photoshop play

tammie bennett's skinny striped sweater

i'm having so. much. fun. playing with photoshop and watercolors.  

(it was a completely different story yesterday when i spent 2 hours on a piece using channels and then couldn't figure out how in the heck to copy and paste, erase, or any other vital processes.)  yuck.  

but this is a positive post.  so i'll write about how i sat down to paint today, and then played with this piece.  the magic happened for me when i scanned in the skinny striped sweater from my sketchbook.  

what are you having fun with today?

another watercolor + photoshop pattern :: october goals

tammie bennett's watercolor flower garden pattern

remember two days ago where i talked about my goals for october being to learn watercolor and to learn how to create patterns in photoshop?  

i used the same watercolor elements from that pattern to make a new repeat pattern where more of the background is filled.  it took waaaaaaay longer than it probably should have because i'm not so quick in photoshop and i'm sure i took the looong way 'round.  but i got there.  i am so happy with it.  i can't wait to try lots of new patterns with some of my paintings and watercolor work.  i definitely need to streamline my process though...

i would love to see this as wrapping paper!  or sheets.  or an envelope liner.

i had a fun lunch with a friend yesterday and she asked "so what visions do you have for your art business?"  it was so nice and refreshing to have her ask me that because i rarely have anyone ask me that and i rarely get to talk about it.  i think we should all ask that of each other more often because it pushes us to feel more comfortable with both talking about and fleshing out exactly what it is we want.  and then we can support each other in getting farther down that path.  right?

so what visions do YOU have for your art? or for any other area of your life?

watercolor + photoshop pattern :: goals for october

tammie bennett's watercolor spring pattern

i've done massive work in the last month cutting through the clutter in my brain and trying to bring all of my super fuzzy goals and dreams into focus.  i'll be posting lots more about this in the next few weeks in case any of you are feeling like you're living in a world where there's too much condensation on the windows and you can't quite see the simplicity and beauty outside.

i've been working with a professional coach and with her help (and with mega support and insight from chris), i've broken through so many layers of overwhelm, low self-esteem, lack of clarity, and stuckness to come up with my two fatty goals for october. 

my first goal for october is to get my act together with self care/fitness/health.  that's a long way to say i need to run and exercise regularly.  it's part of my make up.  running is part of who i am and what helps me tick and i can't put it on the back burner anymore. how silly to deny myself of something that i KNOW makes me a better me.  

my second goal is to learn  how to create patterns in photoshop.  this is a missing piece in where i see my art career going.  i also want to feel comfortable with watercolors and bringing that watercolor work into photoshop to create patterns.  i want to be a wiz by the end of october.  this is a lofty one, folks.  

my number one priority yesterday was to spend 30 minutes watching a photoshop lesson and bring in my artwork to see if i could turn it into a pattern.  what you see up top is what i came up with.  i'm pretty happy with it.  i painted the floral work while i watched the lesson, scanned it and played around with it and somehow forced it into a half drop repeat.  

i can imagine it as clean fresh sheets, can't you?

by the end of the month i want to be able to create more layered patterns and add texture.  i want a lot of the background to be covered and to repeat seamlessly.