I seem to be getting into a trap with my posting. I wonder if any of you have experienced this. I want so much to make a perfect post that I delay posting because I don't have time to sit down and think it through. The end result is that I end up not doing it at all. Does this sound familiar? Sometimes, we stifle our own creativity because we place all kinds of rules and requirements on it. In reality, it is when we allow ourselves the freedom to simply fly, we encourage those around us to do the same. It has taken me some time to figure out what I want the purpose of Comfort Cottage to be. I've been thinking about the kinds of magazines and blogs that give me joy and asking myself what it is about them that draws me. Yesterday I went to the bookstore, and yippee! The new issues of Somerset Studio, Artful Blogging, Where Women Create, and Photoshop Creative were out! Needless to say, it wasn't a budget-friendly visit. As I pored over my latest treasures, my mind kicked into overdrive. The cogs started grinding, the wheels started turning, and steam started coming out of my ears. Let me at that studio! Fire up the computer! To an artist, it's the greatest feeling in the world. I'm recharged and inspired! I think at least a part of my mission at Comfort Cottage, is to give that same feeling to you. I want you to feel charged up about being creative. It really is a wonderful calling, this business of color and form, line and balance. The desire to create is a precious gift from God, the master artist. So whether it's paper and glue, beads and buttons, fabric and thread, or that pile of microchips we call a computer, have at it! Your desire to "make stuff" comes from Him.
I usually don't write this much, so I hope I haven't bored you. Let me show you what I've been up to. This digital painting is the product of a tutorial in Issue 53 of Photoshop Creative, a treasure trove of instruction and inspiration for Photoshop users. The article teaches you how to paint digitally in the style of Henri Matisse. The original photograph for this work was supplied on the accompanying CD. I learned the techniques from the article and video supplied.
Once I learned the techniques, I tried them out on another subject. The photo from which I worked came from Stockxchng, a free stock photo source. Unfortunately, I downloaded the photo a couple of years ago, and it is no longer on the site. There are, however, twenty-two pages of apple photos there, if you need them.
That's all for now. I hope you have a wonderful week, and that you've found inspiration here. God Bless!