explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Friday, December 31, 2010

Theme Thursday Challenge: Pattern

Pattern...a theme dear to my heart. I adore patterns, especially in black and white with a touch of bright color. So...here's my patterned scene, digitally created.

The "zentangle" dress forms are my design. Other image credits: dover, rubyblossom, irena alexeeva, holliewood, cemerony, dezinaworld, last door down the hall.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Three Muses Challenge: Books

Books are definitely something I can't live without!

Image credits: Holliewood, artfreebies, paperstreet. Background is my design.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Take a Word" Challenge: Music

I've been experimenting recently with composing images of women to use in my collages. I've combined bits of digital images (hands, feet, faces, etc) from different sources, and added some of my own art, designs, and effects. The lady pictured here is one of the first I created, and she absolutely insisted on being part of my "music" collage. So here she is, ready to dance on New Year's Eve!

Image credits: cemerony, wikimedia commons, broderbund clipart, pam jones, holliewood, pringle hill studios, easy elements and obsidiandawn digital brushes.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday Postcard Art Challenge: Open Theme

We had free rein for this challenge in terms of images and themes. Here's what I came up with.

Image credits: Milla, SJD, Shadowhouse, Brimm. Woman's face is my design.

Theme Thursday Challenge: Famous Faces

I happened to have sketched Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson in my portrait-drawing practice this year (from photos, of course), so here are their famous faces in (yet another) cowboy collage.

Credits: wikimedia commons; Dover. Johnny's hat was "borrowed" from a publicity photo on his website.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Take a Word Challenge: Celebrate!

Image credits for this fun digital collage: deviant scrap (holliewood, brimm, finecrafted designs); broderbund clipart; milla.

Again, happy holidays to all!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Theme Thursday Challenge: Tags

We were challenged to use a tag or tags in our art creation this week. Here's my holiday wish for all, spelled out in tags.

Image credits: Deviant scrap/holliewood; peppermint creative;grunge textures; media militia, familycrafts.com.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Digital Whisper Challenge: Wreath

For this challenge, I'm posting something I did in the fall. I drew a Zentangle-inspired wreath in the traditional black and white, then scanned it into Photoshop Elements and filled it with various patterns of my own creation, in autumn hues. Here are both versions. (For more info on Zentangle, check out http://zentangle.com. Beware...it's very addictive.)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Three Muses Challenge: Odd Couple

This was a great theme for a challenge! Here's my very odd couple. Looks like they won't be together much longer...

Image credits: collage obsession, deviant scrap/holliewood, broderbund clipart, milla, dover.

Inspiration Avenue Challenge: Believe

Image credits:rubyblossom, D Sharon Pruitt flickr creative commons, milla, Sherrie J Drummond.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Digital Montage Studio Challenge: Reflections

A new monthly challenge blog! The theme for this one is reflections, in any sense of the word. The image of the woman is one that I scanned from a black and white Dover design book, then extracted from the background and added color in PSE. Thanks, Ilene, for lending me the treasure trove of Dover books! :)

Image credits: Dover, paree (flickr creative commons), Eddi 07 (flickr creative commons)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday Postcard Art: Robins

Another springtime image for a chilly day (it's snowed a little here already and I'm still in denial about winter!). And while creating this collage, I couldn't help but think about my sister-in-law Robin. Hi, Robin, if you're reading this!

Image credits: deviantscrap/holliewood; graphicsfairy; rubyblossom; enchanted gallery; stampington; broderbund clipart; dover

"Take a Word" Challenge: Childhood

The centerpiece of this digital collage is a photo of me and my twin sister at a party when we were young. When I look at it, I always wonder what was causing those brilliant smiles (the prospect of chocolate cake at the party, perhaps?). To me, the photo epitomizes the innocent and magical joy of childhood.

Other credits: catscrap/milla; graphicsfairy.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sunday Postcard Art: "Toys" Digital Collage

Yes, I've succumbed to the temptation of a new challenge. This one requires a postcard-sized piece--4 x 6. The image was up to our imagination and choice. Now I'm caught up until next week. (Does that mean I have to vacuum the living room now?)

Image credits: deviant scrap/holliewood; graphicsfairy; pringle hill studio.

Theme Thursday Challenge: Winged People

Hmmmm...these art challenge themes seem to feature wings fairly often. I have to admit, it is fun to work my digital magic to make humans do things they couldn't ordinarily do. Here are my flying people.

Image credits: deviant scrap/holliewood; dover, milla; joessistah/flickr; graphicsfairy, artfreebies.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Digital Whisper Challenge: Lights

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Last night, we lit the last Hanukkah candle, and lingered in front of the menorah in our darkened dining room for a few moments, savoring the sight of a completed row of tiny, bravely glowing flames.

Image credits: wikimedia commons, flickr creative commons/paree, original light image provided by digital whisper.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Inspiration Avenue Challenge: Peace

Here's my contribution to this week's challenge, with the (always timely) theme of peace. I wish everyone a peaceful, healthy, happy, and safe holiday season.

Image credits: deviant scrap/holliewood; catscrap/milla; dover, graphicsfairy, crowabout studio, cemerony; my own rainbow effect.

Three Muses Challenge: Flowers

The wonderful thing about art is that it can be independent of the seasons. Creating this flower-themed collage on a chilly day in Maryland warmed me up a bit.

Image credits: artfreebies, scraporchard/irene alexeeva, deviant scrap/holliewood, my own texture background from paper collage.

Monday, December 6, 2010

So-artful Challenge: Angel

No one ever said a mermaid couldn't aspire to be an angel, right?

Image credits: background with mermaid (altered)- Dover; other elements by Dover, scraporchard/irene alexeeva, vintage moth; obsidian dawn brushes.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

"Take a Word" Challenge Sample: Mail

This subject of week's Take a Word Challenge will be "Mail," an appropriate theme for this time of year. I had the honor of being asked by Marie (Ozstuff) to create a sample piece for this challenge. Here's my digital collage, featuring a young lady who LOVES her mail (snail mail, not e-mail), and I know exactly how she feels.

Image credits: scraporchard/irene alexeeva; graphicsfairy, last door, deviant scrap/holliewood, two dresses studio, Just Something I Made, milliande, artfreebies.

Digital Whisper and Art Creations Friday Challenges

Digital Whisper

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Art Creations Friday

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The Digital Whisper challenge this week was to use the collage background provided.

Art Creations Friday challenged us to use a very interesting textured background in our art piece. I've used it in my digital collage above--it's there, trust me!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Theme Thursday Challenge: "Fun!"

We were challenged to create a "fun" image (no image was provided). Here are my Fun Girls!

Letterforms- my design; faces: pam jones; girls' accessories: dezinaworld; spiral digital brush: sunshine daisey; other brushes: obsidian dawn.

Link for Theme Thursday: http://themethursday.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/thursday-challenge-fun-images/#comment-7942

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Chanukah/ Hanukkah/ חנוכה

Three Muses Challenge: Movies (plus a portrait)

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portrait by Sherry Pollack

It was hard to choose a subject for this week's Three Muses Challenge on "The World of Movies." I finally decided to showcase one of my favorite actresses, Meryl Streep. The faces are from various publicity photos found in a Google search. Other image credits: graphicsfairy and Dover.

And...I'm also posting a scan of a portrait I drew of Meryl earlier this year, from an older photo. I've been taking portrait drawing lessons from my art journaling teacher, Carol Zika, and am continuing to practice this skill in a weekly studio class. Challenging, but so much fun!