explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Quotography: New Year

A new art challenge!!!! This one is called Quotography, hosted by Kaylene on her blog, My Whisperings. The idea is that every week a theme will be posted, and participants will submit a photo they've taken and a quote to accompany it. The photo may be altered digitally, but not so the original photo is unrecognizeable.

This reminds me that a good New Year's resolution for me would be to take more photos. Currently, I take pictures mostly when we're traveling, so I'll be using those as much as I can at first. But I hope to expand my horizons and start taking more pictures in my daily (non-traveling) life.

Here's my submission for this week's challenge. I took the photo in a small art museum in Tel Aviv, Israel, about a year ago. The books were displayed in the artist's studio, as he left it when he died.

Thanks for this wonderful idea, Kaylene!

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Take a Word: Purple and Turquoise

One of my favorite color combinations, and a fittingly festive color scheme for a New Year's celebration! The bird image is from Dover Designs; all patterns were created by me, by hand and/or Photoshop Elements.


Collage Obsession: Doors

It's my turn to host the Collage Obsession challenge this week, and I've chosen the theme of "Doors", to represent the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year!


Image credits: wikimedia commons, allfreedownload.com, milla, deviant scrap.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: "Anything Goes!"

I chose a New Year's theme for my digital collage this week. Image credits: Face by me; other elements by deviant scrap, milla, holliewood, allfreedownload.com.

I wish everyone a healthy, happy, safe, and peaceful New Year!


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Three Muses: Queen of Hearts


Image credits: holliewood, graphicsfairy, cemerony, google images.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Collage Obsession: Solstice




Image credits: graphicsfairy, allfreedownloads, anna corba, dover designs, last door down the hall.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Take a Word: MOO

This theme has nothing to do with cows. A Moo is a tiny card with a template measuring 1.10 inches x 2.80 inches (or 2.79 x 7.11 centimeters). I created 3 Moos using my drawing of a woman's face, with Photoshop Elements filters and effects applied. Fun!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Three Muses: Textures and Layers


I guess I was thinking of the ocean when I started this very textured and layered digital piece. Image credits: obsidian dawn, rubyblossom, graphicsfairy, artefacts, last door down the hall, dover designs.


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Monday, December 17, 2012

Collage Obsession: White

We were challenged to use only shades of white this week over at Collage Obsession. I guess some gray, brown, and even a few touches of other colors, crept into my collage. Couldn't help it! But I'm very happy with the way it turned out--a little different for me! It has hints of a New Year's theme, I think.


Image credits: art e zine, last door down the hall, flickr creative commons.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Take a Word: Holiday Season

I created this digital collage for the last day of Hanukkah, which is today. Last night we lit all the candles on the Menorah, a warm and glowing sight.



Image credits: flickr creative commons, shadowhouse, miss mint; background photo of Jersusalem by me.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Blue and Silver



Image credits: graphicsfairy, artefacts, holliewood.

Soartful Mid-Challenge Reminder

I've posted a reminder at Soartful that artists have until Jan. 5 to participate in our Bird Life challenge (using holiday or winter colors). Our design team has come up with some more beautiful inspiration pieces. Here's my digital collage:


Image credits: rubyblossom, plaisanter, joessistah, dover, pareerica, jcarson.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Three Muses: Male



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This menswear-inspired digital collage started with a vintage photo from Peggy Meyer Graminski, which I altered by adding the snazzy custom hats and patterned background/border. I used several Photoshop Elements patterns and my own chevron pattern.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Collage Obsession: Darkness





Image credits for this digital collage: artefacts, magic moonlight, paree flickr creative commons, joessistah.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Take a Word: Sewing

The image of the woman at the mirror is from the cover of a 1930 issue of Needlecraft magazine, which I found on a very interesting and useful site called magazineart.com. The sewing scene takes place in 1875, according to the info on this cover. The background design is from Wikimedia Commons.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Steampunk Holiday

This challenge was presented as a Christmas challenge, but as I've mentioned previously, I celebrate Hanukkah at this time of year--starting this evening, in fact. Thus, here's my digital vision of a Steampunk Menorah. Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate it!



