Smudgebunnies, by Mary Stebbins Taitt.
A new digital painting (or, a revised one, actually). I did a much different version of this, about a year ago, and I probably am still not finished with it.
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I am exploring using Photoshop as an artistic tool. I am exploring the meaning of art. That is, what is art and why do we do it? Who am I talking to when I do art? First, I am talking to myself, exploring the interplay between the medium and the subject and its resonance for me. Then, I often want to share my experience with another person.
Doing art--and poetry--involves awareness and small epiphanies. During the process, I move closer to the essence of things, or at least I feel as if I do. I have to look closely and experience deeply, and that changes the nature of my heart and mind. Sharing a taste of this experience feels like a form of love.
I saw two bunnies near each other. They seemed to be carrying on a conversation, if one were anthropomorphic about it. What were they saying to each other and why should I care?
I've always wanted to be like St. Francis and talk to the animals--and understand what they say in return. Or eavesdrop on a conversation.
Meanwhile, I am using earthtones and "duller colors" because my normal preference is for bright saturated colors. I need to widen my horizons!