift art challenge march 2019 Congratulations to the following artists for their placings in the March 2019 Shift Art Challenge.

“Selective Colour” Honourable Mention - Rochelle Marshall - “Khayotic” - Penny De Jong - “Puppetry In Pink”

Rochelle Marshall - Khayotic

Penny De Jong - Puppetry In Pink

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LIVING THE PHOTO ARTISTIC LIFE https://issuu.com/thephotoartisticlife/docs/issue49-final?e=15580327/68439025

Gitama Day - Jaiya Skye - Peter Kay Evison - Catherine Ann Lavin - Paris Ali Oppy - Oriental Sparks - When The Doves Fly Louise Smith - Best Friends - Pink Balloon Dale Botha - Heavenly Bodies Denise McDermott - Doubtful Rochelle Marshall - Cardinal - Blue Jay Colin Killick - Sailing The Sky - After The Apocalypse

Kay Evison - Catherine

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Denise McDermott - Doubtful

Gitama Day - Peter

Rochelle Marshall - Blue Jay

Rochelle Marshall - Cardinal

Louise Smith - Pink Balloon

Dale Botha - Heavenly Bodies


LIVING THE PHOTO ARTISTIC LIFE (cont ...)

Louise Smith - Best Friends

Ann Lavin - Paris

Gitama Day - Jaiya Skye

Ali Oppy - When The Doves Fly Ali Oppy - Oriental Sparks

Colin Killick - After The Apocalypse

Colin Killick - Sailing The Sky

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acs magazine Congratulations to

Christina Brunton https://www.acs-mag.com/acs-bimonthly-magazine Christina has had the following images printed in the March/April edition of the ACS Magazine. Please be sure to click on the link to see these amazing images in more detail.

Work On Exhibit

Work On Exhibit Work On Exhibit

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acs magazine Interview with

Julie Powell https://www.acs-mag.com/acs-bimonthly-magazine

Work On Exhibit Detective Work On Exhibit

Alice Through The Looking Glass

Siren Alice Down The Rabbit Hole

Mother Of Foxes

Daydreams

DetectiveWork On Exhibit

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ST GEORGE MOTOR BOAT CLUB PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB

Nambia Exhibition Christina Brunton and Ilona Abou-Zolof Opening Date was the 26th February 2019 On 26th February five members from the St George Motor Boat Photographic Club exhibited their photography/artistic work from a photography tour in Namibia, Africa. This tour was lead by Malcolm Fackender who is the Patron of our Photographic Club. Ilona Abou-Zolof and Christina Brunton (both Artists Down Under members) went on this tour which was a trip of a lifetime for both of us. It was a wonderful exhibition as well.

Christina Brunton (Photo courtesy of David Willaims)

Ilona Abou-Zolof (Photo courtesy of David Williams)

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Elephant Bull

Reaching For The Stars

Drink Up Little One

Dhimba Early Morning Chill

Elephant Charge

Zebra Splash Art

Giraffe With Baby

Himba Smiley

African Lion

Himba Girl Inside Hut

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nambia exhibition

(cont ...)

Sunset In Africa

Rhino

Zebra Pattern

Doors And Sand

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BRONWYN BLONDE BOMBSHELL by GEORGE KONCZ

Australia

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SWIRL by HELEN AK ERSTROM

Australia

https://www.facebook.com/helen.akerstrom https://www.instagram.com/ha2260/

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S AT K I R U N

PRIDE NEW CUBS by HELEN AK ERSTROM

Australia

https://www.facebook.com/helen.akerstrom https://www.instagram.com/ha2260/

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C Y C L O N E P L AY by MARGARE T K ALMS

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/zg47s6/ http://ecospiritlife.com.au/

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ENDOME TRIOSIS E XPRESSED WITH FLOWERS by MARGARE T K ALMS

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/zg47s6/ http://ecospiritlife.com.au/

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L I G H T T H E WAY

SALEM’S LOT by SUE JOY

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Art of Birding 2019

Wildlife & Nature Photography Challenge 33


For the second year, join us on a year-long weekly photography challenge, designed especially for nature and wildlife photographers. Storytelling, wildlife advocacy and creative/artistic photography is where my heart is and I hope to encourage more photographers to not just stop at taking gorgeous wildlife photos, but to take them further. These weekly challenges encourage you to think about how your images can be composed and used to advocate for our precious wildlife (story), to hook the viewer in with compelling creative images (creative), and to increase your technical skills and development (technical). I have created each challenge so that most people can participate, regardless of skill level or where you live in the world (though you will notice a New Zealand bias!). Most challenges can be achieved with just a camera phone. Be warned - you will (hopefully!) be pushed outside your comfort zone, and you will likely need to do some Googling to learn more about new techniques, but that’s also the point:) This is your challenge - do as much or as little as you want and in your own timeframe - it’s up to you to decide what works best for you. I do encourage you to take photos for the challenges, rather than digging through your archives. You can take photos in advance and “bank” them and you can do them out of order. All I ask is that you try to take the photos intentionally with the challenges in mind, rather than retrofitting an image to fit the theme. With an emphasis on storytelling and advocacy, I encourage you to post your images to social media (especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr) and to your blog if you have one. Use hashtags to enable us to find and share your images. Challenge hashtags: #artofbirding, #artofbirding2019, #aob2019week1 through to #abo2019week52. Find the hashtags used by the conservation projects you are photographing, e.g. #sharemesealandia, #orokonui, so they can pick up and share your photos too. Use the hashtags commonly used for your critter: e.g., #kaka, #takahe, along with #conservation, #wildlife, and many more general terms. Join our Facebook group and post your potos, discuss the challenges, and get and give help:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aobphotochallenge/ Download an iCal (*.ics) calendar or link to the public Google calendar.

© Concept and Challenges by Judi Lapsley Miller

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www.artbyjlm.com


CLOUDS (CREATIVE) Week 14: 01 Apr 2019 Clouds make for the most beautiful patterns. You can choose whether you keep the horizon and foreground in your photo or whether you shoot just the clouds themselves. Advanced challenge: add a bit of post-processing magic to add a dark-andmoody look. Hint: try increasing the contrast or clarity setting; try decreasing the saturation and level of the blue channel to darken a blue sky.

SERENITY (STORY) Week 15: 08 Apr 2019 Counter the bad news cycle by taking a serene image and share it with the world so we can all experience a moment’s peace.

BOUNCE (TECHNICAL) Week 16: 15 Apr 2019 You don’t need expensive lighting rigs to improve the lighting on your subject. All you need is something white or reflective e.g., a piece of white cardboard or tinfoil. Find a subject - a flower perhaps - and take a photo. Now without changing anything, use your reflector to bounce light back onto your subject. The light may come from the sun or a lamp. Try moving the reflector around and look closely at how the light changes. Now see if you can improve on your original photo. Hint: use a tripod if you have one so that you have a free hand for the reflector.

HAIKU (CREATIVE) Week 17: 22 Apr 2019 Go out into nature and sit awhile. Soak in your surroundings and use all your senses. Don’t rush to take a photo. When you’re ready, contemplate a photo that might capture some of what you’re feeling, then take it. Now compose a haiku, or if that’s not your thing, a limerick, an ode, a lyric. Share it so we can experience that moment too.

