explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design
"Book Lover" collage

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Turkey Day



I swear that when I created this doodle in black and white about a week ago, I was not thinking about any particular theme. Today, when I went to add color to it in Photoshop, I decided to use seasonal colors and...well, don't you think it looks turkey-ish? (a turkey on a very bad day, I guess). I don't mean to offend any animal rights activists, but couldn't resist sharing this. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Colorful Mood


I've been playing around with various kinds of doodling. This one is very loosely based on the concept of a zentangle (a repetitive, meditative, somewhat structured type of doodle, usually in black and white). I originally did this one in black and white, but of course Photoshop tempted me into adding color and effects. I seem to be drawn to combinations of reds and blue-greens lately. I'll probably post more designs along the lines of this one...as usual, I'm addicted...


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Italic Calligraphy Online Class



I'm currently taking an online class in Italic Calligraphy from Martha Lever on the Creative Workshops ning. I love her teaching style; she makes the subject very accessible. (And her Southern accent is adorable!) This is a page from one of my recent practice sessions.


Poppy Collage


I'm not sure why birds keep showing up in my digital collages--I guess I have quite a few images of them, and they do add some life and movement to the composition. This collage started with a photo that my son Ryan took in China (or maybe Tibet), of a poppy with mountains in the background.(Thanks for the use of the photo, Ryan!) I added the stone wall, more poppy petals, birds, and the nest and spilling eggs. I also applied various special effects, including a "pointillizing" effect as a final touch. I think I need a name for it, but don't have one yet. Suggestions are welcome!



Monday, November 9, 2009

Amazing Effects



This is the same collage shown in the last posting, with some additional effects applied. In the first one, I applied a layer that inverted all the colors. Cool (literally)! In the second one, I took the inverted version and added a translucent layer of an orange-y hue. The result has sort of a vintage postcard effect to me now. This fun never ends...


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Playing with Reds and Greens


This is a digital collage I've been playing with lately. I'm not sure if I'm satisfied with it, but maybe seeing it posted here will help me decide.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Architectural Collage


This is a collage I created using a photo I took at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, and some digital brushes in the form of architectural elements. The curved stripes across the center are the levels of the museum interior as viewed from the lobby; I applied various digital effects to the photo to produce the black-and-white textured design shown.