Hi art friends.

Since switching over to Mac and Photoshop, I’ve been slowly adding Awake class content to my computer. Organizing my image files has never been my strong suit. I’ve been relying on the grab whatever catches my muse’s eye. This system doesn’t work so well when planning a composition.

Before I got too many files on my Mac, I decided to add keywords to my files. Bridge deals well with searching for keywords. I’d say I got about 1/3 of the way through my Awake class files when I needed an art break.

Lately, I feel my art is ok. I mostly get what I’m going for but I want to take my work to the next level. Thinking about the Awake class lessons, what I need to do is let canvases I think are done sit for some time and then revisit them. Put on the final touches that will push these works to the next level.

Today’s canvas is not such a canvas. It’s a digital art journal page. Like a regular meat space art journal, it’s a safe place to experiment.

The elements on this page are from G&T Designs kits Creative Calm and Every Day Counts. The face of the girl is from one of my old mixed media paintings, masked and blended to the kit girl. I don’t find drawing in Photoshop very enjoyable. I can scan old journals and paintings or create faces in Procreate then get them over to Photoshop.

“Patience” digital art journal page by L. Anne Thompson, Tenukihandcrafts

One of my ongoing struggles with my work is merging my photography and mixed media art. The canvases I like best look more like paintings than photographs, but I haven’t come anywhere near doing a good job on ‘painting’ photographed faces. I’m going to revisit some Tam Laporte lessons on painting over collage, which very closes resembles what I’m trying to achieve. More to come on these digital paint over collage canvases.

Happy creating!