Friday, February 10, 2017

What's a Hobby? #MFRWauthor Blog Challenge

This is probably going to be a short and sweet post! I actually don't have time for hobbies. Besides writing and a part-time job plus all the stuff you have to do to survive, I can't say that I have a serious hobby.

I've always enjoyed arts and crafts. Many years ago, I did a number of crafts and when I worked in a library, I had craft workshops. Now I would be lucky to remember how to do most of them. LOL. I actually had my own ceramic kiln ions ago. And once I had a load of house plants. Now I'm down to only a couple.

I would say my "hobby" now is photography and graphic design. I have a Canon camera that I prefer to use rather than my phone. I have tons of photographs and stock photos that I use in Photoshop and different programs to create memes and fun stuff. I've made some simple book covers for myself and for a few friends. I find working with the photos and fonts fun and very relaxing.

Also I've played with the new app Prisma to turn photos into paintings. With just a click, you can turn your picture into a painting. I actually found out about this on Twitter when I saw a tweet by Russell Crowe with photos he'd done. I thought at first he's a really talented artist. Then I saw where others responded with photo/paintings of their own and they were all using this app. The only negative thing is that it only makes a square picture. I haven't found any way to resize the picture. I'll post some of my photos before and after Prisma.

Before:
After:

Portrait I created:




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12 comments:

Sherry said...

Those photos-turned-paintings are great. I'm going to have to check that out.

Patricia Preston said...

Make sure you have a lot of time. It's addictive! LOL

Cathy Brockman said...

Your photos are awesome! I love your new background on the blog!

Meka James said...

Wow, that app is very cool. Love how it transformed the floral shot, all the detail is amazing.

Patricia Preston said...

Cathy: This is my Valentine's background for this month.

Meka: Prisma will do all kinda of different things according to which painter you choos.

Helen Henderson said...

going to have to check out the app. sounds great.

Alina K. Field said...

Wow! I'm impressed with the photos, both before and after. I've always wanted to learn photography. Thanks for the app tip!

Trevann said...

Sounds like a very peaceful hobby. Beautiful pictures.

Heather Boyd said...

Photoshop is serious playtime! I love spending an afternoon learning new tricks and transforming images. Yours are fantastic!

Robin Michaela said...

Your pictures are beautiful!

Alicia Coleman said...

I love your photos.

Patricia Preston said...

I'm glad everyone has enjoyed the photos!