explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design
"Book Lover" collage

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Inspiration Avenue: Over the Rainbow





Here I combined a photo I took of the morning Montana sun peeking through clouds over the mountains and water, with a rainbow image I created. I gave it a pastel effect to soften the whole image.

Monday, May 30, 2011

So-Artful Challenge: Three Bears

My digital collage; cafe photo by Nelson Pollack



Image provided by So-artful/Dezinaworld    


This was such an appropriate challenge for me this week. We ate many delicious meals at the "Three Bear" cafe in West Yellowstone, Montana last week. Looks like these patrons enjoyed the food too!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Take a Word: Wings



The lines of the bird are filled with my original patterns. Other image credits: deviant scrap, layersofcolor.

Collage Obsession: Surrealism, Using Old Collage

New Collage   



Older Collage

For this challenge, we were asked to use one of our older Collage Obsession entries, in its entirety, in a new, surrealistic piece. I altered my "Music" digital collage by adding some very musical creatures.

Sunday Postcard Art: Happy Hour


Image credits: google images, milla, beth rimmer, dover, divas d'este.

Friday, May 27, 2011

"Glass" Collage




I created this digital collage for a Flickr group challenge where the theme was "Glass." The main image is from a photo I took a while ago of a colored glass window exhibit at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. The images of women are from Moonlight Magic Studios.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Theme Thursday: Numbers


Image credits: vintage moth, artfreebies, crowabout, holliewood, anna corba, firstfloorlflat, dover, flickr collage images.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Three Muses: Eggs



No doubt this digital collage was inspired by all the rain we've been getting here in Maryland. At least it's raining water here, not eggs!

Image credits: last door down the hall, deviant scrap, broderbund clipart, peggy gatto, google images, joessistah.

New Challenge! 52 Starlets: Maureen O'Sullivan



"Missouri's Lilac" has started a fun new challenge, using classic "starlets" as inspiration. http://starletschallenge.blogspot.com/

This week's theme is Maureen O'Sullivan, who played Jane in the early Tarzan movies. I altered a digital collage I had done some time ago (featuring a woman by Mucha surrounded by wild animals in a jungle) by adding Maureen's face. She fits right in! Most images are from Dover Designs.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Inspiration Avenue: Tropical

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For this digital collage, I used a scan of a mixed media collage I created some time ago and named "Rainforest." I blended the image with a background of tropical plants from Dover Designs. A very satisfying result.

Collage Obsession: Swans



Background image of lake in China: photo by Ryan Pollack.
Dancer and swan images: flickr creative commons.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Take a Word: Oriental (Two Versions)







For the top collage, I combined several Chinese images from Dover Designs.
I then used various PSE filters and effects to produce a different, softer effect in the second collage--almost like a tapestry.

Sunday Postcard Art: Dada/ Surrealist



This was a tough one for me. Way outside my comfort zone. I basically started combining random images and let them lead me where they wanted to go (the results are creepy, I know). Subconsciously I was aware that the Dada movement expressed anti-war sentiment, so that may be in this piece somewhere too. Anyone want to offer their interpretation of this strange concoction?

Image credits upon request.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

So-Artful Challenge: Marie Antoinette

digital collage

original image

This week, Soartful challenged us to use a portrait of Marie in our art creation.  Other image credits: Holliewood.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Three Muses: Altering Mona



Our challenge this week was to alter an image of the Mona Lisa. In my digital collage, Mona is channeling her inner "Frida." Image credits: Google images.

Inspiration Avenue: Symbolic Art




Some time ago, I created a piece of Zentangle-inspired art in black and white. I realized after the fact that among the designs was an abstract Star of David, symbol of the Jewish faith. For this challenge, I took the star image, and used PSE 5 to add some of my original pattern fills. A very satisfying project.

Monday, May 9, 2011

So-Artful: Spanish Alley


original image


We were given the above image of a Spanish alley as inspiration. I decided to liven up the image with color, a beautiful woman, and some flowers. Image credits: dover, holliewood, wikimedia commons.

Take a Word: Chocolate



Mmmmm...such a yummy challenge. Image credits upon request.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art: April Showers Bring May Flowers


 Happy Mother's Day to all! Image and brush credits for this digital collage: media militia, artzee chris, artfreebies, sunshine daisey, easyelements, obsidian dawn.

Also--if you're interested in seeing my latest portrait sketch, please stop by my previous blog post HERE It's Frida Kahlo, an intense and challenging subject!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Frida Kahlo Portrait


This is the latest graphite portrait sketch I've been working on in my Friday morning open studio class led by Carol Zika. I worked from a photograph by Imogen Cunningham. Sometimes when I draw portraits I get the distinct feeling the subject is staring at me (maybe saying something like, "My left eye is too big!"). Eerie...

For those who may not be familiar with Frida and her work, here's a Wikipedia link, she was a noted Mexican painter, known for her self-portraits. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Theme Thursday: Hands



Image credits: joessistah, jaqian (flickr creative commons), dover.

Three Muses: Stripes



Image credits: beth rimmer, graphicsfairy, dover, anna corba, holliewood.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Two Digital Collages

Collage Obsession: Strange Little People


my digital collage

  
original image
Rick St. Dennis provided us with the image of two children, which he encouraged us to use in a "strange" setting. I made them into carnival performers! Other image credits: vintage images, deviant scrap, fiddlette, flickr collage (mambus 2000).


Soartful: Image of Maude Feely (actress)

my digital collage


original image
We were challenged to use this image of the beautiful Ms. Feely in our art piece this week. I placed her in a stage setting, where I imagine she is very comfortable. Image credits: Paula Kesselring, fiddlette, beth rimmer.  

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Take a Word: Exposed



This theme was a real challenge for me at first. I spent quite a while poring over my "library" of images. Then I remembered a site I'd recently discovered called magazineart.com, where images of vintage magazines are posted (for viewers' personal use, I presume). Here I combined the face and body from two different "Theatre Magazine" covers to get the desired effect. The mask is from njj4 (flickr creative commons). The final serendipitous effect was a  spotlight filter from Photoshop Elements.

Sunday Postcard Art: Weddings

The Pennywhistles, who also got married this week, were quite upset to be upstaged by William and Kate. Here they're demonstrating how much fun they had at their wedding.  Image credits: graphicsfairy, dover, last door down the hall.