Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ode to the Birches and Earth Day


I wanted to share a few distinctive images I captured of our New England white birch tree; my favorite.

 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote in “The Song of Hiawatha”: “Give me of your bark, O Birch-tree! Of your yellow bark, O birch tree! I a light canoe will build me / That shall float upon the river.” 
To the right is a pencil sketch completed in my journal of twin birches, and below is a photo I'd taken and edited in photoshop .

 The birch abstract (right) was completed a couple of years ago and plays to my idea of its natural charm and beauty. While below is my latest digital painting.







River Birches







Robert Frost reads Birches

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Risky Business



I'm in for the long haul. A few days ago I received a new digital software program, Corel X3, as a B'day gift !

 For almost a year I hedged on purchasing and making this financial investment, and continued painting / photo editing using my wonderful Photoshop Elements 6.  However, it was becoming increasingly more evident that my former photo editing program was not designed specifically for digital painters. And with my curiosity growing in this field of digital painting I recognized I've found my artist's niche. So I after viewing other Corel artists' paintings, tutorials, and testimonials I gave myself permission to make this commitment and accept....an awesome gift.

 My introduction to the new software went pretty smoothly. I think in part because of my previous knowledge and understanding of photo layering and somewhat similar applications. Though most of the time was spent learning the technical aspects of the program, it's always Risky Business, starting over and learning something new.









   

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Greetings

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The change of season has bolstered my creative spirit, and I wanted to wish my family and friends a very Happy Easter.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sing With Me

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Sing With Me may become the first in a series of illustrations for a children's story about this little sparrow. The story idea came to me as I was refining this painting's brush strokes and edges. I'll definitely explore the story today. When I have more to share I'll repost.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tidal Marsh

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 of Janet Claffey. All rights reserved.
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Yesterday I did a smudge painting from one of my recent photos. The view of the marsh was captured at twilight along the coast of New Hampshire. The golden beams created a backlight showering the dried feathery grasses with fire and illuminating the soil and rocks with purples, reds, and blues.

The original photo had an almost painterly effect and I thought I might practice my brush work. So I used a fairly large brush and consciously avoided getting too detailed oriented; a caution for myself because of the computer's ability to zoom in. I've discovered that sometimes I can loose my original perspective or emotional spontaneity.




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Mighty Tulip

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                   The soul should always stand ajar,
                               ready to welcome 
                  the esthetic experience.
                                
                                                        ~ Emily Dickinson ~