Thursday, February 26, 2015

So, why not?

This is a pretty straightforward, but fairly boring, image of some succulents. I took it because I liked the graphic lines. Could I leave it alone?

Well, no.

Does it look real? Of course not, but who cares?
This impressionistic version accentuates the lines that attracted me to the image in the first place.

Monday, February 09, 2015

So not me!

It's very seldom that I do pastels. I can usually manage them better when I work digitally, but I can't for the life of me paint them. I've started out pastel but end up with something totally different.

The jury is still out on this card. I know one thing, if I did it again, I think I would make the lettering smaller/different. I colored the text a dark magenta. It still came out too stark to suit my tastes. I stippled and then dry brushed over it with a cream color acrylic paint to set it back some.

The rose and leaf are air brushed, also with acrylic paints.

The butterfly was a bonus element that came with a Martha Stewart frame punch that I purchased. I don't know if the floral paper was meant to be used or was just part of the packaging. I thought it was pretty and was my inspiration for this card.

Monday, February 02, 2015

I Love Walking in the Morning

We usually start out when it is still dark and watch the sun come up about half way through our walk.
But, when it is especially cold, we often start out a little later. This particular morning the sun was just coming up as we stepped outside. I have taken a version of this tree in the sunrise many, many times. I do not ever get tired of doing it. There was a little fog hanging around which served to enhance the colors of the rising sun.

I really like the shape of this tree with all of its flowing, leafless branches.
Just perfect for me to play.

I think this would make a great starting point for a composite image. Mmmm...or maybe...just like it is with just a few enhancements.
I wonder what gold leaf would look like on some of the colorless sections of the tree trunk and branches?