RIVERS (STORY) Week 18: 29 Apr 2019 So many of our rivers are dying. Tell a story about a local river or stream - a good news or a bad news story - you choose.

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BLUE HOUR (TECHNICAL) Week 19: 06 May 2019 That magical moment just before dawn or just after sunset lasts only a few minutes but makes for some beautiful light. Use a tripod or support as your shutter speeds will be slow. Advanced challenge: take a photo of a crepuscular critter, which are most active at this time of day. CLIMATE CHANGE (STORY) Week 20: 13 May 2019 How is climate change affecting where you live? If you haven’t been noticeably impacted yet, document something that is predicted to be impacted within the next few years. WATERFOWL AND OTHER WATER BIRDS (CREATIVE) Week 21: 20 May 2019 Can you find a creative way to photograph a bird on the water so that it looks dynamic rather than a passive rubber duck? OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE (TECHNICAL) Week 22: 27 May 2019 Do something that scares you a bit - feel the fear and do it anyway. Will it be a close-up photo of something with too many legs? Trying flash photography? Photographing a person? Spinning the dial on your camera to Manual mode? Take the plunge and let us know how you fare. MY FAVOURITE CRITTER (STORY) Week 23: 03 Jun 2019 This year “My favourite critter” is a “Story” challenge - and specifically a story about a challenge your favourite critter faces in its survival. VIDEO (TECHNICAL) Week 24: 10 Jun 2019 Virtually all cameras these days come with video capability, but have you truly explored how it works? (I haven’t!) If you’re like me and just press the red button and hope for the best, this week’s challenge is designed to give us a push. Take the next step and find out how to do something more with video such as changing the focus mode to better suit the subject, use slow-motion or fast-motion capture, or similar. Advanced challenge: create an Instagram IGTV or Story video with overlaid text or effects. MUCKING IN (STORY) Week 25: 17 Jun 2019 Tell a story about a local group who are mucking in and making a difference. You can either shoot the results of their labour or the people themselves in action. Be sure to get permission from any people you photograph, especially if you post the photo online. MOTION BLUR (CREATIVE) Week 26: 24 Jun 2019 Rather than aiming for that tack-sharp image, use a slow-shutter speed to blur motion of an animal or plant in a creative way. Advanced challenge: use panning and a slow-shutter to capture the sense of movement of a bird in flight. ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAIT (TECHNICAL) Week 27: 01 Jul 2019 Hold on to your hats - this may push you well out of your comfort zone (it does for me!). Part of telling stories about wildlife advocacy is highlighting the incredible people doing conservation work. An environmental portrait is a fabulous way to tell a story with a picture of the subject in their environment. Rather than trying to isolate your subject, you’re looking to show them in a setting that describes who they are. Be sure to ask the person permission to use their photo if you intend to post it online. Advanced challenge: use your photo to blog about the amazing work your subject is doing and why it’s important. SYMBIOSIS (STORY) Week 28: 08 Jul 2019 Show an example of symbiosis, where two organisms have a close, biological interaction. BACKGROUND (TECHNICAL) Week 29: 15 Jul 2019 Controlling a messy background can make or break your photo but there are some hacks you can use if just moving your feet isn’t enough. This technique works well when photographing flowers and fungi. Use a piece of dark card or fabric - matt not shiny - and position it behind your subject, far enough away that it blurs. Advanced challenge: use a textured background that enhances but doesn’t compete with your subject - some photo-artists even print out textures onto boards so that they don’t have to composite in a background afterwards. © Concept and Challenges by Judi Lapsley Miller

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BOKEH (CREATIVE) Week 30: 22 Jul 2019 Last year bokeh was a technical challenge. This year it’s creative. Open up your aperture to its widest setting and look for sparkles. Look at how the size of the bokeh changes depending on how close your subject is to the lens and how far the background is from the subject. Advanced challenge: use an aperture template for your lens to create shaped bokeh - or experiment with attaching a card with a shape cut in it over your lens. WINGS (STORY) Week 31: 29 Jul 2019 Tell a story of flight. RAINBOWS (CREATIVE) Week 32: 05 Aug 2019 Either take a photo of a rainbow or, if nature doesn’t cooperate, light refracting through a bubble or dewdrop, etc. STARBURST (TECHNICAL) Week 33: 12 Aug 2019 Learn how to take a photo with a starburst effect by setting your aperture to be very narrow and pointing it at a point light source (fairy lights, street lights, the sun). DON’T LOOK THROUGH THE LENS if you use the sun! This technique works well with low sun through twigs. You’ll likely find a tripod handy as the shutter speed might be quite long. SPIRALS (CREATIVE) Week 34: 19 Aug 2019 Nature is filled with spirals - from sunflower seeds to snail shells and more. Show a natural spiral in a creative, compelling way. LET YOUR PHOTO FLY FREE (TECHNICAL) Week 35: 26 Aug 2019 Give a gift to the world and donate a photo to Wikimedia Commons for anyone to use. We all use Wikipedia so I believe we should all give a little back too. You can choose what level licence to give (I use CC-BY-4.0: free to use including commercially, but with attribution). Think about a subject that is special to where you live or an exotic place you have travelled. Do you have photos of rare species? A sexy slime mold? A rare lichen? The more esoteric the better - just be sure it’s correctly identified! BUSY BEES (STORY) Week 36: 02 Sep 2019 Bees are vital to many ecosystems but are imperilled by human activity. Tell a story about either your native or introduced bees. DOUBLE EXPOSURE (CREATIVE) Week 37: 09 Sep 2019 Somewhere in your camera menu will be a function that allows you to take multiple exposures and overlay them. Use it creatively to superimpose a second picture on top of your main photos. Advanced/Alternative: using Photoshop, blend multiple photos together using blend modes and masking. CARBON (STORY) Week 38: 16 Sep 2019 Carbon footprint, carbon sequestering, carbon sink, ... carbon is the story of our time. Find an angle and help us understand the role carbon plays in our environment. Advanced: carbon dioxide and methane are both invisible gases - can you find a clever way to illustrate them or their effects visually? COMPLEMENTARY COLOURS (TECHNICAL) Week 39: 23 Sep 2019 Check out the colour wheel and choose two complementary colours (think red–green, yellow–purple, and blue–orange) and take a photo where those two colours dominate. Don’t get too hung up on exactly which colour model to use - just choose one :). Advanced challenge: go for three colours that are split complementary where one complementary colour is split into two nearby analogous colours. A CALL TO ACTION (STORY) Week 40: 30 Sep 2019 Cover a local event that has the environment at its heart - perhaps a protest, an art exhibition, a bioblitz, ... Advanced challenge: blog about the event.

