For inspiration I often revisit previous ideas. The following image collage came from a trip with 2 girlfriends to an Amish country bed-and-breakfast in the late fall. Although the company and the lodgings were comfortable and restorative, the weather was cold, overcast and bleak.
I took many photographs of the surrounding rolling hills, farm equipment, pine rockers on the sprawling porch, as well as small details including a birdbath that was chipped, stained and discarded behind the barn. Layers of sediment, decaying leaves and bits of bark created an interesting patina at the bottom.
Long after the trip was over I looked again at these photos when asked by my friends for copies to document our trip together. The picture that fascinated me the most was that of the birdbath. Thinking about my feelings of being with my friends and having the daily chores of life lifted gave me a new perspective into the image.
By enhancing colors, textures and light, and adding bits of photographs I took from other outings I evolved an image that better represented the experience for me. I found that the rudimentary documentation of the birdbath served as inspiration for deeper contemplation.
I am always curious as to what online tools artists are using to promote their work. They include sites like Y!Groups, as well as the popular social networks like Flickr, YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook. And, there are new online tools coming out every day to leverage these sites. There are a few noted on my blog under the Art/Technology link. I’m making a collection of these useful tools, so please send me a list of your favorites in the comments section for this post.
My favorite for today is Vuvox: Collage, a mash-up tool for making a collage banner (sorry, no video or sound, just pictures from the studio and yard – although, if you have it, you can add multimedia). You can click the play arrow and it will side scroll, or you can move the scrubber/slider left and right to go to any section.
The pictures may be redundant if you’ve recently visited the blog, but here they are in a new context, re-authored/re-imagined. Take a look at the Sisley-Blinn Artist/Painter collage banner at the Vuvox site, if you cannot see the presentation below, or you want to see the full panorama look.
I can’t resist using software as my darkroom. It is just too much fun to manipulate digital images. There is no additional cost overhead, and you can make numerous variations. Computer memory may be your only limitation.
There are 3 images that were resized, edited and superimposed on each other. The various reflected lights and ambient light gives the composite a hazy, mysterious look.
“Waterway Overlay” may not be an award winning entry, but it is interesting to look at.