The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes

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“The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes” from the lyrics Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by Lennon-McCartney.

This is one of my IPhonography images.  I photographed the building in NYC in the Tribeca area with my IPhone X and fell in love with the topography on it “Brush Up Business with Paint, Paste, Paper, Push”. The woman is a vintage image I colorized and retouched.  She is actually sitting in a landscape I photographed at my friend, Rich Lewis’ workshops, in the Pine Barrens.  I use a couple of great Iphone/Ipad apps to combine different images, colors, textures and effects.  The apps that really get this surreal effect are the Diane app and Dicem8.  Totally destructive apps that go in and rip apart the pixels.  They take me a couple of days to get the image where I want it.   As soon as I saw these colors and the sky I thought immediately of the great Beatles song from the Sargent Pepper’s Album  “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”.  I didn’t have the album when I was a kid but my sister, Pat, did so I would sneak in her room and listen to it when she wasn’t home!

Of Sun From Shadow Where The Tree Begins

 

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“Of Sun From Shadow Where The Tree Begins” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“Of Sun From Shadow Where The Tree Begins” from On Being Human by C S Lewis.

Landscape photographed at Baxter Preserve in North Salem, New York using iPhone X and Hipstamatic camera app.  Film and lens in Hipstamatic John S + AO BW.  I did 90% of the editing of this image on my Ipad using the apps: Snapseed, Leonardo, Union, and IColorama.  I brought in the lake effect using a great app called “Color Lake”.  The vintage image is one from my collection.

 

I Speak For Trees, for the Trees Have No Tongues

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“I Speak for Trees, for the Trees Have No Tongues” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

” I speak for trees, for the trees have not tongues” from The Lorax by Dr. Suess.

I photographed this yesterday on my walk in Baxter Preserve in North Salem, New York.  A beautiful place to see rolling meadows and hills.  My mission was to get a nice walk in before the snow (we had 7.5″ overnight) and play around with the Hipstamatic app on my IPhone.  I fell in love with the lens/film combination John S + AO BW.  It is a very moody and atmospheric combination.  I then brought the image into IColorama and played around with different effects.  I liked this one which landed up looking like a  glass tiles or a window pane.  Just made it a little more interesting for me.

Rock and Roll Woman

 

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Rock and Roll Woman ©2018 Karen Johnson 

Inspired by the song “Rock and Roll Woman” by Buffalo Springfield. One of my absolute favorites.  Stephen Stills wrote the song about Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane.

I worked on this image on my Ipad using several photographs I put together on it.  I like this melding of different images to come up with something new.  This immediately reminded me of the pop art I grew up with.  Peter Max, Heinz Edelman (Beatles Yellow Submarine) and my favorite, graphic designer Milton Glaser.

 

The main image is a vintage image from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The creepy building in the woman’s mind is an iPhone image I took at an abandoned hospital/asylum.  There’s another photo I just took yesterday at Stone Barns using slow shutter that can barely be seen.  I used digital painting apps and brushes to give it the pop art look I wanted.

Reminiscence

 

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Reminiscence @2018 Karen  Johnson All Rights Reserved

One of my composites that I did in my IColorma Artistry Class.  The landscape was photographed with my IPhone at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Connecticut.  The woman is a vintage image I colorized.  I worked this piece on my Ipad using IColorama, Snapseed, Stackables and various other apps.  I was going for a very moody and surreal piece.

 

Fond Memory Brings the Light of Other Days

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“Fond Memory Brings the Light of Other Days” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“Fond Memory Brings the Light of Other Days” from the poem Oft, In the Stilly Night (Scottish Air) by Thomas Moore.

This is another piece I created in my IColorama class.  You had to take images you previously created and blend and merge them to create a new work.  I combined about 4 images for this piece and liked the surreal and melodic feel it has.  The large majority of the images were taken with my iPhone and all processing done on my IPad Pro.

The Weakening Eye of Day

 

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The Weakening Eye of Day @2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“The Weakening Eye of Day” from The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy.

I’m taking this great class online called IColorama Creative taught by Susan Tuttle and Nicki Fitzgerald.  It is the third online class I have taken with Susan Tuttle and I can highly recommend her online classes.  They are IPhone/IPad based so you shoot with your IPhone and then process your image either on your iPhone or Ipad.  No Photoshop.  I really love these classes because they push me out of my comfort zone and allow me to experiment with different apps and techniques.  I also love the opportunity of working on a piece anywhere I can go with my Ipad versus sitting in front of the computer at home.

 

The piece above consists of two images.  The background was photographed with my IPhone at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Connecticut.  The woman is from Pixabay.  The premise of the class is to use the IColorama app to create your work.  You can use other apps but the IColorama app has some very cool features.  This piece came out very dreamy and surreal.

For No One Entered There But I

 

 

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For No One Entered There But I @2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“For No One Entered There But I” from the poem The Deserted Garden by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

I photographed the room at the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia.  Vintage image of the woman from Sum of All Crafts.  Mouse and flowers from Pixelsquid.

 

Whose Magic Spells Enchain the Heart

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“Whose Magic Spells Enchain the Heart” @2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“Whose Magic Spells Enchain the Heart” from the poem Ode to Beauty by Mary Darby Robinson

The landscape I photographed at Krucker’s Catering and Picnic Grove in Pomona New York.  I actually mirrored the image to get the effect I wanted of the eye hidden in the grove.  The woman with wings is a combination of a vintage image I have as well as a dress“La Robe a La Francais” that is in the public domain at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts open access.  The angelic fairies are from a work by Luis Falero called “Twin Stars” from the public domain access at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Happy New Year!

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New Year 2018 @2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I would like to wish all of you a very Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.

Thank you for following my work this past year.  I really appreciate it!

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