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INTENTIONAL CAMERA MOVEMENT (CREATIVE) Week 41: 07 Oct 2019 Spin your camera round and round or up and down to get an image with intentional camera movement. Aim to do so in a way that adds to the subject you’re shooting (e.g., up and down movement to capture the majesty of a grove of tall trees). Advanced challenge: use the Path Blur filter in Photoshop to add movement in post-processing. FOOD CHAIN (STORY) Week 42: 14 Oct 2019 Illustrate the concept of the food chain in a photograph. Advanced challenge: how many different lifeforms in the same food chain can you get in one photograph? SELECTIVE BLUR (TECHNICAL) Week 43: 21 Oct 2019 If you have a lens baby or wide-aperture art lens, you will love this challenge! This technique is also easy if you have a tiny macro lens for your cell phone camera. If you don’t have any of these lenses, fear not, you might have to more carefully choose an appropriate subject but it’s still doable. Using a wide aperture, focus on only one small but important part of the subject, letting the rest fall off into blur. This technique works well for flowers: consider the form of the flower in question and see what first draws your eye - is it a curl of a petal, the curve of the stem, the pop of a stamen? Focus only on that. Think carefully about your composition and where that sweet spot of focus will fall. Hint: you can also use Photoshop or apps to selectively blur in post-processing. Advanced challenge: add a painterly texture. CREEPY (CREATIVE) Week 44: 28 Oct 2019 Just in time for Halloween, tell a creepy story. It could be about a creepy-crawly, or wherever your imagination takes you. FOR A FRIEND (TECHNICAL) Week 45: 04 Nov 2019 By now you will have some stunning photos, so let’s do something with them that you can give as a gift and bring joy into someone’s life. Ideas: design a calendar, print greeting cards, print and frame your favourite photos, make a blurb book, make a handbound book - the sky is the limit! You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes getting your images off your computer and into the world. MY HAPPY PLACE (STORY) Week 46: 11 Nov 2019 Show us your happy place and make us happy too. REFLECTIONS (CREATIVE) Week 47: 18 Nov 2019 Double the impact with a reflection. Advanced challenge: show only the reflection in a creative way or add a fake reflection using Photoshop (or similar) and see if we can tell :) ONE SHOT WONDER (TECHNICAL) Week 48: 25 Nov 2019 You get one shot - so triple-check all your settings and think long and hard about your composition before pressing the shutter. It’s so easy these days to pray and spray, hoping to get the perfect shot while consigning yourself to an afternoon of deleting a thousand identical photos. TILL LIFE (CREATIVE) Week 49: 02 Dec 2019 Arrange a still life scene and photograph it compellingly. Try to tell a visual story that links each element - though it doesn’t have to be an obvious one. Don’t be satisfied with your first photo, try different angles and settings and explore the scene. Advanced challenge: include memento mori to represent the transience of life and feel free to use Photoshop compositing and photo-artistry techniques to turn your still life into a work of art. EXPOSURE BRACKETING (TECHNICAL) Week 50: 09 Dec 2019 Do you get frustrated with photos that are either overblown in the highlights or have no details in the shadows? Extend the dynamic range of your photos by exposure bracketing to take multiple photos with different exposures, then combining them in-camera (if your camera does that) or externally in Lightroom or Photoshop either manually or by using the inbuilt features. Most cameras will have an exposure bracketing setting that will automatically take the set of photos at each exposure value. A tripod will also come in handy.

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ON THE EDGE (STORY) Week 51: 16 Dec 2019 Find a region where two ecosystems overlap and meet the locals, e.g. the littoral zone at the beach, an estuary, wetlands ... PHOTO ESSAY (EVERYTHING) Week 52: 23 Dec 2019 This is when we bring it all together. Think of the skills you’ve developed this year and create a photo essay of 5-10 photos, related by theme or topic, and use it to advocate for something you care about. Feel free to use photos you’ve taken this year or take new ones. Aim for a consistent look-and-feel across the photoset, while ensuring each picture contributes uniquely to the story. How to present your essay? Possibilities include designing an Adobe Spark presentation, Instagram story, YouTube slideshow with sound track. Make sure to tell the world about your essay through social media posts etc. Advanced challenge: arrange to print and exhibit your photo essay. BONUS WEEK FOR PHOTO ESSAY (EVERYTHING) Week 53, 2020: 30 Dec 2019

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Art of Birding 2018 Wildlife & Nature Photography Challenge

Photographers’ Photos from February 2019 Challenge

Week 6: Manual mode (technical) Nuthatch out on a limb. I love being able to blow out a background and make the subject stand alone! Kathy Lebron New York, USA

Week 7: Habitat (story) Coastal forests offer shelter and soft places to rest and play for ultra-endangered NZ sea lion pups. These intelligent, active puppers need regular milk feeds from their mums and lots of sleep to grow quickly, but playtime with other pups is priceless. Nothing like (play) wrestling your best friend in a safe spot. Eeva-Katri Kumpula Dunedin, NZ

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Week 8 Black and white (creative) Little Egret Christine Chester South Perth, Australia

Week 9 Landscape (technical) The Okavonga Delta, Botswana Deborah Atkinson Cape Town, South Africa

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Meet your artist Chris Barnes Toowoomba, Qld Australia

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Tell us a little about yourself and where you live. I live in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Since my husband retired we have taken up photography as a hobby and I really love it. My passion is to photograph zoo animals and flowers. I have a yearly membership at Australia Zoo and our city has wonderful public gardens, so got that covered. How did you become interested/get started in Photo Artistry ? I saw an advertisement in the now defunct Scrapbook Graphics newsletter for Photo Artistry with Sebastian Michaels and promptly joined. What inspires you or gives you inspiration to create your art ? I have been a bit of a butterfly flitting from style to style. On finding Jai Johnson from The Daily Texture.com I immediately fell in love with the textured art style from a photograph that she produces. Do you have a certain approach to creating your art ? I use Photoshop and mostly my own photographs with purchased textures or ones I have created myself. There are a set of basic actions I have created to assist with my workflow. Using textures has proven more of a challenge than I first thought to get the right look and feel to an image. What does your art mean to you ? I just love taking photographs of zoo animals and flowers and turning them into a piece of art that is beautiful and lifts my spirit. Hopefully it does that for others too. Do you think since starting in photo artistry it has changed you and if so, how ? It has been a learning curve that challenged my sense of style. I found some of the darker art quite confronting and am now in a stronger place to commit to the lighter aesthetic that pleases my body, mind and spirit. Is there anyone that you draw inspiration from ? My inspiration comes from Jai Johnson and Denise Love. Also I admire Blake Rudis for his love and experimentation in Photo shop and photography. Where do you see (or hope to see) your art taking you in the future ? What are your next steps ? Creating art is for my own pleasure and for those who see it in the private Facebook groups I belong to. There is no desire to sell my artwork. That may change but for now just happy to do what I am doing.

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VIKI MURRAY INTERVIEW Trish Hoskin It’s always nice to hear about one of our fellow artists and this month we are delving into the delights of Viki Murray’s art. Viki hails from the opal mining town of Lightning Ridge in outback NSW and the landscape offers her a plethora of light to experiment with both colour and monochrome. Viki works with both a DSLR and an iPhone to capture her images to create her work and divides her time between Lightning Ridge and Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Photography was a passion from school days through to tertiary, and she started to take it seriously as a livelihood around 1990 working predominately with black and white (printing from her own darkroom) right up to 2007 when she merged from analog to digital using software and updating her skills. Not only is Viki a prolific artist, she is the co-owner and director of the John Murray Art Gallery and has been since 1992. It took some time to get the business and management skills perfected to run the gallery in the outback but since 2008 she has managed to get back to honing her skills as a creative artist. Nature plays a big part in her work and she melds sumi ink painting, mixed media and photography into her work. She has held several exhibitions of her work, has won a few awards and published in several magazines. Take a look at the amazing galleries within Viki’s site – such an array of styles and images. The “Holden On” shots are particularly wonderful.

