Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Ride with the tide and go with the flow...

(Sorry about that. I made my husband look up JT and Carly last night on You-Tube and I have Mockingbird on the brain.)

I am in a creative lull this week, and I'm just riding it out, because I know it's necessary to have down time, to let ideas germinate, to fill the well. I am reading a good book, which does compete with my limited free time for art, but that's only part of it. When I go into my art room, I am just not moved to sit down and create. Usually, I can't wait, but every now and then, I come to a screeching halt...and that's where I'm at right now. So I'm thinking art, and I still scribble ideas in my journals and notebooks, but I am not forcing the process.

Two hours later...
I do believe that it is important to do all of the things I mentioned above, and that creativity is a flow that should not be forced, but sometimes, it's just a matter of switching gears. I am not in a tactile art mood this week, but I decided to do a quick digital makeover, and this was the result...

On the left is a greeting card that I made... actually several years ago. I don't even have the card anymore, but I used to scan a lot of my card designs so that I could remember them if I wanted to use the ideas again later. Instead, I decided to open the scan, and alter it in Photoshop. The result is the collage on the right. I'm pretty satisfied with the transformation, though I may still take it a bit further.

One great thing about digital art is the way you can re-invent previous works. I don't have to start with a blank canvas. I can start with something I've already created, and turn it into something fresh.

5 comments:

Miss*Laurence said...

You sure are good with your digital coours! I've got paint shop pro but I don't find it very intuitive, what do you have?

Marilyn Rock said...

Kerri,

Super digital metamorphosis! I love the colors and the digi really made the design elements pop! You are magical!

Liz Ness said...

Very cool! Also, I like the original, too. Is that a plastic lizard attached to the card? Brilliant! I've never thought about that level of depth before on a card...it's awesome!

One last note, thanks for your visit and the memory! I love the Mrs. Person story...it's pretty funny when parents realize that their children had it right all along! (I'm going to try to keep that in mind for Duncan's sake!)

DEW said...

This is a great idea!! And I know all about lulls!! These colors are great. I'll steal the pallet for my next Red-Gloved Lady outfit :).

Shona Cole said...

I found your blog in Artful blogging, I enjoyed your article.
This is such a great idea, thank you for sharing. Your digital art turned out really good, so vibrant.