To me this looks deep – life being created right before our eyes … Again it is 3D – I can go right inside this image and floating around with the rest of the pieces of matter and life. We are now at the beginning of this year’s cycle of life (in the northern hemisphere). Time to start afresh!
I created 17 different images in the Beginning Life series. Once I got going playing with this set of digital paintings, I couldn’t stop. They are so similar yet so different. Years ago, someone suggested they would be fantastic in a video. I think I know how to do that now and it is on my list of things to do.
This was created entirely in the computer program Painter with KPT filters. As with many of my other digital images, extensive layering is involved to create the translucent properties of this painting.
I think I will translate this image into a different color scheme. Those of you who follow my work know that green is not my usual choice. I wonder what this would look like in my pink/purple/aqua. I will get back to you on that.
I love working with actual, physical, paint. There is something so satisfying about using physical paints (as opposed to digital paints.) This is another painting from my goddess series with, obviously, the double-face theme. For one of my friends, this is her absolute favorite image of all my artwork.
This creative process has an interesing origin. A long time ago, I stumbled on this image of double eyes and faces from fooling around with early digital equipment.
I found out that if I moved my my head one way while photographing myself with the video equipment, my face became a series of peaks. Moving my face in the other direction, made my face stretch out. I still have the orginal printout that I made into a grid. Sometime I will scan it and show you.
Even though it’s beginning came from a mistake (or divine inspiration), I have found this to be a powerful motif that is worth repeating again and again.
Each person seems to have their own interpretation of this idea. In my experience, people are often sure that their sense of the double faces is what I intended. To me, that seems to indicate that I have tapped into a deep inner connection that speaks loudly for many.
I find myself mesmerized by these double faces. There is a way that I feel “feed” on a soul level. I feel connected to me deep inside.
In honor of today feeling like Spring!! in New England, eastern U.S, here is a display of flowers for you! I hope you are enjoying your spring or fall, depending on where you are. I feel so much lighter with the sun and warmth. I want my artwork to help others feel uplifted like the weather is helping me.
I had a lot of fun with this creative process of making this digital painting by choosing flowers in pinks and purples and putting them all together. These colors make me happy!
A friend mentioned to me how spring is a lot about “allowing” – allowing the energy of the season to carry one upward, like the flowers pushing up through the dirt to blossom. I am ready for some allowing and blossoming!
Yesterday I told you that my fine art cards are being sold at the local Visitors Center. One local resident who saw my enhanced animal images at the Center, gave me a call to see if I would create her a unique portrait of her own animal companion. Of course, I was delighted!
I took an image she already had and put her Irie into a flower environment for a print for my client. She gave me written permission to also put her companion into a field of butterflies and then make cards to sell.
Being a micro-business, I need to figure out which niches are working well and which will work for me. I find that creating animal portraits is a service that there is a demand for. Then when I am able to use these images for my cards, it helps me build my business. As an artist, I need to find creative ways to expand my market.
I also offer graphic design and website design as another service. There is a lot of research now showing that every dollar invested in the local economy and the creative economy shows far greater return than most other investments into the economy. I am working to help create the creative economy in Franklin County!
I sell my cards at the local Visitors Center – we are a tourist area. This area is geographically gorgeous and full of artists. People from Boston and New York City come and look at the prices that artists are selling our artwork for and they pull out their check books.
The going price for artwork is much higher in the cities and often the people who travel can afford to take home beautiful paintings and quilts and sculptures and photographs. There are a lot of beautiful items that almost anyone can afford also! We in the area are working on building the creative economy in Franklin County.
The staff at the Visitors Center told me that the tourists want cards with deer and bears on them. So, I thought I would give it a try to see if my version of Bambi would be enjoyed enough by people to take Bambi home with them.
Most days I read Alyson Stanfield’s Art Marketing Blog which I find very useful. I learned about blogging from her free Art Newsletter which you can sign up for at her Art Marketing website. When I started my blog less than a month ago, I studied Alyson’s posts on blogging to make decisions about how I wanted to proceed. In this one blog I get all sorts of insights from many different artists through their comments. Alyson encourages us as artists to use technology in our art businesses.
Alyson, writing about an art-marketing workshop she gave this weekend, wrote in her blog, “One of the big lessons I always learn at these workshops is that artists who use technology have a distinct advantage over artists who don’t. …”
Alyson continues, “Stay on top of technology and use the tools that are available to you. Only 3 out of 66 artists in the room yesterday had a blog! … think of that. Three of 66!”
