The Creative Playroom – Roadside Junk Art

Junk Car Topaz Impressions Colored Pencil I 100 pct

I found this old junk car, decorated with Christmas Lights, and a funny sign in downtown Tulsa not far from Route 66 so I had to do something with it. I the core downtown area of Tulsa with its beautiful art deco buildings and I also love the “squalor zone” surrounding the core downtown where the warehouses, old apartments, and machine shops where the art galleries, union halls, and collision repair shops coexist and where the interesting finds are.

I used Topaz Labs Impressions software on this and the “Colored Pencil I” filter. I didn’t back it off any. I like how the clumps of grass look alive in this treatment.

I posted a different version of this same photograph on Instagram using Snapseed. You can see it in the gallery to the right. Hey who says that I can’t use the same photograph multiple times?

I’m linking with “The Creative Playroom” today.

8 thoughts on “The Creative Playroom – Roadside Junk Art

  1. Andrea @ From The Sol

    I think I like both versions. First of all what a great find and what a good eye . Your composition is perfect. I love the colored pencil effect. Will have to explore Topaz. I am getting a little frustrated with PSE. Nice job Nick …

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  2. Ellen

    I think this would make a very interesting painting. I’m gonna keep it in the back of my mind for future projects. You need to start selling your prints. I think they’d do very well at local Tulsa art festivals.

  3. Driller's Place

    I am sure that some of that squalor area is best visited during daylight hours only. Still, it is part of the fabric of the city and part of what made Tulsa the city that it is today. I really need a road trip to capture some really unique finds like that truck. It is just outstanding. Nice use of the filter as well. Google released the Nik collection of filters for Lightroom and PhotoShop users for free. I am experimenting with some of them now. Images will be up next week. Have a blessed day.

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