Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Photograph in Metamorphosis

Recently I've been searching for descriptions to help better describe my process working with photographs. Discouraged in not finding the words I was looking for, I decided to go back and search my personal art images to inspire my thoughts and hopefully find one that spoke to me and helped me translate my visual art into words.  In the process I came across this butterfly piece that I did originally in honor of a friend who had passed and the butterfly meant something to me about her transition at that time.  I posted about it years ago in a previous post. But today it spoke to me in a different way and was rekindled to verbalize how closely I feel about each individual photograph and the transformation it takes into one of my pieces of art. Thank you for allowing me to share this with you. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Painted Ladies

My posting today is my version of the Painted Ladies in San Francisco as sort of a personal postcard of my own. These houses are sometimes known as "Postcard Row" and as been in nearly 70 movies, TV programs and ads. That's a hefty resume!  I hope my version gets as much attention! I loved this city and can't wait to go back one day. There many many interesting areas to photograph and re-create artistically. I worked with different techniques in Postworkshop Pro, Adobe CS6 and Corel Painter to create just the right look that I wanted and give a new painted uplift to an ordinary photographic postcard. I'm still in studies at The Artists' Quarter this week so this is a previous image that I created and wanted to share. Hopefully you will enjoy a refreshing view of these famous houses too! 

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Today I'm sharing a small portion of my studies from the Art of Creative Cloning. I think it's ironic that part of the word fundamentals is "fun" because this week didn't feel like fun, but maybe that's because I am also new to the abundance of information at the Artist Quarters. The first project was to crop the eye portion from a portrait and create a sampler of the brushes Tim Shelbourne generously created and provided for class. My first thought was "Ugh this isn't any fun" and pouted like a child in front of a plate of vegetables not wanting to eat them but being told they were good for me. I told myself, "You're an adult snap out of it! No one is going to do this for you!" I sat down opened the tutorial and listened to Tim patiently explain what to do. I don't know if it was his patience in speaking or his attention to detail that started to put me at ease but one by one I tested and played with each brush and found myself feeling the sensitivity of the brushes with the canvas, which was exactly the purpose of these fundamentals. This first week was overwhelming but with good cause and with an eerie feeling that something was always watching me.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

An Endless Journey

"Books can be like puppies in a pet store; you just want to take them all home!"~Andrea Auletta
With the new generation reading more through digital formats I think it's cool my art post today will one day be associated with the descriptive words "vintage" or "classic." This photograph has many of the attributes I love to paint in oils such as depth, lines, color and the ability to make you wonder. I wonder what he is reading and what book is awaiting under his arms? Can't you just hear the stillness of the setting and smell the aroma of coffee in the air? 
  The digital art world is an endless learning journey. I'm also reading a lot in my new online painting class "The Art of Creative Cloning in Corel Painter at the Artist's Quarter and look forward to hopefully having some interesting pieces to share with you. They say knowledge is power and he (she) who has knowledge is in control of their own destiny. So with that, I'm off to hopefully create my own destiny full of many more paintings and hug my pup Gigi who is terribly spoiled and happy that she's the only puppy I have at home!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Escape from Alcatraz

 Ready, Set, Go! This is "Escape from Alcatraz" the start of the most difficult triathlon in the world held in San Francisco. Only 2,000 serious competitors ranging in age from 13 to 80 years old from more than 35 countries were able to qualify to participate in this notorious race.
   I first cropped and adjusted the photo in Lucis Pro then tediously painted with Den's Oil Brushes adding more grain to each brushstroke and then finally enhanced the impasto style texture using Corel Painter 12's texture options. I wanted to express artistically how challenging this triathlon really is for these incredible athletes and highlight the world famous Golden Gate bridge still standing after 75 years, equally representing strength and endurance through swift currents, deep water and strong winds. This piece can be purchased at www.andreaauletta.com in a variety of formats. I love hearing your comments and trust me it's alot easier than racing in a triathlon ;)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Please Don't Feed the Ducks

