Thursday, April 19, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
When I creating, and especially when I am trying out new techniques, there are always reject pieces that don't "feel right". But I always save them, because they are great raw materials for collages. The collage above incorporates my first attempt at the "scratched photograph", and I love the ambiance that it adds to this collage!
Saturday, April 07, 2012
I truly believe that the best art comes from your heart, and dogs & nature are the subjects that are nearest to my heart. These are both new works of art, both incorporating new-to-me techniques that I am experimenting with.
graphite and charcoal
A friend of mine love to draw Zentangles, and she draws them in black marker, then shades them with graphite. While I am not a fan of Zentangles, I did like the idea of using graphite as shading with another medium. So, I played with a charcoal sketch, using both black and white charcoal pencils, and then adding graphite for gray shading. I need a bit more refinement with this technique, but I love the possibilities.
Zorinsky was inspired by an etching that I bought recently. I don't have access to etching materials, but I loved the look of the print. I am experimenting with using my own photographs and scratching into them, much like you do on scratchboard. This is my first attempt, and I am very pleased with the results.
Monday, April 02, 2012
Recently a rescue friend described rescue as "saving the dogs we can and crying for the ones we can't". Unfortunately, today has been a day of tears. Two weeks ago I met a transport with Dooley onboard. He settled into my SUV and promptly laid his head on my shoulder and gave me kisses all the way to the vet's office. I was so smitten! He is so gorgeous, so sweet, so friendly, and way too young to be dying. This morning we got the definitive diagnosis that he is in renal failure, and our goal now is to keep him comfortable and make him feel loved. This is not what a 4 month old puppy deserves!
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Playing in Photoshop
I admit that I am not a Photoshop power user, and there are far more tools in this program than I will ever learn. But occasionally I take a little bit of time and try to explore some of the effects. These are this morning's experiments...
Image, Adjustments, Invert
Image, Adjustments, Equalize
Image, Adjustments, Hue/Saturation & change the hue
Filter, Artistic, Poster Edges