This one was done purely from photographs - but with lots of layers and stages, most of which I've now forgotten!
It involved a photo of my daughter changed with effects like Find edges and sumi e , drybrush, paint daubs and erasing parts and combining it with a wall hanging she had of dolphins, which was also changed a bit - possibly with drybrush.
Another in the series of digital manipulations of photographs of my daughter, done a few years ago.
She has a habit of running her fingers through her hair. I photographed this Rosetti painting, cropped it, used several effects on it to simplify it such as dry brush, and possibly sumi e. I copied and flipped the crop I'd made, doubled the canvas size and pasted it to join as a mirror image and then integrated the photo of my daughter, applying the same effects to make the images gel together as one.
Lots of use of layers and techniques to unite the 2 very different images to make a cohesive finished piece.
There are signs of spring in the garden after a rather vicious winter that killed off some plants so I nipped out with the camera on macro setting.
Mini daffodils, hyacinth, winter pansies and wild violets that self set everywhere - I love them and have a running battle to stop my husband pulling them out as weeds. 90% of the winter pansies died in that awful weather before Christmas :>(
Groby Pool, Evening Light. phographs by Vivien Blackburn
My much loved Fuji camera is big and fairly heavy, like an SLR, and for ages I've toyed with the idea of a pocket camera for times when I wouldn't carry the Fuji.
Last week I bought a little Panasonic Lumix from a friend who had upgraded and this is it's first outing - some very very quickly snatched photos on the way back from a family visit.
I have to say I'm really pleased with it. There was a scary bit when my computer wouldn't talk to its HDSC disk - but that was solved when I dug out the card reader that I don't normally need. Phew! relief.
The light was very low, subtle colours in the sunset and I haven't had time to absorb all of its possibilities. These were taken with aperture priority and a wide aperture, flash switched off. No tripod, just hand held - so I'm quite pleased with how they came out. The speed would have been lower than ideal for hand held in that light. The sheen of the water was beautiful.
This is an old flooded slate quarry with a very very old manor house on the other side which belonged to the Grey family (the family of Lady Jane Grey, the 9 day queen). There are deep still-working quarries on the other side of the road too, hidden by the woods.
Considering it was having a lot asked of it in low light, I was really happy :>)
I'm interested in painting the light and colours of landscapes as they change through seasons, the time of day or weather.
Seascapes feature strongly in my work as I love the coast, a love which developed when I lived near the sea as a child in Cornwall, Scotland, Malta and Gibraltar - each place with its special light and colour.
I realise too that I love the edges of things - for instance the coast, where the sea meets the land, the edges of woods where the trees meet the open fields.
I paint in most media and experiment with digital imagery - as a creative process related to my painting but also creating work that exists in its own right.
Another interest is photography, mainly as something in its own right, as I only rarely paint from photographs. The same elements interest me here as in my painting.
Apart from painting and photography, I teach art to adults and have all the normal preoccupations, trials and tribulations of women with families ... and cats.