LITTLE YELLOW BIRD COLLAGE ART

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I can’t seem to get enough of birds these days.  I love it  when I’m sitting by the window and see the cardinals eating the dried seed heads in the garden, or hear the nightingales singing in the trees.  A few times this summer, when I was awake in the middle of the night, I’d hear one lone nightingale off somewhere in the dark singing its beautiful song.  Lovely.  I guess I’ve gotten to that age where these simple things make me smile.  Along those lines, I offer this collage.

FLOWER BASKET COLLAGE ART

FlwrBsktPrintFinally back at work on some new collages.  This is a digital piece, all done on the computer, using much of the old books pages, letters and images I’ve been collecting and scanning.  The flower basket is a black and white image that I hand colored.  Hope you like it!   Oh, and I’m having some blank notecards made with this design, as well as an 8″ x 10″ print ready for framing – they’ll be available for sale soon.

MORNING GLORIES

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I must say, I’ve never seen red morning glories!  The blue is one of my favorite flowers.   Each year, at the end of the summer, I like to collect and save the seeds to use the next year in planters near the back door and for the garden just outside the sun room window.  Although, this year it looks like they’ve taken care of themselves and self-seeded in the garden.  Morning Glories are easy to grow and are so beautiful climbing up a trellis.

This collage was pieced together and scanned into the computer, then I digitally added the scanned morning glory image.  That came from a set of “Flower Power” cards I got at a flea market.  The set of cards is pretty interesting, with ancient herbal remedies written on the back of each.  I’m going to use some of these for a set of notecards that I’ll post as soon as they’re complete.

Enjoy the weekend!

STILL LEARNING

These last two weeks have been spent trying to update my Photoshop skills (though it’s questionable if I can really call what I have “skills”). I’ve used Ps Elements for quite awhile and have always just done the basics that my daughter was patient enough to teach me years ago. Basically, after I do an art piece I’ll use the computer to scan it, crop, maybe alter it digitally, things like that. Or make cards and send them off to be printed online. And I have lots of photographs in files that I will print or use in collage work.

It seems, though, that my Ps Elements was kind of dated and Ps Creative Cloud is the new way to go. I read a bit about it, heard about Adobe Bridge, read about camera raw, smart objects…sort of understood it all, so decided to take a trial spin. I thought if I applied myself I could learn some of the essentials, and it shouldn’t be that different from what I have with Elements. I just had to remember to be patient. I’m a visual learner; I never read the manuals, I need to be shown how things operate. I had to update to OS X Yosemite for the Mac in order to download the new version of Ps. I had been trying to avoid that after reading some negative comments, but I did it anyway. I’ve noticed a few differences, but it shouldn’t take long to get used to them. So, after downloading the Creative Cloud version of Ps and Adobe Bridge, I took a look. A lot of new things there, but okay. I decided to follow some step-by-step tutorials on www.puglypixel.com which are very good. I was encouraged, things didn’t seem so bad. My one concern was trying to remember everything, so I started taking notes. Well, as I look at my pages two weeks later, I’m hard-pressed to understand a lot of what I wrote down.

Another good website for help with Photoshop CC is www.lynda.com. You have to subscribe and right now I’m doing the trial, but it looks very worthwhile to get a subscription to unlimited tutorials. They cover more topics than Photoshop, too.  And, of course, the Adobe Help Page had lots of pointers and good info.

I do cheat once in awhile and go back to Ps Elements to get some things done for the sake of speed.  When I try to do something on my own without following a tutorial it can get frustrating, but I am learning. (If things get too maddening, I’ll just take a walk around the block to get away from it for awhile).  I have to remember it’s a learning experience.

Here are two examples of what I’ve been playing around with.

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