explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Three Muses: Musical Instruments


Image credits: wikimedia commons,google images, vintage prints.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Take a Word: Regal


Image credits: graphicsfairy, land of odd, r duran (flickr creative commons), milla, holliewood.

Collage Obsession: Tools


The theme this week is "Tools." I concentrated on their shapes and colors. Image credits: wikimedia commons, holliewood, last door down the hall.

Sunday Postcard Art: As Time Goes By


Image credits: Dover Designs, Flickr Creative commons.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

So-artful Challenge: Georgia O'Keeffe

This week's challenge is to create something inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe. The color scheme suggestions were "sepia or dark tones, or floral theme/colors." I chose to create a floral piece in dark and dramatic tones. I achieved this effect by digitally layering an image of a rose with three backgrounds of my own creation. You can click on the title of this blog posting, above, to visit the So-artful blog and participate in the challenge.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Three Muses: Ooo La La!

This week we were challenged to create a French-themed piece. Below is my digital collage of a certain Queen of France who allegedly encouraged the peasants who didn't have bread... to eat cake instead.


Image credits: Finecrafted, Holliewood, graphicsfairy.

Gothic Arch Challenge: Metallic Fever


Image credits: Holliewood, Finecrafted Designs, my own embossed metal design on arch.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Collage Obsession: Elephant

The elephant image in this digital collage was originally a black and white image from Search Press, that I altered and colored in Photoshop Elements. The lady, fan, and columned background are from Finecrafted Designs. The shadowy arch surrounding the central images is from a photo I took at Caesarea, a Roman ruin in Israel.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Take a Word: Moo/ Vintage

Our challenge this week was to create a vintage-style piece of art in "Moo" format. What is a Moo, you ask?  According to the challenge instructions, a  Moo is a tiny card - template measurement 1.10 x 2.80 inches (2.79 x 7.11 mm) or thereabouts. I believe it's about half the size of a business card. For my digital collage, below, I created and displayed three "Moos" in a vintage lady-and-flowers theme.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Dragons


Image credits: Background photo of Chinese bamboo path, Ryan Pollack; dragon sculpture photo by ken ratcliff, flickr creative commons.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Three Muses: Animal Kingdom

Our challenge was to "alter" at least one animal.  This reminded me that a giraffe friend of mine recently expressed the wish for a wardrobe change. Image credits: holliewood, dezinaworld, flickr creative commons/pareerica, cemerony graphicsfairy; background is mine.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Inspiration Avenue: Butterflies

This digital collage was inspired by a trip we took last fall to the Butterfly Garden display in Wheaton, Maryland. The background is from a photo I took there, as is the sign (to which I added the "please" and "thank you"). And a very pleasant woman who worked there did, in fact, check us for hitchhiking butterflies before we left!

Other image credits: taluulas, dover, artfreebies.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Collage Obsession: Dance


Image credits: Dancer- Life Magazine archive; other images: rubyblossom, Fiddlette Designs.

Take a Word: Fish


Image credits: My photo of Mediterranean beach at Tel Aviv, Israel; fish by Dover Designs; beach accessories from Google Images.

Inspiration Avenue Weekly Showcase Gallery

The Inspiration Avenue challenge blog is starting something new. Each week they will choose one contributor's work to be featured in their Red Carpet Gallery. To my surprise, my digital paper doll piece was chosen as the first winner! Click on the title of this blog post, above, to take a peek. Thank you, Inspiration Avenue!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Violets



Image credits: dover designs, stampington, google images.

Friday, January 13, 2012

New So-Artful Challenge: Turquoise, Yellow, Red, Blues

The new challenge at So-Artful is now open. Our design team has created some beautiful examples to inspire you! We welcome your participation and look forward to see what you've created. Click on the title of this post (above) to visit the So-Artful blog challenge.

Here's the digital collage I created for the challenge, using the painted door image provided.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Three Muses: Map


Image credits upon request.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Inspiration Avenue: Paper Dolls

Here are my "digital" paper dolls for this challenge.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Take a Word: Nature

The images of the pond and flower are from photos I took in Tel Aviv, Israel several days ago. The swan image is from Flickr Creative Commons (tanakawho); texture overlay is from Last Door Down the Hall.

Collage Obsession: Eyes

This week it's my turn again to post the challenge for the Collage Obsession blog. I chose the theme "Eyes." You can see the challenge at http://collageobsessionchallenge.blogspot.com/2012/01/eyes.html  .

Here's my digital collage, using one of the inspirational quotes suggested in the challenge.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Swirls, Twirls, and Curls

New Year

Happy New Year, everyone! Now that I'm back from our exciting family trip to Israel, I'll be slowly getting back into my art pursuits, including my online digital art challenges. I'll be starting the new year as a member of the design team at Soartful Challenges. You can visit the site at http://jeanette-soartfulchallenges.blogspot.com/

Have a safe and healthy 2012!

Sherry P