I’ve Discovered Digital Art!

I used to think that digital artwork was really not art. I know, I know, what was I thinking, right? I do think there can be some truth in that statement, but I have come to the conclusion that it is not always the case.

Sure, digital art apps and computer programs have a lot of filters and ways to manipulate the pictures and create the illusion that the one who “created” it is truly an artist. BUT….I have discovered that is also possible to actually create original artwork using some of these same computer apps and programs. I do need to explain here that the original artwork I am referring to doesn’t use the fancy filters and “computer-made” effects, just colors and digital brushes.

A few weeks ago, I bought an Apple Pencil and the Procreate app to use with my iPad. The discovery of these tools has been a game changer for me. I can sit in my recliner and draw and “paint” to my heart’s content without making any kind of mess. I know you are thinking that it is still not the same as painting with actual paints, and I would definitely agree. For sure, there is the aspect of manipulating the art materials (paints, pastels, pens, etc.) that is missing when you create digitally. I will absolutely keep on using the real art supplies and materials, but making artwork digitally is certainly a great compromise, especially when I don’t have a lot of time or am not in a place that lends itself to making a mess.

I have had some fun with some of the different effects that can be done in the Procreate app, but I have also done a few pieces that I would qualify as actual artwork. Here are several of those digital paintings.

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Great News!

This morning I got word that my artwork is included in the Early Summer Showcase 2020 by Artsy Shark! They are promoting artists by including one of their paintings and short statement by each artist, along with a link to each artist’s website. Here is the link to the article:  https://bit.ly/EarlySummer2020

Click on the link and check it out! The painting I chose for the showcase was “Thoughtful,” which is a portrait of one of our granddaughters at the beach.

Stay-At-Home Painting

Well, we have made it through over a month of being locked down at our houses due to COVID-19.  I know it has been very hard for some people, especially those outgoing folks who are energized by being with bunches of people.  For me, I’m not minding it too much.  I am getting used to making my own work schedule, finding time to paint, and spending time with Dale and the dogs.  As long as I can go to the mailbox everyday and take a little drive and then come back, I’ve been fine.  I’m hoping it stays that way.

The first picture below is one of the paintings I have finished since we have been home.  It is a sweet little pastel painting of two of the puppies we had a couple years ago.  We acquired a stray dog that turned out to be pregnant, so we ended up with a litter of puppies.  We gave away all the puppies except Brutus, the black puppy in the picture.  In the painting, I took some artistic license and changed the colors of the dog bed and background to blue, and cropped the pose just a little bit.  The second picture is the original reference photo before I cropped it.  (Please excuse the white fuzz on the rug.  These wild little dogs were worn out from pulling the stuffing out of something.)  The third photo is a more recent picture of Brutus.  He’s still wild sometimes.  Notice the yellow fuzz he has pulled off of his tennis ball!

This month, I have been working on pastel portraits of two of our beautiful granddaughters.  The first portrait is finished and shown below.  I have been working on her sister, which is going okay.  It is looking pretty much like her, but I am not really happy with the size of her face in the other painting and I’m not sure the portraits will look good hanging together.  I may end up starting over…  Sometimes, it’s like that.

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I truly hope you and your family are doing well and are healthy.  Please take care of each other and let those you love know it!