10.04.2013

Learning new tricks

I've embarked on a new photography course...one that's online...and I can do at my own pace...working on my technique so that my art can shine through...

My first foray into an online photography class started with Kim Klassen two years ago...it was both a tutorial on Photoshop and a method to boost one's creativity...it focused on taking a single image and enhancing it to its most artistic potential.

My current class, Photoshop Grunge, takes a different approach.  As you might expect, the focus is on a textured, layered technique...but more importantly, it takes several photographic images and meshes all of the images with textures and layering to create a unique artistic composition.

While the grunge is sometimes a little heavier than I would like, the idea of meshing several images together closely aligns with the work I do as a collage artist.  I believe that every object tells a story...and by combining several images together, that story is clear to the observer.

When I embarked on my artistic journey 15 years ago, I was hesitant to use the one-of-a-kind ephemera I had acquired...once it was committed to a collage, that was it...never to be used again.  Imagine my apprehension...was this the best use for a turn of the century handwritten letter...or a receipt for a 1930 grocery purchase of eggs or a family photo of a dear uncle in 1890...time clicks ahead...scanning, digital imaging, Photoshop and the internet all make huge leaps and bounds.  The treasured bits and scraps that I have been hording now can be incorporated into a new type of digital collage...that still tells the story of the object...but doesn't limit it to a single soliloquy...

I've only scratched the surface of the course...but thought I would share what I have created thus far...

























































































































And though this digital technique can not replace the rendering of paint and paper on a piece of wood or a stretched canvas...adding in a smattering of rust and patina, I hope it will enhance my artistic repertoire...

Do you have any new creative adventures you've pursued?  do tell...

13 comments:

  1. Hi there, love what you've done with the PS Grunge class... I'm in it too, but so far haven't posted/shared anything... don't know what my resistance is, but this must be important to me, per Steven Pressfield's The War of Art...

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    1. glad you stopped by Lynda...and I look forward to your creations from the PS Grunge class!

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  2. Your creations are lovely, Amy! I particularly love the look of the little birds on a wire...

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  3. I considered that class. Looks like you could really learn a lot and then bend it to your style.

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  4. Love all these images, but particularly the tea cup :)

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    1. thanks Christie...yes, that teacup...I do love it...but not as much as the pitcher!

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  5. I really like these too. I didn't even notice the clock face at first in the 'tea' photo collage, and then when I did, it was a surprise. To really challenge yourself, try not using any text at all, let the images tell the store. For instance, in that first piece, I don't think you need to spell out the "Tea time." Just my 2 cents.

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    1. thanks Claudia...I am a type maniac...so I have a tendency to include type most of the time, mostly as an artistic element...but I appreciate your feedback - thanks!

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  6. I don't think I have ever seen this type of art or if I did I didn't realize what it was. Are these images you created? They are simply stunning. Thank you so much for sharing them.
    Traci

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  7. Amy, it looks like a fabulous course..... I say that after drooling over your photos!
    A friend called me this morning with a proposition.....a proposition we will be working on together.
    I'll tell you more as we go along. xo Carole

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  8. oh boy this looks amazing! how i would love photoshop! so pleased you are now over that the flight platform xxx

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  9. You've created some amazing art from that class and I am totally inspired. I signed up as well, quite some time ago, but I haven't been able to get to it...

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