I found a new site (I know, big surprise, huh?) that will challenge my digital art efforts in a new direction. Pixel Dust hosts a Photo Art Friday to showcase digital experiments and artistic efforts. After browsing Bonnie's site and seeing her style, I was blown away and inspired to give it a shot. I've done some playing with textures and enhancing some of my images with that, but her free textures are so totally different and the results are quite dramatic. This will take a little getting used, but I like the stretch!
BEFORE: an interesting ceiling - I like architectural photos but don't always know what to do with them
I used her textures Happy Day (hard light @ 65%), Mauve Magic (color burn @ 60%) and one call Water Stains (hard light @ 20%) from Hibbary. I love the vibrant color and how extreme it is from the soft look I usually do. After reading her process on the example in this post, I really experimented with some of those blending modes that I never really touch and didn't use my fave soft light. I can't wait to do more of this!
Next Friday's challenge is to try something totally new, something we've been considering but too timid to try - I already know what I'll be attempting...... be sure and check back to see my efforts :)
I'm also linking this to Artists in Blogland which is a place to share your creative efforts each week. Check it out. I produced a few different things this week, but picked this post to share because it was the most outside my comfort zone piece - and I actually quite like it. Sometimes taking off in a new direction or trying a new technique is slow going and not always immediately satisfactory. But, it's sure fun when it finally comes together!