explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design
"Book Lover" collage

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.