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For this montage, I started with mud and a pair of eye balls. Intuitively, I placed the eyes in the mud. Everything else came as I was pulled more into the montage and what it was speaking to my soul. The picture was created in Corel PhotoPaint and Adobe Photoshop. I usually like using two to three software programs when creating a photo montage or digital painting. Here’s the poem that was written after completion of the montage that tells the story:
languid in the sun
memories fly with the wind
pregnant with meaning
while brown earth and me
shape form and creative mind
into molded myth
and mud eyes that see
captures the fancy with moist lips of red,
soft and sensual movement,
evoke artful dreamsfree and powerful,
a prophetess of stillness
Here are our Soul Fooders, each in her place
reaching each other
through the days, the years
forgiving and friendly
for here is our space
“Tree of Life”
Digital Construction using Photoshop 7 and Illustrator 10
Center image is Dover Clip Art, Art Deco series
Lori Gloyd (c) 2007
I love digital painting–each stroke of color, using different brushes & techniques, and the click on my Intuous pen! It’s not just a passion. I’ve turned it into my career as an artist showing in galleries. After having the art generated onto museum quality canvas, each painting is hand embellished using oils & acrylics to give added texture and color. Combining digital and traditional painting is a joyful experience. If you haven’t ever tried it, you’ll find it to be quite rewarding on many levels.
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with cabinet photographs – they are portrait photographs, mostly taken around the turn of the century, by professional photographers both in Europe and the U.S. The reverse side of the photo is often more beautiful than the actual portrait. In recent times they have become collectors items and occasionally you come across whole albums of them in flea markets (for a hefty price of course) and even the individual photos are now expensive. I have a few which I have scanned (far too precious to use the original).
The following collage is made up of two scans, one of the reverse side and one of another photo. The blue colours of the reverse side appealed so much to my love of blue that I used image editing software to change the colour of the portrait to a similar blue. I have used rubber stamps over the background and on the portrait and collaged a leaf skeleton over the top.