Wednesday, March 11, 2009

On Golden Pond

I'm not usually drawn to painting landscapes but I took the photo this is based on a couple of years ago and the composition intrigued me. I like adding unexpected elements most of the time but in this, the still, serene pond giving way to the rushing water seemed to be enough and thought anything additional might be distracting. Also, the two geese (which were in the original photo, by the way) seemed content meditating alone on the quiet side of the pond.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

With Strings Attached

I digitally painted this still life from a photo I took recently. I think tulips with their long graceful stems and leaves are wonderful flowers to paint. I have been experimenting with a lot of new brushes and I'm really liking some of the results I'm getting!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

In the beginning

Hi and welcome to my little corner of the blog world. I'm new to this so bear with me as I find my way around. The purpose and main focus of this blog is art (since that is what I do!) and the direction and focus of my own creative path at the moment. I won't bore you with my life story except to say I've been interested and involved in art in some form since I was a child (which was way too long ago!). I've been drawing and painting since then but in the last few years have focused on photography and digital art. I work in photoshop and corel painter and am constantly amazed at what is now possible with these two art tools. I am often bothered by how quickly some critics dismiss digital as "not real art" instead of seeing it as just another tool in the creative process. If you love art, every new avenue should be embraced and explored. How else can we move forward and discover whole new worlds of possibilities that weren't available before? After all, in the end it's the artist that does the creating, not the tool. Well, enough of my soapbox for now. I'll be posting some samples of what I've been working on lately. Thanks for stopping by!