I know this time of year many of you are thinking of Christmas Trees and holiday decorations. I thought I’d give a little twist on the subject today! One of the things that I really like about the winter season (and some days it’s hard to find thinks that I like about it!) is the leafless trees. You can really see their “personality” when the bare branches show their twists & turns. I’ve spent hours driving country roads with my camera capturing images of winter trees. I have a file with literally hundreds of these image saved on my computer! It’s a great resource when I am creating digital art to be able to sort through and find the perfect tree for the piece I am creating. Just for fun I looked through some of my older digital art pieces and pulled some out to share with you today.
I hope you enjoyed seeing these images, they are still some of my favorites! It’s been quite a while since I’ve created any art with my computer…I may just have to add that to my schedule soon!
I’ve been in a frenzy of sorting, cleaning & organizing during the last few days and while digging around I found a few more items to add to my “call it what you want” sale!
With the discover of these, plus the fact that many people weren’t around during the holiday weekend to enjoy shopping I’ve decided to extend the sale until December 10th!
I will add these new images to the sale page on my website soon, for now you can view them here.
I’ve still got a few more places to clean before I’m ready to move on to other projects so there may be a few more pieces added this week.
If you haven’t had a chance to look at the sale page on my website be sure to check out all the other artwork on sale. Great gifts for the holidays or perhaps a nice treat for yourself! Even better, add it to your wish list and give it to your loved ones to get exactly what you wanted, without to guilt of spending money on yourself during the holiday season!
Okay, I have to admit I was inspired by all the Black Friday sales that are everywhere at the moment. Why not have one myself?! But the more I thought about it I believe it’s more like an art adoption program. Just like retired greyhounds, they’ve been around the circuit a time or two but they’ve got lots of good years left to be loved & appreciated. Won’t you consider giving them a home? You can view this selection of over 40 framed & ready-to-hang pieces of art on my website. There is a link on the home page as well as the portfolio page or just click HERE. Be sure to tell your friends & family to check out the sale too! It ends November 30th – don’t miss it!!
I really enjoyed having an excuse to work on some digital/photo art, it seems like lately I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on acrylic painting & mixed media. It’s fun to mix it up a bit! How do you keep things interesting in your work & life?
Don’t forget that the new Prints 4 Non-Profits online auction page is up & running as of this morning! Stop in and view the seven prints that are available this week. Place your bid, expand (or even start!) your art collection and help a good cause. What a perfect way to start the week! Or end it…the auction runs until Saturday at midnight. Here’s a sneak peek at just one of the prints available:
I’ve enjoyed having a reason to get creative with some photos during the last week! These images are two possibilities I have presented to a client who commissioned me to create a piece of art commemorating his retirement. We met at the end of January at the Sugar Creek Art Center to discuss what it was he had in mind for this project. The most important thing was the inclusion of the quote “The Best Part of Life is When Your Family Becomes Your Friends and Your Friends Become Your Family”. Beyond that requirement we brainstormed a bit as we walked around the center looking at colors, styles and subject matter of different art pieces that were on display. I came away with a list of several things that were important symbols and memories from his life. Although I knew I couldn’t include all of them on a single piece of art it gave me ideas to work with as I began creating. I gathered up around 20 different images related to what we had discussed and put them in a folder to draw from when I began combining images. The first image ended up very muted and calm. I added a layer from a printmaking project to give it some extra texture and interest. Although one of his requests was for a stand of trees to be included I still feel like the emphasis of this piece is water…both flowing & still.
I like the way the waterfall flows into the image!
The second piece is a bit bolder and has a definite “ocean” feel to it. The ocean & sea oats were other items mentioned in our talk but I wanted to make sure to include trees and rocks too, as he mentioned those several times. The colors were actually brighter than this to begin with and had lots of bright pinks and peach colors which I toned down or changed before finalizing the piece. Bright pastel colors weren’t in our discussion!
I really like the silhouette of the tree(s) in this image!
I’ve e-mailed copies of each of these images to my client and will wait to see what the feedback is. Which one he likes, if he wants any changes to the image, if neither suit him and I start from scratch…all those thoughts whirl through my head. Which would you choose?
Sometimes after I’ve created a digital and/or photo art piece I revisit it to see if there are some modifications I could make to improve it. It works in some cases, in others – not so much. I recently did a set of images created from photos I took in someone’s flower gardens. I really liked the original images but wanted to submit them somewhere else where the stipulations were “no extensive use of the color red”. And of course how had I decided to color these images? Yup, mostly red hues! So back to the drawing board (or more specifically Photoshop screen) I went. Here are the original images, followed by the modified ones.
