Painting from manipulated photos

Last year I was introduced to playfulness of painting from computer manipulated digital photos.  Using photos that I had taken from around my environment I chose a few to manipulate through photo editing software.  The two free software programs I tested my skills on were fantastic.  Firstly I downloaded from, I found it very easy to navigate and the options available suited the style of manipulation that I was after.  The second photo editor is one that is used online rather than downloading the software you can upload your image and then manipulate it before saving back onto your computer. Befunky was great fun to use, it can be found at

Here is an example of what can be done; the following photos are from photo, to edit, to painting in acrylic paint onto canvas, completed in 2015.


I have a series planned for the near future using these techniques, I am still in the planning stages at present, I’ll keep you posted.



What’s on my easel


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This is my first ever blog post and while I was trying to think of the best way to start my gaze fell on the newly finished painting on my easel; my first subject.

An oil painting on one of the roses from my garden. 18 x 24″ in size.

When the canvas was primed and on the easel, the whiteness glared at me and I hesitated to start. I took control of the situation by painting a mid tone grey over the whole canvas, which took the starkness of the white away, I then sketched the flower petals roughly into position. My palette consisted of only a few colours: Cobalt Violet, Coeruleum Blue, Rose Madder, Cadmium Yellow and Titanium White. Only three brushes, all synthetic a size 6 filbert, an 1/4″ angle and a size 2 round.

The canvas sat on the easel for months, but once I started painting, in just four sessions a couple of hours long and it was done.  I knew what I wanted to do, but I hesitated due to my uncertainty about “getting it right”, I wasn’t sure that I would be able to take the knowledge of what I wanted to do into the practice of doing it. Luckily it has turned out okay.


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