Monday, January 31, 2011

Take a Word #14 - Vintage

This is my favourite vintage photo - my mother at age 12 with her dog, Major.  I have given her a new background (paper and frame by Lorie Davison at Scrapbookgraphics).  I wasn't much older than she was in this picture when she died so I didn't know her for very long.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Three Muses Challenge - Fashion

We all think, at some time, that we have nothing to wear.  Well, Muriel really didn't have anything to wear.  I had some fun with dressing a lady who was (ahem) au naturel.  I added some sliced up pieces of netting from Lorie Davison at Scrapbookgraphics.  The background and elements are from Creativewing Designs.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Collage Obsessions Challenge - Wheel of Fortune

Thanks for the challenging challenge!  The verse is by Robert Brault from which I drew my inspiration.  The face and arms are from an image by E-Vint collage sheets.  The dress was painted by me.  The white wheel of fortune digital brush is by 500ml. the Tarot card from Collage Obsessions and the butterfly and frame by Irene Alexeeva.

Take a Word #13 - Botanical

Apologies to Madonna for parodying her Material Girl song.  The image, much altered, is from e-Vint.  Plants and background mainly from Irene Alexeeva at Scraporchard.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art Challenge - Pencils and Pens

This was a challenge for me! I began with a black and white image from e-Vint collages, coloured her and added a pencil hat and pencil skirt.  Then, I couldn't help myself for adding a pun.  2B or not 2B - that is the question!  The little cherub is from Lorie Davison at SBG (seen with his notebook and pencil) and the background, swirls on the hat and stitching are from Creativewing Designs.  The pencils (two separate pictures) were found on Google Images.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Collage Obsessions - Mario/Marie

As soon as I saw this week's image, I thought "Hmmm, Mario - Marie - perfect".  The main image is from Collage Obsessions (thanks for the great challenge), the dress and wig were  Googled, the window is from Christine Renee and the background by Irene Alexeeva.  The "hat" is from Createwing Designs.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Three Muses Challenge - Artist of Choice

I painted my own inferior version of "Starry Starry Night" digitally, using the oils feature of ArtRage software.  I added the old cityscape by Christina Renee (altered) and the bar and brush from Gypsy Girl at SBG.  The self portrait of Vincent van Gogh was Googled.  The words are, of course, from Don McLean's great song, "Vincent".

Monday, January 17, 2011

Take a Word #12 - Butterflies

When I saw the image (from e-Vint collages), I noticed the painfully sad expression and the little "feelers" on her head and decided she just had to be my poor butterfly.  For all those too young to remember, "Poor Butterfly" is a very old song.  I was lucky enough to find the poster for a musical of the same name on Google - and also the wings.  The image has been coloured.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art - Altering Mona

I have morphed Mona Lisa through a couple of centuries to become a Marie Antoinette look-alike.  The face was Googled, as was the dress which is taken from a painting of Marie Antoinette.  I found the wig on Google too.  It was blonde and brassy so I gave it a touch of "powder" (white semi transparent paint).  Other elements are by Creativewing Designs.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Three Muses - Nature's Creatures

Ah! Love among the fishies.  The fish were painted by me digitally using ArtRage software (metallic painting).  I use a mouse to paint and this one took me a whole morning to complete.  There are no short cuts in digital painting!  The background, plants and bubbles are by Lorie Davison of Scrapbookgraphics.  I copied templates (ink line drawings of fish) from a colouring book.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Take a Word #11 - Beauty

Hold on to your hats everyone.  I actually altered the dancer without resorting to digital.  I chose two black and white images from e-Vint collage sheets, taking the head from one  and the body from another.  I used Prima Colors, Copic pens and a Uniball white pen.  The Prima Colors and Copic pens don't cover darker shades so if anyone has advice on what to use  I would be grateful for it. 
Background and letters from Tangie Baxter at SBG.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art - Hobbies and Pastimes

A body suit is worn at all times.
This is a true story and anyone who knows me knows that I don't tell fibs!
This is a difficult tale to tell.  For many years MY FAVOURITE HOBBY WAS PART TIME MODELLING, mainly for magazines.  I was lucky to find a niche in the "mature woman" market and was often called on to pose for covers and catalogues.  This is one of my best covers, circa 1984.  Fortunately, the newly established Photoshop software allowed 5 ft nothing, stocky, dark haired women to aspire to be slender, tall, blonde  sirens!
I am now waiting for a niche in the "more mature woman" market for seniors.   Hopefully I will be able to take up my hobby again although if it takes much longer I will be waiting for a niche in the "Ancient Treasures" category.
The image is a Flickr-free-to-use from Mrs Inman.  (Coloured from black and white).  The background and overlay is by Lauren Bavin.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Three Muses Challenge - OLD FASHIONED

I found this great photo in an e-Vint collage sheet.  To me it appears that the gals are looking for insects in their under garments and a story formed from there.  The newspaper clipping has a headline "Defiant students protest and stir up a political ant nest" (hence the ants).
I have altered the photo somewhat by adding colour.  Two papers were used in the background - one from Maya and one from Berna Datema, both of Scrapbookgraphics.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Take a Word Challenge #10 - Zetti

I decided to try a Zetti flavoured piece with a mail art theme.  The poor young lady seems to have been waiting for a very long time for her mail to arrive.
The face (altered) is from Art-e-zine.  The cat is by Irene Alexeeva.  The lady is made from paper cutouts and some painting.  The outer frame is by Lorie Davison.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday Postcard - Celestial

  Apologies to Mary Poppins who obviously had much better fashion sense.
The face is a Suzee Que Flickr-free-to-use image.  The rest painted by me.