What else did I learn from taking traditional art classes? I learned that I do not like to paint portraits. Zero interest! I learned that I don’t like doing traditional landscapes where everything is photo-realistic nor do I like doing abstract art. None of my digital art is based on the world as you see it. A couple standing by a vintage car on a platform in space? A butterfly bike rider on train tracks coming from a portal and headed toward a metallic flower garden? All that and more. So, what is my point? My point is this: follow your heart. Do not do art that does not speak to your heart or stick with a medium you do not like. Do what you love, becoming skilled at what you do. Listen to advice, but do not change just to please others. Digital art, especially what I do, which is a combination of collage, composite, and painting is not widely accepted as fine art or even art. I am NOT going to change and start creating art with a traditional medium. I cannot, for my heart is not in it.
Is your heart in what you do? If not, why are you doing it?
Apple Lady is one of my reluctant tries at painting people. Based on a vintage image, I used watercolor. River is my acrylic landscape. It actually resembles the original photo. At least, you can tell my painting is related to a real landscape photo! The last image is Sand and Sea, my digital attempt at abstract art. Right now, I feel an urgent need to pull up one of my digital composite files and immerse myself in art that I love!
I have always loved to make things. At first, it was sewing or decorating journals and printing booklets. Then came a computer and the fun of creating papers and cards. That art could be created on a computer with software was an unknown possibility. I proudly called myself a crafter and not an artist. Yet, I was led to take traditional drawing and painting classes. What did I learn from those classes besides the basic elements of art, the difference between student grade and professional materials, and that painting with watercolor is very different than painting with acrylics?
I learned that I do not want to paint professionally. If I never painted anything again in acrylic or watercolor, I would not be upset. When I pick up a paint brush, I do not lose myself in creating art. It is very different when it comes to creating on my computer. I can get lost in working on a new composition. Taking photos and using objects that have different values and perspectives and fitting them together as a cohesive whole is not a chore. I can become absorbed in the smallest of details, working to get it exactly right and blend in.
Part two next time.
This is from 2015 when I discovered digital collage art. I was using Elements, because I felt Photoshop was just too complicated!
Happy New Year! Welcome to my world of unique digital art.
When I create art, I start with an inspiration. It could be anything from a photo of an old barn, clouds, a sunset/sunrise, or a vintage pocket watch. Then, I build a story around my inspiration. Even though my art is not realistic, like a traditional landscape artist, I try to bring multiple objects together to create a piece of art that not only tells a story, but blends seamlessly together. I love to open the door to your imagination through my art. My latest inspiration is…. cherries! These are some of the images that sparked my imagination. After I find my inspiration, I begin looking for other objects to add. Everything must blend together to create something new and unique. A hot air balloon combined with cherry blossoms and leaves becomes a cherry balloon! I create art by having a story to tell. That this story is set in a world that does not exist is the doorway to opening your imagination and seeing familiar objects in a totally different way. Check out Cherry World and Cherry Dreams in my Art Gallery.
I wish you the hope and peace that Christ's birth brought to the Earth. I will be posting again in January.
I just created this Snow and Angel to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. As Christ was God's gift to man, I have a free download of Snow and Angel as my gift to you in celebration of Christ's birth in Bethlehem.
This is what Snow and Angel looks like. This download is no longer available.
This is the more contemporary version of For Unto Us. This free download will be up until December 16th. The file is 4x6 inches. Shown printed on a card.
This download is no longer available.
December is here. Many of you will be out Christmas shopping, with art galleries and bazaars offering a wide variety of arts and crafts. During this season, it is heart-warming to receive a note from a friend or family member you haven’t seen or heard from lately. I don’t know about you, but I still like receiving a card or hand-written note in the mail. Yes, I know it is easier to text or even email, but there is something very personal about opening up an envelope and seeing a card selected just for you. It is even better when somebody makes a card for you! With that in mind, I will be offering one (or two) Christmas-themed free download every week up until Christmas. Downloads will include 4x6 or 8.5x11 to print or use for a Christmas-related project. I used to design papers for crafting and greeting cards, so I will be sharing some of my past with you this season.
This week's offering: For Unto Us-Traditional Print in two sizes. Select one or both to download. Remember, these are only up until December 12th. Next week offering: For Unto Us-Contemporary Print.
Do you ever have days when everything goes wrong? When you hope for a door opening, it closes? When you waiting for a phone call, text, or email and nothing comes? When you cancelled a meeting because of a service appointment, but the service tech was a no-show? I had a week like that recently. I have been feeling a little (a lot) discouraged.
This weekend, in my worship time, I was pouring out my heart to the Lord. During that time, the number 100 came to mind. I had the strongest urge to look up Psalm 100. I kept putting it off, thinking it was just a distracting thought. However, when the Holy Spirit has a prophetic word for me, that is how He gets my attention. I keep getting the same words over and over again until I write them down. When I read Psalm 100, I knew it was the Lord speaking to me. I needed to start singing and praising more and not focus on everything that was going wrong. I also knew that as one of His sheep, my Shepherd was watching over me and had not left me alone.
I have created a free download with Psalm 100 and used the art from page 137 in my book, Keywords from Heaven. If you want to read that page,go to Faith Resources.
Psalm 100 download is no longer available.
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