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How to Turn Your Photographs Into Fine Art Masterpieces.

Photography and arts and crafts are my passions. I spend as much time as I can sharing and honing these skills.

A beautiful bubble dancing on water.

A beautiful bubble dancing on water.

Picture to Painting - Turn Your Photographs Into Original Fine Art

These days one can commission a photo to be turned into a piece of art to hang on your wall or office. Within seven days or more you can have it hanging on your walls. So much of our creative thinking goes into our photography so why would we not want to display these as our very own original oil art masterpieces to complement our home or office. This idea of turning photos into art is not a new one. It has become a very convenient and affordable option! Why put up with cheap store-bought prints. It is now possible to simply e-mail a file from our computer to a specialist who deals in creating these masterpieces. All you have to do is let them have the details and dimensions of the image and they will do the rest. If you prefer to discuss your requirements before you proceed they are always happy to oblige. Your images can be created to fit a certain space, painted to scale and made to fit your own budget. You can even have the image painted in any of the colors you desire!

With this in mind, I became interested in the idea of converting some of my own Bubble images into

From Bubbles to Art Masterpieces

Turning Bubbles into Oil Art Masterpieces

Turning Bubbles into Oil Art Masterpieces

Creative Bubble Blowing

One starts to see endless possibilities for creative intent when you take up bubble photography. It offers one seemingly endless opportunities to capture a variety of different images within bubbles.

The difficulty of photographing bubbles is of course, the fact that you need to blow them and take the image at the same time! I guess the easy way out, would be to hire someone else to do the blowing whilst you take the image! Somehow I find this a cop out! If I can’t do it by myself, then it does not work for me! For one thing, the person blowing the bubbles has to fully understand the thought processes going through my mind! They need to understand what I want from the image and I don’t think this is possible! I believe that by blowing the bubbles myself I learn better how to respond to them with my camera. I believe I have more control over the images I produce. I can at least direct them to where I need them to be in order to get the reflection I want to appear in them.

An Obsession

Blowing bubbles can be a fascinating fun filled pastime for both adults and children alike. Photographing them, can become an obsession! Trust me, I know!

Tom Falconer

In 2009. I saw an image taken by Tom Falconer of a frozen bubble burstingI I was stunned by the beauty of it and ever since I have continued to enjoy looking at Tom’s images on Flickr. I find them as spectacular now as I did then. We cannot all aspire to re-create Tom’s wonderful images. but we can teach ourselves to create some of our own bubble magic and add own individual stamp to them.

Little Bubble Girl

Bubble girl

Bubble girl

Children and Bubbles

At the start of my bubble journey, I began by taking photos of children blowing them. I managed to capture some nice images of the children. but I did not get nice images of the bubbles!

Though I love working with children and taking photographs of them, I knew I was looking to create art masterpieces from photographing the bubbles and not the children. Then I discovered how to do it! I made myself a giant bubble wand from two bamboo sticks and some string. My journey had begun.

Caught in a Giant Bubble

Caught in a Giant Bubble

Bubbles, Buildings, Cars & People

I love images of bubbles, especially those which reflect buildings, bridges, trees or have people inside them. They are a real challenge to take well! It can be very little tricky do well.

Officials can sometimes discourage people from taking images of certain buildings in the public domain so take care, you might find yourself having to deal with some of these and also some of the many willing volunteers, who want to offer their services to blow the bubbles on your behalf!

You may even find yourself in a situation where you may need to watch your camera so be careful.

If it is shots of people blowing bubbles you are after take a large jar of bubble water into the public domain. I am sure you will find plenty of volunteers. My guess is that will have unlimited photo opportunities on these occasions.

Jazz in a Bubble

Jazz in a Bubble

Jazz in a Bubble

Bubbles, Water and Art - The whole mix.

I happen to prefer being on my own when I shoot my bubble images. It probably stems from the many hours of solitude which I spend photographing insects! The sad truth is that both I and the insects prefer not to be distracted from the task at hand! Working on my own gives me the freedom to explore my own creativity. I seldom have to respond to any outside influences or suggestions from people, especially those who sometimes think they know best how to get the image I want!

