Sunday, November 14, 2010

Poppy White - and my tools for Digital Image editing!

Howdy and Welcome,

"'Poppy White's Passport to Europe - to sing bass in the new opera 'Porgy and Bess'"
Mixed media - Collage of inherited antique objects, Digital Montage
c mlh1 2009 - 2010
Would you be interested in the tools I use to accomplish my digital artwork? The following software products are in my digital toolbox. And also listed is my quick review of each product. These are loaded on the desktop PC I use in my upstairs 'office'. The top 2 are my most often used Faves, and these 2 are also loaded on my amateur photographer hubby's laptop PC in our living room. We both share the laptop for scanning:


  1. - Adobe Photoshop Elements (PSE) - opens slowly, huge learning curve, need to play with this almost daily - it has so much stuff to learn
  2. - Microsoft Digital Image Suite Anniversary Edition Editor (DIE) - easy, very intuitive
  3. - Corel Painter Essentials - easy borders
  4. - HP Photosmart Essential - I prefer the old version for it's canned collage templates
  5. - Microsoft Image Composer - easy effects but rarely use, limited functions
  6. - Microsoft Paint - opens fast for quick check of images
  7. Microsoft Publisher - used for it's word art
  8. - Microsoft Word - easy text
  9. - Creating Keepsakes Creative clips and fonts for boys - rarely used, needs more variety
  10. - Creating Keepsakes Digital Quick Pages by Ali Edwards - never used, but I want to!
  • I expect to be using my Wacom tablet and pen soon - I've only had them connected on the desktop for 4 years! :-) Isn't it about time I use them?!!!
  • Would love to get 3D Studio Max, Bryce, Adobe Illustrator and Maya, too!

What do you think of this image of my maternal grandfather, Lewis Victor White? My family all called him 'Poppy'. He was an English teacher in the Chicago Public Schools for over 20 years. 'By night' he and my grandmother were opera singers! He sang bass, she sang soprano. I inherited one of the record albums that he made - although I've never tried to play it...He sang in the opera 'Porgy and Bess' in NY and Europe when it first opened!!! Also he sang on WGN radio and in the chorus at the Civic Opera House here in Chicago! He sang in several languages. The first year I went to college at IIT was when he passed away. I remember him as a very quiet, gentle man with a good sense of humor. Just recenly I found out that he was an adventurer! Before the Great Depression, Poppy White 'rode the rails' for the experience.
This image combines scans of his passport, his record album, one of my original collages and some vintage advertising. I used transparencies, layers, erasing and gradients back and forth between Adobe PSE, MS Publisher and Microsoft DIE.
I'd love your comments about this post - or any other post on my blog.
Also, I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog - to celebrate my 1st year blogoversary - yippee! If you are a mixed media artist or collage artist you don't want to miss this give-a-way! Ends Nov 27, 2010.
Thanks for stopping by - would love for you to come back for a visit - often!

Celebrating my 1st year Blogoversary with a give-a-way!


Martha Lever said...

WOW, LuLu, what a fabulous digital collage of your Poppy White!! What an interesting man he was and so talented. Looks like you got his creativity! Thanks so much for visiting me at my blot today!!!

LuLu said...

Howdy Martha,
Thanks for stopping by and you kind words about my Poppy White post.

Sometimes I feel like I'm channeling him. The art projects just seem to fly out of my head and fingers!

I forgot to mention in the post that he also wrote his autobiography and my mom transcribed it. I want to have it published some day - soon I hope!

Again, thanks for stopping by. I'll be over to visit your blog again soon.


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