travelling and inspirations

I'm on the road with my husband. A good excuse to play, or as some might call it, goof off. But I've been thinking a lot about my work, what to try next, what needs to be finished before my next art fair or show; but mostly about where I want to go with my art.

Sometimes I think I'm an artist in search of a medium. I'm most successful in fiber, but I keep richocheting to other media--watercolor, oils, paper collages, photography. Those attempts remain in the background, but I think they're influencing the fiber stuff.

So I present to you a photograph I played with in Photoshop Elements yesterday (ah, the joy of finally having a laptop to travel with...)

It began life as a picture of yellow crocuses against brown leaves. I can't wait to print it on silk and add some stitching to it. Or to try painting a big piece of fabric using this as a reference. Or making some felt with this as a starting point. Something tactile. When I get home.


Elaine said...


I am learning PSE also. i am curious about what filter you used in the yelow crocus photo.


bj parady said...

I'm sure that there was more than one filter involved, probably some of the artistic ones. But the main swirl, which I'm hoping is the one you're interested in, is under filter-distort-twirl.
When I work in PSE, I tend to be very non-analytical, and don't keep track of what I've done too closely. If I get a version I like, I save it. I can always delete it later. For instance, with this picture I have some color variations that are cool, too.
hope this helps.

Kay said...

I just discovered your blog and love your work. It seems to me beautifully individual, and your explanations are helpful also. I went back into the archives to see the Buckeye series--such a great idea. I'll visit you again.

I can identify with your lack of work while traveling. That has been my story since May, and I am so glad to be back in my basement work area.

Dianna in Maui said...

Have you heard about the digital image book from C&T Publishing? They have a call for entries on their website. Something like this would be right up their alley!

Helen Suzanne said...

it is interesting where our inspiration comes from, and i'm sure all my best work comes from just playing. The digital stuff is great for that isn't it. I love the gold of the crocus' and could see them raised with a silky cushion effect. looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

Elle said...

Very cool! I would've never imagines this was a photo of crocuses first!

Miriam said...

wow, that is terrific!