It's amazing how a photographic image can be digitally manipulated. Case in point, the story behind my current avatar. I took these self-portraits on my birthday a couple of weeks ago and I pushed the contrast until that mask just lit up! I love how my face becomes white and mask-like in the second photo, and how my hand in both top photos becomes the color of burning embers.
Fun with photoshop. I may do some drawings based on these images. Or, I may have them printed with archival inks on Rives BFK with a large white border, and enhance and draw around them with pastels. I'm wanting to do something more with my digital images, and this would be a fun way to mix up the media a bit. I have a hard time doing JUST digital. I need to get my hands into it somehow. It's interesting, I just took a test on Facebook (they have a million foolish tests to take, like which Golden Girl character are you? [Rose] and which painting are you? [Warhol's Marilyn Monroe] and who were you in a past life? [Picasso] and what fantasy creature are you? [a unicorn] and what famous movie actress are you? [Audrey Hepburn] ok, ok, I'll stop. You get the point, I fall for them all. I'm a rediculous sucker for that stuff!)
But the one test that I took that really resonates for me is What Color is Your Aura? Mine is orange. I would have guessed this. I never ever wear orange, but I have often felt that if I had to put a color to my spirit, it would be orange. The orange personality description feels accurate, especially this piece:
Orange personalities love to imagine and plan strategies for their next adventure or project and then put those plans into action. They need to be involved in the actual working process and want to physically shape and form their own ideas (my highlighting).
Yes, I am definitely a hands on type when it comes to art making!!!