explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Variations



As usual, once I'm "finished" a digital collage, I can't help playing around with it to create different looks or concepts. Here are two variations on the collage from the previous post.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Latest Digital Collage


This collage was created using several images from artfreebies.com, a site I recently (and very happily) discovered--including the pretty sketch of the gypsy with the crystal ball. I also used paisley images of my own design, and a photo we took of the ocean at the Outer Banks of NC. I also added some lighting effects I hadn't tried before. My tentative title is "What Will The Day Hold in Store?" or something similar. I like her!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pan Pastels


Oh, my...another addictive art supply. I've discovered Pan Pastels, a new type of pastel that is very fine, soft, and low-dust. (Thanks for the birthday money, Ilene! :) They come in individual pans and in sets too, and have little sponge applicators of all shapes and sizes with them. My discovery coincided with the desire to start "daily" art journaling again, just for myself at home. The pastels cover a page so smoothly and quickly, and with such rich color, that when presented with a gift certificate for Jerry's Artarama (thanks for the Chanukah gift, Ryan!) I ordered more colors. Hopefully I'll post something here soon that I've done, although my daily journaling tends to be kind of personal at times. Here's a photo from the Internet in the meantime.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pleasure Before Duty



Am I cleaning the house in preparation for our family Chanukah party next weekend? No, I'm playing with lettering and Photoshop again. Inspired by Martha Lever's blog (http://marthalever.blogspot.com/) and a book I have called Lettering for Architects and Designers by Martha Sutherland (I bought it used a while ago), I tried my hand at architect-type lettering, which has always appealed to me. I used a quad ruled composition book to practice in, and was delighted to find that when scanned, the grid lines did not show up! So I ended up making a digital brush out of my alphabet, which I then applied in several colors to a background I already had scanned.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Family Photos


I love to look at family photos, and am slowly developing a collection of digital heritage collages (rather than creating a "real" scrapbook, a goal I once had but never achieved). Here's one I'm working on, showing me and my twin sister Ilene being held by our mother's parents, and by each of our parents.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sisters



This digital collage is dedicated to Ilene. Thanks, I.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Brightening Up A Gray Day


The background on this digital collage is a doodle I created and then filled with color. The saying is something I lettered awhile ago. I like the challenge of fitting these things together!