From Alyson’s blog I learned that WordPress is free blogging software. From what readers (and Alyson) wrote, I made a decision to go with WordPress and I am delighted that I did! I wouldn’t have known how to start without this great resource of Alyson Stanfield’s blog.
This painting “Conundrum III” is from my collage goddess series that is inspired by my former quilting. There are many actual fabric pieces in this collage besides paper and paint.
In another artist’s blog, Lisa Call’sCall’s quilting blog, Lisa talked about starting a store at Etsy – www.etsy.com. I have been considering starting a shop there also. In the comments in response to her announcement in her blog, several people said Etsy has a good reputation. I am relieved to hear that – it helps me feel good about looking into this possibility.
Being an artist – a micro-business, I need to find different marketing venues. I have a website from which I do sell a little. I have cards in several stores – about 10 – and prints in a couple of stores.
Some of us are going to get together to learn from an experienced creative person about online marketing. This marketing focus is going to be one of my next arenas.
I have to balance being willing to invest in myself and my business – which I do do – with being smart with my resources and minimizing unnecessary expenses. And one can never know beforehand which is which. I am looking for the correct balance for myself and my business. Luckily, some of my images – like this one – are popular with many people.
Thank you for letting me share my process with you.
A couple of days ago I showcased a pastel version of this painting in the post The Empty Chair – Pastel. The original pastel was created in the slide room – see the post Creating Inside and Out if you want to read about this creative process. I thought it would be fun to create the same image in different mediums – so I did.
It is interesting to me to see the differences. The blues give dissimilar feels – the blue in this acrylic painting lets light into the picture. I see a distinct time of day in this image … there is a lot of light flooding into the space of the empty chair. The emptiness doesn’t feel forlorn to me as the other one does.
The use of color rather than just the mediums themselves give them some of their variety. This woman looks more seamless to me instead of shadowy. Remember, the other painting was created in the slideroom so I didn’t have as much control over the materials. Chance played a much bigger part.
But, to me, it looks like the same artist painted these even though the color and feel is distinctive. (Yes, I know I did.) I know which of these two worlds I would prefer to enter into …
This abstract design is from another series that I would like to use in licensing for wrapping paper. One of my brothers feels that this is a very unique type of design for wrapping paper – he thinks that it is so unusual that it would be very successful. Now to find a wrapping paper company that agrees!
When I had given my abstract digital paintings to the wrapping paper representative, she was concerned that they might be hard to print. But she didn’t chose my images anyway, so it was a moot point at that time.
The printing industry has changed dramatically in the last several years. If there were potential problems then, they may not exist anymore. I think this might also be good for fabric.
I do love these colors in this design! Those who have been following my blog – or my art career for that matter – know that I love bright colors – particularly in the purple/pink/aqua family. Aside – odd to have mentioned someone in my family of origin in the same post that I have mentioned my favorite family of colors.
This painting looks like Spring to me. I do enjoy looking at this image. It is in a repeat pattern, so it can repeat endlessly without any more seams than you already see.
This digital painting is from my design series that I want to license for wrapping paper, and perhaps fabric. This is the first toy design that you have seen in my blog. This design is already in my fine art greeting cards, customers want the wrapping paper also.
If you are interested in how I create this kind of design, please read post Flowers XVII – there are a lot of details there. Layering is a big part of this creative process.
I love looking at this particular design. I love the color of the background. It sings to my heart! And I love the little dolls and unicorns … the fish kite … the pinks. I quite a happy little girl inside when I look at this design!
Violet looks like she is surrounded by butterflies with spring in full force! This digital painting from my enhanced animal images was created in Painter as explained in the post Freckles in Flowers I and the post Abby in Butterflies that discuss this method of layering. This is the first you have seen of this special animal companion, Violet, my sister’s dog.
These butterflies are created from nozzles that I made myself from clipart that I have rights to use. I used Illustrator and Photoshop in creating this image while working with the nozzles and layers. I enjoy the almost 3D quality of this painting.
These images I have created using companion animals are some of my most popular images for cards. Many times when someone sees “their” kitty or puppy, they immediately want the card or print. It is fun to feel like I bring happiness to people as they see a touching image of their special friend.
Some people have asked me to make these paintings from photographs of their own animals. Because I use layering, I am able to keep the cost more affordable. I have also created specific backgrounds for people’s companions. I am happy that so many people like these paintings so much!
“The Empty Chair” is another pastel that was created in the slide room. You can read about the details of this creative process in the post Creating Inside and Out. I also have an acrylic version of this painting that I will showcase in the next couple of days.
