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By the way ... the beautiful lady in my blog heading is my grandmother - I think she makes a perfect fairy!

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

#97 - Wings (Digital Whisper)

I started this project wanting to use a dress form and this is what evolved.  I used my Wacom tablet to add some framing, and some brushes for textural effects.  As always, thanks for looking!

#97 - Wings

With Thanks to:
Texture:  skeletalmess @ flickr
Border:  Totallywilddezinez
Crown, Head, Fly, Floor:  Tumblefish Studios
Butterfly:  DeviantScrap (ColorSplash)
Background Pattern:  Creatwingsdesigns
Dress Form:  Internet

Thursday, March 24, 2011

#86 - Mask (Digital Whisper)

I think this challenge could be taken in so many different ways.  Since I really love the Venetian Carnival masks, I wanted to go in that direction and just make the interpretation fairly simple.  Nothing too crazy on this one -- textured overlays and drop shadows. Thanks for looking:

#86 - Mask

With Thanks to:
Texture:  skeletalmess @ flickr
Music Texture:  night_fate_stock @ deviantart
Border:  struckdumb @ deviantart
Mask:  Internet

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

#55 - Waiting (Digital Whisper)

I initially was going to use this photo of Anna Mae Wong for the "Exotic" theme, but after working with it I thought it spoke more to "waiting".  Anyway, I didn't do a lot to it other than blend some textures, but I really like the way it turned out.  Thanks for looking!

#55 - Waiting

With Thanks to:
Textures:  Skeletalmess @flickr
Border:  Totallywilddezinez
Frame:  Lorie Davison (Prairie Gal)
Clock:  Steampunk Clock Pendant vby Karla Chan @ deviantart
Wings:  Finecrafted Designs
Floor:  Holliewood Studios (Metal Momma)
Anna Mae Wong:  The Happy Wanderer Memorial @ flickr

Monday, March 21, 2011

#77 - Past Days (Digital Whisper)

I've always wanted to use the photo of these two women.  I started designing for Theme #20 - Half, but then when I was finished I decided it spoke more to Past Days (whimsically, of course).  As always, thanks for looking, and I really appreciate your comments!

#77 - Past Days

With Thanks to:
Figure:  vintage67 by violetivory (deviantart.com)
Wings:  Bisontine (Truth from Falsehood)
Paper:  Lorie Davison (Pioneer Story)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

#8 - Innocence (Digital Whisper)

What could be more innocent than a child with a kitten?  I really enjoyed using DeviantScrap's ColorSplash kit which is currently featured in Somerset's Digital Studio magazine.  There are some super great papers and random elements that makes it so much fun to play with.  I am also a very big admirer of Marsha Jorgensen of Tumblefish Studios and love her collage elements that are available in her Etsy shop.  Thanks for looking!

#8 - Innocence

Papers and Flower:  DeviantScrap Colorsplash
Frame, Arms, and Legs:  Tumblefish Studios
Body/Wings:  Createwings Designs
Word:  CrowAbout Studios

Thursday, March 17, 2011

More Memory Art

There are some photos that just can't be kept in a box ... they represent a special moment that you want to remember, or evoke a feeling that connects you to that point in time.  Maybe there's a certain message that you feel that photo represents.  I feel that way about lots of my photos, and there are a few pieces that I've done:

You can make your photos special, too. 

Come and take an Artful Journey ...

Memory Art

You know how we all have tons of family photos and they are scattered all over the place ... in boxes, in drawers, in ... who know's where? I've been doing a lot of family photo collages where several photos can be showcased.  The images are either extracted from their original photos or kept as original and then framed.  These pieces are in a 12"x12" format (a large scrapbooking page).  Here are a few that I've done:

This is my son as he has grown up ...

A friend of mine wanted a piece to give to her nieces and nephews using several old family photos, but she didn't want a lot of embellishments.  This is what we came up with:

This is a piece again using old family photos:

This type of memory art is a great visual representation of your family memories from the past or present.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

#14 - Smile (Digital Whisper)

Today I chose "Smile" from the Digital Whisper 100 Themes Challenge list ... maybe because it's not raining right now and that makes me smile.  Anyway, hope you enjoy!

#14 - Smile

Texture:  skeletalmess, artbycrysti, and les brumes @ flickr
Elements: Creatwingsdesigns
Photomask:  Cottage Arts
Paper:  Bisontine and Cottage Ats
Figure:  notyouraveragesockmonkey @ flickr

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Another Digital Whisper 100 Themes Challenge Entry

Today I chose the underwater theme since it's pretty much been raining nonstop today.

#83 - Underwater:

Fun Stuff

One of the challenges at Digital Whisper was to create a piece of art in the style of Teesha Moore using a provided starter image.  I had so much fun with this because it's such a different style than I'm using to doing.  My wonderful husband gave me a Wacom tablet for my birthday so I got to doodle around and play.  This challenge was a great wake-up call to play more!

Starter Image:

Final Image:

Now go have fun!!!

The Open Road ...

Each of us is on our own road in life -- who knows where it will take us?  I guess this piece reflects my feeling of not being too tied down to life being a certain way.  You never know where that pothole is and there could be major road work ahead.  I think we just need to be open to different paths and see where the journey takes us ...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Digital Whisper 100 Themes Challenge

I belong to a digital art group called Digital Whisper.  Each week there is a theme to design around, and it's challenging to get creative.  There is a new challenge for the 2011, however, and Kimmie has created a 100 Themes Challenge to be completed within the year.  We can complete the themes in whatever order we wish and whatever size we want.  This will really keep me on my creative toes this year!  This is what I have submitted so far:

#1 - Home

#2 - Love

#3 - Light

#4 - Dark

Friday, March 11, 2011

Welcome to My Blog!

I've asked myself the question so many times over the past few years:  what would I attempt to do if I knew I would not fail?  And here it is:  I would put my digital art out in the world and in turn see if I could show people how they can see their own photos in a different way. 

So this blog will be a place to show my art in my world and also pieces that I have created for others.

Thank you for visiting, and welcome to my blog!