I just read a good Photoshop tutorial on making repeated patterns on Gloria Hansen's blog. Here's the link so you can read it too if you like. I enjoy making digital collages. If I ever find time to do more, I will have a new trick up my sleeve after reading the article.
Here are a few samples of what I mean by digital collage, which is basically layering many images, altering them and creating a new work. I won first place in the new computer art category at the Kentucky State fair last year with "Lonely Serenade", which has images of a statue, a window, a branch and the very atmospheric-looking abalone shell.
Geraniums and Butterflies:
Butterfly Rose:Taking Time:
I'm glad times are changing. Digital art is now gaining acceptance. When I first started doing these, people didn't understand. At a show a few years ago, a local florist almost bought "Fluttering By", but didn't when she learned it was digital. I think today she would buy it.
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is an image comprised of a photo I took in front of a tiny shop in a small town in Ireland and a text layer of an Irish Blessing.
by Jan Hurst