So, if you’ve read my blog the past week or two I’ve been mentioning my show at the Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield Indiana. I was so excited I announced the date it went up, only to find out I didn’t have all of my artwork available to hang that day! SO, if you stopped by last weekend to take a peek and noticed a big blank area, I thought I’d share with you what was supposed to be there (and was finally hung up Monday afternoon). As it turned out all the missing artwork was digital art, printed on aluminum. A photo of the entire wall space is show about. The triptych pieces on each end of the wall are new, here are some closer images of them.
I really love the way the digital art looks printed on the aluminum! My apologies for the unfinished space if you happened to visit last weekend. If you haven’t visited yet then I encourage you to stop in this coming Sunday, February 20th, for the opening reception. It’s from 1 to 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Stop by to visit, have some delicious snacks, a little conversation and see my new work. I’d be honored to have you attend!
In my last post about digital art I mentioned that I had made different versions of this particular image in different color schemes. I thought it might be fun to show some of the versions and get some feedback from you as to which one appeals to you most. The original color scheme is at the top of the post, here are the rest:
So, what do you think? Any of them jump out and speak to you more loudly than the others?
I love that there is so much flexibility in selecting the colors for a digital piece, until it comes down to the time when I am ready to present the image online. I can’t fill up pages with different versions of the same image so I try to select the one that I think best suits the composition and style and only use that. Usually it ends up being the original colors selected during creation but occasionally I find a different color scheme that ends up being even better than the original. I have plans on updating and making changes on my website soon so I believe I will use all the versions of this particular image to demonstrate the flexibility there is in digital art and help people understand not only can it be printing in a variety of sizes, on a wide selection of different materials, but that it can also be custom tailored to their color tastes!
I’ve continued to play with creating photo/digital art using rock/landscape textures as a base for the composition. I’m having a blast making these! In my last post about them I showed you the before & after pictures of the photos that inspired the art. Today I’m just showing the newly created artwork – one because I’m sleepy and heading for bed as soon as I write this and, two, I forgot to upload those images. 🙂 That’s one way to keep a post short & sweet! In addition to the image at the top of the page these are the other two pieces that I’ve completed as of today:
The last piece I ended up with FIVE different versions of! It’s hard not to play with the color combinations and I just kept finding ones that I liked. 🙂 When I get a chance I will upload the alternate versions and let you compare them. Now for some much-needed sleep, I want to be fresh for my day in the studio tomorrow!
I know the titles are cheesy but I couldn’t think of anything that fit this new photo/digital art any better as I created it late at night. Perhaps I’ll re-title it “Art Rocks!” or something…any suggestions?
I haven’t played with Photoshop Elements for a while and I am not quite sure what even inspired me to start this evening but once I started I couldn’t stop with just one image! I started on the first image using this photo.
I have many, many rock images that I have taken during my travels over the past year or so…I’m just drawn to them, their texture, colors, the lighting, I can’t help myself! Anyhow, I opened up a blank layer on top of this image and then began to draw outlines and trace details of it with a fairly wide (about 40 pixels) paint brush, using black to make the marks with. After I’d done all that I made a duplicate copy of the original image and then softened it up quite a bit with a blur tool and layered it on top of the original. From there I ended up making two duplicates of the blurred image and made different adjustments to them using the gradient map. Then each of those layers were adjusted for opacity & blending techniques. Clear as mud? I don’t want to bore anyone but I also know that other Elements users always ask “how’d you do that?” so I’m trying to give them a brief explanation without boring the rest of you to tears. 🙂 The last couple of steps involved selecting the black marks on the top layer and reducing the size of the lines (using the “modify” and “contract” options) till they were much thinner. I also added a duplicate layer of that image and inversed the color (black to white or white to black) and did a very slight blur to give a highlight to the lines. Okay…enough tech talk, here is the first result:
It’s pretty easy to see the similarities between the original photo and the new images. The following one is a little more abstract, here are the “before” and “after” images for it:
“rock my world #2” photo/digital art (c) 2011, Lynne Medsker
The last creation for the day is at the top of the page and I think it is probably my favorite one of the three. The photo it was from is this one:
I’ve got a selection of other photos that I want to work on soon, I’m enjoying a little digital play, it’s been a while! I hope you enjoy me mixing the post topics up front time to time…I don’t want anyone to get bored when they stop by to read!