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Along The Way

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I asked Viki to tell us a little about the Gallery and how it runs, etc. The Art Gallery is situated in the opal mining township of Lightning Ridge, outback NSW. The gallery is just for the works of us two. However now that we have a bit more space, we are featuring one guest artist each October for two weeks. When we first opened I was working out of a darkroom and doing a lot of family portraits and character studies to support my creative work until it started to sell. Then I focused more on monochrome landscapes of the area. John’s work has always had a wide appeal, and part of the reason for opening the gallery was that he always had clients coming to his studio, which took up more and more time. There came a point when more focus was needed on the business side of the gallery, I put aside creativity in favour of running the business side of things and setting up a range of reproductions of John’s popular and prolific works, cards, limited edition prints, calendars, etc. At one point I was juggling accounting, marketing and promotions, shooting and documenting John’s paintings and all aspects of framing, as well as serving the customers! There was no time for wandering around with my camera for several years, it was a very full on time, but I learned the nuts and bolts of art retail in a tourism market and how to diversify in order for us to live off the art. We are still learning to this day and always open to new things, and we are so lucky now to be in a position to employ staff and focus mostly on the art while still steering the ship. Our gallery had to be demolished in 2017 after a fire in a neighbouring building spread into ours. We lost all the reproductions, a complete print run of our first collaborative publication “Holden On” along with my own book of the opal fields and just about everything in the stock room upstairs. However, the town ran in and saved every single original painting and photo hanging on the walls as well as the floor stock, which allowed us to keep trading out of rental for 8 months. We rebuilt the gallery in the summer of 2018 and re-opened for trade in March of that year. Bigger and better in every way, complete with my very own room featuring large works, limited edition prints, cards, books and even a small clothing range featuring photo artistry!

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We have also created a street art lane, to nurture local talent amongst our young people and give them a space to express themselves freely. We do get a lot of visitors during tourist season (April – October) and take advantage of the quiet times to be in the Eumundi hinterland or doing some travelling. It has been a long road to make the art viable and the key lies in sticking to it even when times are hard, taking on work such as portraiture to make ends meet, in diversifying, being open to selling reproductions, being open to wholesaling and doing loads of marketing! Just because it is art, it is still retail, so learn the ins and outs of who your existing and potential markets are and see what they are prepared to spend and work with that. Books have been very successful for us, a great option for those that love art and want to consume some but don’t have wall space, and they make great gifts. We have also been open to merchandise such as magnets, stickers, etc. I have a range of representative landscapes of the area that appeal to the tourism market and kind of pay my way. Awake and Kaizen have taught me to follow my passion, follow the flow of the creativity, and the more I do this and throw myself into photoartistry, I am finding this is the work that is being picked up for exhibitions, prizes and finding its own market. I follow my heart 70% and do the needful 30% and it seems to flow in the right direction. The gallery was recently featured on ABC Back Roads, which had live footage of the town running in and saving original paintings and photos, and interviews with both Viki and John. It is still on ABC iView, so you may be able to catch it if you are quick. Thanks to Viki for her time and giving us an very interesting insight to her life as an Artist and business owner.

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7 Mile Labrynth, Lightning Ridge

Bunya Series

Waiting On The Rains

Escape The Ordinary

Outback Warriors

The Call Of The Cicadas

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The Meeting Place

Moments Like These

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Australia

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Meet your artist Gitama Day Murwillumbah, NSW Australia

Website: gitamaday.com/gallery

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Tell us a little about yourself and where you live. I live near a beautiful little town called Murwillumbah in the region of Northern NSW under auspices of Wollumbin AKA Mt Warning ... which apparently is part of a remnant caldera of a much larger extinct volcano. I love the way the mountains dominate the landscape ... the sparkling Tweed River ... and the big skies ... although my real love is the coast which I try to get to as much as possible. There is nothing better than to be under a huge colourful sunset/rise sky reflecting off the wet sand and a coastal breeze with my camera and tripod ... I am in heaven. I live with my daughter and grandson (who is a constant light in my life) ... a crazy dog Beetle and a naughty and loving cat Romeo ... and now I have joined the pensioner club I have a lot more time to pursue the things I love. How did you become interested/get started in Photo Artistry ? I have been creating digital art for over 25 years ... it started off when my daughter wanted to have a picture of herself as an Angel ... so I taught myself with a little help from a friend, Bernard Rosa, who had already published several books of digital art. I then embarked on a series of zodiac images that got published in Wellbeing magazine and was often published on the front page of a lovely alternative magazine from the Sunshine Coast. I put it aside to go to Uni as a mature aged student to pursue printmaking ... painting and photography (dark room) which I loved every minute of. Not always having the luxury of a studio (as we rent) I turned again to digital art (using a lot of fractals) and created 3 Oracle decks that have been distributed in Australia and NZ. By then I realised that my studio was portable ... I wasn’t tied down to one place ... a whole new world opened up and I started experimenting and creating. I have many artist friends but none of them did what I did so when I saw the ad for Photoshop Artistry on FB and saw some of the work that others were creating it didn’t take me long to take the plunge and join up. What inspires you or gives you inspiration to create your art ? There is sooo much that inspires me. I hardly know where to start. Without trying to sound too ‘out there’ it,s like another world calls to me to be recognised and acknowledged ... I love to create images that have a strong narrative ... sometimes I write the story that emerges as I am working on an image and other times it feels that I need to just give a title and leave it open. At the moment I am exploring the mythical world ... there is much treasure to be gleaned from those stories and beasties ... stories that are always open to interpretation ... not all of those beasties are bad ... just misunderstood so I look for the redeeming qualities which can often be exhumed by digging a little deeper into the original myth and from there I create my own interpretation and try to bring the myth into a more contemporary format. Then there are things that just pop out ... unrelated to any project and needing attention ... it usually involves my grandson ... flowers ... animals and landscape. Do you have a certain approach to creating your art ? I usually have an idea of what I want to create ... it starts off with an image that has caught my eye or has sparked a narrative in my head and then I go about it by collecting all the resources needed ... then extracting and loosely arranging them until I am happy with the composition ... then I start to play ... after a while I often do not have a clue about where it’s all going ... the original idea is out the window ... a lot of the resources that I have painstakingly extracted are also tossed out and a whole new thing is happening ... it starts to take on a life of it’s own and the best thing for me to do is not hang on to any original ideas that I had (which is sometimes hard to do) ... if I can do that the process becomes exciting and engaging and I’ve jumped into the ‘zone’ and as you know there really is no better place to be.