Image credits: flickr creative commons (pareerica), mr. whiskers, obsidian dawn.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Take a Word: Mail

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Wishful thinking!:)
Image credits for this digital collage: Holliewood, graphicsfairy, google images, miss mint.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Baubles

Sunday Postcard Art begins a month of holiday challenges today. The first theme is "baubles." Although this was presented as a Christmas theme, I transformed it into a Hanukkah-themed digital collage by creating "baubles" for the menorah lights. (Hanukkah is the holiday I celebrate at this time of year.) The baubles are from a stenciled design I did a while ago, enhanced with Photoshop Elements effects. I think they look quite happy atop the candles! Other elements are from allfreedownloads, miss mint, shadowhouse, and digital two for tuesdays.


Soartful: Bird Life (Holiday/Winter Colors)

It's my turn again to host the Soartful Challenge. I've chosen Bird Life as the December theme, using holiday or winter colors for a seasonal touch. Please stop by and join the challenge!

Here are the two digital pieces I created for the challenge:

Image credits: Bird (altered) by Last Door Down the Hall, background by grungetextures.       


















Image credits: Bird is from my photo, altered; snowflake overlay by Josy's Designs.




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Three Muses: Hats


Image credits: Roses from my photo; birds from graphicsfairy, lace and paisley digital brushes from obsidian dawn; gold background from allfreedownloads.com.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Take a Word: Something Fishy



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Image credits: iktupilli, kim klassen, shadowhouse, dover, last door down the hall, vintage moth, artefacts, flickr creative commons (calliope)

Collage Obsession: Jesters and Jokers

It's my turn to host the weekly Collage Obsession challenge, and I've chosen the theme of jesters and jokers. Image credits for my digital collage, below, are joessistah (Flickr Creative Commons); Google images, and Wikimedia commons. Please join us in the fun!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Rainy Day

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This looks like a very wintry rain to me. Not looking forward to that at all! Image credits: umbrellas from Peggy Gatto, background by me, figures from my photo of a sign in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Three Muses: Eyes

 
I hope this one doesn't make you dizzy! Image credits: artefacts, flickr creative commons (plaisanter), graphicsfairy.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Collage Obsession: Word Art (Food-related)

Last weekend my husband brought me back lots of delicious, gorgeous chocolate from Switzerland. I'm sure that's what inspired my food choice for this word art challenge. Good thing I have a Zumba class this morning!

Image credits: holliewood and favreau.


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Take a Word: Angels






Image credits: angel statue photo from flickr creative commons (die minimalistin); my photo of stone wall background; hero arts stonework digital brush; other backgrounds by rubyblossom and kim klassen.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Pattern



Woman's face and turquoise patterned background were created by me in iPad drawing apps and Photoshop Elements.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Collage Obsession: RED



Yes, Red! One of my favorite of all colors.
Image credits: Drawing of woman-- mine; other images by milla, artefacts, deviant scrap, holliewood, obsidian dawn

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Take a Word (Pink) and Three Muses (Animals)


This digital collage is for both Take a Word's "Pink" theme this week,and Three Muses "Animals" theme. Killing two birds with one stone, so to speak :). Image credits: Pink (!) Lotty, Tumblefish Studio, Graphics Fairy.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Diwali

This week's theme at SPA is the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali. Learning about this holiday was a new experience for me. I found an image of Diwali lantern lights on Google Images, and combined it with a background by shadowhouse.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Three Muses: Mask




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Image credits: background and woman's face are my creations; butterfly and words by deviant scrap; pattern on butterfly is from my photo of pebbles.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Collage Obsession: Men

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Image credits: library of congress, wikimedia commons, holliewood, google images.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Take a Word: Steampunk

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Image credits for this fun Sunday digital collage: mr. whiskers, tumblefish studio, rubyblossom, obsidian dawn.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Hot Air Balloons

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Image credits: red textured background and harlequin design are my own creations; other elements by Anna Corba, Artefacts, Kim Klassen.

