As I wind down my teaching career with an overstuffed quarter that ends June 8th, I am also excited about an upcoming trip to Tucson, Arizona to visit Saguaro National Park and Pipe Organ Cactus National Monument. With the goal of capturing hundreds of images over the four days, this trip should provide me with a lot of new material for my digital paintings of national parks.
I will also be participating in the Artists in August in Lowry on August 26th in Denver, Colorado, my first foray to sell my work at a booth. The show will be at the Lowry Air Museum from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.
Though somewhat slowly, I have also been revisiting a few of my earlier pieces to fine tune them with the digital painting techniques I have developed over the past year. One of those earlier pieces that I've worked on is this piece of the Painted Desert from Tawa Point. I worked very hard to get rid of tiny pieces of pixilation debris usually caused by a combination of chromatic aberration and high contrast of colors in the image. This was especially challenging given the variations of reds, yellows and the background colors/ I'm quite pleased with the results. Please let me know if you like the revised version by shooting me an email. I've included the original somewhat digitally enhanced photograph, my first version as a digital painting and the final version of the digital painting.
With only three more weeks of the quarter to go, but a lot of grading included in that time period, I plan to move full steam ahead once the quarter is complete in upgrading this website into an on-line store and adding a mailing list. Oh, and the other thing that will happen this summer is that I will be having cataract surgery. I'll be getting a new lens for my right eye on June 13th, with the left eye to follow soon after. Hopefully, I will get used to the changes quickly.