Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Layers

I love to work in layers to create a misty, mysterious effect. As this one came together, I found myself humming "Vincent" and the starry, starry night line. Great challenge!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sunday Postcard - Birthday

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite blog challenge sites!! I appreciate the ladies who take the time in their busy days to set up and administer the blog challenge sites we all enjoy so much!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Art Creations - Reverie

We were given a lovely background at Art Creations. I've blended in a couple of overlays from Flickr Playing with Brushes, and used a couple of elements from Creates Wings and Kellie Puddy. I enjoyed creating this one; I hope you enjoy looking!

TGIF - Architecture

It's good to see TGIF is welcoming digital art, along with all the other avenues of artistic talent. My architecture is of Cranborne Manor House from Liam's Old Books; the lady is a gracious freebie from my blog friend, Lori, at Before the Stroke of Midnight. Thanks, Lori!

Make a Moo - Instrument

I chose the piano for my instrument, and this sultry chick with the come-hither eyes comes from Suzie-Que's free images. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Theme Thursday - Tag

This lovely lady from Flickr free collage images seemed comfortable in my favorite color -- purple. I don't do tags very often, so this was a fun challenge. Thanks to the ladies of Theme Thursday for the challenge, and thanks to my blog buddies for looking. Maybe I should take a minute to say how great it is to share art and comment with the wonderful community of blog artists. I treasure you all!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Feathered Friends

It was a dark and stormy night, followed by a "fowl" day ..... and I knew "eggsactly" how I wanted to approach this challenge. Now, I know it's nothing to "crow" about, and certainly less than "speggtacular", but I hope it gives you a smile!
Background is from Donna Miller, the book is from Art-E-Zine, and the rest gathered from cybersurfing.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

So Artful - Fishy

June has given us "fishy" for a theme this week. I'm still exploring the use of sketching. Granted my sketches are VERY rudimentary, the idea of using them in digital art is intriguing, and I'm having fun investigating. Background and border here are by April Mouse. Various fonts were used. The fisherman was sketched, scanned, colored in Corel Paint, and imported and finished in Digital Image Pro. Thanks for bearing with me through this learning process! I realize you're all helpless victims!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Artarazzi - Rust

We were given a rusty image for our challenge this week. I've used an image of a vintage auto I've had for quite some time. I'm not sure of its origin,--I think it came from the Flickr free
images. It's one of my favorites. I lightened the center part of the image for better contrast.
Thanks for looking!

Make a Moo - Happy

This is an experiment! I sketched the character, scanned it in, and painted it in Corel Paint. The color combination is based on the poem which says in part "When I am old, I shall wear purple.....with a red hat...." Thanks for indulging me!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Art Creations - 5-22

This week's image is so lovely, there's little to be done to enhance it. From the lovely blue background to the delicate and beautiful face, it's lovely just as it is. I lightened the face a bit, added a few flowers and greenery and a bit of a border. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Theme Thursday - Numbers

The word "numbers" took me directly to thoughts of the stock market. I love to do vintage, so this is the result. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Altered People

What fun this was! My fashionplate is by Tangie Baxter, but I replaced her head with a Flickr free image. Photo frame is by Tangie, and photo is a Flickr free image of King Charles I. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sunday Postcard - Stamp People

Thanks to Marion, an inspired challenge this week! It was such fun "building" my stamp character. I made the extra stamps, and the one on the right is my daughter, by the way. I am so looking forward to all the stamp people who appear! Thanks for taking a peek at mine. (Background (tinted) and rusty star by Tangie Baxter.)

Saturday Surprise - Time

The weekly challenge at Saturday Surprise caught my fancy this week, and I couldn't resist a bit of foolishness, with the aid of some bits and pieces from Jen U Designs. Thanks for indulging me, and thanks for your comments!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Artarazzi - 5-16

Vron at Artarazzi graciously asked me to host this week's challenge. See her blog for the host photo. I chose to use only a part of it for this entry, and tinted it, but I'm anxious to see what everyone else has done with it. Thank you for looking!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Make a Moo - Kiss

Kiss is the theme for this week's Make a Moo or Two. Thanks, Nellie, for a fun challenge!

