My newest digital collage: Myrna Loy
I used about 15 different images to create the background in this digital collage. The bird and the flowers are vintage public domain images, as is the photograph of Myrna Loy. The butterfly wings are also public domain that I got from a Dover image collection I purchased a while back. What is great about Adobe Photoshop is that you can take really small images and import them using “place”, resize them to a much larger image, and they will become a much larger image without hardly any quality loss. All of the images in this digital collage were much smaller then the final image, which is a 24″x24″ digital canvas at 300 DPI. (This image is copyright 2014, Cat Whipple.)
Why Your Art Has Value
I just watched a video by Maria Forleo on valuing what you do, especially for artists. I cried when I watched this video. I have spent most of my life hearing, from American society in general, that art doesn’t really have any value. And yet, I look around me and art is EVERYWHERE. So why is there such a disconnect from what people believe to be true about art, and how art is so needed in our society.
I am posting the video here so I can find it easily when I need to hear this message again because it is so powerful, especially for us artists who have been told over and over that art isn’t important.
My Favorite MATS March Picks
The MATS March gallery is up and displaying over 200 amazing pieces of artwork created during our March assignment, which was to create Jello designs for bolt fabric. It was a very frustrating assignment for me, I had to start over 3 times before I came up with something I liked, which you can view on my post MATS March Assignment Final.
I looked through the gallery and drooled over many of the images. The ones that I really like tend to have lots of textures to them, and when I see texture I want to CREATE art like crazy. So here are my favorite ones based on the rule that they have lots of texture to them. I liked lots of others because they are all fabulous in their own way and style, but this list is about texture. (There is a fabulous man who creates lots of free textures for people to use in their art, see my post Free Textures For Your Art to learn about him.
Here are my favorite textured ones listed alphabetically by the first name of the artist, along with links to their websites. (Click on the image to see the full size.)