Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Ponderings and Birthday Wishes

I hope this post finds you enjoying the Birthday celebration that is upon us!  Anyone who knows me at all, knows how much I love this time of year.  If you are too busy to enjoy the most precious Gift that has ever been given, you need to slow down, unload a few things, and check your spiritual thermostat.  God wants folks that are sold out and on fire for Him, so turn up the heat and join the Birthday Celebration for the King of Kings!

So, where have I been?

It is an annual event in my life - school starts, and it takes me until the Christmas decorations start coming out to get my life back!  

The worktable has been a happening place, though.  Several pumpkin heads and custom Christmas ornaments have passed through here over the last couple of months.  Clay just makes me happy!  Many of you have probably noticed that I dabble in all sorts of art mediums.  There's just a little piece of me that says, "Hey, we've got to try that!!"  That little voice packs a punch, too, because I usually give in without too much of a fight.  As of late, I am trying to learn digital painting.  Digital brushes will never replace my real ones, but it was driving me crazy that many of today's children's book illustrators work in nothing but digital art, and I don't know how.  That's how it starts....
The voice, "Hey, we could do that...." "Pssst, we should try that..." "Surely it can't be that hard..."
...and, in the blink of an eye, I have given in.  Anyone else have that annoying, little art bug in your ear?  
Before I knew it, a few of my pumpkin heads were sacrificed to purchase a little Wacom tablet, Photoshop's free trial was downloaded, and I was running blindly through the digital forest!!!
I've done lots of photo editing over the years but not true digital painting.  There is a HUGE learning curve!!!  I am shouting a big THANKS to all of the folks who have taken the time to put tutorials on YouTube... bless you for knowing that some clueless person (me) would come along and desperately need your advice!

Last night was the first time I actually sat down and tried out some of the tutorials which left me with a digitally painted tree -

and an ornament completely made through manipulating the photo I too during last year's snow!  It's not an added picture, but made from scratch!

Ok, ok, I know there are millions of folks doing much more fabulous things on Photoshop on a daily basis, but I'm not one of them...yet.  :)

I guess I'm just an art junkie.... Jacqueline of all trades.  Master of none.  But enjoying every minute of it!

What's on your worktable these days?  Leave us a comment!