In my fine art group yesterday a friend was lamenting she is having a hard time coming up with concepts that inspire her. This is such a universal struggle. I post “Daily Inspiration” on this blog every single day in order to combat it. Now, typically I use visual cues to inspire me, but I realize a lot of … Continue reading Three fresh techniques for finding creativity when you are utterly blank…
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a free stock saturday. I’ve got some great stock images I’m banking up for you guys. Today’s stock is not actually from my personal stock library. This week I’m featuring a great stock provider by the name of Malleni-Stock. This provider is set up through DeviantArt.com and the stock … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday…This weeks feature? This gorgeous owl… Thank you Malleni-Stock!
I have had a lot of requests for this video tutorial and I am excited to say I finally got a chance to record it for you guys. This is a step-by-step walk through of all the Photoshop tools and techniques I used to create The Magic of Literacy: The Mermaid. This will give you … Continue reading Step by step walk through of the Photoshop tools and techniques used to create “The Magic of Literacy: The Mermaid”
I saw a really neat artwork a while back where the artist used roses in the landscape as if they were actually trees. I LOVED it. I haven’t quit thinking about it. So today I went to my local Kroger florist and picked up a few spring flowers and made some stock, keeping in mind the … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Spring is in bloom! How about we make some flowers into trees?
It’s free stock Saturday! Today’s theme is Books! I was visiting my Dad a few weeks ago and I came across these books on his shelf and I thought they were so beautiful. I just had to take some stock of them. There is SO much inspiration you could draw from these images. A lot … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! It’s time to hit the books!
I had the wonderful honor of being chosen as this month’s featured photographer for Fine Art Children’s Photography. This is a wonderful website and a great resource of tutorials and information geared specifically to children’s photography. I highly recommend them. FineArtChildPhotog.com This months featured photographer is Caroline Rutland of Caroline Rutland Photography in Nashville, TN Not only does Caroline … Continue reading April Featured Photographer: My interview with FineArtChildPhotog.com
One of my favorite themes in conceptual portraiture is fairytale. I have a soft spot in my heart for children’s storybook themes. I have found myself collecting a lot of stock with those themes in mind. I seem to come up with little girls themes easier than the boys so whenever I find something for a boy, I … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! This stock is sure to be a treasure! ARG!
I just love a good history lesson. Not the boring dates and endless facts you learned in High School, but the good stuff. The stuff that connects us. What makes our modern lives relatable to theirs? Tell me that. Don’t stop at what they accomplished. Dig deeper into the backstory and reveal what could be the “why”. It’s usually hidden behind the who and the what…Look … Continue reading The Conceptual Portraiture of Bonnie and Clyde
How many times have you heard a metaphor using keys? One of our universal, iconic metaphors is the key. I love working with items that not only have universal recognition but no matter where you go or what country you are in, it carries the same message and it represents the ideas and concepts for everyone. Today’s stock photo is … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Today’s theme? Keys!
Many of us have experienced what I have dubbed, “The Lull”. The “temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity” of your creative self… We don’t know really, why it happens but at some point we all deal with it. The good news? By definition “The Lull” is a temporary thing. The best method for overcoming “The Lull”? Take a swan-dive right … Continue reading Finding Inspiration: The Amazing Art Photography of Kidy-Kat