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October 2012 Wallpaper

Angels fly because they take themselves lightly wallpaper

Who dropped this feather in the myrtle outside my front door?

After some minor adjustments in Adobe Bridge, I used the Crisp preset from Topaz Adjust for some parts of the feather. Then I added a Black & White adjustment in Photoshop. For the final touch, I added a vignette.

More about Gilbert K Chesterton: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._K._Chesterton You’ll find lots of pithy quotes from Mr. Chesterton, and his fiction is delightful!

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You are welcome to download the wallpaper for your personal use. Click on a link below, choosing whichever size is best for your monitor resolution. Then right-click the image and click on “Set as a desktop background” or “Use as desktop picture”.

 

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September 2012 Wallpaper

September 2012 Wallpaper from Solo Staff Design

This wallpaper results from messing around with Corel Paint auto painting and blended layers in Photoshop on a pretty busy and soft photo of flowers that I took. The quote came to my attention from Teri Martin’s quote subscription list.

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You are welcome to download the wallpaper for your personal use. Click on a link below, choosing whichever size is best for your monitor resolution. Then right-click the image and click on “Set as a desktop background” or “Use as desktop picture”.

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August 2012 Wallpaper

August 2012 Wallpaper

From another great tutorial at Tuts+, and a great quote from science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. I used my own photo, and also used the texture and Photoshop brush from the tutorial. I took this photo of a damselfly while I was in Kansas in the summer of 2009.

Resources that I used:

  • Brush & texture from Artist’s Touch tutorial at Tuts+
  • My own photo
  • Font: Daffadowndilly NF by Nick Curtis available at MyFonts
  • Teri Martin’s quotes email list

You are welcome to download the wallpaper for your personal use. Click on a link below, choosing whichever size is best for your monitor resolution. Then right-click the image and click on “Set as a desktop background” or “Use as desktop picture”.

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First Wallpaper Experiment

First Wallpaper Experiment

Here’s a go at a tutorial from Tuts+. I did not use any of the recommended resources from the tutorial. I took the photo of the sun rising over Maumee Bay from Point Place (a small suburb of Toledo, Ohio) at about 5:30am in July of 2009. I get an inspirational quote every day from Teri Martin and save my favorites. It’s time to start sharing some of the stuff that’s laying about on the hard drives!

Resources that I used:

You are welcome to download the wallpaper for your personal use. Click on a link below, choosing whichever size is best for your monitor resolution. Then right-click the image and click on “Set as a desktop background” or “Use as desktop picture”.

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Encouragement

Famous for her “I don’t suck” t-shirt, Leslie Burns dell’Acqua offers encouragement and great advice for creative people at her Burns Auto Parts website.

Go to http://www.burnsautoparts.com/BAPsite/Manuals.html for articles about fear, creativity, pricing, marketing, and more.

 

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How to write an Artist's Statement

Over at the Artist, Emerging blog is a great article on Writing an Artist’s Statement.

“If you’re an artist, chances are someone has said, “What is your painting about?” or, “Explain this photograph to me,” or, “What the hell is that brown thing?”

It’s human nature to try to make sense of what we see. Writing an artist’s statement is a great way to help your viewers understand what they’re seeing. Even if you never share your written statement with anyone, just taking the time to sit down and write it out will help you talk about your work more easily.”

 

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Art Marketing Action Podcast

They say that 80% of your time as a working artist should be spent on marketing. Since they don’t teach marketing at music or art school, you’ll need to learn how to do it on your own. Listen to Alyson B. Stanfield’s Art Marketing Action Podcast for practical tips on blogging, giving presentations, showing your work, and more. It’s usually only 5-10 minutes long but packed with information, motivation, and sometimes even a kick in the butt. The podcast is geared toward visual artists, but musicians will find almost every episode useful.

Go to www.artbizblog.com/podcasts/ for more information. You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes. Alyson also writes a newsletter, which is available at artbizcoach.com/newsletter/.

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