explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design
"Book Lover" collage

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Theme Thursday: Game/Puzzle Piece



The "puzzle" background is from Photoshop Elements; all other artwork is by me. The puzzle piece image is a scan of a pin I made for art journaling class last fall. We used real puzzle pieces that we painted, stacked, embellished, and/or Zentangled; with amazing and varied results. We then sold them at a craft show and donated the proceeds to a county Parks and Recreation fund.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Three Muses: Steampunkerie



I had SO much fun creating this menagerie of steampunk-y zoo animals!

Image credits: beth rimmer, anna corba, joessistah, artreebies, rubyblossom, holliewood, finecrafter, dover, sherriejd, deviant scrap, graphics fairy. 

Inspiration Avenue: Self-Portrait





This is something I created a while ago. It started out as a digital "art journaling" doll, then morphed into a holiday greeting, then into a small "created by Sherry" image I can place on my digital or paper artwork. I can use it as a digital brush, or an actual image. I used various PSE shapes and graphics, my Zentangle designs, etc. The sign she's holding in this version was hand-lettered by me, and scanned into PSE. She (like me) has short hair and glasses, and likes to wear dangly earrings, and black and white. Who knows where she'll turn up next?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Collage Obsession: Lazy Days




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We were given the image of not-very-modest "Ursula" in her hammock to incorporate into our art piece this week. I put her in a circus-themed collage. Seems her ever-hopeful beau Jules is always looking for her somewhere...and she seems to delight in hiding from him.

Image credits: beth rimmer, divas d'este, fiddlette, vintage images.

Monday, March 28, 2011

So-Artful Challenge: Thailand Painting



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This week, So-Artful provided us with the gorgeously colored Thai "lime painting" shown above, for inspiration. I layered it with a photo of a "laughing Buddha" that I found on a wonderful site called thailandpictures.org. They allow use of their pictures for many purposes.  I can't look at this Buddha without smiling myself!

Take a Word Challenge: Bloom


This is one of my favorite quotes (I may have used it before in a digital collage). Image credits: holliewood, dover.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art: White



Image credits: shadowhouse, anna corba, deviant scrap, holliewood, scrapgirls.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Theme Thursday: Orange




Now I'm craving a juicy, ripe orange, or at least some freshly squeezed orange juice...
Image credits: deviant scrap, holliewood, graphicfairy.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Inspiration Avenue: Spring



Image credits: holliewood, dover, last door on the left.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Three Muses: Land of Odd


I guess this group's motto is "Dress oddly, dance oddly!"
Image credits upon request.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Collage Obsession: Tramp



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We were challenged to create art based on the "tramp" theme, and were given the two pictures shown above for inspiration. I found a couple more images of Charlie on Google images, and imagined him having a passion for flying. I particularly like the image I used in the background- if you look closely you can see Charlie's face peering out.

Other image credits: Google images, graphicsfairy, anna corba.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Take a Word Challenge: Architecture



Apparently, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwater took it upon themselves to design their own house, with "interesting" results.

Image credits: finecrafted, holliewood, dover, irene alexeeva, taluulas, graphicsfairy, digital two for tuesday.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art: Fair Maidens




No image was provided for this challenge. I'm imagining these three ladies as sisters. Image credits: graphicsfairy, magicmoonlight, milla, artfreebies.

So-Artful Challenge: Fairies and Butterflies





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So-artful gave us this adorable fairy image to work with. I combined it with a fairy painting background by Dover; and added two little flower fairies by graphicsfairy, and some other effects. This is so appropriate for the first day of spring!

Friday, March 18, 2011

More "Eye Candy"

If you're craving even more color and design, please check out the digital art on my other blog at http://100themesin2011.blogspot.com/. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Theme Thursday: Black and White



Image credits: fiddlette, hero arts, holliewood, graphicsfairy.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Three Muses: Fish



This is a digital collage I created last year, from a photo we took in the Outer Banks of North Carolina (actually, it's a view from our timeshare apartment). I was playing around with special effects, and somehow these colorful flying fish found their way into the collage. I call it "Kill Devil Hills at Night."

Other image credits: Dover

Monday, March 14, 2011

Collage Obsession: Many


Abstract themes such as this one are very challenging for me. Again, I found a quote that helped me along.

Image credits: graphicsfairy, greenpaper.

So-Artful Challenge: Three Ladies



The image of the three behatted ladies in the center was provided. (I thought they looked rather mischievous.) Other image credits: pringle hill, beth rimmel, milla, rubyblossom, fiddlette, scraporchard.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art: Number One



Hmmmm...I had quite a bit of trouble coming up with something for this theme. I finally turned to one of my favorite solutions: finding a quote to inspire me. Since the ocean inspires me also, I gave it a beachy theme.

Image credits: paree, rubyblossom, graphicsfairy.

Theme Thursday (Hats) and Take a Word (Green)



I couldn't resist combining these two challenges. Few people know that George Washington suffered quite a letdown each year after his birthday celebration, so he always planned a big St. Patrick's Day party for all his friends and associates. Here he is, pondering a big decision.

Image credits: google images, dezinaworld, last door.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Inspiration Avenue: Black, White, and Pink



Image credits: deviant scrap, dover, easyelements.


"Take a Word" Challenge: Birdlife


Image credits: artfeebies, dover, land of nod, graphicsfairy, google images.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art: Illusions


The center image is a poster I found among the public domain images on the Library of Congress website. I surrounded it with some mysterious ladies who are here one minute...and gone the next. Where did they go???? Only Thurston knows...

Other image credits: last door down the hall, taluulas.net, pringle hill studios.

Friday Foto Collage: Tulips

Peggy posted the most beautiful tulip photos for us to play with. I couldn't resist the colors! Here are some of them, surrounding a happily reading little girl. It looks kind of like a Mary Englebreit design to me.


Other image credits: artefacts, last door on the left.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Art Creations Friday: Fiddler



For this challenge, where we were given a sepia image of a man with a fiddle, I transposed a "Fiddler on the Roof" to the Old West. Just before posting it, I saw that Deann of The Whimsey Asylum had beat me to it--her "Fiddler on the Roof" theme has similar colors, with a moon shining bright!  Great minds think alike! Wonderful work, Deann. You can check out Deann's blog here (she's a genius):
http://thewhimseyasylum.blogspot.com/2011/03/fiddler-on-roofacfs-challenge-107.html

Image credits: artfreebies, obsidian dawn, Eddi 07 (flickr creative commons).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Three Muses: Ancestors


My paternal grandfather, Hyman London, came to the U.S. as a young man from Eastern Europe in the very early 20th century. Several years later, his sweetheart, Jenny Goldberg, joined him and they settled in Baltimore, Maryland.  They had two sons: Judah and Harry (my father). Harry married Bonnie Fox; and they remained in Baltimore, raising three children (me, my twin sister, and our younger brother). There are now three handsome and wonderful "London" grandsons.

The picture on the bottom left is of Jennie with (I believe) two of her sisters. The middle one was definitely a sister named Freyda. Freyda went on to marry a Rabbi Ferber of London, England, who became prominent in the European Jewish community.

The background is from a copy of the U.S. 1930 Census Record, showing Hyman, his wife, and two sons residing in Baltimore.

Inspiration Avenue: Celestial


Image credits: Dover/NASA, graphicsfairy, landof nod, last door on the left, clearly vintage.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Collage Obsession: Music


No image was provided for this challenge. Image credits: dover, oddsock, christing o, obsidian dawn (music brushes), wikimedia commons (sheet music from Chopin Polonaise), graphicsfairy, milla.