Digital Artistry

An Alice Composite

I've acquired the nickname of "not feeling it" in one of my art classes. I am known for starting a piece , completing 90% of it, and then ditching the idea and switch to something else. I do not just do this in art class. There are many digital artistry pieces sitting on my desktop at 90% complete. 

I started a comepletely different piece for the March Shift Art challenge before I abandoned it. I worked on it for about 6 hours, and I'd say it's about 80% complete, but I just wasn't feeling it. I'll finish it eventually, because I think it will go with another piece that I have already created for my final portfolio review. 

Alice: How long is forever?

White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.

I am on a fairytale/storybook kick lately. I completed a rendition of Little Red Riding Hood last month and have plans to work on three additional pieces for that collection. So, why not change directions to what I'm being inspired by lately. All the pieces I am creating are not direct interpretations of the original stories they are my imaginative take on them, because I believe the imagination is the best art tool any artists can use. 

Alice in Wonderland was one of my favorite childhood books. I still adore it, and absolutely love the movies Alice in Wonderland, and Alice Through the Looking Glass. I have been wanting to create my version of an Alice composition. 

Sometimes Just a Second

Once again, Alice finds herself in Wonderland, only this time she is stuck in the watery depths of the corridors of time. She desperately holds on to her timepiece as she is being pushed from door to door because that is her only portal home. 


The Real World of Art

I've learned a few things since entering the art world. Things that are faux pas to talk about; the hidden truths that stand in a world of creation.

In collaboration with Gabriel Olude, The Gabriel Collection.

In collaboration with Gabriel Olude, The Gabriel Collection.

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” 

Auguste Rodin

The art world is a lot like high school...

There are clicks, and favorites within the art world(s), and if you as an artist are not in the "in group," good luck being recognized. It's hard on the heart when an artist puts their work on display for the world, and no one seems to care. Silence.

ALL artists want recognition. We shouldn't be creating art for others, BUT honestly, we do. Artists want other to see our works and to love them, or relate to them, or even outright hate them. We want people to feel our art in some form, or fashion. So, to be invisible is hard... H.A.R.D ...hard! Hurt.

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” 

~Georgia O’Keeffe

Too compare, or not to compare.... 

I've read post, after post, about how we as artists are not suppose to compare our works with others. Reality says we artists are people who constantly compare our work with others questioning why her work is "better" than mine? Why was his work was featured, and mine was left at the bottom of the pile? We compare because it all circles back to wanting the world to feel our art. To tell an artist not to compare their work to others is not logical. I have a friend who labeled me as a cynic. My respone? I am not a cynic, I am a realist. Comparison is real, especially in the art world. Confused.

Creativity takes courage.” 

~Henri Matisse

Creating to create...

If these two things exist unequivocally in the art world, how to move past them must be the question. As an artist we all strive to master the comparison theif. Because, if you don't master it, then defeat will become your new creation. But, of we move past it we can experience a freedom like no other. FREEDOM!!

The Beauty of Art and Breaking the Rules

To me the beauty of art is that, as the artist, you can take any creative measures you want. Sure there are rules in art, but when it comes to creativity, rules are always meant to be broken. Every new area of art is an example of this thought process. Realism, to Impressionist, to Post-Impressionist, you can clearly see the rules breaking for the creation of art. 

The same holds true for photography. There are rules when taking photos, rules when editing photos, but ultimately it is all up to the vision of the artist on what rules to follow, or to break. I break rules all the time, and I LOVE it. It is in the rule breaking that I find myself to be the most creative. 

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” ~Ansel Adams

There are those that see the above shot as cheating with editing. Some people have said that editing a photo at all is cheating. All photos over the lifespan of photography have been edited, and manipulated. The darkroom was the place to manipulate photos through the exposure of light to the image before digital photography took over the world. And now, digital processing is the new rule breaking generation to create an entirely new era of photographic art. 

The number one rule of rule breaking... do not lie about it! Own it. Be proud of it, but do not try to pass off edited photos as "what the eye sees" photos. Technology has made people incredibly smart and they know a scam when they see one. All of these photos are mine, and are heavily edited because I LOVE the editing process, the creative freedom in shaping beauty. 

"It's not what you see, but what I want you to see." ~Ansel Adams