Sunday, July 31, 2011
Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?
Father McKenzie writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near.
Look at him working, darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there
What does he care?
Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
Saturday, July 30, 2011
arrange four papers/backgrounds on your page--2 patterned, one plain and one textured--anyway you like.
Add a quote--using at least two fonts. I used four.
Add threee elements, three ribbons and a blended image. My blended image is a bit from another piece of mine- a face overlaid with an image of stars from the Hubble telescope. My three elements are the iris, a peacock feather and the gold star. The ribbons are along the bottom.
Add a swirl, and three elements from Nature, which can be repeated as you like. I added a blue swirl, a butterfly, dragonfly and spray of green leaves.
Step 5 (the top image, above)
Add two frames and a title. My frames are around the whole image and adound the quote. My title is "Dreamer."
If you'd like to join the group, it's arttechniquesdigital
There are challenges and tutorials, and a great group of digital artists here.
Not only was Lillian Gish born in the right era, but she was also born with the ethereal beauty and grace to make her a star in the silent film industry. If Mary Pickford was the silent cinema's greatest personality, Lillian was its greatest actress.
A consummate actress, Lillian seemed to take delight in suffering for the art form that became her obsession. In order to experiment, Lillian worked in extreme conditions such as starvation, intense heat and bitter cold. Soon, she became the quintessential silent screen heroine, lovely and open to suffering. However, despite her characters' apparent weakness, Lillian's performances also let their inner strengths shine through.
One of my favorite Lilian Gish roles came much later in her career--in the eerie, exceedingly creepy, Southern Gothic "Night of the Hunter." She played a feisty and determined older woman, rescuing children from the evils they found themselves entangled in. It also stars Robert Mitchum, at his villianess best. If you've never seen it, it's worth a look. It's a beautiful, surreal piece of cinema.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Sometimes it's good to be the dog.
I still don't quite get Zetti, don't understand what it's about. But here goes.
YES, both Queen Elizabeths are there, as well as one of the queen's pooches.
All images from Google, much altered by me.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
While thinking about this theme, I went back to look at some of my older pieces. Boy, there is a lot of sepia in my work. Almost all the monochrome ones seem to be in the sepia shades of tan, brown, rust and cream.
With the exception of the damselfly, this was all done with Photoshop brushes.
I downloaded a sepia palette from Adobe Kuler, and except for the green, I used only the five colors of the palette.
For me, a bit out of the box, if you will... fun to make though.
Background from Rebecca Parker at T4L, white squares from miki iwanaga also at T4L. The iris was googled, the stamp was assembled from tiny bits in my collection and the rest is brushes.
Friday, July 22, 2011
I've been on vacation for the last several days, so I'm just catching up now.
A great source of all things Asian (Chinese and Japanese anyway) is the Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, MA. The museum's origins date to the founding in 1799 of the East India Marine Society by a group of Salem-based captains and supercargoes. Members of the Society were required by the society's charter to collect "natural and artificial curiosities" from beyond the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn. Due to the institution's age, the items they donated to the collections are significant for their rare combination of age and provenance.
The Peabody Essex Museum (est. 1992) originally the Peabody Museum of Salem and the Essex Institute, in Salem, Massachusetts is the oldest continuously operating museum in the United States, and holds one of the major collections of Asian art in the US; its total holdings include about 1.3 million pieces, as well as twenty-four historic buildings.
This photo of a Kabuki actor is from their collection.
The background is made from pieces by Elizabeth Golden, Peggy Gatto and Untamed Reflections. The calligraphy is Japanese for chief actor, or "Star."
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Summer, for me, has most often been about the ocean. It's the place I want to be, the spray and scent, the fog, the sun's glare, that wonderful sound of surf on sand and rocks. I just love to be there. It centers me.
The photo is my own, of sailboats in Bar Harbor, Maine. Textures are from Pareeerica and Vintage Findings at Textures for Layers and from Shadowhouse.
Friday, July 15, 2011
I chose the Venus de Milo for my steampunking subject--after all she already needed a new arm.
Textures from Trine Secher and Urbanyardsale; Venus and some of the elements were Googled, others came from The Sum of All Crafts and Cynthia Powell's Made of Metal kit.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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I took this photo on July 4, 2009 at Fort McHenry, in Baltimore Harbor. This was the scene of the battle that inspired the Star Spangled Banner. This huge flag, from the early 1800's flew over the fort for several years.
On this July 4th this and another retired flag were unfolded and held open by all the visitors to the fort, as everyone sang our national anthem. I was holding a piece of the flag in my other hand when I snapped this photo.
Background textures are a flag piece from Scrapbook Flair and a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Yankee Doodle was googled.