Tag: digital art

Freedom of Expression Challenge–Vision

Vision

Versions of a Self-Portrait

Digitally manipulated self-portrait
Digitally manipulated self-portrait
Digitally manipulated self-portrait
Digitally manipulated self-portrait
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With Words

I’ve seen many crows flying around in my town for the last few days. These are sizable birds. When I see birds I think they must have a message for me. Maybe some of them do. Crows are able to recognize people’s faces. Is there a crow out there that knows me?

My life as a normal person is not at all interesting, so I try and convince myself that the presence of these crows in the sky has some mystical meaning.

I could be expressing gratitude for the uneventful life I lead. I’m not in a wildfire, or getting tear-gassed as I try and cross a border with my child. I have food, shelter, a car, devices that can access the internet, and a lot of stuff that I’d like to get rid of because I have a problem with clutter. Still, it feels as if there is something I’m missing. There’s something that I’m doing wrong.

Sometimes it helps to escape into art making.

Digital mixed media picture of crow
Digital mixed-media collage by Laura McCain Reed

The act of writing a poem also provides relief.

Wouldn’t it be be nice to be able to eat a giant chocolate candy bar whenever the craving strikes? I understand people who use food as a drugs. I see why people get high and drunk. We all need to escape the mundane.

This existential anxt is likely a product of seasonal affective disorder. Things should get better when winter comes and days begin to get longer.

For now, I’ll keep looking for messages from birds and making meaning with words.

Collage but don’t write

My new thing is digital collage. Here’s a video showing the stuff I’ve created so far. I’ve been getting images from Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels, and my own collection.

I use Photofox and Procreate for iPad. I think I’m doing this instead of writing. Why can’t I become obsessed with writing?

The Art Journal from 12/30/16

Lately, I’ve been art journaling more frequently. The other day I decided to draw a design on the page and then add color with small brushes. I am pleased with the result.

Art journal page. Orange, grey, purple, red.
Shapie, acrylics, tissue wrap.

The next thing I wanted to try was painting on top of photographs that I printed out. It didn’t work the way I wanted, so I ended up covering the images completely and trying something else.

12-28-16

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The next thing I’d like to try is recreating some of my digital pieces with real paint and other media. I might start with this one.

digi-artrage

 

My Digital Dabblings – Dreamscope from 3/29/16

My iPhone has become my main canvas. I have a compelling need to make digital art all the time, day and night. I use these apps on my iPhone and iPad.

I’m really loving an app called Dreamscope.  Go to their Facebook page for more info. Here is some of what I’ve done with it.

dreamscope collection