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What does your art mean to you ? In 2017 a boiler burst and flooded the garage ... all of my paintings ... drawings ... etchings and woodcuts were destroyed ... years of work gone. For several days I was gutted and mourned my loss ... I asked myself that very question ‘What does my art mean to me?’... I had a very intense reaction to the situation ... I was a wreck until I had to turn around and take a look ... I came to the understanding that it was just a blip in the Grand Scheme of things ... a good excuse to create more art. I still had my imagination ... my desire and passion ... the tools and the knowledge on how to use them. Asking that question left another question ‘who and what would I be if I couldn’t create?’. I think the colour would leave my world and my rudder would fall off. Do you think since starting in photo artistry it has changed you and if so, how ? Oh dear I’m going to have to be brutally honest here. Before I joined Photo Artistry as I said before I had been at it for 25 years and I thought (rather arrogantly) that I knew about 70% of Photoshop ... and did I really need to join a group about Photoshop? I think I joined up to be with other Artists doing the same things. It didn’t take long before I got a very rude awakening ... I was lucky if I knew 30%. I have learnt so much in the time I have been in Photo Artistry from the tutorials ... others in the groups/s and of course Sebastian ... who I think is just awesome ... I was so happy and relieved when I found out that I had signed up to a course run by a fabulous human being (who loves animals) ... who I feel genuinely wants to help folk find their creativity ... and to become excellent at their craft. There are also the perks of his wisdom in the 21 Day course too. With his help I have become more focused and fluid in my approach to creating. Is there anyone that you draw inspiration from ? There are too many that I draw inspiration from to name ... I find all forms of art inspirational be it painting ... writing ... music, etc. I do have the ‘Artists’ that I particularly love but when it comes down to the wire ... there are the fabulous photographers with whom I have shared a journey with since 2011 in a photographic site called Blipfoto and lately I am finding my inspiration from the other Artists in Awake and Kaizen ... they push me to be better ... I often see heart opening images on the pages in FB from these groups ... ‘Oh I wish I had done that’ ... ’Gosh that is just gorgeous’ ... ’How beautifully executed was that’. I feel very humbled and honoured to be part of this magical journey guided by the Maestro. Where do you see (or hope to see) your art taking you in the future ? What are your next steps ? I don’t have any great desires to be this or that ... I often sell a piece of work or get a commission ... but of course every artist likes to have their work shared with others so an exhibition at our local regional Art Gallery would be lovely and perhaps one day have a book printed of this project I have embarked upon ... to be honest I am not fussed ... it will go where it goes I’m just not pushing anything. If I was younger perhaps that would be a different story but I have had my time in the sun for different things and it usually means a lot of work taking one away from the original creating if you get my drift. One of the main things I would like to do is one day sooner than later to go through my 2.5 TB photo library and offer a whole heap of pics to the generous sites like Deviant Art ... Unsplash ... Pixabay ... who are always such a fabulous source of free images for us folk who need it at certain times. My next steps are to keep on creating and learning.

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https://driftingleaves.net

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1971 FRIENDS AND SPECIMENS by COLIN CAMPBEL L

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ht tps://colincampbell.mypor t folio.com https://artboja.com/art6bq9cj/

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THREE TIMES BE AUTIFUL

LOCKED b y A N D R E W H AY S O M

Australia

https://www.flickr.com/ajhaysom/ https://andrewhaysom.myportfolio.com/

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SIGN OF THE TIMES b y A N D R E W H AY S O M

Australia

https://www.flickr.com/ajhaysom/ https://andrewhaysom.myportfolio.com/

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SOME PHOTOSHOP INSPIRATION MORE ON PATHS AND SHAPES By Andrew Haysom To continue our look at vector based objects in Photoshop, let’s have a little bit of a further look at Paths, and investigate some of the features of the shape tools. When you create a Path in Photoshop it “lives” independently of the layers in your Photoshop document, and therefore paths have their own panel.

[Fig 1 – The Paths Panel]

Figure 1 shows the various operations you can conduct from the Paths panel, many are available via the icons along the bottom of the panel, and the fly-out menu. When you initially create a path it will be given the temporary name “Work Path”. To save the path with a different name, double-click the name in the Paths panel.

The Shape Tools There are six different shape tools: Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Line and Custom Shape.

[Fig 2 – The Shape Tools]

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SOME PHOTOSHOP INSPIRATION (Cont ...) The second drop-down list in the Options Bar when any of the shape tools is active let’s you decide if you want to create a Shape, Path or Pixels when you draw with the tool. Shape and Path are preferred over Pixels because both are vector-based and are therefore resolution-independent and will be much easier to reshape and move around. The primary differences between the Shape and Paths options are: •

With Shapes you can automatically apply fills and strokes and have them automatically update as you draw, change or move the drawn shapes

Shapes are drawn on their own layers, whereas as stated above Paths do not “exist” on a layer, but are independent of layers.

The Path Operations menu (see Figure 3) determines how Shapes or Paths that you draw interact with each other. The default for Shapes is New Layer which means that each shape you draw will be created on a new layer.

[Fig 3 – Path Operations menu]

If you choose Combine Shapes a composite shape will be created from each of the shapes you draw. If you choose Subtract Front Shape, the shape area drawn will be subtracted (or cut out) of the composite shape. In the example shown in Figure 4, the two squares were first drawn with Combine Shapes, then the two circles were drawn with Subtract Front Shape.

[Fig 4 – Composite shape]

Figure 5 shows the same shapes drawn as Paths, please note that you can see the resultant composite shape in the icon in the Paths panel as it is highlighted in white. This is the area that would be selected if you chose the Load Path as Selection command or filled if you chose Fill Path with Foreground Colour.

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[Fig 5 – Composite shape with paths]

If you choose Intersect Shape Areas only the area that is intersected by the shapes will be the resultant composite shape. Exclude Overlapping Shapes gives you the inverse or opposite of Intersect Shape Areas. Figure 6 shows the five different results when two simple squares are drawn; • Diag A – New Layer • Diag B – Combine Shapes - Diag C – Subtract Front Shape • Diag D – Intersect Shape Areas • Diag E – Exclude Overlapping Shapes

[Fig 6 – Five different shape operations]

When you have drawn different shapes (as shapes or paths) you can use the Path Selection Tool (black arrow) to select individual shapes and move them around, hold down the [Shift] key while selecting to select multiple shapes to move them in unison. When drawing any shapes you can hold down the [Shift] key to temporarily select the Combine Shapes mode, or hold down the [Option/Alt] key to temporarily select the Subtract Front Shape mode. You can also use the Direct Selection tool (white arrow) to select individual anchor points or direction handles to reshape the shapes as you desire. The Path Alignment menu (see Figure 7) allows you to use align and distribute operations to align or evenly distribute selected shapes. Please note that the align icons will only be active if two or more shapes/paths are selected and the distribute icons will only be active if three or more shapes/paths are selected.

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[Fig 7 – Path alignment menu]

Use the Path Arrangement menu (see Figure 8) to change the stack order of shapes or paths.

[Fig 8 – Path Arrangement menu]

The Shape and Path Options menu (see Figure 9) may be slightly different for different shape types. Here you can choose the aspect ratio of the shape to be drawn (unconstrained or a fixed ratio), or specify a fixed size (useful if you want to draw many shapes the same size). You can also change the way the shape is drawn (from the centre where the initial mouse click is made or edge to edge).

