Please visit Pia at Mix It Monthly to learn more about this challenge that she has started.
Here is my submission for her May/June challenge.
Pretty much all of my attempts at art are done digitally for now. This piece is no exception. I merged two digital photographs from previous posts, which you can see on One Little Word: Freedom, fourth picture down, and the tulips here: One Thousand Gifts.
In CS4, I used the smudge tool to stretch my face and hair and the transform tool to enlarge my eye and move it slightly out of its original position. I painted in a mouth as only the corner of it showed in the original photograph. I placed the tulip picture on top of the photograph and then adjusted the opacity down to about 60A% or so and then erased the tulips off of my face. I brushed on a yellow butterfly and then brightened it. I added a crackle finish and then using Topaz Adjust, I applied the Crisp filter. I went around the edge of the entire image with a yellow brush to give it sort of a jagged edge. With a soft yellow brush, I went over some of the low-opacity tulips to bring them out and also halfway outlined the image of me. I signed it with my artist name "Siobhan, '13" on the left of the image. I usually sign on the right side.
Then, I sat here trying to convince myself to post it. I couldn't tell by my husband's reaction whether I should post it or not. He keeps laughing at it. So, here it is for all of you to see. I'd love to have feedback on this attempt at abstracting myself.
Please be sure to visit Pia's blog. She has really great work there!