Art Creations - 5-15

The ladies at Art Creations have given us this luscious background to work with. I've used my favorite titian-haired lovely from an old Ladies Home Journal cover. Thanks for looking!

Theme Thursday - Masculine

I've always felt sorry for the men in vintage photos. They look as if a smile would break their face. Personally, I think deep inside they had a wild side just cryin' to be let loose. Soooo, I did this fellow a favor. I turned his wild side loose. He apparently is having a tough time coming to terms with it, though! Thanks for indulging me! (He's a Flickr Free Fellow)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

So Artful - Fruity

June at So Artful Challenges has given us the theme of "fruity". Some of my happiest childhood memories include autumn trips to the apple barns where my mother purchased her apples for canning for the winter. Autumn and the smell of apple barns are forever entangled in my memory. Credit for my background to Donna Miller, the apple was googled, and the girl is Flickr free collage image.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Helping Hands

I cybersurfed for the bits and pieces here. The pair at the bottom are from a coloring book page, which I painted in Corel. The striped border is from Robyn England. I'm looking forward to seeing all the interpretations of the challenge theme this week!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Sunday Postcard - Alice

I felt a little like Alice in Blunderland with this one! At any rate, I hope the White Rabbit gets there in time, it's a long haul/hall!! Thanks for looking.

Gothic Arches - Children

I worked forever trying to get this image more sharp, but to no avail. Also spent forever trying to tint her hair, which still looks like a used dustmop. I finally abandoned all hope, and posted it as is! And so, my personal adage is proven yet again: Sometimes it's art.......and sometimes it's soup!!! Anyway, thanks for the challenge ladies!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Make it Monday - Zetti Gold

This is for Lisa Vollrath's Go Make Something challenge for the Make it Monday Flickr Group. The theme was "gold". I've been wanting to try a sort of zetti-style, as I find myself drawn to this style by some wonderfully talented blog artists. This is one of my first efforts. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Art Creations - 5--8

Such a lovely image we were given this week! She required very little enhancement. The title on the sheet music is rather faint, but it reads "If You Were the Only Girl" --- and she probably was!! Thanks for looking...but I'm sure she's used to that!

Make a Moo - Zetti

I'm a novice at Zettiology, but it sure was fun trying. I think I may try more of this style. It's such great fun to put it all together. Thanks for the challenge!

Theme Thursday - Dance

I've always admired the grace and agility of dancers. God blessed me with sturdy peasant legs, and the grace and agility of a rhinoceros. So, ladies of Theme Thursday, it was fun to indulge myself in fantasy with this theme. Credit for background and enhancements to Irene Alexeeva, to Flickr Public Domain for the dancers, and to all of you for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

So Artful - Garden

June, at SoArtful, gave us this challenge image. It became the garden below.

I'm sure there are many avenues to be taken with this challenge image. I have no idea why I ended up in flowers. I have no idea why the greens don't match. I have no idea why the background flowers have no stems. I am blameless. It just "happened" while I was watching Inside Edition!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Believe

We were to choose a word of inspiration. I've chosen "Believe". Long ago, I read a book called "Image Your Way To Success". It's concept was that. if one established a goal and believed or imaged it's successful completion, it would come to pass. For the most part, it worked for me. This piece is a collage of a googled images blended as one. The image is from a John William Waterhouse painting. Thank you for looking.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Gothic Arches - Vintage Woman

My lady is from Flickr Public Domain images. This is a rather simple piece, but she seemed to require no enhancements. Thanks for the challenge, ladies!

Artarazzi 5-2

Vron has challenged us to use an image by Sir Lawrence Elma-Tadema. I've used a layered background using papers from Plum Tuckered and B. Datema. I wanted to use something that played up that gorgeous red hair! Thanks for the challenge, Vron.

Sunday Postcard - Black & White

She had expensive tastes, looking for a man who could keep her in the style to which she'd grown accustomed. He didn't fit her image, but he just couldn't let her go .........