explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Collage Obsession: M is for Merriment!





Me (on left) and twin sister Ilene at a party when we were young. Background is my design. HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Take a Word: Season's Greetings!




For this digital collage, I used two photos we took of the Grand Teton Mountains, and background elements I designed.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Three Muses: White Space





Image credits: miss mint, graphicsfairy, kim klassen, shadowhouse, holliewood.

Collage Obsession: Steampunk Holiday


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Image credits: Mr. Whiskers, deviant scrap, milla, obsidian dawn.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Take a Word: Angel




Image credits: Wikimedia commons (angel painting, altered); Anna Corba (Italian text).

Collage Obsession: Season of Light

I'm hosting the Collage Obsession challenge this week, and have chosen the theme "Season of Light." Please stop by the CO blog and participate, or at least enjoy the beautiful art that will be created! Below is my digital collage. Menorah image is from google images; background is from a Gelli Plate print I created using a beautiful Hebrew stencil by Jessica Sporn.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Winter Wildlife




Soartful: Design a Winter/Holiday Postage Stamp

It's my turn again to host the Soartful challenge, and I've chosen to ask participants to design their own winter/holiday postage stamp. Here's my digital postage stamp, below. Please stop by Soartful and participate, or admire the lovely creations!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Collage Obsession: All Bundled Up

Image credits: rubyblossom, google images.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Take a Word: Two

I can't create art with a theme of "two" without thinking of my twin sister, Ilene. Fortunately, our Mom took frequent photos of us, so I have many to choose from.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Three Muses: Altered Playing Card





Image credits: dover designs, dezinaworld, obsidin dawn, my patterns.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Take a Word: Vintage





Image credits: flickr creative commons (plaisanter); graphicsfairy; kim klassen, google images

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Gibson Girls


I hadn't realized until I was looking for images for this theme on the Library of Congress website that in 1902 a design for Gibson Girl wallpaper designed by Mr. Gibson was published in Life. The caption underneath the image was: "Suitable for a bachelor apartment." This design forms the background for my digital collage, shown below. The central image is from The Graphics Fairy. 


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Three Muses: Gone With the Wind

We were asked by the Three Muses this week to create art using a "gone with the wind" theme. We were free to interpret it any way we wished. Here's mine:



Image credits: Dover Pictura (portrait of woman and dog much altered by me); holliewood, rubyblossom, dezinaworld, allfreedownload.com.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Collage Obsession: Leonard Cohen quote

Collage Obsession has invited us to create art to illustrate the song lyrics:
There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in."

This happens to be one of my favorite quotes. For my digital collage, I used my own photo of the morning sun peeking through clouds near Yellowstone National Park, and a Gelli print background I created for an online class. I combined the two images using PSE 10 blending modes, effects, and filters.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Take a Word: Feathered Friends



Image credits: harper designs, milla, my own background artwork

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Renaissance




Image credits: Portrait from Google (altered by me); backgrounds by anna corba and my own design.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Three Muses: Altered Footprints




Image credits: pepin press, wikimedia commons, google, last door down the hall, obsidian dawn.

Collage Obsession: Open Challenge


This week, Collage Obsession has invited us to submit any artwork of our choice; there's no particular theme. The piece below is a combination of my hand-drawn and digital art. I drew and painted (using Koi watercolors) the tea mug for the Draw Your Awesome Life online class I'm now taking from Joanne Sharpe. Coincidentally, in our Artful Journaling class here in Columbia, we're drawing an image every day for the month of November. Saturday's image was a cup or mug. So, here's my colorful mug, filled with Twining's decaf English breakfast tea, my favorite. The background is a combination of a Gelli plate print I created, with some extra touches added in an iPad art app.



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Take a Word: Balloons



"Smile!"
Image credits: Dover Pictura, allfreedownload.com, google images.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Vintage Sewing




Image credits: vintagesewingpatterns.com; miss mint, graphicsfairy.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Three Muses: Grunge/ Print Background

The Three Muses have challenged us this week to create a "grungy" collage with a print background. For my digital collage, I altered and combined various elements to create this face. I used digital brushes (Obsidian Dawn) for the eyes, hair, and splatters/spills; a nose and mouth from SJD; text background from flickr (Norma Frances) ; and background paper from Holliewood Studios. Challenging but fun!



