Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Another beautiful, magical treasury


'Sales Dust' by Herinia

featuring my 'Amber' digital collage.

Flower Beads 12mm (20) Crystal Clear Czech Pressed Glass Bell Trumpet Neutral Rustic - LaserBeads
Flower Beads 12mm (...
Large cotton floral shoulder bag. Quilted tote bag with fabric flower. - 5plus
Large cotton floral...
Sterling Silver Sea Urchin Ring White Sultan Ring - StaroftheEast
Sterling Silver Sea...
Amber DIGITAL COLLAGE PRINT 8x10 (200x250mm) vintage portrait, pastel pinks & greens, florals spray - CrimsonCircleStudios
Floral Earrings in Bronze and Silver - Perfect for Romantic Weddings or Valentines but Also For Everyday Life - evihan
Floral Earrings in ...
recycled papier mache necklace ''flintstones'' - unique upcycled jewelry - one of a kind - wilma flintstone - treasuresbychrispa
recycled papier mac...
purple glass necklace, sphere necklace,  ball necklace, statement necklace, mariaela necklace, hand-blown glass, glass sphere necklace, fall - MARIAELA
purple glass neckla...
Unique Ring - Natural Pearl Ring -  Sterling Silver -  Everyday Use, Weddings, Brides - One of a Kind - OOAK - serpilguneysu
Unique Ring - Natur...
Glitter Hands 8x10 Art Print, Wind, Blowing, Blue, Metallic - Fairytale, Whimsical, Dream, Wish, Fantasy, Light, Memories, Nursery Decor - PastelFables
Glitter Hands 8x10 ...
Sky photograph skyline art blue wall decoration dreamy photography modern wall art baby nursery decor sky blue 4x6 5x7 6x8 8x10 10x15 - AnnaKiperPhoto
Sky photograph skyl...
White Ceramic Teapot hand painted blooming cherry tree pink black minimal modern botanical kitchen decor decorative art - SylwiaGlassArt
White Ceramic Teapo...
Peter Pan Book Poster - BooksOnTheWall
Peter Pan Book Post...
HERON DUST Surreal Collage - JimiShea
HERON DUST Surreal ...
porcelain and silver necklace - Alice's flower. white ceramic pendant. Designed and created by Wapa Studio - wapa
porcelain and silve...
Silver Belle, 8x12 fashion photograph of gorgeous gown, white ethereal, dreamy, girls room, teen decor, princess, fancy dress, fashionista - SandyWigginsImages
Silver Belle, 8x12 ...
Title: Wishful Ascensions.  Woman in a white gown floating upward in a cloud focusing upward. - SpokeninRed
Title: Wishful Asce...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Featured artist - Brian Dettmer

This artist has the patience of a saint!!!

I'm in awe and disbelief of his sculptural works and painstaking methods. Below are a few pieces of information and artworks I gathered online about this fascinating artist. Enjoy!

Brian Dettmer is an American contemporary artist. He is noted for his alteration of preexisting media—such as old books, maps, record albums, and cassette tapes—to create new, transformed works of visual fine art.

He approaches books with knives, tweezers, and blade-sharp ideas about the meanings of media and information. For over ten years, he has carved and reshaped old, used books, revealing new connections by slicing away segments of pages.

In his Atlanta studio, Dettmer transforms medical texts, art history tomes, military manuals, and more. It’s a painstaking process: He seals a book, then cuts into it from the front and works through it a page at a time. Sometimes he combines books into towers, blocks, or whorls.

Other works use single books, their layers turned into teeming, intricate visions. Dettmer only cuts away fragments of paper, rather than reordering or replacing them.

The resulting sculptures are beautiful objects in and of themselves. To me, Dettmer transforms the way we view old books, bringing much of the inside to the outside, an intricate snapshot of what each book held within.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Feature piece of the month (September)

Florence - digital how-to

It's been a while since my last 'how-to' post. This is one of my new 8x10 collages and the final effect came after much play and quite by chance. This is the beauty of using photoshop, it allows you to experiment. The results can be unexpected and surprising!
This piece only uses 3 images: 1 portrait, 1 floral pic and 1 floral pattern,
all layered one on top of the other, in photoshop, just like a stack of papers.
Below this, the bottom most layer is kept blank (white).

Starting with my vintage snapshot of this gorgeous glamorous lady, I apply the 'pin light' filter in photoshop, which effectively knocks out the light and mid-tone shades of the pic, leaving a more flattened, contrasty image. I don't want the facial features to disappear so I darken up her beautiful eyes and lips with the 'burn tool'.

The pin light filter also makes the image slightly transparent, which means I can place a new layer underneath this portrait and it will show through.

I try the warm orange florals. They are too strong so I knock them back to 50% transparency which makes them 50% lighter....still not quite what I'm looking for...

I try the blue-brown geometric pattern, this time placing it above the portrait layer.
I apply the 'overlay' filter and get this result.....I like it!!! Still, I feel it's missing something.
After trying a variety of images & textures, I go back to the warm orange florals and re-insert this layer without deleting the blue-brown pattern.

For some reason, I feel it works. Although, you can't quite make out the orange
flowers, this third layer adds some warmth and dimension to the overall piece.
It also re-establishes and continues the geometric pattern into the background,
completing the design.
To me, this piece has a slight Asian feel about it - 40's vintage meets geisha girl!

This print will ship for free if purchased during the month of September.
For details and to view a larger version in my shop click here.