I learn something with every post, but sometimes not always what I learn has to do with Corel Painter or digital art. This post is an example of that. The park is a perfect place to relax and capture moments with my camera that I like to paint. This gentleman apparently also visits the park regularly by the looks of the relationship he has created with the geese and the ducks. I've been to the park many times with only my camera in hand and have read the signs, "Don't feed the ducks" and  honestly never really knew why, until now. Knowing that most people feed them bread,  I did some research and found out that people who think they are doing good by feeding them are actually making them fat which means they cannot fly away causing a disruption in their genetic path of life. Yes, I do realize he is actually feeding a goose which may be the only technicality that could possibly keep him from being included. But my title still stands...Don't feed the ducks and my park sign would include the geese too!

Thursday, February 21, 2013


My how time flys and over 8,000 viewers to my blog,  I was shocked to see when I posted last! So much has happened and I've decided to post one of my pieces that was still in the making that I touched up and textured. I took the original photo on my first trip to the races at Santa Anita Race Track and what caught my eye was the man in the back with his hand on his head as if he had lost on a big bet while the sign above him explained it all. Pictures that tell a story make it so interesting to create art out of and draw me back into finding just the right brushes to work with and to want to start dipping them back into my digital art world that I love getting lost in. A world of imagination that's timeless.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


It's Official! My first painting post using Corel Painter 12! It's been a little challenging using the new layout and creating new habits to get my workflow back to where it was but I'm closer and with each new painting I know I will feel more comfortable. I took this photograph while visiting San Francisco. I fell in love with the city and it's energy. It's variety in landscaped buildings and the beauty of the bridge is something you have to experience for yourself. I loved the bridge so much we drove back and forth on it several times! Looking forward to taking a second look at the photographs we took of this exciting trip and continuing my artistic growth and knowledge by digging deeper into the newer painting software. Hope you like where it's taking me too. I read a quote that says "Without change, something sleeps inside us, and never awakens. My artistic spirit is alive and my eyes are wide open hope you'll stick around for what's next and thanks for your unending support following my blog. Please feel free to leave your comments below.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


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I took this photo at one of our local bagel shops that we visit most weekends. This guy is constantly busy behind the scenes through this glass window making sure that all the customer's get the freshest of bagles when ordering their breakfast and every time we see him he greets us with a smile. This time it was fun to capture him hard at work and show him some apprecation for putting everything he has into what I think is his own artistic creation! It just happens to be made of water and flour!  I'm currently enrolled in an online class for 4 weeks at the Digital Art Academy with Instructor Skip Allen and have upgraded my software to Corel Painter 12 and also previewing my latest DVD Tutorials from Jeremy Sutton. It's a big change from the usual layout that I've grown accustomed to and is really challenging me. Much of my usual painting time has been dedicated to this new upgrade and I look forward  to my next post San Francisco Chinatown painted entirely in Corel  12.   

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


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While taking a short break from my new focus on tutorials for the Corel Painter 12 software,  I have been switching back and forth to finish painting this photograph that I took during one of my visits to a local bookstore. This was shortly after one of the larger chain book stores closed and so my thoughts went direcly to today's endlessly increasing technology that might make bound paper books a thing of the past. Of course, I am a fan of technology. It is my main source and medium that allows me the ability to create my paintings but when I saw this young girl on her knees, deeply engaged in flipping the pages and seemingly getting lost into all that surrounded her,  I realized it could very well be that her children one day might only be browsing the hand held "book computers" such as the Kindle in the not so distant future. These are such simple things lost and will soon be a part of stories starting with "When I was a kid...."

