I found Microsoft Paint by accident.I had not heard of, knew nothing such things.I spent about a year and a half playing with it especially when I had a few months of illness.I made some abstracts and then a great many cat pictures.It made me realize it o.k to simplify.to do so;you have no choice with Paint And that what I really like drawing is two objects in relation like two cats or apples.I tried three cats as well.It has that advantage… you discover what you personally like to draw.Ideally I’d prefer watercolor or pastels but I had no class I could manage then,
What will happen?
This is the family of three… a child has arrived
Moving on from Paint,I discovered Artweaver and Paint.Net both free.I experimented and found for transforming a photo it’s good to use photographss with strong shapes and pattern like trees,cracks in the pavement,gates,fencing,certain buildings,climbing shrubs on a wall…..natural patterns
Cracks in our pavement down the end of the street
Cracks in the pavement.It looks better in color
Here I used Paint to add birdlike shapes to the previous image
The top image below is from a photo of a mosquito bite on my thigh after I scratched it so there was a little blood
From my trees collection
What not to use.. don’t use photos with a large area in one color…even if it looks ok as a photograph
I found ignorance quite helpful in a way as I had no expectations…..which is very important I believe.