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If U can’t paint (and I can’t) there’s always Topaz Impressions.


Sometimes, my desire to paint exceeds my talent. Time to try Topaz Impressions.


Printing a Photo on Rice Paper Labor Day 2016




Once Again into the Encaustic Photography Breach.

Queen_Anne's_Lace-Coakley-6.jpgI have only used encaustic wax and pigments for a limited amount of my photos or client work that I do.  I have found, in general, that as far as my photography is concerned, it is not as helpful as original encaustic paintings or using encaustics in collage or with stencils, for example.   I do love the use of photo transfer onto wax but for most of my photography, I have generally found the images to best be left to stand or fall on their own within my digital toolbox.

Today I’ve made a short video of taking one recent Queen Anne’s Lace photo and trying to use some encaustic wax and pigment to enhance it.  My stark black backgrounds that I often use for flower and vegetable photography sometimes need textures that my even my digital toolbox falls short of providing.  So, once more into the encaustic breach, I go.

As many of you know, I seem drawn to Queen Anne’s Lace in all stages of its growth from bud to full bloom to desiccated stalk.  Here are just a few.

Art of the Fig or Fig it. Depending on your mood.

fuji-fig copy

I have discovered figs at 71 years old. Never too late. I saw a 17th century still life painting with them and decided to try a 2016 version. Later on this month some will be available for prints up to 36in by 36 in.  I’ve got another small carton of figs to photograph waiting patiently on the counter.  My Italian hairdresser told me to slice the fig in half and press an almond in the center of one half and then attach the other half like a sandwich and bake it in oven for 20 minutes. So far, I haven’t eaten one of them.  Later this month, I’ll post a series I did following cataract surgeries. In between eye drops, I’d look at roses in gardens and at the store and see eyes. Everywhere, eyes.

The Photo Gardener is the link to photos available for printing.  Email me for more information:

On the Move Under Montana Skies: Franklin, Mass


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Easter Promenade


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White Anemone & Hackers


The night before Easter and my website has been hacked in the weirdest way.

My hosting company is trying to figure it out and I’ve been on the phone or deleting stuff all day.

I was going to post a gorgeous double sugar tulip and a bit about the art of scanning  but the site, though up and running, still does not allow me to post any new images.

Tomorrow is another day, Scarlett.

And, this is double exposure of a scanned white anemone but I’ll have to wait till the website is up and running to post a little video about how I use the scanner.

And, some of the swear words I’ve developed while using it.


Making Animated Poppies


Some have asked me about making the videos that I sometimes post on this blog.  I wish I had one way as I keep trying to experiment with ways of doing it.  Sometimes I use IMOVIE, or ScreenFlow, or Lightroom.  Or combinations of the audio from Audition with the video sequences.  I have made them more complicated than need be on many a occasion.  My latest is to try making an animated gif from a file of photos.  It took me a full four hours! of experimenting to produce this one of Provincetown Poppies in Photoshop.

I had googled “how to” do it and got the most extraordinary range of conflicting videos that I basically had to take a little bit from one, apply it, then take a little bit from another to apply it.

I think after I do about ten of them, I’ll make my own video on how to do it so folks, like me, can at least find one video that takes them from start to finish.

But, still, learning something new is always fun.  And, I used parts of Photoshop that I didn’t know existed and I’ve been a user for years.  Years and years.  I just threw out some of the original CDs of earlier versions.  The Adobe Cloud has made that whole “installation” process a whole lot easier as I remember dreading having to install a new version as the “key” process would always get screwed up and I’d end up on the phone with Adobe.

Blizzard Art & Apps

So, historic blizzard on its way– but only six inches for my region. Hooray!  I’m sorry DC but truly last year was enough for Boston.

I am free to think of art rather than hunkerin’ down and fears of losing power.

I am going to try and make some ‘blizzard art’  today using IPHONE apps!  The ones I used in this short video are the NOAA Radar app, Adobe Capture app, and IMOVIE app.  All on my phone.

This is part one.  PS. My most favorite app find this year has nothing to do with photography but is called, Captio, and it allows me to write a note on my know all those deep thoughts we have while we’re walking around…and with one tap send it to my email box.  All other note-taking apps were multiple taps.  So, freedom, thy name is Captio. Check it out.

Hope you are safe and warm and being creative.


So, as I was saying…Creativity takes time.

Francis Bacon’s Studio

Ha!  Happy New Year!  I cleaned up my studio so I’m back.

(It didn’t look quite like Francis Bacon’s studio image above but honestly it was close and more importantly, it felt like this image looks.)

It’s January in New England and we are having a torrential May rainstorm.  On the way to the store this morning I took a photo driving home.  Here’s a little gallery of three versions.  I ended with what I call my Van Gogh Driving Shot.

Then, I wanted to share a short video about two photos of asphalt markings in an industrial park’s parking lot.  Proof that you can be creative with anything.

Lastly, I am going to post a “stages ” video on one of the following photo transfer/encaustic/ painting thingies that I do in my next post ( yes, in 2016, I am going to post at least twice a month, if not weekly..I swear!) but for now I’ll show you four 5 X 5 (my new favorite size) of a variety of things that I grow and/or I buy in the supermarket.

Single most important thing I did in 2015 was develop a daily creativity habit. Every day, and I mean every day, despite the workload of the day, I did something: photograph, write, a combination of photography and writing, or simple, pure fun because I have no expectations whatsoever-gouache painting with stencils and stuff.  I also watched many more painting videos than I did photography, although I did add to my filters toolkit throughout the year, as well as being on a first name basis with Dick Blick and B&H photo.

I hope you have time to develop a daily creativity habit, too.  Honestly, I remember reading a book years, and I mean years, ago that recommended it and after I read the book and did the exercises, I said, “Hmm…this is a good idea.”

And, that was that.  Up until 2015, when I put it into action and hopefully in 2016 will just do more of the same.

Let’s be creative, together, shall we?

I’m not kidding it’s 3:00 in afternoon and it is so stormy that it looks like midnight.  Gouache fun below.


Pat Coakley