First off, am I to assume the thumbnails work for the Studio Artist demo?
Rima Koleilat of MaraZine blog (marayagalleries.blogspot.com) has issued a digital challenge in this post here. Rima is asking anyone interested to download the same digital image and make an painting with it. You can download it from this post, here on my blog … then the thumbnail will expand and you can download the file. There are a few simple rules you can read in Rima’s post – and a deadline!! I am joining in with the fun and I hope you will too. Anyone may play!
Ferris Wheel, Digital Â© Diane Clancy
Rima adds about this challenge “It would be nice to have more people try their hand at interpreting the same picture, with varying degrees of know-how. I think for a lot of our readers and fellow bloggers, it would be a little push in a different direction – always good for creativity muscles. ” Sue, I can’t wait to see the mandala you make – though you can make another picture too.
Lily Pad for Rima’s Challenge
Rima also wrote in a comment on this blog,”I do enjoy your “unsymmetrical” work, I find it more expressive of your gentleness.” I asked Rima for elaboration to better understand what she is meaning. This is what Rima answered, “I like all of your work, but I do like the “looser” designs most: like “Expansion” (it blew my mind, I loved that one) – very profound, and pieces like “In the Garden” with the Buddha in the flowers ) – so gentle and beautiful.”
Rima continues, “In the more “designy” series, works like in these posts: Castles in the Air and Can this be a Circus (my “umbrellas”!) still have some symmetry … but … it’s like you decided to play instead of painting, and the result is more energetic.”
With these thoughts in mind, I decided to push to go to a different place with Studio Artist today to create a painting for this post. When I have an actual paint brush in my hand, unless I am using masking tape for the straight edge “Luminous Angles” series, you probably never see a really straight line. But the way I have been using this program, I am generating lots and lots of straight lines. It is a little funny, odd funny. Here is one the Luminous Angles, “Dance of Life” if you want to check it out.
But, then again, Rima is really talking about symmetry rather than straight lines. And I guess it is symmetry rather than straight lines that Studio Artist generates so easily with the tools I have been using lately. So funny, Rima says symmetry and I hear straight lines. I will have to think why that is. I was going to edit out a chunk of my writing once I realized that straight lines were never even being mentioned, but I thought it might be interesting to follow where and how my mind travels.
Giving me lots to think about as I create. Thank you so much, Rima, for taking the time to think and write about my work!! But the best news is … I have been creating lots of new work lately! And one big reason I have been painting digitally is to show you some ideas. So, a big thank you!!
~ Diane Clancy
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I felt like I was seeing a path leading somewhere beautiful instead of a ferris wheel – but then I did see the ferris wheel, and the fun and excitement that comes with it. How very lovely and vibrant.
OOps, I forgot to say thanks for mentionning the digital art thingy on my blog. Can’t wait to see yours!
Thanks for commenting. A path leading somewhere beautiful – I like that! hmmm …. The funny thing about names – they can help guide the viewer but they can also constrain how the viewer sees a piece. I guess ideally it would be great for someone to see and then to look at the title. It is odd creating these works and having titles quickly – usually I take awhile to get titles … Ferris Wheel is what popped out at me,
Often I like titles that are less literal too – like “Up, Up and Away” rather than “Ferris Wheel” – hmmm … I am beginning to see why I was leaving things as “Beyonds” for now – it was an interim “untitled” … well, with work, I can always change these things …
~ Diane Clancy
Ok Everyone – the post is finished!! I will be posting in several hours … I want to make sure the regular readers get a chance to read this post first …
I am eager to hear what you have to say!!
~ Diane Clancy
i see the ferris wheel too, and love the subtlety of your titling. before i read rima’s and your comments, what i saw was an electrical power tower…and wondered if art and politics were colliding here? *smile* the unknown after- effects of long term exposure to microwaves, perhaps?
I read your new post a little while ago – I’m fascinated by how you can put your thoughts on “paper”, and allow yourself to examine what you do like that.
I do have to add something about what I said about symmetry: I didn’t mean at all that I don’t like it – on the contrary, for example, I especially love the gilded leaf ones, so rich and intricate.
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Thanks for highlighting this challenge. It sounds like a fun way to learn. I’m becoming addicted to Photoshop, but have sooooo much to learn. Maybe the discipline of writing down steps while doing a project like this will help things sink in! BTW I love your work.