explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Three Muses: Angels

Here's my rather irreverent take on this week's "Angel" theme.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Take a Word and Collage Obsession Challenges

This digital collage was created for Take a Word's "Sepia" challenge, and Collage Obsession's "Candles" challenge. 


Saturday, December 17, 2011

So-artful Challenge: Ceil Chapman Inspired

This is a serendipitous challenge for me! We were challenged to create art inspired by the 1950's fashion designer Ceil Chapman, using pink, black, and/or silver. I was not familiar with her name, so of course turned to the Internet for guidance and found some lovely photos of her fashions.  And since I'm in the middle of Jane Davenport's online class, I "Heart" Drawing (where we're learning some elements of fashion figure drawing as a supplement to one of her earlier classes), I was inspired to create my own little sketch of a vintage Ceil Chapman dress. There are touches of silver in the trim of the dress, although they don't show up well on the scan.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Collage Obsession: Trio


I guess I'm thinking about sisters today! (I'm always thinking of my own sweet sister. Hi, I!) The trio of girls here (altered by me) is from Pringle Hill Studio.

Take a Word: Joy







Image credits upon request.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Three Muses: Odd People


One of my weirder creations, for sure. Image credits: milla, land of nod, graphicsfairy, plaisanter, artfreebies, digital collage studio, paper relics, dover. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Collage Obsession: Travel

Image credits: Pepin Press,flickr creative commons, graphicsfairy, irena aleexeva, holliewood.

Take a Word: Numbers

Image credits: dover designs, google images, obsidian dawn brushes.

Sunday Postcard Art: Hanukkah Wish

The theme for this week's challenge was "Christmas Fairy." Since I don't celebrate Christmas, and fairies aren't part of Hanukkah tradition, I created a Hanukkah card featuring a girl happily awaiting the Festival of Lights. The girl is from my original sketch. I wish everyone a very happy holiday season!



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Three Muses: Steampunk

"Steampunk Honeymoon"

Image credits: miss mint, graphicsfairy, anna corba, obsidian dawn, holliewook, landofodd.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Take a Word: Blue

Image credits: dover designs, deviant scrap, pepin press.

Collage Obsession: Pattern Play

This week it's my turn again to host the Collage Obsession challenge (http://collageobsessionchallenge.blogspot.com/).  The theme I've chosen is "Pattern Play." Participants are challenged to incorporate one or more patterns ("man-made" or natural) in their collages, hopefully using them in some unexpected ways.  Here are my two patterned digital collages:

Image credits: my photo of Guggenheim Museum interior; Dover Designs, Pringle Hill Studio.

Image credits: Holliewood, Dover, graphicsfairy, Google images.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art: Candles


Image credits: wikimedia commons (candle photo, altered by me).

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Three Muses: That's Entertainment



Image credits: wikimedia commons, divas d'este, dover, ringling museum archives, vintage images, plaisanter.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Take a Word: Umbrella


Image credits: graphicsfairy, deviant scrap, pepinpress, dover, joessistah, last door down the hall.

Collage Obsession: Thanksgiving

This digital collage features my own Zentangle-inspired design and patterned border.  The golden background was provided by Kaylene for this challenge. To all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you a hearty and happy celebration.

Gothic Arch Challenge: Numbers


Image credits: holliewood, beth rimmer, artfreebies, google images. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art: "You've Been Framed"


Image credits: holliewood, flickr collage images.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Three Muses: Mail Art


Image credits: two dresses studio, sherriejd, flickr creative commons (pareerica and geebee); last door down the hall, holliewood, mrs. inman (flickr collage images).

Inspiration Avenue: Harlequin


I used the figure from Cezanne's "Harlequin" painting against a background of my own creation. Theater curtains are from Fiddlette Designs; text design is from Anna Corba.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gothic Arch Challenge: Roses


Image credits: Holliewood, Graphicsfairy, Anna Corba.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Collage Obsession: Science

We were given a photo of Albert Einstein as inspiration for this challenge. I've made him into an astronaut, using the galaxies for his chalkboard (the astronaut was my idea; the rest was suggested by my engineer husband, Nelson). Image credits: NASA photos, iktupilli, holliewood.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art: Poppies

The theme of poppies is in honor of Veteran's Day (U.S.) and Remembrance Day (British Commonwealth), both observed on November 11.


Image credits for this digital collage are: Chinese poppy photo by Ryan Pollack; woman by Stampington; red patterned background image by graphics fairy; border by Hero Arts.

Take a Word: Moonstruck

Marie gave me the honor of hosting the coming week's TAW challenge. My digital collage is shown below. The eye was from original art I painted in Golden fluid acrylics; the celestial background is from Google images; the moon is from paperrelics; and the heart is from Photoshop elements. The star digital brushes are from obsidian dawn.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Three Muses: Windows

 
As often happens to me, I completed this collage and then found the quote that seems to fit it perfectly. Image credits: holliewood, flickr creative commons (pareerica), irene alexeeva.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Collage Obsession: Black Cat





Here's a very pampered black cat. Image credits: google, milla, flickr creative commons (pareerica and ms. bailey), dover, holliewood.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Two Digital Collages

For this week's Gothic Arch Challenge, the theme is "Green." Image credits: dover designs, holliewood, google images.



