Welcome to DarlaCalvert.com

by Darla on September 14, 2010

Welcome to my website. I am so excited to be here. Please allow me to start with a bit about what I do and how I got here.

First I would like to thank my wonderful husband/geek Doyle Calvert of DigitalDoyle for his expertise in WordPress. Doyle worked with me to make my design a reality in website form. Also for his many years of support and all the great times we have had together.

I have been involved in the creative arts in one way or another from a very early age. Sketching, photography, painting. I have painted everything from figurines to walls. My love of photography prompted me to dive into Adobe Photoshop many years ago. Photoshop is great for graphics as well as photography so… well lets just say I was hooked.

Along with Photoshop I use Corel Painter to produce digital oil and watercolor paintings. These paintings can be printed on canvas or water color paper for display in home or office.

Then there is my long time love for old photographs – you know the ones that need a little (sometimes a lot) of TLC. I can’t help but wonder who these people were and where they came from. I very much enjoy bringing these photographs back to life through my photo restoration.

This website showcases some of my works including Photography, Photo Restoration and Digital Photo Painting. In the future I hope to post short articles on how this work is done, before and after photos, and a maybe a story or two about the people in the historical photo restorations.

You will find examples in the Portfolio section above. Click on any of the thumbnails throughout the site to enlarge the photos. Please enjoy.

Photo of Darla at the Grand Canyon around age 5. Trying very hard to take over her Father’s new movie camera.


A Most Difficult Restoration

by Darla on December 28, 2013

What I really want to say is I DID IT!!! 😀

This piece is of a painting taken from a photo dated near the early 1900’s. For unknown reasons it was taken from its original frame and stepped on. (gasp) I had only 4 faded pieces to work from.  Portions of both faces and clothing had to be recreated.

Just click on the painting to see what I had to work with.


Grandma’s Trunk – Part 5

by Darla Grandma's Trunk
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Happy Birthday Baby!! May 28th would of been Grandma’s 122th birthday. Happy Birthday Grandma!!! Also born on May 28th was her second grandchild. Who just happened to be my sweet loving Father. Happy Birthday Dad!! What a wonderful birthday present that must have been. Grandma always had a soft spot for Dad. When going through […]

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Grandma’s Trunk – Part 4

by Darla Grandma's Trunk
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Happy Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 as a day to honor one’s mother. Mother’s Day became an official national holiday in 1914. In the United States, Mother’s Day remains one of the biggest days for flowers, greeting cards, and also the biggest holiday for long-distance telephone calls. Grandma had […]

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My Latest Painting

by Darla Digital Art
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A friend of mine had a favorite photo of her son when he was a little boy. She sent me a copy and asked me what could be done with it. After layers upon layers of digital paint, and completely reworking his eyes… here are the final results. He is a little cutie isn’t he. […]

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Be My Valentine

by Darla Grandma's Trunk
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Be My Valentine… Valentines Day has always been a special day in our family. Dad would bring Mom a present of flowers or a special heart shaped box of chocolates. Dad never forgot my Brother and I. We got our own smaller box of chocolates. Each chocolate flavor was a mystery till bitten into. Brother […]

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Happy New Year!

by Darla Grandma's Trunk
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Happiness & Prosperity in the New Year! This postcard has been digitally restored. Found in Grandma’s Trunk, it was sent to Grandma and Grandpa from Grandpa’s Sister and Brother in Law in 1920. To see the original postcard just click on the photo above. More Stories and Photos about Grandma’s Trunk More Photo Restoration

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Merry Christmas

by Darla Digital Art
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from DarlaCalvert.com. Digital painting of Jaspurr the Kitten is the official 2010 Christmas card from DarlaCalvert.com. More Digital Painting

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