explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Wild West


Ah, a subject very close to my heart (our son lives in Texas :)). Image credits: magazineart.org; artefacts.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Three Muses: Artist Affirmation

An interesting challenge from the Three Muses today, courtesy of our very creative fellow artist Bill.  Here's how the challenge was explained to us: "An artist affirmation is a statement that confirms you ARE an artist, encourages you as an artist or states your intentions as an artist.... Create a picture that shows your own style - perhaps a favourite of yours, something you are especially proud of. Add a word or a quotation to the picture. The world is your oyster. This can be any style, any theme. Have fun."

I chose to use a digital collage I recently created for Collage Obsession, where the theme was "YOU." The lettering on the flower, the background of the collage, and the eyes are mine. The statement at the bottom was inspired by my blog title.



Monday, August 26, 2013

Collage Obsession: Celestial


Image credits: Dover designs (planets); rainbow (mine); Obsidian Dawn (digital star and music brushes).

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Take a Word: Time


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Image credits: graphicsfairy, lisa's altered art.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Altered Image/Secret Garden

 This week's SPA challenge is to alter a Mucha image of a woman to produce a piece of art with a Secret Garden theme.  The poppy images I used in my digital collage are adapted from Jessica Sporn.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Three Muses: Steampunk




Credits for most images: Mr. Whiskers, Hidden Vintage Studio, Finecrafted

Monday, August 19, 2013

Collage Obsession: Purple

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Image credits: google images, library of congress

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Take a Word: Warm Colors



Image credits: flower photo and abstract floral background by me; border stamp images by Hero Arts.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Baking

A tasty challenge over at SPA this week! Image credits for my digital collage are Holliewood Studios and magazineart.org (vintage flour and baking powder ad images, adapted below). 

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Three Muses: Script




Image credits: irene alexeeva, anna corba, tumblefish studio, magpie, graphicsfairy.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Take a Word: Wild Animals


"PROTECTIVE COLORATION"


Image credits: dover, eenas creations, beth rimmer, rubyblossom, wikipedia, pareerica.

Collage Obsession: Kings and Queens

It's my turn again to host the weekly Collage Obsession challenge. I've chosen the theme of "Kings and Queens." Participants are asked to include an image of a king and/or queen (any species!) in their art. My digital collage, below, features a bird playing card image (altered by me) from the New York Public Library database, and a crown image from Graphics Fairy.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Fish Out of Water




Image credits: dover designs, wikimedia commons, pareerica, alldigitaldownload, obsidian dawn.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Three Muses: Circles and Squares




Image credits: woman from digital collage studio; floral background is my design

Monday, August 5, 2013

Collage Obsession: Gardening

A happy coincidence! Collage Obsession's challenge this week is on the theme of "gardening," and I just finished my summer art project, an altered book with the theme of "My Fantasy Garden." My gardens exist only in my dreams, because I don't have the knowledge, talent, or inclination to create and maintain one of my own. However, in my fantasies, I can have a gorgeous, boldly colored garden with as many exotic birds and butterflies as I want! Below are photos of the cover and the first two pages.

Another coincidence: Yesterday I was invited to see my next-door neighbor Linda's new rain garden, in all its colorful beauty, complete with butterflies and a visiting hummingbird! I've included a photo of her lovely rain garden beneath my altered book photos. Thanks, Linda!


altered book cover





altered book first two pages


Linda's rain garden


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Take a Word: Dark

We were challenged by Take a Word to create a dark-themed piece of art. This is normally not my preferred style of art, but I gave it a tr in the digital collage below.  Image credits: hidden vintage studio, eena's creations, pareerica, altered emporium, obsidian dawn.

The Happy Couple

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art: Celebrating Women

This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge celebrates women, in honor of the fact that August 9th is National Women's Day in South Africa. The digital collage below was based on a sign I photographed in Tel Aviv, Israel, showing silhouettes of various people. I chose to highlight the women!



Soartful Challenge: Maps (Pastel Colors)

I'm hosting this month's challenge at Soartful. Our August theme is Maps, using pastel colors (similar to those found on many maps). Please join our challenge and see the beautiful art others are creating, too!

Here's what I created for the challenge, below. Image credits: wikimedia commons, artefacts, dover designs, vintage moth, graphicsfairy.