[Fig 9 – Shape and Path Options menu]

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PRINCESS OF THE LIGHT by ANN WEHNER

Australia

https://www.annwehnerdigitalartistry.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/annwehnerdigitalartistry/

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A WA L K I N T H E C L O U D S by ANN WEHNER

Australia

https://www.annwehnerdigitalartistry.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/annwehnerdigitalartistry/

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B E E TA by ALI OPPY

New Zealand

https://www.facebook.com/Mysticsparrows https://artboja.com/art/lzqpfy/

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https://www.facebook.com/Mysticsparrows https://artboja.com/art/lzqpfy/

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DREAM by LOUISE SMITH

Australia

https://www.instagram.com/lksmithphotography/ https://www.facebook.com/lksmithphotography/

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MUSICAL RHAPSODY by LOUISE SMITH

Australia

https://www.instagram.com/lksmithphotography/ https://www.facebook.com/lksmithphotography/

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https://artboja.com/art/33o0hk/ http://phillfoto.smugmug.com

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Meet your artist Barbara Dudzinska Gold Coast, QLD Australia

Website: www.SmartArtPlace.com https://artboja.com/art/7qn7s6/

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Tell us a little about yourself and where you live. I live on the Gold Coast, Australia, a beautiful sunny area with white sandy beaches, a magical coastline with blue skies above and the reflected golden sun bringing out the beauty of the ever-changing colours of the ocean. This expression of earthly beauty gives me strength and inspires my creativity. I was introduced to various forms of art from an early age by my parents who were both architects and I followed my family tradition and completed a Master Degree in Architecture. Through my studies I learned the history of art and architecture, from classical to contemporary and I also studied many forms of art including life drawing, quick ink sketches, different techniques and styles of painting as well as sculpture. How did you become interested/get started in Photo Artistry? When I retired, it created a huge emptiness with a big hole to fill in terms of creative expression. However, I was lucky I came across Sebastian Michaels’ “Photoshop Artistry” course. When I saw the images people were creating, I didn’t think twice. I knew that it was something I would love to learn. The course and what I learned was a continuation of my artistic beginning at the Uni and the rest of my professional life. It was this magic connection between my love of computers, art and photography. I hoped that one day I would be able to create beautiful images similar to what other students were creating. What inspires you or gives you inspiration to create your art? My greatest inspiration is the nature around me with colours, sounds and smells. Beautiful landscapes and lines, shapes and colours created by nature. Do you have a certain approach to creating your art? No, usually my creations are very spontaneous. What does your art mean to you? My art means a lot to me, it’s my everyday reminder of the importance to admire the beauty of the nature around us. When I submerse in creation nothing is more important to me. Do you think since starting in photo artistry it has changed you and if so, how? When I first saw what other people are creating I never thought I could become as creative as others are. When I realised that it’s possible, it became my obsession to be more and more creative. When I create something new and nice I feel so relaxed and relieved from my daily stress and at that point I become totally immersed in a different reality. Is there anyone that you draw inspiration from ? I love the art of The Old Masters. I admire the colours, textures and compositions of theOld Masters. I also have a lot of inspiration from the art of other Artists from Artistry, Awake and Kaizen. Where do you see (or hope to see) your art taking you in the future? What are your next steps? It would be nice to have my own Art Gallery space and be able to present and sell my art but it’s a very unrealistic dream. I would like to have my art presented in more on-line Galleries, and to participate in more on-line contests.

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CHRISTMAS BELLS by SUE MAPLES

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TEDDY BE AR BEE IN FOR A DRINK by L E ANNE M WIL LIAMS

Australia

https://www.facebook.com/leannemwilliamsimages/ https://www.instagram.com/leannemwilliams333/

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TEDDY BE AR BEE TRYING ONCE MORE by L E ANNE M WIL LIAMS

Australia

https://www.facebook.com/leannemwilliamsimages/ https://www.instagram.com/leannemwilliams333/

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GHOST OF SEPTEMBER R AIN by AL BAMASS

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/nsthnn/

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IN THE DARKNESS by AL BAMASS

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/nsthnn/

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REDLANDS DIGITAL ARTISTS GROUP A COLLABORATIVE GROUP OF PHOTO ARTISTS By Maureen Maxwell

STAGE 1

CHINESE WHISPERS #17 “VISITATIONS”

STAGE 2

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Yet again we have given each other a significant challenge. It seems to get a little more complex as each month goes by. I started this round off and tried very hard to give my collaborative colleagues a challenge to stretch their brain muscles. Apparently I succeeded!!!

Pam Henderson (our wonderful editor) went second by adding a number of interesting elements with her usual flair for doing the unusual. Our third colleague, Gerard Whelan, finished off this months image by adding even more elements. The three of us hope you really enjoy what we produce each month. None of these images would happen with the same result if we attempted to do it on our own. We can highly recommend going into collaboration with someone else. It is an interesting process with unexpected outcomes. We hope you enjoy!

FINAL STAGE

Gerard Whelan

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b y LY N N J E N K I N

Australia

www.jenkinphotography.com.au/

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NIGHTMARE

b y LY N N J E N K I N

Australia

www.jenkinphotography.com.au/

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GIRLS CAN DO ANY THING b y V I K I M U R R AY

Australia

https://www.vikimages.com.au https://www.instagram.com/viki_murray/

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T H E H A N D S TA N D G I R L S O F F I T Z R O Y b y V I K I M U R R AY

Australia

https://www.vikimages.com.au https://www.instagram.com/viki_murray/

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HONEY by ROCHELLE MARSHALL

New Zealand

https://www.darksapphirephotography.com

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R E C L A M AT I O N by ROCHELLE MARSHALL

New Zealand

https://www.darksapphirephotography.com

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A LINE OF BROLGAS

THREE ROBINS by ANN ALCOCK

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M A R I S A L I B ER ATO

E V E R Y O N E WA N T S S O M E T H I N G F R O M Y O U 121


GENTLE TOUCH

LIFE IS A BAL ANCING ACT 122


BEFORE THE CLOCK STRIKES 12

SE T TING THE WORLD ON FIRE 123


S O M E O N E I S A L WAY S WAT C H I N G

R E S I S T I N G T E M P TAT I O N 124


KEEPER OF THE ABBEY

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Meet your artist Marisa Liberato Gold Coast, QLD Australia

Website: https://www.marisalphotography.com

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Tell us a little about yourself and where you live. I live on the Gold Coast, Australia. I “entered” retirement a couple of years ago due to restructuring of my job situation, which has given me more time to pursue my true love which is photography and creative photography.

How did you become interested/get started in Photo Artistry ? I had heard of Photo Artistry through a couple of members of my local photography club, it was something I heard of but didn’t really delve into straight away, I was more of a purist photographer at that stage and so seemed a little bit “out there” for me. As I started to develop my artistic side and found myself drawn to compositing and creating pieces I started to pay more attention to people talking about Photo Artistry, I saw the possibility of learning more and being in the company of creative people and like minded artists.

What inspires you or gives you inspiration to create your art ? Unless it hits me like a thunderbolt it normally takes me a while to be inspired, I troll through different sites and pick up ideas, I then create my own pieces which normally end up looking nothing like the idea I initially started with. I love visiting sites that explore surrealism, I love finding new techniques in photoshop. I find that at times nothing inspires me and other times my brain is overflowing with inspiration.