I have mixed emotions about the outcomes. The top image I pretty much like the before & after version about the same, the middle image I think I prefer it with the changes and the last image I like the “before” version best. What’s your opinion? I really love the flexibility of working within the digital realm. The ability to change color schemes, sizes, orientation and content are all just a button-click away. The downside, of course, is the uncertainty of knowing which colors to choose, how to best present the image and just trying to make up my mind which version I want to display. Pros, cons and personal preference abound – as with most things in life!
Oh, how I love quotes! I couldn’t help but put these all together into one piece of art when I found them, it was just too hard to resist. The background consists of several layers of photos that I took of a decorated egg! I know the image is small so here are all the quotes:
“Dreams soar on the wings of imagination” (Unknown)
“The world is but a canvas to the imagination” (Thoreau)
“Imagination is the air of mind” (Bailey)
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” (Einstein)
I realized a day or two ago that I needed to get my images to the printers for an upcoming competition so they would be ready before the drop-off date. Things like that just continue to sneak up on me (and, on more than one occasion, past me by). I have dozens and dozens of photos, digital art and other images but when it comes to a competition I look through them all and feel less than excited, even by pieces that just a week ago I thought were great. It seems I am only pleased with new work! So, after sorting through my images and selecting some from the current stock I decided to create a couple new pieces to add to the mix. Now I’m happy! 🙂
This piece will compete in a creative photography category.
I know the images is smallish so I’ll reprint the quote: “The human body is not a thing or substance, given, but a continuous creation. The human body is an energy system which is never a complete structure; never static; is in perpetual inner self-construction and self-destruction; we destroy in order to make it new.” (Brown) On a side note: If you are in the Indianapolis area and are looking for a personal trainer I would certain recommend my “model” for this piece. (This is an image from some promo shots we took last year for his business.) Click here to check out his website “Designer Fitness by Flavius“. Not only can you learn all about his training services it shows off some of the other promotional photos that were taken. I also designed the website and his logo!
The second piece I created is something I’ve had in mind/on my mind for well over a year now. I made it specifically as a gift for my massage therapist, once it’s done at the competition I will give it to her. I am a firm believer in getting regular massages as part of staying healthy. It is such a wonderful escape from the busy-ness and worries of daily life. Like a short, sweet trip to a warm, pleasant island. Ahhhh! If she reads my blog then I guess this won’t be a surprise gift but I think she’ll be pleased, none-the-less.
I enjoy making art with a specific topic or theme from time-to-time. I can still use my imagination but it gives me some “walls” to work within so I don’t get to scattered with my ideas. Let me know if you have any project that need an artistic touch!
I was still sorting through files when I stumbled across this piece. It is one of my first digital collages from back in 2003. It took me hours & hours to assemble it from photos and clip art using a very primitve photo editing program. I was so excited when it was finished I am sure I e-mailed it to every person in my address book! I still love the concept & title and I am pretty sure that if you could get a snapshot of the thoughts & ideas floating through my head it would be something similar to this. 🙂 I will brag a bit and tell you that when I entered this image in the state fair that summer I won the blue ribbon for computer art! Which shows how much computer art has progressed in the last six years…this seems so very basic anymore.
The current ideas & daydreams dancing in my head revolve around getting my new art studio space set up. I’ve been taking some photos of the progress, I will post them when the project is complete. I spent all day Friday sorting, packing and emptying the room followed by a weekend of painting. And more painting! My goodness it takes a long time when you are working around ten windows and a pair of french doors. I sure love the room full of sunlight but flat walls without windows are certainly faster to paint! In addition to those obstacles the room had hunter green trim (does that date it for you?) that had to have two coats of primer before we could even begin to paint. BUT, it is a beautiful, clean, bright white now! It will be over a week before the new carpet can be put in so we’ve got a bit of a lull in activity. I am in the midst of drawing up plans for the built in storage that I want to add (after the carpeting) and my head is spinning with room arrangements, furnishings and details. I want to keep it fairly open yet also want to put all my art supplies in there, have a space for doing both mixed media and digital work plus be able to use at least part of it for social gathering. It will be a balancing act! Now I am off to look at some furniture online…