Friday, March 20, 2015

Digital Art - The Battle Continues

Digital Art...oh, how I've had my battles with that term.  I've wrapped up a week of physically painting a watercolor a day for my Spring Countdown Art Jam, and then I pick up the latest Digital Studio Magazine while watching the rain on this first day of spring.  I started reading about one of the featured artists and came across a couple of new photo apps I hadn't seen.... One of them being Waterlogue.  And, yes, as the name suggests, it turns your photo into a watercolor painting....
And a good one, I might add.

These first three are different versions of this photo I took looking out the window-

Pretty amazing, right?  The app not only changes it, but it paints it before your eyes.  That's where I struggle with digital art.  I feel like I'm cheating!  These photos are, by no means, deemed art, but there are artists who take photos and transform them into beautiful pieces with layer upon layer of digital brushes, stamps, and images without ever getting paint on themselves. I know there are thousands of art forms, and I'm not knocking the hours of work that go into the layers created by digital artists.  It's the little voices in my own head that keep calling me Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater when I create "art" digitally.  I guess that's where my struggle lies - what constitutes art?

I'll never turn loose of my paints and my clay, but digital art keeps poking its finger at me. I don't like being taunted, so I keep dabbling.
The next photo app up for testing was SnapSeed.  I don't do gloomy art, but I loved, loved, loved these effects.  The spooky story wheels were churning.

I could already imagine snapping photos of seemingly, ordinary scenes at school... a little SnapSeed magic, and Viola.... the perfect setting for a spooky mystery or Halloween tale.  I know, it's the first day of spring, but one can never plan too early!

The final app in today's test run is called Mobile Monet.  If you'd like to get a quick tour into the world of Impressionism, this might be the app you need.

I liked this look, too.  I tried to find some off-the-wall facts to drop on you about Monet but was saddened to read he was an atheist.  Imagine a gift given by God never acknowledged by its recipient.  I wasn't surprised to read he'd tried to drown himself in the Seine River.  I'll leave the puns for another day, and, instead, thank God for His gifts and soak up the blessing of creating - whether with a paintbrush, a computer, or an iphone.

How about you?  Have you thanked the Lord today?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Countdown Art Jam Update and Spring Break Ponderings

Thank you, Lord, for the warm weather and the rain!  It has been so nice to relax and enjoy time off without thinking about the looming tasks coming at work... I know, I'll have to suck it up and face it some time before Sunday, but not today!
I've been steadily working to get the hang of painting with watercolors, and I've enjoyed little challenges thrown at me by my friends!  They have forced me out of my comfort zone with the subject material... elephants, giraffes, and llamas, oh my.  Although a little crazy, it's been fun!  I know I promised daily updates on the paintings, but I always feel like I'm double-slamming all of you when I post on FB and again on the blog. So, I thought I'd share with you some signs of spring I've been catching around here, and a collage splash of paintings to finish.

Oh, I wish you could smell the sweetness I can smell!  The algerita bushes are blooming, and the air is sticky sweet!  You'll only know it, though, if they don't send your allergies into a tailspin, like they do my husband...

and the weeds are waking up....

I know... who gets excited about weeds???  Well, it's that, or dirt around here!
Maybe that's why I've splashed so much color on my Spring Countdown paintings.  Here's a look at #1 through #5. 

Hmmm, I think there's a pastel longhorn waiting in the paint palette for today... thanks to another friendly challenge from those folks who like to torment me... I mean, my friends!  :)

I hope you take the time to see what God had done for you today.  
You will be amazed.  
I promise.

Friday, March 13, 2015

3...2...1...Spring Break, Spring Art Jam, and Spring Cleaning!

Let the games begin!  It's after 6 pm, and it's finally sinking in that Spring Break has started - a welcome relief from the state testing frenzy that is going on in schools across the state.  I've already had my pencil out to welcome spring in with some art, and I'm feeling the need to splash some colors around this evening!

I know I've got a long Spring Cleaning list, but I've added some fun to the mix, too, with a countdown to spring - one piece of "Spring" art per day to celebrate.  I'll be posting daily updates and works-in-progress with hopes of some of you joining me.  How cool would that be.... a flood of springtime awesomeness from all the folks who drop by here.  Photography counts, of course!  Help us count down by sharing in the comments, or sending me a picture via the email link on the sidebar.

Come on, are you in?

 PM Paint Update....