One of my friends recently showed me her new bracelets made by a company named Alex & Ani. I was really interested in how they are marketing their jewelry and how they are using Instagram and Facebook. On their website and packaging they have written “Made in America with Love”. It made me think about how many products can say they are made with love.
I have been working on my portrait project with Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr for about three years. I’ve done about 240 portraits so far of mostly people I have never met and will probably never meet. We work from photos that the person has posted without really knowing anything else about that person. I like to think of each portrait as a gift that I am giving the subject. I want to portray each person in a way that shows their beauty. By chance, I am reading a book and a line popped out at me “Make your work an expression of love”. As I continue on with this project I will try make each portrait with love in mind.
I am so happy and honored that my “Percolated Olga” was picked as one of the winners of Ten One Design’s 2013 Pogo Art Contest. My piece was selected in the Wildly Creative category. You can see all of the winners and entries on their site.
All of the winning artwork was featured on the CNet site here.
I love the variety of art that was submitted by over 200 artists. It goes to show that artists of very different backgrounds and experience can pick up the iPad and create some very creative and imaginative work.
Hipstamatic and Glaze on iPhone
I really love using the Percolator app because I always get some surprising results. One of my favorite blends is Tripstamatic because of the neon and psychadelic colors. Since you don’t really have control over where the circles are placed I make several Percolated versions and edit them in Sketchbook Pro.
The first photo is taken with my iPad and filtered with the moreBeaute2 app to smooth out the skin color.
I make two different Percolated versions with slightly different colors.
Finally I import all three versions into Sketchbook Pro on different layers. I erase areas from the top two layers leaving the colors that I want most. I also change the opacity of the layers to make the design more subtle.
“I will let fall from Heaven…a Shower of Roses” – St. Therese
I am really fortunate to be one of the artists that Microsoft has asked to create art with the app Fresh Paint on the Surface. The different types of paint effects you can work with are amazing. The water colors bleed like real water colors and the oils blend so nicely. There are also variuos surfaces you can work on, including a paper and canvas textures. With these two pictures I am experimenting with taking pictures of a still life with the Surface and using the app to convert the picture to “wet paint”. I am using the oil brushes, oil pastels and blender to create a more painterly effect.
It’s great to get out of your comfort zone and try a new app to spark your creativity. I’m really excited about trying out all of the different “brushes” and colors in this app!
Hipstamatic and Percolator on iPhone