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I am continually searching for different places to take bubble images. I deliberately look for places which have either buildings or structures which result in interesting reflections, such as bridges or gates! I clearly need places which offer me enough space to create both the bubbles and the reflections..Getting enough space can be difficult at times, especially if I am photographing giant bubbles! It took me a while to realize that finding open spaces big enough, often means that you will find that space near water.

Being close to water is such an obvious choice. One drawback can be the wind. It is often better to wait for a calm day or find a much more sheltered spot.

On my list of favorite places is a really neat little boatyard not far from home. This is a definite winner in my book, even in windy conditions because even then. it is often possible to find a sheltered spot between two boats.

The craft will throw up gorgeous reflections, either below water or from the high masts above and these will reflect in the bubbles. It was at the boat yard that I first began to notice that bubbles seem to have a life of their own; even if their life is short lived! The bubbles will bounce merrily along the surface of the water without a care in the world. They mark their way by leaving little ripple marks on the surface of the water. These are magical moments and some of these memories are forever stored in my mind.

These can be yours too! I hope you will take time explore some of my ideas for creative bubble photography and perhaps you will find a way to turn some of your images into original Oil Art Masterpiece Be creative and make some of these memories for yourself.

Pictures to Painting

Norwich, Norfolk

© 2013 Sally Gulbrandsen


Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on August 05, 2016:

Hi Glen

It takes a lot of patience but I really do love bubble photography. I spent months with a big bubble wand which I made with string and bamboo sticks.

As for the Jazz Musician. I have a statue which I set up behind the bubbles I was blowing. I did it in our little conservatory. I had plenty of natural light I also had to deal with unusual reflections! It was a difficult feat to blow the bubbles and do the shooting at the same time but somehow I got one which I thin I am quite pleased with:) I appreciate the visit and the comment. Thank you very much.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on August 05, 2016:

This is an extremely interesting and fun thing to do with photography. It sure adds another dimension to the art, and it definitely takes a lot of talent as you have proven.

I'd sure like to know how you took that one of the jazz musician in the bubble. It was such as close-up, how did you avoid getting your own reflection?

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on April 15, 2015:


All the images shown are my own and were taken using a Nikon camera. None of the images shown were altered in anyway but one could turn them into Fine Art using PaintShop Pro software as discussed.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 15, 2015:

i am lousy at photography but these pictures are very beautiful, what software is that?

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on March 30, 2015:


That is a very nice thing to say. I love photography and it is always lovely to have one's talents appreciated and enjoyed. Thank you so much.

Eaglekiwi from New Zealand on March 30, 2015:

I am inspired by your talents and beautiful photography. Brilliant.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on February 12, 2015:

MJ Martin

It always pleases me to know that some people really enjoy these images. I used an 18-200 mm Nikon lens for these images. It really is a very versatile lens and the one which I have mounted on my camera for almost everything except my macro photography. I appreciate the visit and the comments as I really loved photographing these bubbles.

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on February 12, 2015:

Great bubble photography. Turning them into art prints and oils, what an inspiring thought! You've got some beautiful shots here. Well written hub about bubbles too. A very creative idea, I am for sure getting a zoom lens for my camera now.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on October 18, 2014:


I appreciate your comment, especially the one re - my photography. I had the best of times shooting these bubbles - quite a challenge it was, filming and blowing bubbles at the same time:) I hope to try my hand at some frozen ones this Winter - if we get any snow here. We are having incredibly mind weather, even the leaves have not fallen from the trees yet. I very much look forward to seeing what you come up with. Thank you for the vote up, useful and interesting and also the lovely comment you made on my fan mail.


Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on October 18, 2014:

This is a pretty amazing hub, sallybea. You are quite a talented photographer. The Bubble Girl is extraordinary. I love bubbles so much I wrote a hub about them. I have a bubble screen saver on my desktop. I will definitely try my hand at shooting some one day. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on September 17, 2014:


Photographing bubbles can result in some amazing shots, I am looking forward to winter, in the hopes that I may get some decent frozen bubbles. I very much appreciate your visit, also the vote up and share, thank you so much.


Caren White on September 17, 2014:

I dabble in photography,occasionally getting a decent shot. I am better at photographing inanimate objects than people but I never thought of photographing bubbles. Thanks for the wonderful hub. Voted up and shared.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on August 19, 2014:

Arachnea - I am so glad you discovered it. I love taking photos of bubbles and hope to get back to doing it again sometime. Perhaps in the winter when they freeze - now that should be a fun project. Thank you for your comment, it is much appreciated.