Sunday, January 8, 2012


I started painting this piece after not being satisfied with another image that was to be a New Years post. During my painter's block, I selected this photo of  my friend's wedding dress that I took when she married six years ago. Yes, that is how long I have had this in my "to paint file" along with many others patiently waiting for me to choose them to be transformed into a work of art. The path of inspiration can have its ups and downs but when a photograph comes together and presents itself to me in its artistic form I find joy and motivation to continue scanning through my file to paint.  I decided to paint this in mostly acrylics with texture accents and name it "The One" because so many brides search through so many beautiful gowns to finally choose "The One" that makes them feel like a princess as they glide gracefully down the aisle to marry their prince in a fairytale wedding that most little girls dream of. It's hard to believe the bride is now a mother of a beautiful baby girl, maybe one day she will want to wear her mom's dress on her special day!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


One of the best things about summer is Music Festivals! Several nights a week local parks here offer residents a wide variety of free music to choose from and relax to after a hard days work . We kick back on our beach chairs, chat with friends and snack all sort of goodies. Feeling the rythym of the different instruments through the loudspeakers surrounding us quickly calls us to get up and dance! I think music really infuses our memories and transports us back to so many life events. This photo was from an evening here in Fullerton with jazz greats "The James Harman Band and Nathan James Trio." These jazz legends love what they do and it shows. I am most creative when I combine music with my art becuase these are my two passions. Expressive portraits with musicians and dancers are my favorite ones to create because you can feel more than there is to see. This is percussionist, founder of the Bonedaddys and accomplished artist Michael "Tempo" Temple and you can see by his expression he gets lost in the beat of the drums as he plays. That’s what drew me to photograph and create this piece. The before and after really shows where music takes me creatively.  Get your groove on and learn more about the group and check out their tour dates, I guarantee you won't be disappointed! http://www.jamesharman.com/fr_home.cfm. And learn about Michael here http://www.yelp.com/events/los-angeles-artist-reception-for-michael-tempo-temple-hes-got-the-beat

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Thousands of messages in a bottle are launched and lost, but when they turn up, it’s memorable for sender and recipient. I’m such a romantic; I love the mystery that surrounds bottles sent out to sea. I have not done this, but could see myself patiently finding the perfect antique, aqua colored, glass bottle with scratches of years of use and then sitting down with a beautiful fine tipped pen and cloth paper and writing thoughts of the love that I have been so fortunate to share that so few ever find and then finally sealing the cork plug to ensure it’s safety. With no wind or sail and made of glass, it’s journey will be long with surely many perils to pass. And if I were to ever find one, I could imagine my heart skipping a beat as I would anxiously pop the cork to reveal what may be a message from a thousands miles away and many years passed. With hand written stories of maybe …a treasure, a shipwreck or a long lost love letter searching for a soul mate. This photo was taken at a beach nearby as some children were playing and this little girl caught my eye as I could not see at a distance what she may be peering at near her feet. Still not seeing anything in the photo I started imagining things like a turtle, a shell or seaweed and chose to add the message in a bottle to create a piece of art that would take the viewer into their own imagination

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Something as simple as putting on a hat can change your day and it can leave everyone wondering  which is the more piece of work....you or your hat? Few women have ever been able to resist the temptation to try on a hat and discover in the mirror a person they never suspected was there.  Hats can alter the image we have of ourselves, and the image others see as well. For the hours we wear it, it brings out different dimension in our personality, much as a costume aids an actress in her role." For each style brings on a different persona. I myself love hats and can never resist trying them on so placing these just so,  I immediatly could imagine these three as a piece of art. This photo was shot while shopping  at San Juan Capistrano among a few other items I hope to get creative with before the warmer months end. I think these will make perfect 4x6 cards for many purposes.  So what are you waiting for, buy a hat and  live a little and bring out another side of yourself!

