|Zen and the Art of Digital Imaging by Ursula Freer|
I started experimenting with the digital medium fourteen years ago after having painted with traditional media throughout my life. When working with brushes and paint I often found myself dissatisfied as not being able to fully express my ideas. When I realized the potential of the digital medium it did not take long before I was totally won over.
In Four Seasons I combined two digital paintings with a photo of tree branches in order to express the flow of the seasons and the transcendence of time. I prefer to convey an altered sense of reality rather than the objective way of seeing objects and events.
Alia of Arakis (text from the novel Dune by Frank Herbert)
A character from the novel “Dune” and the captivating photo of the little girl were the inspiration for this image. The concept of an all-knowing child seemed intriguing and challenging. Fractals woven throughout seemed suited to symbolize the mystical and somewhat disturbing aura surrounding Alia. The components included photo, fractal, digital brush painting and text. This image was included in the Digital Art Guild exhibit Urban Legends and Country Tales (2008).
Three images merged into the picture below.
Petals and Branches
The first of the three components is a digital painting using gradient colors for the flower petals. The second is a digital painting (with filters applied) added for the needed cool colors. The third, a tiled fractal, provides additional textures in back of the vines. Merging all three gives the work a richer surface and dimensionality.
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