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on August 19, 2014:

This is an awesome hub. I'm always looking for ways to improve my very amateurish images.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on March 29, 2014:


This is one of my favorite Hubs. I love photographing bubbles and this was the result. I hope to do a lot more this summer when the conditions are right. Photographing them in winter when they freeze in the air might be a challenge I will try later.

I am always delighted to have someone comment on my photography which apart from felting, is another great love of mine. I am glad you enjoyed the images.

Thank you


Paula from The Midwest, USA on March 29, 2014:

Hello Sally, I can't believe the images of the bubbles and the reflections, etc. Wow, how fascinating, and I would never have thought of it!! It was interesting hearing how it was to photograph them with the kids, then also on their own later.

I understand what you mean about taking the pictures on your own, you can get more into a mindset, and enjoy the process a little bit more. Your images are amazing, and I am so glad you shared them with us and how much you love to take them. That is really neat, totally impressed here.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on February 13, 2014:


Hi Kim, I am delighted to find you back on one of my favorite Hubs. I hope your sister enjoys my images. Thank you so much for the lovely comment, and the vote up - also Super Cool! Good to have you back.

Best wishes


ocfireflies from North Carolina on February 12, 2014:

What an awesome hub! I love the creativity demonstrated and the user-friendly way the work/ideas are presented. My sister is the photographer in my family. I have told her about your hub and is excited to see your incredible work. A definite vote up! Super Cool!

Good to be back.



Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on January 29, 2014:


Photoshop certainly is a great tool to help us create great visuals but first we have to go out there and get the images!

I use Photoshop Elements but like you, hope that one day I will have its 'Big Brother'.

Thank you for the vote up - I appreciate your visit.


Kalmiya from North America on January 29, 2014:

What great images using bubbles with photos! I hope to get Photoshop sometime and look forward to creating great visuals. It's amazing the tools we have these days to make marvelous pictures to use in hubs and other projects, limitless really. Voted up!

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on November 22, 2013:

JPSO138 I am so glad you enjoyed my bubble images - I confess they are some of my favorite ones too. Thank you for your comments.

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 22, 2013:

Wow, they are indeed very nice and awesome. I really like the pictures. They are so vivid and wonderful!

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on October 11, 2013:

Tashaonthetown - Not even an image of yourself or a loved one! Painting by numbers - guess that is something we have all tried at sometime and enjoyed it. I don't think it really matters how or what one paints - the only thing that matters is that we enjoy doing it, every step of the way.

So glad you were able to visit my Hub - as Billybuc says 'we all have a talent' we just have to find it - you have a great day.

Natasha Pelati from South Africa on October 10, 2013:

What a great idea and the bubbles so creative! there are a few photographs that i would love to turn into oil paintings. I do paint by number in acrylics, hahaha trying something new but i do not have the gift to draw unfortunately.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on August 03, 2013:

Hello Oscarlites - it is all there for you - you just have to go get it. Thank you for your visit and also your comment.

Oscar Jones from Monroeville, Alabama on August 03, 2013:

all amazing! I want to I want to.. hi Sallybea!

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on June 28, 2013:

Thank you very much tomy101 for the complement. I had an awful lot of fun doing them and to date, I would say they were one of the most successful of the challenges I have set for myself. I confess! I am a little older and a lot wiser than you may think! I very much appreciate your visit but most especially I am grateful for the comments regarding my photography skills.

Christopher Hyer from Midland, Texas on June 28, 2013:

Very talented and you could make money on the Internet with these images. These are remarkable and very likeable. I would buy these. I am a photographer also , never thought about doing bubbles, what an Idea. Your very intelligent and a smart young lady..Keep up the good work. Thank You

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on June 11, 2013:

Thank you DDE - very much appreciate your visit and your comments.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 11, 2013:

Truly in amazing in a bubble looks so awesome and such a creative thought here.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on May 25, 2013:

Thank you very much AnnaCia, I am delighted you enjoyed my Hub. Thanks for stopping by.