Friday, August 26, 2011


 A trip to Old Town Orange cannot be complete until you visit a small family owned restaurant that was  formely a gas station in the 1950's and hasn't changed. It's a step back in time with lots of american homestyle and  handmade items on the menu along with a very retro Egg Salad Sandwich. It's a perfect break from antique shopping  around the circle shaped heart of the town on Glassell Street. I've got lots of great photos from our visit and look forward to getting some more paintings posted for you soon, until then enjoy the rest of the summer!
For more information check out their site: http://www.fillingstationcafe.com/

Monday, June 6, 2011


It is is with a sad heart that I post my latest painting, dedicated to our friend Elieen Philips Montgomery who lost her fight with cancer at the young age of 45. She was a loving wife and mother of three beautiful, young children. Thinking of her immediately took me back to when I created the painting of her daughter Eleanor (as seen here) gazing at a butterfly. I wanted to represent Eileen as the butterly on her journey with all the turns and shifts and conditions that she could not always control during her final metamorphasis. I was touched in this discription that I read recently about how butterflies are "nature's canvases with the gift of flight." "When one considers that both the topsides and undersides of these specimens are masterly painted with equal skill, one becomes aware of the virtually unlimited number of artworks in the traveling art show of air." May she continue on a more peaceful journey as a symbol of immortality in her new colors. Like the butterfly, her beauty can forever remain as a symbol of the soul that physical death cannot destroy. Heartfelt blessings to her family Steve, Madeline, Maxwell and Eleanor.  

Thursday, May 19, 2011


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  My creativity has been re-awakened!  This painting really started as a test of my new Wacom pen. I was experiencing some digital hiccups and not able to paint so I thought it was time to upgrade.  I was so excited when I received it in the mail that I even hugged the UPS man! The installation process being complete, I randomly chose this photograph that my husband took of me at the California National Poppy Reserve. I have tried painting it a couple of times in the past but felt that the white dress was always holding me back.  Even when I purchased it for this shoot I always wished it to be purple. With the magic of Adobe Photoshop CS5 dreams can emerge from your mind to reality. Immediately I opened it in Painter and as soon as I put my penbrush to the tablet everything seemed to come together, blenders blended as if a cyclone swept across the pallete, oils flowed effortlessly like a wave receeding from the beaches and acrylics virtually dried into their perfect places. With each brushroke my artistc zen was in it's happy place and reconnecting with my inner being. As with each piece, I step away in it's final stages, if not for minutes but sometimes hours and re-evaluate colors, feelings and movement. In completion, I decided to transpose the image horizontally. At last, my painterly dreams again can be real with the upgrade of my new penbrush and my inner creativity will no longer be in hibernation. I would love to hear your comments!

Monday, March 28, 2011


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   I think this is the smallest detail painting for me to date and one of my favorite moments that I captured during the races. I took this photo placing my camera in between the railings nearest the curve on the racetrack. This horse clearly had a "leg up" if you don't mind the pun. I'm not a gambler as a perfect example of that is this horse's name was "SheezaBigBroad" and they kept saying it over the speaker system, "SheezaBigBroad over and over again and I just thought they were just being offensive in their description of this big horse! Boy, was I glad I didn't verbalize that to anyone standing nearby. Anyway I'm an artist looking for the best photo opportunities that abound and at at this point in the race I sure was wishing I was a gambler and would have placed a bet on her as she came around and ended very strong. I felt good walking away though not having gambled becuase the photographs captured at this first ever Photography Day at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia CA were much more priceless, although sharing my deepest thoughts to my subscribers here could be one of my most embarrasing!  Be sure to click the image, tiny details are hidden in the main art posting here.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


Ah-Ha! I know what your were thinking when you read the title in your email...you thought I had captured someone filling up at the gas station and was going to talk about the rising prices of gas which is not a bad idea actually, but again this is where my mind goes. Seeing things in a whole new perspective. These two cyclists were sitting outside chatting near our local coffee shop one morning and I took a quick photo trying to catch one of them lifting there cups. I've been a little bit of "painterazzi"  instead of a papparazzi I guess you could say. Again love the textures I'm getting out the oil paints and am enjoying less details. Messy is fun! And don't be surprised if along the way you just might see that gas station painting....but it will be titled something more in the way "I see and paint it."
By the way I'm proud to say this is my 51st post on my blog....going forward to 100 posts!! Hope to see you there too!