Sunday, November 3, 2013

Take a Word: Hearts





Image credits: woman from PURE catalog photo (altered by me); graphicsfairy (hearts); swirled background by me.

Black, White, and One Color

This week I'm hosting at Collage Obsession, where we're asking you to create a collage using shades of black and white and one color of our choice. Please visit the challenge site and add your work to the array of beautiful art that's sure to appear! Here's my own digital collage below, which incorporates two images that I altered and combined-- a painting of a woman from Dover designs, flower image from artfreebies.com.







Saturday, November 2, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Maps




Image credits: media militia, paree (flickr creative commons).

Soartful Challenge: Trees (Orange plus one color)


This is for the Soartful November challenge. Image credits: allfreedowload.com. I had lots of fun playing with blending modes and filters in this piece, although I tried so many combinations that I doubt I could ever reproduce this effect. Serendipity.



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Three Muses: Black, White, and Red





Image credits: penguins- artfreebies; zentangle style drawings- mine

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Take a Word: Purple and Green





Image credits: dover designs, rubyblossom, CAH

Monday, October 21, 2013

Collage Obsession: Scarecrow


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Scarecrow sketch (black and white) from Wikimedia commons, with my leaf background blended into image; plus Kim Klassen texture and Photoshop Elements filters.

Three Muses: By the Light of the Moon


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Image credits: wikimedia commons, magazineart.com, obsidian dawn.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Take a Word: Orange



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Image credits: lisas altered art, pareerica, dover, graphicsfairy, google.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Three Muses: Message in a Bottle

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Image credits: google images, graphicsfairy, allfreedownload.com, tumblefish studio.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Collage Obsession: Patterns


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Image credits: artefacts, anna corba, dover, harper designs.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Take a Word: Creepy



Image credits: photos by Ryan Pollack (Umlauf sculpture and Chinese bamboo pathway); digital brushes by Obsidian Dawn; additional creepy touches by me.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Unlucky 13

I decided to do this digital collage today because waiting until tomorrow, October 13, seemed waaaay too unlucky!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Three Muses: Rain

 


Image credits: Photo of duck in San Antonio, Texas, by me; puddle photo from wikimedia commons; colored background (altered) by last door down the hall.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Collage Obsession: Vintage




Image credits: obsidian dawn, shadowhouse, magic moonlight studio.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Take a Word: Australia!

This week's challenge is in honor of Marie (Ozstuff), who waves her magic wand from Australia each week to create and maintain the wonderful "Take a Word" challenge. The challenge is celebrating its 3rd anniversary at the end of this month. Marie is also one-third of the "Three Muses", who have a long-running online art challenge. She's also the mastermind behind the Flickr challenge sites, "Digitalmania" and "Drawing a Fine Line." I have no idea how she finds the time to do all this, but I'm very glad she does.

Image credits for my digital thank-you to Marie are: dover designs, google images, media militia, and an "aboriginal" style background created by me for an Artful Journaling class awhile ago.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Black Cats



Image credits: graphicsfairy, google images.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Soartful Challenge: Patchwork Quilt

Here's my digital collage on the theme of "Patchwork Quilt" for Soartful this week. All patterns shown on the quilt were designed by me, using either Photoshop Elements, my Gelli plate, watercolor, or my iPad. This was an extra-fun challenge!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Three Muses: Three!


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Image credits: Mrs. Inman (flickr creative commons); dover designs, harper designs, joessistah, enchanted gallery.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Take a Word: Blue

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Image credits: photo of Umlauf statue by Ryan Pollack; irene alexeeva; holliewood studios; joessistah.

Collage Obsession: Your Dream View

 It's my turn again to host the Collage Obsession challenge.  I've asked participants to create a collage depicting a view they would love to see outside their window--a fantasy view or one based on reality. Here's my digital collage, below. I used a photo I took of the Grand Teton Mountains; and added some flowers and butterflies in the foreground, and a soft rainbow in the sky. Image credits for the flowers: last door down the hall.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Bees

Here's my "bee-themed" digital collage. Image credits: "Pure" catalog (image of woman, altered by me); google images (wings);  and allfreedownload.com (gold textured background).



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Three Muses: Altered Art


This week we were asked to create art combining elements of our previous art works. My circus performers looked like they would absolutely love to be dancing among the planets! It's titled "Celestial Circus."


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