Friday, April 2, 2010

Duke can mark things, why can't I?

It's just natural instinct for Duke, when we go out for a walk, to mark every tree we pass. It got me to thinking, if he marks his territory why shouldn't I.
You may have noticed something different on the picture I posted yesterday. Did you see this?
This is what I'm going to use to mark my pictures with when I post them. I know, it's a little overdone but I tend to fly that way. Plain and simple just doesn't seem to come easy to me.

After I finished making that, I figured as long as I have the program open, I may as well play around. Do I seem to be in a permanent state of play? Here's a couple things I did.
This one makes me think of a beautiful summer day. I can picture myself lazing away in the cool shade of the tree while gazing out over an open meadow.
I just love owls. I've been trying to make one that looked half way decent and this one came close I think.


  1. I love your trademark signature! It's very professional and creative looking!

  2. Oh, yes. That is a fine looking mark! Your play time has resulted in a couple of very nice images too!

  3. I noticed your trademark yesterday and thought it looked great! Duke is not only adorable but had a great idea about marking!

    Love the owl by the way!

  4. While I like your trademark, I'm not asking what Duke's looks like. ;)

  5. That trademark looks terrific and much more effective than Duke's method (sorry, couldn't resist). I really like the owl! I like the shadowing, which gives it a 3-d effect.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. As always Ann - it's absolutely stirling! Bye the by I love the owl as well ... Happy Easter! :)

  7. lovely pics Ann...and I think your signature is great....who wants plain and boring when you can have flamboyant and striking!!!

  8. Glad you choose your own way of marking your art rather than using the Duke's...
    I especially like the tree... Both illustrations strike me as if they would make excellent illustrations for children's books.
    "One year, the summer days were especially beautiful. They seemed to be endless and fun filled, watched over by a benevolent sun. Evenings were soft, caressed by the breeze's wisteria touch, and filled with quiet laughter. All things were well and everyone was happy. Except for one young owl..."

  9. The owl is fantastic! And yes, I did notice your new signature :)

    Happy Easter!

  10. I already noticed your trademark signature from your previous post but I didn't make any comment yet. Now, you officially declared it. Hehehe!

    Your signature looks cute and artistic.

    Wonderful creations you just made with the tree, shade and the sun in the first pic and to the owl on the second photo is amusing. Haven't seen that kind of bird in reality. :D

  11. I dare you to come up with a mark that looks like what Duke would leave. Come to think of it (so to speak), it might actually be kinda cool.

  12. I love your mark :)!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. Hahahaa....lordy...sweet Duke.
    I Love your mark!!!
    Now I need to do that to My photos! Just don't kno how!!
    Happy Easter sweet friend!

  14.'s a good thing. Very cool, Ann.

    Have a nice weekend! :-)

  15. I think it looks great! Happy Easter!

  16. It's a lovely trademark, has a special clarity to it.

    Dorothy from grammology

  17. I don't think you overdid it at all. That is much better than some other signatures I have seen. Now, can I ask you how you are doing all that wonderful art work??? I would love to be able to do something like that. I like the owl too.

  18. I'm with Marg - are they hand drawn?

  19. Your watermark looks great. I go back and forth on the watermark issue. SO far I haven't though I do think it's a good idea.

    On a side note, I really like the two pieces you shared, especially the owl.

  20. cinnamon girl, thank you

    ldh well it's different anyway :)

    beaded tail good thing i have duke for inspiration

    lin I think you can probably guess what his looks like

    tahtimbo duke's method wouldn't work as and thanks

    kloggers thanks so much, I thought the owl was kind of cute

    bossy betty why thanks

    allotments4you flamboyant yes, enough plain and boring for me.

    alesa warcan I like the start of your story there, I could probably do illustration but I don't know about the writing part.

    duni thank you and happy easter to you also

    junezach thank you very much. I've never seen a real owl either, maybe some day

    fishhawk you would have to dare me, I've never been good at passing on a dare, and I agree that it could possibly look very cool

    audrey thanks and you too

    donna thank you. It's really very easy, once you have the mark made, save it and then layer it on to your photo and lower the opacity.

    me-me yes they are, I don't know why I wasn't doing it all along

    split rock ranch thank you and happy easter to you also

    dorothy thanks

    marg explaining how I do the artwork can be tricky since I never write the steps down and I play so much that I don't remember what I did. Once I get the basic design I want I start adding textures, gradients and assorted filters until I'm satisfied

    Grace yes and no. It's all done on the computer, I either start with shapes or just brush colors on. The owl for example I used shapes, layering and shading.

    dkmiller watermarking is a good idea, however where I placed it would be easy to crop out. If I wanted to really be safe I would plaster it across the entire image.

  21. The trademark is very artistic. I like it and I love that tree.

  22. poetic shutterbug, why thank you very much


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