For this week's Take a Word Challenge, the theme is "Sewing." Image credits: holliewood, graphicsfairy, obsidian dawn. Heart patterned "quilt" is my design.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Collage Obsession: Patience



Image credits: Holliewood Sweet Shoppe, Pringle Hill Studio, rubyblossom, obsidian dawn.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Digitalmania Challenge: Art in the style of Michelle Caplan

For this weekly Flickr challenge, in which we've been creating digital art in the style of various artists; this week's choice is Michelle Caplan, a mixed media artist in the U.S. She combines vintage photos, newsprint, and papers/fabrics. Here's a link to her beautiful artwork: http://www.michellecaplan.com/ . She also has an Etsy shop.

I had a blast doing my digital collage! Some background info is below. 


This is a heritage collage, featuring an old photo of my Aunt Mynne (left) and my Mom (right) doing their very entertaining version of the old song "Egyptian Ella." They performed this with gusto and much laughter at many a family gathering. Thanks to the Internet, I found the lyrics! In the background, there's a photo of my father on the mantel, and a painting of me and my twin sister (painted by my mother) on the wall behind her.

Image credits upon request.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Three Muses: Wings


Image credits: obisidian dawn, artefacts, flickr creative commons (woman- adampiggott; bird- mikebaird); media militia; ocean photo is my own.

Inspiration Avenue: Masquerade Ball


Image credits: flickr creative commons, beth rimmer, vintageimages, obsidian dawn.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Collage Obsession: Dream/Nightmare

We were challenged to illustrate a dream or nightmare that we've had. I have a recurring dream (not too often, thankfully) that I'm wandering around a huge parking lot unable to find my car.  The dream seems to go on forever, and when I wake up I can still feel some of the anxiety from the dream.  This collage represents what it feels like.


Image credits: google images, dover, graphicsfairy, shadowhouse, my own colored background.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Gothic Arch Challenge: Blue


Image credits: google images, library of congress, wikimedia commons, joessistah; my patterns on arch; background photo of building with columns by bonnie london.

Take a Word: Black and White


Image credits: artfreebies, fiddlette, broderbund clipart, holliewood, plaisanter, dover; milla; zentangle pattern fill is my design.

Sunday Postcard Art: Bats


Image credits: Background is a radio coverage map provided by my engineer husband and altered by me; part of texture is by shadowhouse; bat template is from a Google image search; text design is by Stampington.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Three Muses: Circles and Squares


Image credits: My watercolor face sketch; grungetextures, dover designs.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Take a Word: Childhood

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Image credits: graphicsfairy, artfreebies, magic moonlight, rubyblossom, cemerony, irena alexeeva, kim klassen, usf.edu. clipart.

Collage Obsession: Alter Egos

I was recently invited to be a member of the creative team on the Collage Obsession challenge blog! This week is my first turn at posting a challenge.

The challenge topic I came up with is "Alter Egos." The premise is that most people at some time in their lives (even if it's only on Halloween) dream of being someone else. The challenge is to illustrate what you think a particular person (or animal) really wants to be. You can visit the Collage Obsession blog and see my complete posting at http://collageobsessionchallenge.blogspot.com/.

Below is my interpretation of the challenge, using an image of two Japanese women from Dover Designs. Other image credits:  beth rimmer, joessistah, plaisanter.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art: Haunted House

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Image credits: rubyblossom, plaisanter, graciesmom, land of nod, artefacts.

Test Post


This is a test post to see if I can copy from Microsoft Word into Blogger. The photo below is of my sister's cat (taken by her boyfriend) in this test. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Three Muses: Home Sweet Home


I guess I'm looking ahead to winter. Image credits: google images, irena alexeeva, dover designs, rubyblossom.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Collage Obsession: Masks

This is one of my favorite themes, especially since I recently created an altered book with a "Masks" theme and have several digital collages on hand that I used for that project. Here's one that incorporates my original drawing, with a mask image added (sorry, I don't recall the source of that image).

Take a Word: Blackbird


Image credits: blackbird silhouette: joessistah; printed text: anna corba; zentangle pattern: mine.

Sunday Postcard Art: Things That Go Bump in the Night

We're continuing with the month-long Halloween theme for this challenge.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Three Muses: Bottles and Jars


Image credits: bottles by tanakawho (flickr creative commons); holliewood; my own photo of shells.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Inspiration Avenue: Owls


I had already completed most of this piece, including the owl in the tree, after doing the watercolor sketch of the lady with red flowers in Jane Davenport's online "Supplies Me" class.  I then found the quote (an English nursery rhyme, I believe) for this challenge. Other image credits: graphicsfairy, rubyblossom.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Collage Obsession: Sepia Photo/ Pastels

I think (I'm not sure) this week's challenge is to transform a sepia photo using the pastel color wheel. Here's what I did to the poor couple in the vintage wedding photo from landofodd. The script pattern is from graphicsfairy.


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