Do you have a certain approach to creating your art ? I would love to say that I am very disciplined, but the fact is I am NOT, I can say that I sit in front of the computer and wait for an idea or that I have notes and notes on what I would like to achieve but the truth is that I have a huge library of model shoots, I will go through the images and pick one that calls out to me on that day, the choice is usually depending on my mood for that day, from that image I start visualising what I can create with that pose, with that expression etc. Once I have an idea I will then start collecting images (always my own) that I can use in my piece of work, it doesn’t always work out but more often than not it does. If I am not happy I will put the work aside and revisit it at a later time, if I revisit it three times and am still not inspired by it I throw it out.

What does your art mean to you ? To me art as in my kind of art is a way of expressing myself, the beauty of not being tied down to a certain type of art, one day I might feel fairy like and the next I want to burn the world down, there are no boundaries and I love that.

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Do you think since starting in photo artistry it has changed you and if so, how ? I think since joining I have become more adventurous with my approach, seeing the amazing works that are published always challenges me and pushes me to do more and better.

Is there anyone that you draw inspiration from ? Anyone and anything that is creative inspires me.

Where do you see (or hope to see) your art taking you in the future ? What are your next steps ? It would be wonderful to be recognised for my work, the fact that my works have been featured in the Artists Down Under magazine a few times has already blown me away, also having my creative works being recognised in international competitions is always fantastic. I haven’t really explored what the future holds, as long as I keep loving what I do and can keep creating, anything more is a bonus.

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A QUICK STUDY by JUDI L AP SL E Y MIL L ER

New Zealand

https://www.artbyjlm.com

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MODERN WOMAN by MAUREEN MA XWELL

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MT COOK AND SIR EDMUND HIL ARY

THE BIRDS by MAUREEN MA XWELL

Australia

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THE DECISION by ANTHE A SCOT TE

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THE JOURNEY by ANTHE A SCOT TE

Australia

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GHOST BRIDE by PENNY DE JONG

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O H D E A R , W H AT WA S I N T H AT B O T T L E by PENNY DE JONG

Australia

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beyond bass strait tasmanian light CAPA (Conceptual Art Portfolio Awards)

Phillipa Frederiksen CAPA (Conceptual Art Portfolio Awards) - Phillipa Frederiksen along with the then APS President, Paul Bennie, I and the CAPA subcommittee, developed the Conceptual Art Portfolio Awards for APS. There are, at the moment, 3 levels, Gold, Silver and Bronze. CAPA is a self-challenging activity and has nothing to do with the National or International Competitions. The process is to develop and write your concept and discuss it with your mentor and THEN take/collate your photos according to your concept. This award differs from similar concepts in other countries because we provide a Mentor for each Applicant. Also, we encourage creative thinking by allowing Prints in 2 or 3 dimensions and/or Digital images that can be produced singly or as an audio visual presentation. Even when I went for Bronze myself, I did not fully realise what developing a concept really meant! Eventually I managed to put together 12 images (they do NOT have to be Creative!) that loosely followed life in general, using shop mannequins enveoped in warped backgrounds. These backgrounds, were created from other images and warped in the iPhone App “iColorama”. I had a lot help from Anne O’Connor with the crystallising of my Concept! MY BRONZE SUBMISSION AS SHOWN “Humanoid World”

BEYOND BRONZE I printed 12 Square prints 12x12” plus matts. Basically it represented life from the womb to death. All the photos were taken and then edited on an iPhone. In 2018 I attempted my Silver level CAPA and came home from the APS Convention all enthused about creating my silver application about the numerous Jacaranda trees that we saw along the way. I took hundreds of photos of the trees, the parts of the trees and close up of the flowers. I used my camera and my iPhone. I spent months agonizing over this but the Mentors were not very enthusiastic with my attempts! “What was my concept trying to show”? I decided that Jacaranda trees was not the way to go. Next thought was to make a book about our dog “Pepper’s Big Beach Adventure”.

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beyond bass strait tasmanian light I made the book ... but wasn’t too happy with the outcome (colours, etc.) ... and the Mentors wanted to know ... what was the actual concept behind the book? I was not very good at developing the concept. I needed to write the concept BEFORE embarking on my portfolio. At this same time, I had been creating various abstract images on my iPhone ... experimenting with how the colours and shapes related to each other and how the colours blended ... Suddenly I really wanted to see what these images would look like in an Audio Visual Presentation. How would the images look when one slowly passed over another? At LAST, on my third attempt, I was creating a Conceptual Art Portfolio from a true desire to develop an outcome THAT RELATED TO WHAT I WAS ALWAYS DOING AND TO WHAT I WAS REALLY INTERESTED IN! At LAST I had found the secret to developing a concept ... it needed to relate to me personally ... to include my own soul. At LAST it all fell together ... not easily ... but eventually! I managed to construct my own music using the Apple programme called “Garage Band”. I called the final work “Metamorphosis” and received my silver award at APSCON in Surfers last October. Some of the images to Metamorphosis are in the front Banner of this newsletter, but the full slide show can be viewed on Vimeo. Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/268882639 NOW TO GOLD My concept is to portray the movement of the water in my spa. I would like to have 2 parts for my portfolio. I would like to create a feeling of movement and colour ... following on from my silver level, experimenting with how colours blend and metamorphosise.

This one will be called “Ebb and Flow”.

PART 1 The first part will be a static display of the coloured moving water. The first level of each rectangle is a torn watercolour page, the second level is a printed watercolour rectangle and the next two levels are on shiny paper but placed in different spots. See above. This has now been put together, framed and placed in an alcove in our hallway.

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beyond bass strait tasmanian light PART 2 Firstly, a friend made a black box to fit in another hall alcove. (SEE IMAGE ON RIGHT).

I then had to consult with my friendly printer people to see if they could print on a translucent media because I wanted the light to shine through the water drops. After a few experiments he was able to print my water drops (created in the app iColorama so that the picture wrapped around the circle like a water drop).

I then had some long-distance calls with my daughter in Darwin and we discussed how to attach the front water drops to each other. After experimenting with ear rings, fishing hooks etc I found some small “s“ hooks on the internet (too big at Bunnings and other nearby shops). At Spotlight I found a wonderful hole maker (small and inconspicuous) AND a circle cutter (cutting neat circles with scissors is almost impossible!). The water drops are in rows and move freely. The light shines through the drops near the top and on the lower edges the back of the water drops appear as silver drops. Images show the cut out drops hanging free in-situ with part 1

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ASSESSMENT TIME My mentor has been to see the “installation” when the background drops had been attached to the box. She has now seen these photos and has suggested another idea to tie in the two parts of Ebb and Flow. Perhaps weaving some water printed fabric amongst the drops. I haven’t worked out yet how I will go about this! The fabric Printers are still closed for the Christmas Break! Personally, I do not want this project to stop! IF the Assessors think my portfolio is acceptable for Gold ....... then what do I do NEXT? ....... PHILLIPA

To view on line please click the following link: https://www.a-p-s.org.au/index.php/downloads/tas-newsletter/tas-newsletter-2019/635-01-tas-news-autumn-2019/file

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QUEEN OF THE MARSH by PA M HENDERSON

Australia

https://www.facebook.com/snapnshootdesigns/ https://artboja.com/art/dmfi9d

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T I TA N E S S by PA M HENDERSON

Australia

https://www.facebook.com/snapnshootdesigns/ https://artboja.com/art/dmfi9d

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S W E E T P E A S I T ’ S M O N D AY by MAR JORIE LORD

