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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Underwater Library

I'm not sure how I came up with this idea. Sometimes looking at other art or photos gives me inspiration and I write it down. Later I will go back to my notes and if something catches my imagination I'll run with it. The original vision when starting this was to have a more prominent looking library underwater but found some interesting background items that looked more like it was a library from long ago. It just built from there, literally.  

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tulip Fields

As part of my digital art class at AWAKE, one of the lessons covered the dispersion technique where something explodes out of an object. I thought of doves flying out of a white tulip which became the subject for a new composition. The photo of tulips in the field were bright pink with a boring building in the background but I liked the general feel of it. So I changed the tulips to white, added an interesting barn structure and changed up the sky to appear more dramatic. The combined background layers were then placed inside the old book to give it some dimension and then aged. The antique pen was a finishing touch. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Conductor

I had a little fun with my muse this week. I played with the concert/train conductor theme and added a bit of Where's Waldo with musical instruments scattered throughout the piece. Some more obvious than others. 

Portal to Spring

We've been stuck in winter mode around here and I've been feeling like spring, although officially here, is still just a dream away. This composition shares my feelings that spring weather and flowers are just beyond that portal. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Sayulita Girl

While visiting the small village of Sayulita Mexico we walked along a quiet street of small shops. A little girl peeked at me from a doorway next to a shop entrance. In a moment of shyness she ducked behind the wall and I spied her doll next to her mimicking the same pose. I couldn't resist snapping a photo of this sweet scene. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Another World

The main photo is from a trip we took to Friday Harbor, WA. In this composition there are some subtle additions. The first and most obvious is the earth rather than the moon in the sky. The others are a sunken ship and mermaid at the bottom left. It's a rather moody/dreamy work which I seem to be leaning toward lately. The original photo was taken in the early evening.

The next composition will be much lighter in feel so stay posted. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bedroom Canvas

We recently redecorated our guest bedroom in soft blues and grays. Along one small accent wall my husband installed shiplap. The basics are in place and there is still a large bare wall staring at me when I walk into the room. So today I played with a photo I shot off the coast of Peurto Vallarta while our extended family was vacationing in nearby Sayulita, Mexico. A copy was imported into Topaz Impressions then blended with the original photo and finished up with several more texture layers in Photoshop. I ordered a 32 x 24 canvas print from Costco. I was aiming for a painterly feel and wanted to lighten and brighten it a bit to fit the colors in the room a little better. Below is the original for comparison.