It was more fun with Photoshop this week as I re-worked or "made-over" some paintings so I can offer different color options of the same piece. I love drawing and painting (I feel lost if I haven't gotten messy and made something with my hands in a while) but working digitally--tweaking colors, making collages, processing photos--is so fun and satisfying because of how quickly you can try out new things, easily change something you don't like and see a "finished" product. And it's simple and clean--a nice, quick creative "fix" when the kiddos are resisting naptime . . . and bedtime . . . when everyone in general is not sleeping much at all and there's little quiet time for dragging out the elaborate creative projects!
"harvest" version of "Words Like Feathers" better than the original! And I thought this would be the perfect entry for Illustration Friday this week, where the theme is "stripes." I had so much fun with the stripes in this painting that now I find myself leaning toward using stripes in every new painting!
And you can see that I was still into the "linear" theme when I made this piece shortly after. The original bird-in-hands is blue, but I adjusted the hue and added an almost transparent layer of gold to come up with this beautiful red.
Then I decided to turn it into a Christmas card and wanted a background richer than white. So I de-saturated a watercolor background, gave it a gold-brown tone and added a linen texture. I'm really happy with the way it turned out! I think I might send these cards myself for Christmas this year. You can see them in my Etsy shop here.
Now I'm off to sketch with an actual pencil. Last night I got so wrapped up in designing a new piece that when I looked in the mirror I saw that I had graphite smudges all over my face! Does this ever happen to you? I love when it happens, actually--it's almost as if your creative passion has become tangible and you can see it smeared all over your face! :)
Wishing you (and all my friends linking up at Studio JRU and Paint Party) lots of messy creativity this weekend,