July 8, 2009

"The Heartland" - Three Muses Challenge

"The Heartland"
5"x7" Digital Collage

When I saw this week's theme of "surreal art" at Three Muses, I felt like a fish out of water. I can't begin to tell you how uncomfortable I am with surreal art of any type. I remember being exposed to Salvador Dali's work when I was very young and found it to be deeply disturbing. Since that time whenever anyone says "surreal art", I get a bunch of fluttering butterflies in my stomach (and not the fun kind!) and immediately "close" my mind.

For the sake of growing new art wings, I decided to compose a totally digital piece and give it a whirl. Ozstuff suggested that we take a look at Maggie Taylor's work. What a pleasant surprise! (And not like Dali's work in the least!)

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My Techniques

This entire piece was composed using Corel Paint Shop Pro. (No watercolors and no Prismacolors, Bev! She's "naked"!) The farm was a piece of an ad in a magazine that I scanned and saved to use for a background. The green lady is from the Smithsonian Collection, and the sunflower is from a flickr photo sharing group (thanks Takeabreak!).

I digitally erased the backgrounds of the lady and the sunflower, then merged the two images to create my hybrid flower lady. Flourishes were "stamped" with a digital brush.

Hope you have a sunny day!

32 comments:

Michelle said...

Dali, while held up as one of the kings of surrealism (not my fav either), can't hold a candle to the (little known) queens of surrealism like Leonora Carrington and my personal idol, Remedios Varo! Check them out! I LOVE your interpretation of "surreal"! It fits the theme perfectly! xo, Michelle

LW said...

I really like this piece…

It reminds me of a huge sunflower
That we had in our garden many years ago.
She stood on the hill and swayed with the wind, her green leaf dress was
full. Two other large leaves folded in like arms.
She became know in the neighborhood as MY LADY.

She was talked about for years…

Louise

Sandy said...

OMG yeah this is really surreal.
Love the elements and the design. Fantastic.

AliMayes said...

Love your 'Sunflower Girl'!
Ali xx

Ozstuff said...

Terri, your surreal picture is stunning and I can see that you took your inspiration from the recommended artist, as I did. I love the sunflower hair and the delightful girl sitting on her best armchair in the middle of a field. Absolutely gorgeous and I love it!!

Yvonne said...

Wonderful!

Dianne Q Adams said...

I absolutely love your style of surreal! Love your 'fish out of water' comment...that's exactly what I did for my surreal piece! I so appreciate your technique explaination too. Great piece.

indybev said...

Terri, I can't tell you how happy it makes me to think The Muses might have opened a new avenue for your considerable talent. Your sunflower lady is beautiful, with a perfect surreal twist. Standing ovation!!

Taluula said...

Terri I am so pleased you decided to go look at an artist who creates Surreal and get inspiration from there. Your piece is delightfully surreal and wonderful. Great work.

Martina2801 said...

Wow - this is very impressive.
Stunning work. Love them.

Meikoningin said...

What a lovely piece :D It looks stunning and you will surely be positively excited when we have to make another surrealistic piece, because you are good at it !

Lori Saul said...

Beautiful work Terri- a very inspired and expressive piece- you captured the surreal aspect perfectly! Love it!

Gladie said...

I love your workflow here, and the result is a stunning piece of surreal art, awsome collage! :D

Luisa Migon said...

Totally surreal and beautiful!!!

Cathy said...

WOW! Terri, you never cease to amaze me! Even though it's not your trademark prismacolored art it is still a great piece! You have definitely mastered the digital collage. I just love the sofa she's sitting on in that field--perfect.
I also love your previously posted piece, Mirror, Mirror. Adorable : )
hugs to you,
cathy

WildGoose said...

This has beautiful,serene background and you've chosen a very attractive colour palette to complement it!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Fabulous creation, Love every detail!!!

Alberta and Ava said...

Terri, I love her! YOu did a great job, and I appreciate you sharing your process so much. I've never created digital art, so any instruction will be helpful to me.

XOXO,
Alberta

Lynn said...

Terri, I don't even know what Surreal is, so you at least knew LOL, and I just love this, it is fantastic !!!!!

Kelly said...

this is lovely terri. definitely makes surrealis much more approachable. i don't know how you keep up with all these different challenges! i just send you a little blog love from my blog.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

You stepped beautifully outside your box! lol Being an artist is a brave endeavor. I admire you and great job. Joy, Amy

herminesplace said...

Fantastic!

vintage wil said...

What a beauty!!

Jean said...

Terri, even tho surrealism is out of your element I commend you on taking on the challenge. Your interpretation is beautifully executed. I love the approach you have taken. Your sunflower girl sitting on her sofa with the fields behind her is lovely. Well done, Terri!!!!!

Rhonda said...

This is fantastic! Your work is terrific, I love to see what your interpretation is going to be each week. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Rhonda

Jackie said...

Great surreal creation!

Nan said...

I liked this so much Terri ! Your piece gave me hope that I may be able to do some digital. I am forever getting stuck in layers but your info was very helpful. TFS!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great idea and very surreal!

vintagepix said...

Ah, wonderful - I thought of Maggie Taylor immediately too :D I love your digital work (even if it's naked ;o)

murphangel said...

This is wonderful - everything about it. So touching, so beautiful, so surreal!

Elegia said...

This is stunning image! I love the atmosphere you have created. My eyes love your work!

LiveArt said...

Love your piece, it's wonderful!!

Linda