drawing when I was a girl. Growing up, I spent much of my time drawing and
painting, both at home and at school, winning a number of school honors.
I've created art in pencil, ink, pastels, oils, acrylics, pixels, mixed media and
textile arts. I've been a photographer for over 30 years.
I am also a playwright and composer. My plays and musicals have been produced by professional, academic and community theaters. I have published fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
I love creating art, because it takes me into that eternal space in which the
stresses of time drop away. Ah, to dwell always in that space!
I discovered digital art about ten years ago and have grown to love it. Although you lose
the textural aspect -- the feel of the canvas, paper, pastels, cloth, thread -- digital art
compensates with the ease it gives to arthritic hands and, on my right hand, a broken
little finger and wrist, neither of which healed in a perfect way. In short, I can't do the
kind of art I used to do. But I can hold and move a mouse. When I broke my right wrist,
I even managed, within a few days, to paint with my left hand.
Not being overloaded with money, I use Adobe Photoshop Elements, a
relatively inexpensive program distinctly not designed for digital painting, but rather for
working with photographs. In Photoshop Elements, you have digital brushes and pixel
paint. It's magic.
I start each painting with either a photograph I've taken or an image that is in the public
domain. With public-domain images, I paint over them, to the extent that they are no
longer recognizable as the original. In this way, they become my own paintings.
I recently purchased Manga Studio 5, recommended to me by the children's popup book
creator and children's book illustrator Paul Strickland, whose work I greatly admire. With
this program, I will be able to draw again, something I've sorely missed. I will keep you
posted on my progress.
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot, pen name of Mary Ann Evans.
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