It is interesting to me to see the difference in images when I put them into different mediums. My teacher, Michael Coblyn, used to talk about how each time one takes an image and translates it to another medium, it is important to see it as a new painting.
He encouraged us to not get caught up in trying to duplicate the image but instead to look at it as a new creation. This thinking has been incredibly helpful to me as I have taken my paintings created in traditional mediums and translated them into digital paintings.
After I created this pastel, I took a good hard look at it – and it was very striking to me. That empty chair in the window is very poignant to me – it feels very lonesome. I was caught in just creating and then stepped back and feel that there is a lot of power in this image.
Freckles was my beloved kitty companion of 18 years. Here he is in another of my enhanced animal images all ready to hunt for Easter eggs. If you like, you can see and read about him in the post Freckles in Flowers I. There are many technical details in that post about creating this kind of digital painting.
Barb de la Hunty created these Easter egg nozzles that I used in the Painter computer program. I put the eggs and flowers on different layers to create this scene. I have not put any other animals with Easter eggs but have considered it. Some people truly enjoy this image – I am never sure if someone will.
Barb has many incredible and fun nozzles that are freeware. This means that anyone may use them in their own creative process, but may not claim them as their own creation. Barb has beads, snowflakes and more available for downloading here.
Thank you for looking at my kitty and painting. This image gives me hope that spring will come and it will warm up! I hope you will post in the comments.
Purple, yellow and green are spring colors to me. That is why I have chosen a digital painting of a design in these colors on a day many celebrate as Easter. Purple and yellow are traditional Easter colors – at least for us growing up. But I want to continue the discussion started in comments in yesterday’s post about licensing – in the post Flowers XVII.
Sue O’Kieffe said that some of my designs reminded her of wrapping paper and fabric. She also suggested that I pursue licensing for some of these images. Sue asked if I had considered that.
Many people have also stated that these designs would be outstanding wallpapers. I have actually had people (I didn’t know) want to order my wrapping paper from seeing these designs on my website. The only problem is that these designs are cards and prints but not wrapping paper yet.
I sent samples to one company and she was very nice but said they weren’t the kind of wrapping paper her clients want. Yet many stores and individuals have seen my fine art greeting cards and wished for the matching wrapping paper. They have said how much more enticing they are than current choices in wrapping paper.
Here I am back at one of my dilemmas. Which direction to pursue and how to best use my time. Also, how much to create for myself and how much to pursue the market. How much to persist and when to cut my losses. (I know one try isn’t a lot.) But sometimes I am not sure which direction to prioritize.
This is an example of a type of my digital painting that you haven’t seen yet. It is part of my design series that I created in the computer program Painter. I like the colors, flowers, and sense of Spring.
The creative process was fairly complicated – I started with vector clip art. I then brought the images into Painter and made nozzles out of them. The post Nature Reflections II talks about the difference between vector and bitmap images. The post Freckles in Flowers I discusses nozzles.
Once I made the flowers and such into nozzles, then I created the pattern. It is a 4-way repeat. Painter has cool tools so it is easier to get the corners to match up when repeating a pattern – using it more than once – in a seamless way. As with many thing, once I get the rhythm down, it is simple and easy. But then I have to relearn when I go to use this process again.
I really enjoy the colors and the sense of movement in this image. Several stores have bought this painting as a card to sell in their stores. I like looking at the flowers in this image – I think they are very interesting.
Thank you for looking and reading. In the comments there is a discussion started about licensing and more technical details about creating this kind of design.
Angels and other non-physical guides are part of my everyday life. I meditate in the morning – every morning – to align myself with the Life Force. I ask angels and my higher self for guidance throughout the day (I need it!). There is a new website, Angelic Letters, where Jessica Bernard brings “messages of love and peace from your guardian angels.” I have found Jessica’s messages very loving and intuitive – I have known her for over a year.
Usually when I am painting, I am asking my Muse and angels to guide me to hear and see the essence of the image so I can bring more light, love and beauty into the world. This is my purpose as an artist – to inspire – myself and others.
Bryce is a computer program that creates 3D worlds and universes – it creates environments. Poser is a program that with 3D models – human, animal and other. In playing with these programs to learn them, I took a girl from Poser, made her crystal and brought her into a vibrant Bryce sea. I decided it looks like an angel coming down to be with us here … so I decided it was worth saving.
I like the vibrancy … I love the color of the sea. I hope you have enjoyed hearing about my creative process.