AnnaCia on May 25, 2013:

Great art and ideas. Love it.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on April 16, 2013:

Thanks Glenn, I am glad you found the hub interesting. So nice of you to take the time to stop by.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on April 16, 2013:

I like your bubble pictures Sally. It's even more intriguing to see them as oil paintings of the original photo. What an interesting idea.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on March 20, 2013:

Hi Martie, thanks, I have considered other ways to blow the bubbles. An electric bubble maker is out unfortunately, hard to plug one in when I am out in nature taking the photographs. It is a lot easier for me to blow them and then try to direct them where I want them to be. Does not always work out but that is the challenge. Thanks for stopping by.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 20, 2013:

Wow! Beautiful pictures. I wanted to suggest an electric bubble-blower - I saw one at a children party the other day. But I agree, you have to blow the bubbles where you want it the way you want it.

Interesting hub about photography and bubbles!

Thank you, sallybea :)

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on March 15, 2013:

Hi Kathryn, Thank you so much for stopping by. So nice to see you here on hubpages.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on March 15, 2013:

Hi mjkean, So glad you enjoyed the images. I very much enjoyed taking them and can't wait for the Summer so I can have another go. Thanks for the vote and also for the share.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 15, 2013:

These are very pretty photos, and I like your idea of turning photgraphs into oil paintings. It would be a good statement piece.

mjkearn on March 15, 2013:

Hi Sally

Welcome to HP. The photos in this hub are simply stunning. Amazing reflections in bubbles.

Great job. Voted up and shared.


Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on March 02, 2013:

My Moments, Keep on taking photos and learning to paint. The feeling one gets from being creative is like no other one. I think of it as being my soul time, my time for expression, time just being me!


Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on March 02, 2013:

Hello My Moments, Doing something creative in my opinion, good for the soul. It matter not which medium you choose to be creative with, what matters is that you get that feeling, the one which comes from deep inside you whilst you are creating. Thank you for the comment,


My Moments on March 02, 2013:

Beautiful pictures! And I love the idea of turning them into oil art masterpieces. I have been taking some of my better photos and using them for inspiration for my new found love of painting. Although I use acrylic. It is fun though and find it to be very relaxing.

Anyway fun and informative hub!

Reza Vergara from Orange County, CA. on February 23, 2013:

amazing pictures and great hub thank you !

shea duane from new jersey on February 22, 2013:

I hope so.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on February 22, 2013:

I hope you will in time - there is something so very satisfying about spending a little creative time. Thank you for stopping by.

shea duane from new jersey on February 22, 2013:

Very interesting hub. I wish I had more time to play with creative ideas like this. someday...

torrilynn on February 21, 2013:

really great hub about pictures and paintings that can make by using these pictures. nice.voted up.

agusfanani from Indonesia on February 21, 2013:

Wow ! an amazing technique in photography, I love it !

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on February 21, 2013:

Capturing the stillness of the bubbles is so remarkable. What a really nice image. Thanks for sharing this.

sarosh kumar on February 21, 2013:

Fantastic pictures here and i haven't seen anything like this before

Nell Rose from England on February 21, 2013:

These are absolutely gorgeous! Wow! I love them, wish I had the talent to do this! wonderful, voted up and shared! nell

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on February 21, 2013:

Thanks Vicki, glad you could stop by again. You can watch the frozen ones for several minutes if you blow them in your neck of the woods! Just Imagine how wonderful that would be!

Vickiw on February 21, 2013:

Hi Sally, gorgeous pictures. It is so great to be able to examine a bubble and not have it pop just as you are getting interested!

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on February 20, 2013:

Howdy Gus (GusTheRedneck) Yes, a ruler can come in handy sometimes, nearly as handy as that little gift you received yesterday. You might not like what you see in the Giant Bubble - look carefully and the photographer is the poor sucker caught in the middle - giant bubble maker and camera strung around her neck! Don't forget the bowl of bubbles at her feet!!! have a great day.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on February 20, 2013:

Hi JPayton, So nice of you to stop by. Lovely to know that you enjoyed the images - I had a whole lot of fun creating them. Best wishes

JPayton on February 20, 2013:

Love those pictures - very cool

Gustave Kilthau from USA on February 20, 2013:

Howdy Sally (sallybea) -

Surely do wish that I had some art in me. Can't draw a line without using a ruler to guide the pen...

Those were some really nice examples shown here. I particularly liked the "Caught in a giant bubble" example.

Gus :-)))

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