I've not been here for a while, but I have a new computer and a new passion for things virtual, and so here I am. Pixabay is a free image website which offers a good search facility to find pictures for blogs, Second Life textures or anything you please. The pictures are available in different sizes and I enjoy playing about with them in Paint.net, layering them, using elements from one picture and adding to another. Both Pixabay and Paint.net are free, but they both ask for donations if you find the material useful.
There are lots of additional plugins for Paint.net, including a lot of the effects which you find in photoshop and other expensive programs. I really love it. Here's what I made yesterday using a combination of Pixabay photographs and Paint.net.
Watching the Fire in Friedsee [Flickr]
4 weeks ago