One of the lessons from Art Every Day Month I have learned this year is to look at my creations in different ways. I’ve been focusing on finishing and recycling my art projects as well.
I tend to do one of two things: start and not finish and stockpile unfinished gems OR finish gems and put them in a pile of finished yet unappreciated work.
I am in the middle of a mixed media work right now and I am not sure which direction it wants to be taken so instead of just setting it aside completely, I thought about what I might create with what I had.
1. Take photos of sections of the work of art, like cutting your work into pieces of cake.
2. Choose the “piece of cake" that tastes yummiest to you.
3. Playfully experiment with photo editing to consider and discover the many ways that particular art could become other art or serve other purposes both for you and also new products to bring to your art market.
I used pixlr. com, a very simple photo editing website, to revise my images. Each different one took literally less than a minute.
Once I had the main image the way I wanted it, the others were simply different filters. That's it.
Look at the variety of moods just from changing the filters:
I see the top image as the most conventional. It is romantic, feminine and probably the most favorable to conventional viewers.
The second image is using a newspaper style.
I wasn't wild about it at first and used it mostly to show contrast, but now that I look at it longer I see how well it would work under some circumstances.
It seems bleaker to me, more nebulous.
I can't see the clothing pattern as clearly so it seems more like mush that something creative. The dancer in the front looks sad, lonely, perhaps a bit lost.
There are some who may get the most excited from this particular image.
Do you see all the possibilities?
I like to think of the bottom image as perhaps the most interesting. I feel dizzy when I look at it, not unlike when I took dance lessons as a little girl and spun around before I learned how to eliminate that by strategic focus.
I also appreciate the more intense colors along with that dizzyness.
Looking at the complete ladder of images I also see how I could photo edit further by numbering each of the images - yes, actually adding a numeral - and some words right over each image.
Pixlr is so simple, I hope PicMonkey can match it. I used to use Picnik, which I heard is a lot like PicMonkey: another encouraging fact.
Between my use of instagram and pixlr and mixing them up together, I could play with images and create both digital art as well as 2D and 3D art probably all day long.
I know eventually a poem or an essay would come alongside me and slap me on the face to get my attention.... words are not ready to take "the mistress" position in my life. *Happy Smiles*
What simple image editing program do you most frequently use?
How could using one image in different ways spark your creativity both in your "play" and in your blogging and life work?
While it is late to join Art Every Day Month - Leah Piken Kolidas has been inspiring many of us for years! Check it out - the website is awesome and has a Creative Every Day Year Long Challenge I am sure you will enjoy!
Julie Jordan Scott is a writer, performance poet, Mommy and mixed-media artist. Her word-love themed art will be for sale at First Friday each month in Downtown Bakersfield. Check out the links below to follow her on a bunch of different social media channels, especially if you find the idea of a Word-Love Party bus particularly enticing.
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