Soartful Challenge: Monochromatic Red

The theme this month at Soartful, where I'm on the creative team, is "Monochromatic Red." Since red is one of my favorite colors, I loved doing this digital piece. Here's what I created.


The image of the ballet dancers is from a photo on Flickr Creative Commons by Oude School. The pattern in the background is from artefacts. The curtained background is also from Flickr Creative Commons.

Please join us at Soartful for this beautiful challenge!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Three Muses: Timepiece

I honestly don't know what my muse was telling me when she guided me in making this digital collage. If anyone has an interpretation to suggest, please share it with us! The main images are from Graphics Fairy.

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Collage Obsession: Dreams/Goals

The basis of this digital collage is the bird image, which I created some time ago for an online art challenge. I altered it and combined it with my own image of the woman, to represent the dream of freedom. The woman's wings are from joessistah.


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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Take a Word: Wings


This piece is a hybrid of digital and hands-on art. I created the basic sketch of the woman on my new iPad (yay!) in Sketchbook Express, as well as the abstract pattern for the wings. I then combined, altered and embellished the images in Photoshop Elements. The curtains are from holliewood studios, the background lettering behind the curtain from graphicsfairy, and the handwriting image overlaying the curtains is an obsidian dawn digital brush.

Doesn't she look like she's wondering where to fly today? Far away from the approaching storm, I would imagine. Take care, everyone in the U.S. who might be affected. Here in Maryland we're getting ready and hoping for the best...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Black, Purple, Orange, Green--Halloween!

Another Halloween-themed challenge this week from Sunday Postcard Art. Credits for digital collage below: animals by me; masks by deviant scrap, pumpkin from google images. Have a happy Halloween!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Three Muses: Something Wicked This Way Comes


Image credits: last door down the hall, pareerica, joessistah.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Collage Obsession: NIGHT

It's my turn again to host the CO weekly challenge. The theme I've chosen is "Night." Please stop by the challenge blog to visit or participate; you'll see some amazing art in a wide variety of styles.

Image credits for my own digital collage, below, are: hero arts, tumblefish studio, altered emporium, holliewood, flickr creative commons.




Take a Word: Roses

Marie, also known as "Ozstuff," is the woman behind the "Take a Word" weekly challenge. In her part of the world, Australia, roses are in full bloom right now. Thus, this week's theme of "Roses."

The woman's face in my digital collage below was created by me, using my graphics tablet and mouse in PSE 10. The roses and frame are from holliewood studios.




Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Retro Halloween

I can't think of anything more retro than a photo of my kindergarten (or first grade?) class in the 1950's, all dressed up for Halloween. It was at Mordecai Gist Elementary School in Baltimore. I'm the bunny.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Collage Obsession: Witch

Image credits: Dover, Holliewood.






Sunday, October 14, 2012

Take a Word: Crime Film Poster

The word for this week's challenge is "Poster," and it was suggested that we design a poster for a crime movie or TV series. Here's my digital poster design for a very good, but very creepy movie. (I read the book and then saw the Swedish version of the film, but not the Hollywood interpretation. Once is enough!) The drawing of the woman is mine (a combination of hands-on and digital);  the dragon image is from Wikimedia Commons; and the grungy texture overlay is from Obsidian Dawn.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Raven

The raven image in this digital collage is from Theresa Martin. The background is one that I created by hand, scanned, and digitally altered.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Three Muses: The Sea

Image credits for this "under the sea" scene: obsidian dawn, deviant scrap, dover, vintage images, vintage clipart.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Collage Obsession: Brown

Our challenge this week was to use shades of brown in our art. Here is a flower image from Last Door Down the Hall, blended with various backgrounds (some of which were created by me).  I love the mix of fall colors captured here.