Saturday, March 12, 2011


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You just never know what kind of moments you can capture at the park or anywhere really, in every day life. Maybe it's just me and the crazy way I think sometimes but this one really struck me becuase I felt the birds where hanging around to get the latest gossip! One was even too embarrased to show it's face, as if to say "I just can't take this anymore!" I'm working on studying and using just a few of the oil brushes that really make the picture show texture on the page. I think that is a great challenging in painting digitally today but one day I hope to master it. Thanks for looking..more "day in the life" stuff coming.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


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Before venturing away a little from the rodeo into other lifestyle images, I wanted to post one of my favorites with a different technique I created. This was alot of fun to keep messy and focus on minor details. You can see in the original photo that he was wearing a microphone becuase he was included in the entertainment but I purposly painted it out in the final image.  Personally, fun and games or not,  his expression doesn't look like he's still too excited about jumping in a barrel to distract any determined horse or bull ready to to toss anything in it's path! Alot of our jobs don't look to bad now do they???

Sunday, February 27, 2011


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Continuing in my country cowboy series,  this is my latest piece from the same rodeo that I attended. I always like to see expressions in my portraits and he seemed to really be contemplating his next ride and probably hoping it wasn't going to be his last! This guys are true daredevils if you ask me.  I'm working more on less detail in the face and hands as I prefer it and feel that it creates a more painterly piece. Another one coming soon, something else that's always a part of every rodeo so stay tuned. It just might make you giggle!Thanks for you continued support and all your wonderful comments on my previous pieces.

Monday, February 21, 2011


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It's been too long since my last post; I'm hoping to be able to post something at least once a week as I do have alot action stock images in my gallery from cowboys to marathon runners that are just begging to be transformed! This photo was taken last summer at a rodeo. I had never been to one so this to me was quite amazing to watch the strength of both the horse and the rider. I added more warmth to create a western style and a canvas textured with brush edging. Arylics and Oil brush combinations seem to be what I lean toward in my artistic process.
Thanks for looking and don't forget you can leave your comments below.

Monday, January 3, 2011


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 I decided to post this painting after the gift was given, so not to spoil a good surprise during the holidays.  Jason and Lisa were married a couple of years ago in Hawaii and Jason's mom, Jeane asked me to "do  my magic" and create something special for them. As you can see I decided to eliminate the low lit distraction of the ocean and compose them more closely to express the joy and excitment they were experiencing at this moment after they exchanged their vows. It took me a few tries to create just the right background that I felt was appropriate and also referred back to Richard Ramsey's training DVD. This was a challenging piece but I was so glad to hear their feedback as I've included below.
"I wanted to let you know we love our painting! It was a wonderful Christmas gift. We have very few pictures displayed, they are all in photo albums. It is so nice to not only have a beautiful painting of us on our wedding day but also an elegant piece of artwork to hang in our home. I will highly recommend you to all my friends and family."
Lisa and Jason

Sunday, December 12, 2010


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This painting is of my friend's daughter Hannah. I chose to paint her when I picked her mother's name for Secret Santa this year and we had talked in the past that she would love to have a painting of her. As soon I as drew her name my first thought "could I possibly get it painted in time?"  After arranging for Hannah to get to the studio for photographs secretly, my husband captured the beautiful image below my painting posted here. That same night I began to paint and.tilted her slightly using Photoshop CS5 to add more movement and I imagined warmer tones throughout to accentuate her beautiful olive skin and brunette hair, so I added other colors to compliment. I could easily enjoy creating more of these paintings. It may be that I love music as much as I enjoy painting. Special thanks for suggestions from my painter friends including Richard Ramsey. If you are interested in learning more about painting backgrounds in this style, I highly recommend his DVD tutorials which you can find using this link http://www.richardramsey.info/
 His instructions and videos are detailed, clear and sharp. Tell him I sent you :)