explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Take a Word: Feathered Friends


On a snowy day last week, a large shape in a tree in my front yard suddenly attracted my eye. It was the biggest, fattest, reddest robin I'd ever seen. I honestly did not know a robin could be so plump. I grabbed my phone and took a picture of it through the kitchen window, just before it flew off. Below is the photo (not the clearest, I admit) and a version that I altered to give it a more fanciful twist. Spring is coming!





Collage Obsession: Dream



"Sweet Dreams"

Image credits: girl from vintage moth; background is my design.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Three Muses: Vintage



"Attic Treasures"


Hopefully something in this gathering of items will be worth tons of money on Antique Roadshow!
Image credits include rubyblossom and graphics fairy.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Take a Word: Sewing


I have only two excuses for this collage: (1) I probably have a touch of cabin fever due to too much snow and ice; and (2) I attended the first session of a class called "Origins of Jazz" last week, where ragtime was discussed. Basic images (altered by me ) from Google; pattern on dolls is mine. I can't quite decide if they're cute or creepy! What do you think?

"Ragtime Romp"

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sunday Postcard Art: Pieces of Pictures


For this challenge we were asked to combine two or more pictures. I altered the balloon poster by changing some of the images within it (see if you can find them);  added the bunch of balloons; then combined all that with the hot air balloon and planetary background (from an old digital collage of mine). Whew. Now I'm going to sleep.


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Collage Obsession: Goddess



"Flora, Roman Goddess of Flowers"  

Statue image: Google images. Backgrounds/patterns are mine.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Three Muses: The Sea



I wish I were at the sea in summer today, instead of looking out my window at a frozen landscape. At least the sky is blue today!

Image credits: holliewood, dover, allfreedownload, my own background designs.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Collage Obsession: Ruffles




image credits: google, rubyblossom, magazineart.org, kim klassen.

Sunday Postcard Art: Hearts and Flowers


Bleeding hearts are one of my favorite flowers--and they are a heart and a flower in one!
Sketch is mine.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Feb. 25th Gelli Printing Workshop in Columbia, MD--Fun and Easy!



Please join me for a fun and colorful art workshop! No art experience necessary. I will provide all class materials you will need.  You will create beautifully decorated papers in a friendly and supportive group.




Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Three Muses: Balloons


"Flight"

Image credits: balloons (altered) from allfreedownload.com; figures (altered) from beth rimmer.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Take a Word: Be My Valentine

"Tempted?"


Image credits: artefacts, pink lotty.

College Obsession: Love






Image credits: Couple from Taluula's; backgrounds are my creations.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Three Muses: Frames



Image credits: hands from allfreedownload.com; old photo frame from graphicsfairy.

Gelli Plate Printing Workshop in Columbia, MD- Feb. 25



Gelli Plate Prints

As some of you know, I'm leading another Gelli Plate Printing workshop in Columbia, Maryland, on Wednesday, February 25. We'll use simple techniques to print colorful patterns and textures onto paper, using acrylic paints. The paper can be framed as original art; or used for cards, bookmarks, gift tags, decoupage, etc. If you're a beginner, no problem -- it's easy and fun to learn. All class materials are provided.
You can call the East Columbia 50+ Center (410-313-7680) for more info or to register; or you can contact me.
Here's a link to the Gelli Plate website for those who want more info:
http://www.gelliarts.com/

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Take a Word: Hearts



"Queen of Hearts"

The heart pattern is mine. For the face, I used an image of a woman in a painting from Dover Pictura, and altered it radically in Photoshop Elements (it hardly looks at all like the original image, which is the whole point).