Friday, November 17, 2017

Comment on Article about Art in Med School

Casey Lesser's article on Why Medical Schools Require Art Classes points out the humanizing aspect of art, among other things...

Article: Why Med Schools Are Requiring Art Classes

Friday, October 6, 2017

Eerie Art on Android

Mysterious Bird - Altered, Blended Photos by D.K. Pritchett

I wanted to create an eerie image for one of my Pinterest boards, and I also wanted to play with the camera on my new phone.

I had already created an eerie eye by taking a picture of my eye, partially surrounded by my hand, then altering the mood by applying filters using an app called Cupslice.

Eerie Eye and Hand (Upside-Down), Modified Using Cupslice App
To create the bird, I imported the eerie eye into Samsung's Photo Editor to tweak the angle of the eye so that it would blend well with my other photo, a picture of a large cocoon-type web in a tree. I rotated the image, made it slant downward on the left (not pictured) to match the cocoon segment below. I experimented with filters on both the eye and the cocoon.

Cocoon (Upside-Down), Enlarged Detail, Modified Using Various Filters

I imported both photos into an app called PhotoBlend, manipulated the strength of the light, and merged the two images several times, playing with various filters to get the right color and mood. I saved several views and picked the one I liked best. I imported the new altered image into the Samsung Photo Editor for my finishing touches, a little pencil drawing (detail, below).

Graphic Work Using Samsung's Photo Editor Pencil Tool

I'm happy with the mysterious bird I created, though it probably wouldn't enlarge well.

Collage of Various States of the Two Photos Used to Make the Finished Art

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Free Art Friday, Rome Georgia Rocks, and other North Georgia Groups

Doodles and Sketches by D.K. Pritchett
Created for Free Art Friday in Rome, Georgia

This past weekend I hid some art for Free Art Friday in Rome, Georgia, and had lots of fun doing it. I hid about eight or ten sketches and doodles, mostly of butterflies and calligraphic letters. I've discovered that several other North Georgia towns have free art groups or painted rock groups. Most or all are on Facebook and are closed groups (you have to join to participate). Here are a few of them:

Cave Spring, Georgia: 

Cave Spring Rocks

Free Art Friday Cave Spring/Cedartown:

Chatsworth, Georgia:

Chatsworth Rocks

Dalton, Georgia:

Dalton, GA Rocks

Dahlonega, Georgia:

Dahlonega Rocks

Rome, Georgia:

Free Art Friday Rome GA

Rome Ga Rocks

Rome Rocks
(Subtle clues - took me awhile to realize it was Rome, Georgia)


North Georgia Rocks

Georgia Rocks

Chattanooga Painted Rocks
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Subjects and keywords in this post: Free Art Friday in North Georgia towns, Free Art Friday in Cave Spring, Georgia, Cave Spring Rocks, Chatsworth Rocks, Dahlonega Rocks, Free Art Friday, Cedartown, Cave Spring, and Rome Georgia

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Halloween Windows for Scarecrow Mania, 2016 (Murray Arts Council)

MAC Painted windows: stitching witch and black cat - Scarecrow Mania 2016
These are my Halloween windows for Scarecrow Mania, 2016. I painted two windows at Murray Arts Council, side by side. Our theme was "Stitching Witches," to go along with an heirloom quilt exhibit thta we had for October ~ an unusual pairing, to be sure. The display also included the "scarecrow" (a witch, with needle, thread, and quilt) and some pumpkins in witch hats. The exhibit won third place. (I have to admit, I was completely charmed by the first-place winner, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and child, with house and picket fence).  Chatsworth-Murray Area Chamber of Commerce has presented Scarecrow Mania for several years, to go along with the Annual Black Bear Festival and remain up throughout October. Murray Arts Council participated in 2015 and 2016. 

I can't remember ever painting any windows, though some years ago, one of my co-workers had a project in planning to spruce up a vacant building during Black Bear. The building owner chose not to do windows that year. I have painted on small pieces of glass and knew that it would be tricky. In some ways, they were easier than expected, and in other ways, harder. I knew that painted glass tends to look streakier on the painted side, but even I wasn't prepared for how smooth and slick they would look on the outside. I did a quick draft on paper, then went straight to the windows. The hardest part was reaching the tops of the windows. All I had was a molded-plastic stepstool, so that was a stretch.

Technical info: I used plain craft-acrylic paints (not specially formulated for glass or anything). I mixed in a little bit of dishwashing liquid to make it easier to peel off later. I didn't get to do the peeling myself, so I'll have to ask how it went. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Lugging Art Around

For the last year or so, on and off, I've loaned my paintings to a non-profit gallery. I've spent a lot of time lugging big canvases back and forth between home and there. Quite often, it's the same few pieces of art. They serve to fill and decorate the space between shows, which is getting to be more often. It's a work in progress. I'm a bit worn out...