Australia

https://artmuse.com.au/ https://facebook.com/ArtMuse.MarjorieLord

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W I LT I N G F L O W E R S by MAR JORIE LORD

Australia

https://artmuse.com.au/ https://facebook.com/ArtMuse.MarjorieLord

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CROSSED THE LINE by JIM MERCHANT

Australia

https://jimmerchant.smugmug.com/browse https://www.instagram.com/jimmerchant/

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T H E B E A R A N D T H E B U T T E R F LY by JIM MERCHANT

Australia

https://jimmerchant.smugmug.com/browse https://www.instagram.com/jimmerchant/

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OBLIQUE 149


ANGEL IN DISGUISE 150


DELPHINA 151


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SCR APBOOK GIRL 153


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EYES OF DARKNESS 154


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Meet your artist Joyce Maris South Coast, NSW Australia

Website: https://jmarisart.wixsite.com/joyce-maris http://instagram.com/jmarisart

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Tell us a little about yourself and where you live. I live on the south coast of NSW, 3 hours south of Sydney, in the Shoalhaven. My home is a short drive to the beautiful Jervis Bay and St Georges Basin. I moved here 7 years ago and just love it. So much nature and wildlife to photograph and enjoy, and so many walking tracks to discover. I enjoy being involved in my two little grandchildren’s lives. How did you become interested/get started in Photo Artistry ? I have enjoyed taking photos for many years, and also did a bit of mixed media art. So it was a natural progression to delve into photo artistry. I joined Sebastian Michaels’ popular Photoshop Artistry on-line course when it first opened in 2015 and have never looked back. What inspires you or gives you inspiration to create your art ? I remember when i flipped through the first ever “Living the Photo Artistic Life” magazine. Very inspiring works of art month after month. My fellow photo artists inspire me the most. Do you have a certain approach to creating your art ? I usually start an art piece with a human figure or face and then this takes its own direction with lots of experimenting. What does your art mean to you ? It means everything to me. I don’t think I could live without it – art is part of my life and always will be. Do you think since starting in photo artistry it has changed you and if so, how ? It makes me feel happy. I think its changed my way of thinking, my thoughts. I have become a more positive person. Its exciting starting new artistic projects and constantly learning and being inspired by all my fellow artists. Is there anyone that you draw inspiration from ? All the photo artists in the monthly “Living the Photo Artistic Life” and this magazine “Artists Down Under” inspire me Where do you see (or hope to see) your art taking you in the future ? What are your next steps ? I hope to show off my art in local galleries and become a photo artist that inspires others. I also have a large project on the go to create a book of unusual and unique photos of wildlife and nature in my local area.

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R O S E T I N T E D S P E C TA C L E S by DALE BOTHA

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/x1el96/

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THE ALOE by DALE BOTHA

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/x1el96/

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INTERNAL CONFLICT I by K E VIN SIMS

New Zealand

http://www.kevinsims.co.nz https://www.artboja.com/art/fx6wd6/

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INTERNAL CONFLICT II by K E VIN SIMS

New Zealand

http://www.kevinsims.co.nz https://www.artboja.com/art/fx6wd6/

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HISTORY by SHARON R ANK MORE

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/0719aj/

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OBSCURE by SHARON R ANK MORE

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/0719aj/

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FREE SPIRIT by ILONA ABOU -ZOLOF

Australia

https://www.zolof.net/ https://artboja.com/art/4zzu8q/

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FULL MOON by ILONA ABOU -ZOLOF

Australia

https://www.zolof.net/ https://artboja.com/art/4zzu8q/

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beyond bass strait tasmanian light Phillipa Frederiksen EFIAP MAPS CAPSS SSAPS SAPS

iPhone Photography and Editing

All of these “straight� images have been taken with my iPhone. My photographic Journey started after I retired. I joined the local Gold Coast Photographic Society (the best way to learn photography) ... this meant that I was also a member of the Photographic Society of Queensland ... then I joined the Australian Photographic Society. Over the years I have been on the committees of all three bodies, including the PSQ Judges Executive Sub-committee. I entered many National and International competitions, and, because my work was different, I earned quite a few Awards over the years.

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beyond bass strait tasmanian light I have always kept up with the latest technology (I enjoy a challenge!) but over the last few years I have found that sitting at a computer very hard on my back. I discovered that I could sit in my TV recliner (reclining!) and do very similar creative work that I had been doing on my computer, on my phone. When I started to teach how to do creative editing on your phone I bought an Android phone so that I could understand why the Android Workers could not get the same Apps that I was using on my iPhone. I was horrified to discover that 80% of Android Apps had Ads running through the Apps while you were trying to work on them! I gave only 1 Android workshop! Now I recommend that they use their phones for TAKING the photos but to edit the photos, they need an iPad ... it can be an el cheapo second-hand iPad ... doesn’t need to be an expensive one! I am a prolific phone editor and go from one style to another in the space of a very short time ... because I enjoy the challenge. Some of my efforts do not see the public eye ... and some shouldn’t! I now rarely enter my images in the club environment because I have moved on from the club photographic “rules” and not too many judges understand my images anyway! Sometimes I do not even use photographic elements in my images (shock, horror!). I also use many phone Apps to create a means to an end. I am mainly using Facebook and Instagram to display my images. Sometimes I make books of my latest work. I think I will do another one this year! My children will probably throw them out when I pass on!

Sooo, what Apps am I using on my iPhone/iPad? • For general editing, the free App “Snapseed”. • For multi layering and blending I use Superimpose (X) and • For magical colour and shape changes I use iColorama There are many other Apps but these are the main ones.

My journey into creative imaging includes simple blurred images to more complicated “story telling” (conceptual) imaging ... and the journey continues! I will include some more creative images on the next pages.

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To view on line please click the following link: https://www.a-p-s.org.au/index.php/downloads/tas-newsletter/tas-newsletter-2019/635-01-tas-news-autumn-2019/file

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WILD ELEPHANTS

L AKE LOUISE BE AR EDGES by GER ARD WHEL AN

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/abf48i/

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FUTURE b y A N N L AV I N

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/d6au4o/

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N AT U R E b y A N N L AV I N

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/d6au4o/

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THE BOOKKEEPER by MIK E K ANE

Australia

https://www.mikekanephotography.com.au/

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T H E N AV I G AT O R by MIK E K ANE

Australia

https://www.mikekanephotography.com.au/

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T H E WA L L F L O W E R by JULIE P OWEL L

Australia

ht tps:// www.juliepowellphoto.com/ ht tps:// artboja.com/art/glul6i/

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WA I T I N G T O B E S AV E D by JULIE P OWEL L

Australia

ht tps:// www.juliepowellphoto.com/ ht tps:// artboja.com/art/glul6i/

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R A I N Y D AY S by CINZIA HAR T

www.cinziahart.com

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Australia


A N D M O N D AY S by CINZIA HAR T

Australia

www.cinziahart.com

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http://tinyurl.com/artisitsdownunderpublic

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Profile for Artists Down Under

Artists Down Under - Australia and New Zealand - April 2019  

Digital art works from the members of the Artists Down Under - Australia and New Zealand group.

Artists Down Under - Australia and New Zealand - April 2019  

Digital art works from the members of the Artists Down Under - Australia and New Zealand group.

Profile for athaliet