Welcome to the Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art Blog. I’m a photographer and digital artist living in the mid-Atlantic area of the US. My photography and photo-based works are based on my own images, unless otherwise specifically noted. You won’t find much photographic technical stuff here, well, maybe in some of the way-older posts … but for those interested, I shoot with Nikons. Started out with a sweet little film guy back in the ’80s (that I still have around here somewhere) then onto the D40x in the mid 2000’s, then graduated to the D300, the D7000 and now the beautiful full frame D750. Lots of lenses for lots of different kinds of images. I’m nothing if not … well, we could say inconsistent … but let’s call it … versatile.
They say that every person has a story … well, so does every image. And that’s what this blog is all about.
There is an ongoing debate about artistic / digital processing of photography … the purists vs the artsy types. It’s been a hot-button issue for awhile, and I don’t see it cooling off anytime soon. With me, the photographer and ‘artist’ are frequently at odds. Though my goal will always be to catch that perfect shot straight out of the camera, I love exploring the artistic and creative process, too.
Often, the image itself will tell me what to do (I know, that sounds a little woo-woo), but I tend to follow my instincts to determine how much, if any, editing will be done. I work with Photoshop and Corel Painter and other image editing programs on my photos to the degree that in the end sometimes the original piece may hardly be recognizable. Many times hours and hours will be used up on an image that will never see the light of day. That can be a bit heartbreaking, but if the spark ain’t there, it ain’t there. It’s okay, really, because I usually learn something … even if what I’ve learned is what doesn’t work.
More and more often lately I’ve been enjoying non-photo based freehand sketching and painting, digitally, in Corel Painter. For those of you who are curious, this is done on the computer … well, eyes on the computer’s monitor … but instead of brushes and paints and pencils, I paint on a tablet (Wacom) using a stylus (art pen) that together simulate different canvasses and thousands of natural media brushes like oil paints, acrylics, pastels …. just about anything you can think of. It does watercolors, too, but I haven’t quite figured those babies out yet.
As you wander around my blog, please feel free to click into any of the images (all copyrighted, of course). You’ll immediately find yourself at my Artist Website where you’ll be able to view the images with a much less intrusive watermark. Yes, I do use watermarks … but I’ve been around a while and the bad guys have found me and swiped my stuff over and over … so I do what I can to at least discourage the little buggers.
Also … coolness … while you’re at my main website if you mouse over a section of the pic you’ll see a little green box that contains a magnified view of that portion of the image. I often put a lot of time into the detail-y bits, so if you’re into that kind of thing, don’t miss this fun feature.
Once you’re at my website you’ll be able to purchase wall art of my images in lots of different options such as stretched canvas, framed and matted prints (great selection of frames and mats, by the way), metal, wood and other choices … as well as fun and unique gift items.
I feel that “art,” like life itself, is a journey … and I’m loving the ride. Thanks so much for stopping by and joining me today!