explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

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.