Yesterday a friend posted on Facebook: “I am responsible for my own happiness” (thanks Deanna!) It got me to thinking about some photos I took a few weeks ago during my cleaning spree. I ran across some old collage-type poster boards I’d made as part of an assignment. One was to show what inspired me, one to show what I didn’t like and the last to show what made me happy. They’d been tucked around the room in various spots for many years and I finally decided it was time to part with them (actually I disposed of the one showing what I didn’t like shortly after I made it!). Before I tossed them out I decided to take photos of different portions of them to play with in Photoshop. The photos have just been sitting around waiting for me to get inspired, and those words were just what I had been waiting for – I created these two pieces today.
Some days I think happiness is so elusive, especially when the needs and demands of other people seem to overpower my own. But it really is a matter of perspective and attitude and I am trying to remember to be happy no matter what the circumstances. I was even humming a little bit when I was scrubbing the toilets – that’s got to be a victory of some sort! 🙂
I’ve decided that there is no such thing as a “normal” day, week, month, year or life! It seems we just transition from the current normal to the “new” normal as circumstances and choices dictate. The past year we had more of the circumstances dictating our lives than choices!
The first of the year brings a clean calendar to fill with all the details of life and a fresh start to define routines and what I think my current “normal” will look like. I like fresh starts and seem to have a few times each year where it just feels natural to evaluate where I am at, where I want to go and what the possible routes are to get moving in that direction. After the chaos of the holidays I am anxious to get myself “on track” (or as close to it as I ever am!). I have scheduled a larger chunk of time each week to concentrate on my art, not only creating it but keeping up with the promotion/business aspects of it as well.
One other routine I am going to attempt is a more disciplined (and hopefully more successful) sleep schedule. I go through bouts of insomnia and then other times when all I seem to do is sleep so I am taking the experts advice and I am putting myself on a schedule for going to bed and a schedule for waking up each day to try and get my body into a comfortable rhythm. Of course the only good thing that comes from not sleeping is that I finally have to propel myself from the bed and find something to do for a few hours until my mind & body are ready to be still. The digital artwork shown above was created at 2:00 a.m. on a sleepless night. Although I really like this piece I hope I won’t be featuring any more of them!
What sort of things are you changing up for the new year?
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!
Last week I posted the first seven of fifteen new photo/digital art pieces that I recently created. Today it’s time to publish the rest! All these images were created in Photoshop Elements combining photos of rock textures and printmaking details. If you are ever interested in help exploring some of the creative things that can be done with Elements I give lessons both for individuals and small groups (up to three people)! Contact me for available times and pricing, I’d love to share what I’ve learned thus far in my explorations.
Somedays just seem to let my creativity open up and run free so much easier than others. Even if they aren’t necessarily the ones I have marked on my calendar as such! This morning I was up & out the door a bit earlier than usual (the out the door part, that is) so as I drove down our drive past the field of dandelion “blowies” they were all perfectly backlit by the sun. It was like the entire field glowed white! When I returned home a short while later I couldn’t resist just parking the car and getting out my trusty point & shoot camera to take a few shots.
I hadn’t really paid attention to the glistening dew until I took this photo, it was sparkling like tiny diamonds all across the field! I decided to play with some camera angles and perspectives and this ended up being my favorite shot of the morning:
The only thing that would have made it better was if there were some clouds to break up the large area of blue sky. And that’s when I started getting creative with my computer! Clouds in the background? Hey – no problem!
But really, why stop there? And I didn’t! I played with different colors, hues, blends and filters coming up with several versions of the same image.
The last version (shown at the top of the page) combines two of the creative edits with one of them flipped horizontally, resized and layered on top of the first. It’s my favorite – which one appeals to you?
I need to carve out more of these “mini” creative sessions for myself, an hour or so here & there. Otherwise it seems like there is never “time” to do things like this because I am only looking for large expanses of free time and those continue to become more & more rare!
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?