Tag: art

I’m Painting with My Paintings

Pattern Pens w-Effects

Pattern Pens w-Effects

This is a piece I just finished.

I took several of my abstracts and put them in a plugin that makes seamless tiles.  What this app did was make tiles with designs of my abstracts.  It makes the tiles in various sizes.

The importance of seamless is that all four edges line up.  Ultimately, I am painting with these tiles, so I don’t want any break in the design.  I want it to flow seamlessly.

Then I took the seamless tiles and brought them into Painter X3.  I made patterns out of them.

Once I had patterns, that means I can do several things with them.  I chose a brush that would let me adjust the size of how the pattern looks when I paint.  I can choose a large image of the pattern and paint an area with a large part of the pattern.  Or, I can downsize the pattern, and then smaller designs show up as I paint.

I made some adjustments to the brush.  I made it so that it painted very lightly, which you can see on the right in the green shape with stripes.  I also changed it so that it made a bunch of interesting lines of the design.

I also had a brush that did an emboss of patterns.  You can see that on the right side in the middle on the white paint.

After getting all that ready, I proceeded to paint with my paintings.

This was so much fun that I plan to do more.

I’m One

Abstract-09c

Abstract-09c

Wow, I just got a notification from Word Press that I’ve been blogging one year.  My memory is that it has been a much shorter time.

I want to thank everyone who has followed me during this exploration.

I thought my blog would be about living with Lyme disease and fibromyalgia.  But now, my blog seems to be about art.

I think my art is my life.

When I was unable to do much of anything in art, I felt as if there was a hole in my soul.  Since starting to paint on Painter in September of 2012, a large part of who I am has been returned to me.

Last night, my brother-in-law, complimented me on my paintings.  This blew me away, because I didn’t think he was at all interested.

Again, a big thank you to all who are reading this and following me.

I wonder where I’ll be a year from now?

The art for this post is a crop of another painting.

Georgia’s Flower

Georgia's Flower

Georgia’s Flower

This is a prompt painting.  A what?

I belong to a private Facebook page where we do prompt paintings.  One person will start with the first prompt, then others follow.

In this prompt painting, the first prompt was make your first layer with your three favorite colors, leaving white.

I used a deep red, a light pink and a yellow-green.

At this point, I came up with a dynamite name, Little Girl Pink and Big Girl Red.

Then the next prompt was to divide the canvas into thirds and add letters and numbers to 1/3.

Then a woman suggested that we paint a Georgia O’Keeffe-like flower in 1/3 of the painting.  Wow.  That was a challenge for me.  Paint like Georgia O’Keeffe?  I had never really even painted a flower.

I started practicing flowers and quickly became frustrated.  I have a friend who paints only flowers and does so digitally.  So I emailed her for help.  She was so generous.  She sent me over 20 brushes for Painter that she uses to do her flowers.

So I played with those.

But finally, I had to just paint the flower.  So I did.

The next prompt was to add cool colors (blue, green, purple) and some black.

Then I chimed in with add white.

But at this point, I was so worried about what I was going to do with this flower that had overtaken my painting.

So I chimed in again, as no one was adding another prompt.  I suggested we paint with transparent paints on the canvas.  I figured that would help to deal with this huge flower.

There were still several prompts to go.  We do eleven for each painting.

But I stopped.  I decided I really liked this flower the way it was.

The only problem I had was that there was no longer much red or pink and my totally cool name for this piece would have to go.  I’m going to save it for another painting.

So, I present you with Georgia’s Flower, which I had so much fun painting.

Abstract-1

Abstract-1

This is a digital painting I just finished.

I took some older abstracts, and made seamless patterns out of them.  Then I brought them into Painter X3, and made patterns of them.  Then I painted with the patterns.  So I was painting with my paintings.  What fun.

You have to look closely to see where the patterns are, they rather got lost in the paint.

Then I took a picture of a stone face, brought it into Painter and brought out the texture.

This painting was a new road of exploration for me.

I only started painting digitally in September, 2012.  Looking at my progress amazes me.

Several Pieces Make the Hole

Several Pieces Make the Hole

Several Pieces Make the Hole

This is it.  I’m naming my paintings and other pieces.  I’ve never been able to think of a name for my work.

People come up with these great names, peaceful, meditation, loving, etc.  I just haven’t been able to do it.  I sit and stare at my work.  What’s your name, damn you?  Nothing.  So there was the Untitled series.  Then the Abstract series.

Well, it’s a new day.  I’m going to do my best to give my works names.  They deserve it.

The name of this one surprised me.  I have a weird sense of humor.  Who knew it would show up when naming my art.  But I like it.

So, Several Pieces Make the Hole it is.

The way I approach issues like this is to give it my best effort.  I’m not saying I’ll always name my paintings, but this is a start.  I learned long ago, not to totally commit 150% to something.  Rather, I prefer to show up, do my best and turn the outcome over to God.  He does such a good job.

Finally, A Way to Organize and Track Fibromyalgia

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Abstract-09-1c

A good friend of mine just sent me information on a new app.  It is designed for people with FM or CFS to track not just symptoms, but pills, sleep patterns, pain, food on so on.

Finally!

This is such a complex illness it is impossible to keep track of what’s going on and how it affects us.

I just purchased the app at Amazon for my Kindle.  I haven’t explored it yet, so I don’t have any further details.  I just thought everyone would want to know about this right away.

Click here to link to their web page.

The picture above my blog is a seamless tile pattern design done from Abstract 9, which you can see on this page.

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