explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Three Muses: Underwear




This was another fun one! Image credits: rubyblossom (curtained background), sassyarts (ladies).

Inspiration Avenue: Royal Wedding


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In honor of the soon-to-be-married royal couple, we were given the image shown above (among others) for inspiration for this week's art. I had fun creating a royal wedding photo, which resolves the mystery of Kate's dress--it's a custom-designed Zetti ensemble!

Other image credits: cemerony, dover, digital two for tuesday.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Collage Obsession: Room



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 We were given the gray-toned image shown above as inspiration for this week's theme. Other image credits: artfreebies, deviant scrap, holliewood, media militia, shadowhouse. 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Take a Word: Memories



Image credits: kim klassen textures, easyelements brushes, rubyblossom background, graphicsfairy image of woman.

So-Artful Challenge: Southern Belle


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We were given this image of a sweet Southern belle as inspiration, and I gave her a home to stroll into on a pretty spring day. I hope all of you who are celebrating today have a wonderful holiday.

Image credits: Google images, holliewood.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Theme Thursday: Girls




This is my twin sister and I when we were very young. I can't even tell who is who! But I absolutely love the tenderness and sweetness the photo embodies.

Other image credits: joessistah, milla.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Three Muses: Mail Art


Image credits: Just Something I Made, graphicsfairy, last door down the hall, McCall's ephemera.

Collage Obsession: Light as Air



Image credits: graphicsfairy, holliewood, rubyblossom, deviantscrap

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Take a Word: Travel


The image superimposed on the Shanghai map here is from the travel journal I kept while we were there, in 2008. We went there to visit our son, who was working there for the year. An amazing and colorful experience for us all!

So-Artful Challenge: Frida Kahlo



This week's challenge inspiration is Frida Kahlo, the well-known Mexican painter. (Coincidentally, I'm currently working on a portrait sketch based on the central photo (by Imogen Cunningham) shown in my digital collage. I may post it when it's finished.)

Other image credits: rubyblossom (stone window background); and Google images for the Kahlo painting images.

Sunday Postcard Art: Song Title (Corrected Posting)



This song (already a big favorite of mine) was playing at the "singles dance" where my husband and I first met (about 40 years ago), when he asked me to dance for the first time.

Image credits: graphicsfairy, dover.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Three Muses: Keys



I've been waiting for a chance to use a stunningly colored textured background from rubyblossom (flickr creative commons), who is one of my favorite (free!) sources for digital images. I've altered it here with filters and other effects. I also used a stone background image from a personal photo; and keys by soartful, sherriejd, and milla.  

Monday, April 11, 2011

Collage Obsession: Background Images


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This week we were given a choice of background images to use as the basis for our artwork. I chose the "frozen pond" image above for my digital collage, envisioning it with cool and graceful ballet dancers rising from the frosty water.

Image credits: paree flickr creative commons, rubyblossom, graphicsfairy.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

So-Artful Challenge: Arch Image



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We were given the arch image shown above as inspiration. I thought I saw a woman's face hiding somewhere in the image, and sure enough, here she is.

Image credits: finecrafted, victorian vignettes, media militia, fiddlette.

Two Challenges in One Collage: "Lace" and "Dance"



This digital collage is for this week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge ("Dance"), and the Take a Word challenge ("Lace"). The main image of the dancing women is from graphicsfairy. Most of the lace images are from my own scans.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Theme Thursday: Moustaches/Beards

The Wetherbys shared an uncommon family resemblance.    

Image credits: pringle hill studio, dover, artfreebies.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

So-Artful Challenge: April Showers Bring May Flowers




Image credits: dover, holliewood, joessistah.

Three Muses: Victorian Elegance



I thought I'd take a humorous approach to this elegant theme. Image credits upon request.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday Challenge: Warm Sun

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This is a new challenge for me. Kim Klassen creates amazing textures for use in digital art. (See her blog, kimklassencafe.com) This week she has challenged participants to enhance one of our photos with her texture "warm sun" (pictured above). I combined the texture with a photo I took last month of a Riverwalk setting in San Antonio, Texas. I also used Photoshop Elements a little bit to create a more "painted" and textured look. Many of the participants in Kim's challenges are accomplished photographers -- I'm in awe of their talent. Please check out her site and see the beautiful work!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Collage Obsession: Casanova


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Yes, our challenge this week was to create art inspired by the legendary 18th century lover himself, Casanova.  He would have celebrated his 286th    birthday this past Saturday!

Image credits: magic moonlight studio, rubyblossom, google images.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Take a Word Challenge: Umbrella






I've been waiting for a chance to use a duck photo I took on Riverwalk in San Antonio about a month ago. The ducks there are quite bold, and often hop up onto the sidewalk next to the river to preen, beg for food, or in this case, fluff their feathers after a publicly romantic romp with another duck. My attempt to get a pretty good close-up actually worked this time! In this digital collage, "my" duck is very politely sheltering some little friends from the rain.

Other image credits: shadowhouse; media militia; peggy gatto (umbrella, altered with my own pattern); vintage moth; deviant scrap; The lace design is from a piece of lace I once scanned. (I scan everything--watch out!)

Sunday Postcard Art: Mothers



Apparently today is Mother's Day in the UK, and this challenge honors that special occasion. I wish all mothers everywhere a wonderful day!

You may recognize the mother's face in this collage from my last posting (Game/Puzzle piece collage). Here I gave her a new outfit, hat, eye color, and hair. Also, you may have noticed that (courtesy of PSE and me) the mom and daughter have exactly the same hairstyle!

Other image credits: graphicsfairy, dover, dezinaworld.