Fun With Photos

Lately I’ve noticed there is a phone¬†ap floating around that many designers are playing with converting photos to watercolor paintings. I’ve had Photo Shop Elements for a long time (in fact a very old version) that does this. So I thought it would be fun to apply a watercolor “filter” to some of my recent 3D renderings and photographs. Image 1, 2 and 10 are from photographs. The rest are from 3-D renderings I created using Chief Architect software.bed benchLouie on Bench Master Bath Sunny Hills DiningSunny Hills Dining 2 Sunny Hills Den & Dining Sunny Hills Entry View Sunny Hills Front View Sunny Hills Kitchen 2 Sunny Hills KitchenThe name of the popular phone ap is Waterlogue. I can’t use it on my iphone because it’s too old. Maybe time (excuse) to update my phone! ūüėõ

Here are some photos that I found on Pinterest of seascapes and sea life. I think some of them would be worthy of framing. I’m putting the original photo next to the ‘doctored’ one so the photographer is credited (if possible). I could not find the photographer on many of them, so if this is yours, please let me know and I will gladly give credit where it is due.

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New Renderings

Wow –it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything to this blog. ¬†Sorry for being ‘off the radar’ for a bit. I’ve been ill for a few weeks and my ‘social media presence’ has suffered while I’ve been off feeling sorry for myself. ¬†Well –f*** that! Time to get back in the game! While I’ve been away, I’ve actually been diligently working on some renderings. These are part of a project called Spanish Colonial ~ Dreaming of Todos Santos.

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….And an homage to the arrival of spring.Alternate ColorFront View

Artistic Renderings

These five renderings were completed at different times quite awhile ago. ¬†I’ve just recently applied artistic filters using Photoshop to give them a painted effect. ¬†I used to paint by hand and know these would take a long time to execute (even if I could)! ¬†And this way, you don’t even have to wait for the paint to dry!

pallet knife effect on canvas

pallet knife effect on canvas

painted effect on pressed paper

painted effect on linen

watercolor effect on pressed paper

watercolor effect on pressed paper

Watercolor and ink on cold-pressed paper

Watercolor and ink on cold-pressed paper

Acrylic on burlap.

Acrylic on burlap.

Dynamic Shift ~ A New Perspective Toward the Future

You might notice some differences if you look at my website –even in this blog title. ¬†I no longer bill my self as a kitchen and bath designer but a 3-D rendering artist. ¬†The content of my website has changed to reflect this new enterprise. ¬†But it’s a temporary fix until a total revamp of the site is completed. ¬†The changes will evolve over the next few weeks. ¬†I’m excited about the future for the first time in quite awhile.

A dozen or so years ago after graduating from college and working in commercial interior design, I had the opportunity to switch gears and take my career focus in a new direction.  That was designing kitchens and baths.  While in college, we were consistently pointed toward working in the commercial and corporate arenas because we were given to believe that was where money could be made and futures built.  I never really felt comfortable there, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to break into residential design work.  So, I packed up my family and moved back to the West Coast and began my career anew once again.

After a couple of years of working for others and learning the kitchen and bath trade, I decided to break out on my own and worked as an independent contractor.  Things were going pretty good until the Great Recession hit in 2006.  Suddenly my workload dropped from about six kitchens a week to six a month.  This is when I formed PamDesigns offering my skills doing drafting, specification documents and rendering to the kitchen and bath trade.  Part and parcel to taking my business online has been building my brand through social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and most recently, Pinterest.  In the past few years I have had several wonderful projects and have had some great adventures due largely to my social networking connections.   Finally, a few wonderful projects and my great adventures do not pay the bills.  In time a reality check was in order, and in accessing my situation have come to the realization that a dramatic change was ensuing once again-a dynamic shift if you will.

The industry as a whole is beginning to show the signs of wear brought on by recent years of declining business opportunities due to the housing market. ¬†Of the many kitchen and bath designers I’ve met through social networking, I’d have to say that at least half of them have also taken their careers in a different direction. ¬† Many of them are still connected to the kitchen and bath industry in some way or at least residential design in some capacity. ¬†Many who have had their own gigs have closed their doors and are now working for someone else. ¬†Many have just dropped off my radar. ¬†In summary, it doesn’t look like there is any great recovery looming on the horizon and I have come to feel I need to acknowledge what others have already known. ¬†It’s time to move on.

So here I am at a crossroads once again.  I recently designed and drafted the plans for my own home remodel.  In the year prior to that, I created many beautiful renderings of my ideas in the process of deciding what the design would be.  Through this exploration, I created many scenarios from building additions and changing various parts of the house.  This process was a great way to try different designs on for size.  It also gave me a basis for forming my budget in relation to what I wanted to accomplish against what I could accomplish.  An unexpected aside of this process, along with some work on some client projects, I honed my expertise using CAD and photo editing software  and developed my skills creating artistic architectural renderings.  I came to realize that this is what I really want to be doing with my time and talent.

Time will tell if my transition to 3-D rendering online from kitchen and bath design was the right business move to make. ¬†I already know that it was the right thing to do in my heart… my head may or may not catch up!

“Painting” With Chief Architect

Lately I’ve been working on a landscape design which has lead me to create some renderings. ¬†Along the way I have been investigating some artistic techniques that are available within my drafting software of choice (Chief Architect) and also manipulating the finished renders with my photo editing program Photoshop Elements. ¬†I have often thought about getting back into painting but I am really excited about some of the results I’ve been able to achieve with the computer. ¬†An example of one of my “paintings” is the background image of this blog. ¬†I will post others as the are completed.

Image using Chief’s “painting” technique.

The same image with “watercolor” technique applied

This one was crated in Chief Architect but was given a dappled painting effect with Photoshop Elements.

Painted effect with PE

The same image with the painted effect and a line overlay with PE.

This image was also created in CA and amended with PE.

This is an older rendering that I applied a painting effect with PE.

An older render

The same render with a pallet knife painting effect applied and “texturized” with a canvas texture.

Older rendering

The same rendering with a dry pastel effect applied.

This view has had a “poster print” effect applied to it with PE.

This is the same view with a “graphic pen” technique applied to it. If I were to try to attempt something like this by hand I’m sure it would take days to do rather than the minute and a half it took to do this with Photoshop Elements.

Ray Trace rendering without “outdoor lighting” turned off to show shadows.

Same rendering with painting effect applied.

PE is the baby brother program of Photoshop and is very inexpensive. ¬†There are a lot of photo editing programs out there. ¬†This one came with my computer. ¬†I’ve used it for years and I’m just learning some of the many wonderful things I can do with it. ¬†One of the things I’ve done in the past is create iron on transfers with images onto fabric. ¬†You can purchase the transfer paper from a craft store and run it through your printer. ¬†It’s amazing the things you can do with a little imagination and creativity.