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04/22/12
New Print Gallery Online
Filed under: General, Collage, Creativity, Inspiration, Digital Art, Design, Drawing, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 2:23 pm

I now have a print gallery online and will have prints available of select pieces of my artwork through print on demand technology. This is something new for me and I hope to add more pieces to the gallery over time. The gallery is hosted by imagekind and my personal gallery on the site is at marymacilvain.imagekind.com/inspiration. I am excited about this new venture which allows me to share a physical representation of my artwork with a global audience.

The two images currently in the gallery are Newport Doors, a digital photo collage of doors taken from the old section of Newport, Rhode Island, and Shopaholics Anonymous, a digitally drawn assortment of shopping bags from a typical mall. The black border is used here to separate the images from the background and is not part of the print.

Inspiration springs from inside of me to become expressions in art.


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04/26/11
Newport Doors
Filed under: General, Photography, Creativity, Inspiration, Digital Art, Design, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 11:28 am

Recently I visited Newport, Rhode Island and walked about the charming neighborhood just south of the Newport bridge near the edge of Rhode Island sound. What enchanted me the most was the colorful entry doors to many of the homes, each with a personality all its own. When I got home and studied my photos from the journey, the concept for this poster came to me fully formed as an image. Don’t you just love it when that kind of serendipity happens?


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09/20/09
Shells
Filed under: General, Mixed Media, Creativity, Digital Art, Drawing
Posted by: Mary @ 1:33 pm

Found some old drawings of shells while looking through my media archives for old photos from out west. Isn’t it strange how you can be looking for one thing and find something else? That happens to me all the time. The shells were originally drawn in my sketchbook and then scanned into the computer. Once they were in digital form color was added. This was an experiment in combining hand and conputer techniques and was done as a study.


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08/05/09
Three Muses - Round
Filed under: General, Creativity, Digital Art, Challenges
Posted by: Mary @ 8:50 pm

The theme for the challenge at Three Muses this week is round - what a great theme! Perhaps a day late and a dollar short  but I brainstormed with pencil and paper and came up with an idea over lunch at work today. After settling on one particular idea I was able to visualize the piece. It is always exciting to be able to picture something in your mind before starting as well as to give yourself the freedom to change the piece as you work on it. Things don’t always turn out as planned but often they turn out better. If not you can always change tack and try something else. Remember that nothing is cast in stone. The clipart is from Dover Publications and the background started out as a vintage book page from Stampington which was then altered using multiple filters. This is a digital piece created using Gimp photo editing software which is open source software and comparable to Photoshop. This is also my first challenge piece from the MacBook that my wonderful kids gave me for my birthday to replace the 8 year old G4. What a surprise indeed!



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04/25/09
Butterflies - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Creativity, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 8:43 pm

This week’s theme for Sunday Postcard Art is Butterflies. I decided that it would be fun to use a typography treatment to interpret the theme and filled in the space created by the letters with butterflies and flowers. The butterflies are free clipart from Dover Publications and the flowers are free vector art by DragonArtz Designs downloaded from Qvectors. This was a very enjoyable postcard to create on what turned out to be the first real day of spring here - sunny and warm enough to ditch the jacket :-)



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04/11/09
Easter - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 5:47 pm

My postcard for this week’s SPA challenge was inspired by the wonderful Flower Vector Art created by DragonArtz Designs and found on the QVectors Quality Free Vector Graphics site. More inspirational work by DragonArtz Designs can be seen at http://dragonartz.wordpress.com/.



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03/29/09
Life Is Good - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Scrapbooking, Photography, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 12:14 pm

This week’s theme for Sunday Postcard Art made me think about what I am most grateful for, and that is my kids who are growing into young adults and have become my best friends. The digital scrapbook paper background and the button elements are all by Michelle Coleman of LittleDreamerDesigns.com. I used Photoshop to build the scrapbook style collage and create the frames, and the font used is Garamond Italic.



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03/21/09
Mothers - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Scrapbooking, Photography, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 5:32 pm

This week’s theme for Sunday Postcard Art is Mothers. This was a really special theme and I was fortunate to have a vintage black and white photo of my mom with me and my brother. There are seven of us in all and mom is not in too many of the pictures, so I was glad my dad took this picture of us. The background and border is digital scrapbook paper by Michelle Coleman of LittleDreamerDesigns.com. I used Photoshop to build the collage, created a duotone of the background and photo, and then went back into RGB mode to bring in the black and white closeup shot and the color border frame. The font is ITC Galliard.


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03/07/09
Words of Wisdom - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 5:04 pm

There are a lot of “words of wisdom” which come to mind for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week.

A penny saved is a penny earned.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Be true to yourself.

But when you think about it, what’s most important is where we make our nest: our home. The clip art is from Vintage Moth and I isolated the elements and arranged my collage in Photoshop.


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03/01/09
Once Upon a Time - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 3:00 pm

A whimsical take on the theme for Sunday Postcard Art came to mind this week. Inspiration came from my college age son who went to Providence, Rhode Island with friends last weekend and they were driving around lost for an hour because the GPS went out. Evidently the younger set does not believe in maps and this is an update to the men don’t need directions thing :-) The free clip art map and ship are from Clip Art Graphics - Free Clip Art Now and I used Photoshop filters to create the background. The map was originally greyscale, so I changed it to a duotone with blue and black and then added a 20% transparency of color over it to give it an old world feel. The fonts used are Goudy Old Style and Frutiger.



My sister Anne sent me a postcard that depicts the once upon a time myth about Pandora’s Box and she said that I could share it here. She used free clip art from Dave’s Mythical Creatures. I have been showing her my postcards and my new blog and she has been following the Sunday Postcard Art challenge.
She does not have a blog but is really enjoying the wonderful variety of work here at SPA and all the inspiration.  She makes beautiful decoupage boxes and likes to do creative things. Anne just started her own blog Anne’s Creative Cornucopia.


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02/08/09
Chairs - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 10:13 am

The chairs theme for Sunday Postcard Art had me stumped until I went on a marathon shopping trip Saturday and came home exhausted and needing a rest. I went to four different art/craft supply stores and found some great items on sale and was very happy. This digital postcard was created in Adobe Photoshop. The shopping bags are taken from a design piece I created a few years ago and the clipart is from Vintage Moth (chair and butterfly), Graphics Fairy (clock face), and Dover Publications (angel). The font is Adobe Garamond small caps.

Here is the original shopping postcard that inspired me again (I like to reuse motifs from my previous work) and there is a poster too.


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02/01/09
Circles - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 9:41 am

This is my digital postcard for the Sunday Postcard Art circle theme. The free clip art is from The Vintage Moth, a wonderful site for mixed media and collage artists. I created the circles background in Adobe Illustrator, something I thought up on the long commute to work. Then I brought the background into Photoshop as a pdf, resized it and added the flowers, the butterfly family and the saying. In retrospect, the text should probably have read “Think Spring” as we have had weekly snow storms this winter.



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01/25/09
Cat - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 9:44 am

This is my cat postcard for Sunday Postcard Art. The cat and ladder are separate images which were resized to fit together and I went to Yahoo Babel Fish to find the word cat in different languages. The color of the text strip block was eyedroppered from my tortoise cat’s fur colors in Photoshop. The background is scrapbooking paper and the card itself is cut and glued, not digital.
Mary



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01/18/09
Turquoise - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 9:23 am

This is my digital collage for this week’s Sunday Postcard Art Turquoise theme. I used photos of my kitchen window and one of my quilts, created a background using Photoshop filters, and added one of my favorite quotes. My kitchen cabinets and windows are close to turquoise so I adjusted the color slightly.
Mary



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