When I came across Debbie Smyth’s One Word Sunday’s prompt of “Abstract,” I couldn’t help but go through my archives and reminisce over all the photo art I used to digitally create.  These days there are apps that do it all for you with one tap of the screen.

Boy, did I use to dodge and burn, cut and paste, mask and layer, and layer and layer and layer.  And pinch and whirl, brush and overlay, multiply and screen, distort and blur.  You get the idea.

Each piece began as a photo taken with my camera and then edited in GIMP, which is a free software program very similar to Photoshop from what I hear.  I love it.

I did these years ago, and because our style sometimes evolves over time, I imagine my pieces would look different today…or maybe not.  I may start experimenting again to find out.

24Mahogany Swirls

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merger

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tree hugs

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This is for Stacy’s One Photo Focus Challenge, where we are given a photo to edit however we want. When I saw the original photo of the older Victorian style home it reminded me of the 100 year-old homes in a small town where we used to live in Iowa in the U.S.  I knew right away I wanted to make the photo look like an aged photograph from like the 1920’s or 30’s that you might find in an old chest in your grandmother’s dusty attic.

Original photo (see below) by Stacy Fishcher
Original photo (see below left) by Stacy Fischer.  Edits by Sheila (that’s me!)

To do this, I made numerous edits in a mobile app called PicsArt. Then I transferred the photo over to my laptop and used GIMP to layer the photo with a “old paper” texture created by Shadowhouse Creations. I set the texture layer to Multiply, and made some minor adjustments until I was satisfied with the final product.  What do you think?

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