Decisions!

"rock my world #6" original photo/digital artwork © Lynne Medsker

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:

"rock my world #6" (2nd version) photo/digital artwork © Lynne Medsker
"rock my world #6" (3rd version) photo/digital artwork © Lynne Medsker
"rock my world #6" (4th version) photo/digital artwork © Lynne Medsker
"rock my world #6" (5th version) photo/digital artwork © Lynne Medsker

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!

Lynne

Rock My World (again)!

"rock my world #4" photo/digital artwork © Lynne Medsker

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:

"rock my world #5" photo/digital artwork © Lynne Medsker
"rock my world #6" photo/digital artwork © Lynne Medsker

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!

Sweet Dreams,

Lynne

Rock My World

"rock my world #3" photo/digital art (c) 2011, Lynne Medsker

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.

rock image for "rock my world #1" (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

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:

"rock my world #1" photo/digital art (c) 2011, Lynne Medsker

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 image for "rock my world #2" (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
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“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:

rock image for "rock my world #3" (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

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!

Back soon with something new,

Lynne

Flourishing

Seems like lately I’ve just been bursting at the seams with new ideas, creativity and artwork!  It feels good to have things flow so easily. That’s not always the case with making art so I am making the best of it while I can!  I’ve got so many new projects going that I am excited about but I wanted to share this one with you while it’s fresh in my mind.  Tonight I sat down at the computer to do some photo editing for a recent photo shoot but first got sidetracked and created a few new photo/digital art pieces instead.  (That tends to happen when I should really be doing something else!)

We traveled to southern Indiana yesterday to spend the day visiting my parents.  It is a place that is full of memories, and always seems to be so visually stimulating to visit.  They live on a lake in a house that they built, it stands where we once had a summer “cabin” that we would retreat to each weekend from spring to fall.  They bought the old cabin when I was only four years old, so I have many, many memories of my time down there as a child, teenager and as an adult.  Although things have changed, when I am there much still feels the same.  It seems like each time I visit I can’t help but pull out my camera and shoot images around their property.  I literally have folders full of images that I’m never quite sure what I’ll do with once I’ve taken them.  But this time it came to me that I am repeatedly shooting photos of my mother’s beautiful flowers in bloom and of the many rocks that they’ve collected and have placed around the outside of the house.

The rocks particularly bring back memories of long walks “up the creek” to splash in the cold water on a hot summer’s day, chase minnows & crawdads as well as to rummage through the rocks along the path and in the creek.  My dad would carry a large bucket and often fill it with geodes of all sizes which he would tote back to the cabin to add to the others that he had already collected.  If you’ve never seen a geode they aren’t particularly excited to look at from the outside.  But the inside, well the insides can be quite spectacular.  And getting to the insides can be an adventure in itself!  Depending on the size and hardness of the rock sometimes you are able to give it a good smack with a hammer and it will crack open, displaying all sorts of beautiful formations of quartz in a variety of colors.  If the hammer didn’t work we would fling them onto the concrete step and hope that would do the trick.  I’m sure now days all kinds of safety gear would be required just to get to the inside! Although I remember bits & pieces of shattered rock flying through the air, I can’t recall any of us ever being injured.  At least not permanently! 🙂

After returning home from our visit with yet another batch of photos (including many of the beautiful geodes and flowers – again!), I decided that this time I needed to create something instead of leaving the images in a file, in a folder, tucked away on my computer.  In just a short time I had created four new pieces!  I can see expanding on these quite easily to add many more images to the collection.  For each piece I used between three and five different photos to create the new image.  I even have some them printed, waiting for mats & frames so that I can take them to an upcoming show.

Here they are:

“Mommas Flower, Papas Rocks”

#1

“Mommas Flower, Papas Rocks, 2”

#2

“Mommas Flower, Papas Rocks, 3”

#3

“Mommas Flower, Papas Rocks, 4”#4

Thanks for reading my little blog, I’ll check in again soon!

xoxoxo,

Lynne