Creating Digital Art From Stress Relief Coloring

Last month a friend of mine shared a link to a “coloring book for adults” she had purchased on I learned her motivation behind the purchase was “stress relief” and a whole new world of artistic expression opened for me. I have always loved to draw and in the 70’s I produced two books of drawings for my art glass business as well as several design packages filled with themed pages of drawings my students could use for their glass pieces. Now, with “stress relief coloring” exercises turning into a movement I find I can re-purpose those old publications as well as create new ones from scratch. I’m inspired to create again!

Yesterday I finished coloring a paper print and took a snapshot of it with my smartphone. As you can see the lighting wasn’t all that great. I wasn’t too concerned because I knew that running the image through photo filters would produce different results. That to me is what adds the magic to digital art creations.  When I started manipulating the image I was in “beta testing” mode, not concerned as to whether the end result would be a piece worthy of framing and labeling “art”. I was into the experience for the adventure. After several hours and interruptions, I had produced some pieces worthy of attention. 

Here is one of the digital art pieces I generated to use for Instagram and Facebook posts: 
As you can see, the digital art rendition looks little like the original coloring. 

Happy Winter Holidays 2016!

It’s Saturday, December 10, 2016 and here I am facing WordPress “Vaughn” upgrades a multitude of sites! I am in no mood to be doing tech work but I find this particular WordPress upgrade inspiring so I know I will be able to find a way to “dig in” before this day comes to a close. Right now, in the early hours of morning, I am focused on my digital artwork. The Monday before Thanksgiving I discovered a couple art filter apps for Android and downloaded them to my phone. As an artist I was pleasantly surprised with the initial results but could also see the images needed more work before they would meet my expectations for an art piece. Depending on the initial filter processing outcomes, I chose one of my art rendering/photo editing programs to continue my art work. When I was ready to frame a piece, I turned to PicMonkey, an online photo editing tool for which I have a Premium account. Upon uploading my first image to that platform, I discovered there were more effects I could add to the art piece to make it magical. Six days later, I had created over 300 new works of of digital art and I haven’t stopped created new pieces daily since! It’s been four years since I’ve concentrated on creating new artwork and while logistically, this is not the optimum time to be “working” on art projects, I believe doing so will help me get my regular business efforts in alignment for the new year. I’m having an Art Attack and it makes me happy!  

Here’s one of the pieces I created today. Of course, it features my sweet Lady Layla Guinevere: