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iPad painting #6 – Orchids on the Mantelpiece

Title: Orchids on the Mantelpiece, iPad painting by Marthe Bijman (digital painting, 28.44 x 21.33 inches inches)

Title: Orchids on the Mantelpiece, iPad painting by M. Bijman (digital painting, 28.44 x 21.33 inches)


We usually have a pot of orchids growing on the mantelpiece. All I can say is that it’s a good thing I painted these because I don’t so much have “Green Fingers” as “Fingers of Death”. I can hardly look at a pot plant or it withers and dies. This one is still going strong through.


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iPad painting #5 Spring blossoms

13 Spring blossoms_signed2

Title: Spring Blossoms, iPad painting by M. Bijman (digital painting, 21 x 28 inches)


Standing waiting at the car wash we were under a canopy of fresh Spring blossoms. The car wash was pretty grim. The blossoms were pristine, and no-one but me so much as glanced at them. I took a few photos and then transformed one into this on my iPad. The trickiest bits were the stamens that had to be done painstakingly line by line with a 3 px brush. The background was relatively easy, broad, blurred strokes with a finger. I added the photo effect “hope” because it seems to me the every year the blossoms bring hope of another beautiful Summer here in BC.

Find my other paintings at Direct2Artist.


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iPad painting #4 – Three Valley Lake, Three Valley Gap

14 Three Valley Lake, Three Valley Gap, BC, Canada_signed

Title: Three Valley Lake, Three Valley Gap, BC, Canada, iPad painting by M. Bijman (digital painting, 21 x 28 inches)


Driving towards Revelstoke, BC, you can see Three Valley Gap on the other side of this lake, which is frozen solid and blue in Winter. There is a “ghost” hotel on the other side, which, off-season, looks pretty desolate. It has vestiges of former glory – huge wings, turrets, balconies and a view to die for. But in winter, all you can see are the tiny spots of cars’ headlights passing by in the mist, fog and sleet, and the trains hooting as they go along the track by the side of the lake. The massive cliffs of with forests right down to the water dominate everything. The sky stays a deep, doleful grey. The painting took forever to make, because of all the trees that had to be put in one by one. But I like the end effect. Just for the heck of it, I turned it into a Christmas card. See?

14 Three Valley Lake, Three Valley Gap, BC, Canada_signed2

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iPad Painting of Cherries in a Chinese Bowl – How it happens

Title: Cherries in a Chinese Bowl, iPad painting by Marthe Bijman (digital painting, 21 x 28 inches)

Title: Cherries in a Chinese Bowl, iPad painting by Marthe Bijman (digital painting, 21 x 28 inches)


Ah, the delicious, juicy cherries of British Columbia – the very essence of Summer. I can totally overeat when I get my hands on them. So too, apparently, can the bears around here. I photographed these in a bowl on our porch so the sun could bring out the deep red. Painting the thin, precise lines of the bowl was tricky and I had to go to huge % magnification – something like 300% – and work with a brush about 3 px in size. Almost made me go cross-eyed with concentration. When I was almost done making the painting, I realized I had put the shadow on the wrong side and had to redo it. Meh. But stuff happens when you move away from realism to something like impressionism, in other words, my impression of what I’m looking at.

Made on iPad, Brushes Redux app, 5 hours in front of the TV to complete (!), enlargement to over 300% to add detail, 1-70 px brushes, 100% coverage/replacement of the original pixels. Watch the video, below, for how it was made.

Find my other paintings at Direct2Artist.


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iPad painting #2 – Wild Weather

Wild Weather

Title: Wild Weather – iPad painting by Marthe Bijman (digital painting, 21 x 28 inches)


This one started out as a photo of some angry grey clouds and strange pre-storm sky over a hillside. And then it became this. The hills look like the sea, and the waving grasses in the middle distance like some faraway coast. It’s quite rough, but I like the end result. It’s a lot more free than my usual carefully executed landscapes.

Made on iPad, Brushes Redux app, 1 hour to complete, enlargement to over 800% to add detail, 1-70 px brushes. Watch the video, below, for how it was made.

Find my other paintings at Direct2Artist.


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iPad painting #1 – Windy Day (an imaginary landscape)

Windy Day

Title: Windy Day – iPad painting by Marthe Bijman (digital painting, 21 x 28 inches)


My first attempt. My fingers were a bit clumsy but it turned out OK.
Made on iPad, Brushes Redux app., 1 hour to complete, enlargement to over 800% to add detail, 1-70 px brushes. Watch the video, below, for how it was made. Fun!

Find my other paintings at Direct2Artist.


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10 Reasons To Love Drawing On the iPad

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You might scoff at drawings made on an iPad. I did too, when I first heard of people doing it. Why? I thought. Where’s the artistry in that? Where’s the skill? Well, I have now joined the craze. I use a simple, free iPad app, Brushes Redux, and my finger; plus an old worn-out no-name-brand stylus; and a new blue-tooth compatible Paper 53 stylus with replaceable tips. And I’ve found that while the technology has many advantages, it actually takes a great deal of dexterity. Is it art? Well, you create it with your own hand – just the medium differs. You decide. Here are some of my landscapes, made while watching TV. Below are the ten reasons which will make you love drawing on the iPad. Continue reading