Once again, my plans were quickly left at the gate. The work led me down a path less traveled. I had decided to do collage for the gathering. I thought to make painted papers, and work on florals and landscapes.
I used the Photoshop pen tool on day one. To outline the bloom. By day three, I was hooked. There are only two pieces, that did not lean heavily on the pen tool. Day 2 and day 16.
Here is a video that will show you how to work with the Pen Tool. Of course, I am using it for a completely different outcome. (There I go using tools the wrong way again.)😄 I have started the video a few minutes in, and you only need to look at about a minute, to get a good idea. I wish I had found this particular video before. His explanations are so easy for me to understand. I learned by trial and error. Lots of errors.
This was my learning for the month. Each day I felt more and more comfortable with the tool. By the final week, my pieces were almost completely digitally rendered. 80-90%. I dared to take on more complex subjects.
I have avoided the pen tool for years. Trying to grasp it now and then, but soon giving in to frustration. It is slightly mathematical in nature. And you know, an artist’s brain does not work that way.
I had fun playing with color, patterns and mood. I am happy with each piece. But, as always, I can see some that I would like to improve, having learned so much since then.
I managed to continue with my fabrics for the weekly Spoonflower challenge, for half of the month. I was behind for several days mid month, and I knew that working on a fabric design would sink me even further. I do plan on creating two designs, so that I can catch up on the weeks I missed. It is another challenge for my brain.
Thanks so much for following along with me this month. Your encouragement and support mean the world to me. I am so grateful for you, friends. My people. The ones who understand my art obsession. What it means to me, my soul, and my life.
Tomorrow I will post the Creative Gathering artists gallery. We have new members and I know you will love their work as much as I do. See you soon!
How do you make a round circle with a square knife?
That’s your challenge for the day.
Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely.
Light and colour, peace and hope,
will keep them company to the end of the day.
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7, 24, and 30 are my favorites from this month. I hope you do another Mingus series soon. Thanks for being such a great moderator. We had a very dedicated group this time with very few drop outs. It was a wonderful community spirit.
I am overdue for Mingus. I was planning on some this time, but you know how that worked out. LOL 🙂
Those made my favorite list as well. So glad you liked them, Sea. You are one of the long timers. An anchor of the group.
Thanks so much for being a part of that community spirit. 🙂
Sheila, what a gift your art obsession, and your art, and your learning curve, and your generosity are to me and have been for eight (whoa!!!) years now. So much beauty and energy emanating from your February creativity!
Whoa! Is it really 8 years?! I am so glad you enjoyed following along this month, Dotty.
You are such an inspiration, fearless and always experimenting. Thank you for your
You did nice work this past month although I hadn’t realized that so much of the work was digital. That is not something that I have ever attempted although my husband tried to interest me in it years ago – I’ll stick with paint and brushes.
I enjoy paint more, but I do find the challenge of learning interesting.
This is the first time I tried doing digital rendering.
Thanks so much, Val, for being such an active member of the group. 🙂