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I’m having a great ol’ time slapping some of my sketches into Photoshop, playing around and seeing the magic of what results. Experimentation is key! For example, here’s one from my sketchbook:

Sketch ©2009 WildGoddess

Sketch ©2009 WildGoddess

And….this is what I’ve done with it using good ol’ Photoshop:

The Dreaming Man (version 1) ©2009 WildGoddess

The Dreaming Man (ver. 1) ©2009 WildGoddess

The Dreaming Man (ver.2) ©2009 WildGoddess

The Dreaming Man (ver.2) ©2009 WildGoddess

The texture I used on this sketch came from “Wide Open, a Creativity Notebook and Card Set” by Randi Feuerhelm-Watts, but you can easily make your own.  I take my Pentax with me everywhere and photograph anything that I think would look great layered over a sketch. There’s certainly lots of goodies out there on the streets, that’s for sure! Just keep your eyes open and use a little imagination. (You can also lots of cool textures for free, online.)

Once you find a texture that you want to use, open up Photoshop, and layer it over your sketch. Then playtime begins!  Have fun with your PS brushes, mix up those blending modes and: Voila!

I swear I never tire of Photoshop.  That’s why it’s Photoshop-a-Go-Go, baby – Whoo-Hoo!

By the way, these two prints will be for sale as giclees on archival watercolor paper and also as WildGoddess T-shirts in my Etsy store soon.  T-shirts are a first for me, but I know I want one, so, here goes!

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All photos, artwork and writing on “The Secret WildGoddess” blog by WildGoddess are protected under copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact WildGoddess to obtain her permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

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"Innocence Lost"  - Digital Art ©2008 WildGoddess

"Innocence Lost" - Digital Art ©2008 WildGoddess

I created this using an old vintage photo.  I am always taken by these boys piercing stare; they literally burn.  Should little boys even be this intense?  I guess if you were a slave, you would be, too!  Nevertheless, it remains one of my favorites.  It’s also for sale as a giclee print in my Etsy Shop.

"Omega" - 5" x7" watercolor ©2009 WildGoddess

"Omega" - 5" x7" watercolor ©2009 WildGoddess

Another watercolor from my sketchbook………….

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"The Sad Girl" ©2009 WildGoddess

"The Sad Girl" ©2009 WildGoddess. Acrylic, Ink, Wood-8.5"x11"

I had fun creating this “remix” collage!  (I call it a “remix” because it contains a found image.)  I layered handmade papers embossed with silver.  This piece is evocative of another time or place, perhaps, Victorian?  It wasn’t intentional, and perhaps that’s a good thing!

Creating artwork should must be enjoyable.  Long ago I discarded that outmoded idea that one should “suffer” for their art. Still, from time to time, I have to remind myself to just let go and play.  ‘Cause when I do decide to let go and have fun with no obvious intention in mind, the most satisfying artwork usually results – what I call “the work of my heart.”  So sometimes I’ll just turn off the self-judgment and throw stuff around on a canvas just for the simple fun of it (and whoopee! it IS fun!)

Below is one of those works, “The Green Angel.”  I layered modeling paste onto fiberboard, and after it dried, I just looked at it for a few days to see if something would emerge.  Sometimes I can see something right away, and sometimes it takes awhile, but sooner or later, something will emerge; it just takes a little patience.

The Green Angel ©2009 WildGoddess

The Green Angel ©2009 WildGoddess 17"x22" - acrylic on fiberboard

Sure enough, after a week, in this piece I envisioned a kneeling angel with wings, and just took it from there. (For some strange reason, I tend to see a lot of “angels” when I work this way….)

Let’s face it; our lives are usually so controlled day by day, hour by hour, but know that the work of our heart doesn’t have to be, unless we allow it.  So I’m urging you to just let go every once in a while, throw the whole kitchen sink at your work, and see what happens!

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Sun Collage ©2007 WildGoddess

Sun Collage ©2007 WildGoddess

Here is another self-portrait I concocted in Adobe Photoshop.  I love how the colors came out so rich and vibrant.  It’s the sister to the self-portrait I showed a while ago.

I never know in advance what I’m going to create, be it digitally or by hand.  And if I were to go and try to recreate this piece again, well, I’m not so sure I could.  To get this type of look means playing around with layers in Photoshop for hours – basically, throwing the whole kitchen sink at the work, and whatever sticks, sticks!  That’s the magic of it all, isn’t it?

On another subject, Jeane Myers, a very gifted Pacific Northwest artist talked about creative inspiration on her blog, “Artit.”

Should an artist wait for inspiration to strike before creating?  I found the points she made very pertinent for our times – after all, can we as artists even afford to wait for inspiration to strike?

Take a look, check out her gorgeous artwork, and join in the conversation!

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I am always seeking those whispers that fade, yet somehow linger on the edges of consciousness . .

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All photos, artwork and writing on the L’Artisana WildGoddess blog by WildGoddess are protected under copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact WildGoddess to obtain her permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

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The Snow Queen by Wildgoddess©2008
“The Snow Queen” by WildGoddess©2008

Here is another digital experiment with one of my sketches.  I’m always interested in seeing how everything blends and merges together.  It may not be what one might call “trendy,”  but it certainly is interesting!

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I am always seeking those whispers that fade, yet somehow linger on the edges of consciousness . .

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All photos, artwork and writing on the L’Artisana WildGoddess blog by WildGoddess is protected under by copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact me to obtain my permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

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 "Coralie" - WildGoddess ©2009

"Coralie" - WildGoddess ©2009

I “digital arted” one of my sketches  “Pop” style – interesting, no?

Amen for Photoshop!!

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"Kristina" ©2008 WildGoddess

"Kristina" ©2008 WildGoddess

Above is an wonderful experiment of what happened when I tossed this imagery into the Adobe Illustrator pot, stirred it up with a whole bunch of text and colors until it began to boil, then poured the prepared “batter” into Adobe Photoshop, added some final “seasonings,” and let ‘er bake! (Seriously – the paper WAS baked in my oven with coffee grinds…)

Wild, isn’t it??

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All photos, artwork and texts on the L’Artisana WildGoddess blog by WildGoddess is protected under by copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, please contact me to obtain my permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

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