April 29, 2012

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March 2012 Creative Color Challenge - Tranquil Blues It's time for this month's Creative Color Challenge! This month the color theme is "Tranquil Blues." I chose to use the brighter color palette on the right... I'm not really a "blue" person, but one reason I love doing color challenges is precisely because I don't pick the colors and therefore the colors may not be those I would "normally" pick...it's good to step outside the box from time to time to stretch those creative muscles a bit. I think there is a part of us that feels safer going with something we're comfortable with...the tried and true. Even though the colors may be chosen for you, there are still other considerations such as which colors to use or not...how much...which color or colors will be dominate... As part of the challenge we could also share what we felt using these "tranquil" colors...well....I can't say I was totally comfortable with creating with so much blue but I do like the contrast and Louse Gale certainly picked a beautiful palette! I decided to just have fun and play! This is also a great way to develop new and unique color palettes by using a photo, and then in Photoshop, use the color selector tool to sample the palette...just as she has done here. So, if you ever feel stuck and you're tired of doing the same thing over and over, do this...take a picture of something or look on the internet for colors that grab your attention, and try using them in your new art...you may discover, as I did, that using colors you normally wouldn't pick is not a bad thing...it's good to grow creatively. Creativity breeds creativity! So, reach into that box of crayons and scoop out those that have never been used! You may just discover something that makes your heart sing! Be sure to check out the other color challenge participants here: March 2012 Creative Color Challenge As always thanks for stopping by! Hugs and toodles!
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Memorable Life - May 2012 Creative Color Challenge In the United States we are celebrating Memorial Day...a day to remember those who have served our country and a day to honor those who still serve. I'd like to personally thank our servce men and women and to especially thank my youngest son Luke who is still in the military. All three of our sons have served, and Luke is still in the military after re-enlisting a couple years ago. Our country enjoys many freedoms, and it's all to easy to take them for granted. A day like today helps us to remember that those freedoms were won and stay intact because of the many personal sacrifices given by so many...especially those who have paid the ultimate price with their lives...so I thank all of you, including the families who have lost their loved ones. Freedom isn't free. Today is also the day of the month where those participating in Louise Gale's Creative Color Challenge post their art...this is the piece I created in Photoshop. I used the suggested color palette, and begin by creating patterns for the dress and pinafore. I add many layers, and often, as I did here, include my favorite motifs...here I used hearts, flowers, and butterflies. In order for the many underlying layers to peek through I often "erase" parts of those layers. This month's patette includes two of my favorite colors, pink and purple, so naturally this challenge was a lot of fun for me. As always, thank you SO much for stopping by! Hugs and Toodles!

Anita Van Hal

I'm primarily a self-taught mixed media and folk doll artist who lives in the west-central part of North Dakota. I love living the creative life!

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