Monday, July 26, 2010

September Iowa Retreat - Mini-class Samples

I will be teaching a mini-class at the Iowa Retreat in September -- these are photos of the class samples I have made using the transparent-image-over-collaged-background technique I worked out last spring. I hope everyone in class has as much fun with this technique as I have had!

This first one used a studio portrait from around 1912 or so of my grandmother and a neighbor boy as very young children. 

This next canvas used the exact same technique, but I created an entirely different effect by using  a different style of photo, different image editing techniques, and different collage papers.  Anything goes, really!

I am putting up this last one only to serve as a horrible example and a warning: don't let your background collage become too important!  I spent HOURS creating this background, including fussy-cutting the floral bouquet in the lower left from a vintage magazine advertisement.  Such a waste... 

Myy grandmother was such a beautiful bride, but you would never know it from this mess.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Photo of the Week - "Favorite Things"

I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth, but, now that summer is finally here, we have been scrambling to get caught up on the field work that didn't get done because it was too wet, and also enjoying the pleasant weather to the utmost. In another post, I will show you my new toy and what it can do...

In the meantime, it is time to catch up with the weekly photo challenge. This is Sprite's month to choose the themes, and this week she has asked us to share a "Favorite Thing", with a focus on a piece of work we haven't dared to share before.

OK... here goes!

I did this little sketch in July of 2000 while in church. I was bored and the little sheet of paper provided for taking notes was a convenient blank canvas. I have kept it all these years because I am fond of it, as drawing is not one of my best skills.

Bad Judi, LOL.