Wednesday, July 18, 2012

5 Questions

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I'm taking Kim Klassen's and Xanthe Berkeley's online Behind the Scenes class. It has been so helpful to me and has given me much food for thought on what it is I want this blog to be. I highly recommend the class! Today, we are encouraged to post these 5 Questions on our blog, which was fun to do...I've answered them below!

I struggled with an image to include with this post, and finally decided to choose an example of what I do these days when I'm in an artistic mood (see Question 2)...I love combining my drawings with my own painted backgrounds and other various textures in PSE. I'm including this image because I want this to be an occasional part of my blog, in addition to my photos and poetry...I like sharing the joy of combining your own art with PSE layers and textures. I really want to encourage others to try it, too. You can create some beautiful results! This image started out with a charcoal sketch I did...I added my own painted background layer, plus several other textures (including Kim's "antique handwriting" texture). I used a lot of reverse layers masks to lay in color/pattern only where I wanted it to go.

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1. What makes you happy?….. in 5 words or less….?
The creative process...absolutely, positively.

2. Which talent would you most like to have?
Artistic talent. I have a little of this in me, which makes me very happy. The part that makes me sad is that I've let so many years pass without developing my skills. If money were no object, I'd go back to school and get my fine art degree.

3. Which words or phrases do you overuse most? lol, so, very, lots of "...", and probably too many exclamation points!

4. What is your favourite movie, book or both?
My favorite movie is "The Count of Monte Christo". I've watched it a gazillion times. My favorite book is "The Power of Now", which completely changed the way I think about life.

5. If you could go anywhere in the world for a creative retreat where might it be? Italy, hands down...what a dream come true that would be!

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27 comments:

  1. Love the images! Adding The Power of Now to my ever growing list of books to read!

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  2. wow, you did an incredible job with the images after the Q & A. Love your answers too.
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

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  3. Enjoyed reading your 5 answers, Sherri !
    What a lovely drawing you've made, beautiful editing !
    Have a nice day,
    Sylvia

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  4. what beautiful images, great answers too!

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  5. Absolutely Fabulous work! Bravo!! You have so much more artistic skill than you give yourself credit for Sherri!! (imagine, for a moment, coming upon this art on another person's blog...how would you react to it? what would you think? how would you comment? > > those are the thoughts and comments you deserve to give yourself - right now!
    I love Tolle and Italy and also use far too may exclamation points!

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  6. You already have the artistic talent :)

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  7. Yep, your artistic talent is ready and waiting for you to unleash yourself!

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  8. Great Post. Good luck to you.

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  9. You are so very artistic! Wow! Loved your thoughtful list.

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  10. Lol at #3...ditto! Great answers...and I must say you have more artistic talent that you realize! :)

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  11. Sherri - The original art is fantastic! Your answers are delightful, too. This class has been an amazing journey, hasn't it?

    Dotti
    http://www.camperky.com/2012/07/final-exam-time.html

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  12. Wonderful work and great inspiration! I'm adding that book to my list too..

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  13. LOL !!!! haha Yes I use LOL and lots of exclamations too! I love this image and how you showed all that went into it. You are so talented Sherri! xo

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  14. Great result and thanks for sharing the things you used.What a terrific idea!I am guilty of too many exclamations myself! LOL!!!!
    Lee

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  15. What a beautiful digital collage, Sherri! :)
    Oh yes, Italy is marvelous. And I am not saying it only coz it's my home-country, LOL!
    Have a happy evening.

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  16. Sherri this is quite a fascinating and artistic drawing and the processing is wonderful. Very interesting 5 questions, and bet that class is thought provoking. Say, you should plan on going with me to Italy.... I am going back again, probably next september. It is an awesome place, and the best place in the world to do photography!

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  17. The images you posted reminds me of Italy!

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  18. beautiful works! thanks for sharing!

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  19. Love the images. I agree-I wish I had taken my creativity seriously years ago!

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  20. Sherri, I was abuse of exclamation points, "...", and the work "like." So obnoxious. I am reading right now The Count of Monte Cristo", but I could not get into "The Power of Now." I read several people whose life was changed by this book and I just found it so repetitive. The image turned so beautiful. It is very interesting to see the process and images you used to come to the final product.

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  21. I'm soooo glad you posted the originals! I must try this, I must, I must! And I may try and read that book or get the audio, seems I never read anymore.

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  22. I'll have to see The Count of Monte Cristo. I didn't even realize there was a movie version!

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  23. You are an amazing artist. I always leave here feeling inspired and refreshed :)
    Wow, you paint/sketch as well as write and photograph! Truly commendable and so inspiring
    Many hugs

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  24. Great post, lovely to learn a little more about you. I think your art is amazing - and I'm absolutely with you on Italy for a creative retreat. :)

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  25. purely magical lovely you!!! so glad you shared your art..... so moving....and i love your answers.....

    big gratitude for you..... xo, Kim

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  26. Your drawing is beautiful, and I love the idea of adding texture in Photoshop. Thanks for sharing your technique!

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