Friday, July 18, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Rebecca Brogden N

Friday Featured Artists are back!


Coriander Shea, artist and director of Enchanted Visions, approached me a couple of weeks ago to ask if I would interview the very talented artists who participate in Enchanted Visions.  Of course I said yes!

Every Friday for the next few weeks, you'll meet one of the very talented artists who create art monthly for  Enchanted Visions.  You can read all about Enchanted Visions HERE.  

The first artist we are going to meet is 

Rebecca Brogden N.


Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogen N.
Enchanted Visions Artist, Rebecca Brogden N.

Who is, "Rebecca Brogden N."?  Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a digital artist who enjoys creating illustrations for all ages. When I first started drawing, I drew anime fanart. Even though it wasn't all that good, I kept practicing. I later drifted away from anime into more of a fantasy interest and started painting faeries in watercolors inspired by Amy Brown. Due to the high prices for traditional media, I switched to digital media only in 2008. After temporarily getting bored with fantasy in 2010, I began to paint animals. I would still do fantasy from time to time, but the focus was on animals. Since summer 2013, I have set animal paintings aside and reincorporated fantasy (but with an anime style) back into my gallery.

How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist?

I first heard about it when I closely followed Amy Brown's website. It wasn't long after I was contacted by Coriander to participate in doing Enchanted Visions themes. I wanted to join in because I loved the idea. It would provide me a way to try something different and it would keep me creating especially since I was battling personal issues that damaged my "muse" at the time.

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.

Awakening by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
Awakening by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
"Awakening" - When I was pondering this theme, I kept revisiting the thought of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Or maybe rising for the very first time. I couldn't let the idea go so it turned into a phoenix 'girl' awakening from her slumber.


Changes by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
Changes by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
"Changes" - While brainstorming this thought, I kept thinking of a metamorphosis idea. Back when I was into painting animals, I particularly liked painting mice. So I decided to give a mouse a new set of wings instead of going with the realism of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly.


Winter's Song by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
Winter's Song by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
"Winter's Song" - The title of this theme says it all. I was going to paint something for this theme that involved music. At first I struggled with the type of instrument to go with. I really wanted to paint a violin, but I couldn't get the violin to look right. So I went with the harp because it was much easier to design.

Enchanted Visions has a monthly auction of the work created.  Do you sell your work there?

Because I am a digital artist, I don't have anything tangible to sell for the auction. I've thought about the rough sketches on paper I do before they are scanned into the computer, but they are extremely messy.

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same Enchanted Visions theme?  Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?

To me, I don't find any challenges. Enchanted Visions is not a competition, but collaboration. I'm thrilled to see how others interpret themes each month. I get momentum just working and brainstorming each theme and knowing that I'm not alone in the process.

Muse - Which definition works for you?  to reflect or think about, usually in silence , or a physical source of inspiration?  Which do you rely on to create your art?  What happens if your "muse" isn't working?  How do you break through?

I would have to say that my muse is a physical source. It's like my drive or will to do things. If I'm tired or going through personal issues, my muse isn't going to work. But there are days where I just feel uninspired. To get past that and get my muse working again, I find things to get inspired by such as music, other artists, tutorials, etc.

Describe (and provide a photograph if you like of) your studio/workspace.   What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream workspace?

My workspace is ever changing when it comes to sketching. I might be sketching in my living room, den, office, or at Starbucks. When it comes to working on the final piece, I'm in front of my computer with my Wacom Intuos5 tablet in hand. I wouldn't change anything about it. I fits my needs just right.

"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

Determined, Stubborn, Perfectionist, Loyal, Achiever, Underdog, Responsible, Passionate, Introverted, Dreamer

Thank you so much Rebecca for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.


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Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of Rebecca's art and what she has created for the latest theme.

If you would like to see more of Rebecca's art, you can find her at the following links:

http://www.rbrogdenart.com
http://www.facebook.com/rbrogdenart
http://www.shadowness.com/rebeccabrogden
http://www.elfwood.com/~rbrogden
http://www.zazzle.com/faerieofwind

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SOC Week 6

Week 6.  The final week.  How fast these six weeks went by.  It really is true that time flies when you're having fun.

Our colors for this last week were raspberry and tangerine, with a smudge, splash, or pop of lemon.  



I will miss these deliciously colorful art prompts that inspired all those that took part to create pieces of art that they would not have done without Summer of Color.

I will miss even more, the community of artists who participated in this.

It's not that I became close friends with all of them personally, it's the fact that for one of the first times in my art career and my involvement with many different art communities, that I truly experienced and witnessed a close sense of community and support for everyone, no matter what type of art they created or how they did it, no matter if they were a beginner or an expert, all were warmly greeted, conversed with and supported.



Thank you Kristin for creating and hosting Summer of Color.  You, and the wonderful group of artists who participated, truly made my summer a wondrous time.

The final quote Kristin gave us rings so true:

"There shall be eternal Summer in the grateful heart"  - Celia Thaxter




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mailing Alice and A Practice in Painting

Over on Angela Kennedy's Community, Creative Souls, I took part in an ATC swap.  The theme was Alice in Wonderland.  Have I ever mentioned I love Alice in Wonderland?  I have adored the books, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass since I was a child and have read and reread them more times than I can recall.

This is the ATC I did for the swap.  It went in the mail this morning.

Alice in Wonderland in The Mushrooms ATC OOAK by Tori Beveridge 2014
Alice in Wonderland in The Mushrooms ATC OOAK by Tori Beveridge

My interpretation of this passage from the book:

'...This time Alice waited patiently until it chose to speak again. In a minute or two the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and yawned once or twice, and shook itself. Then it got down off the mushroom, and crawled away into the grass, merely remarking as it went, "One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter."
"One side of what? The other side of what?" thought Alice to herself.
"Of the mushroom," said the Caterpillar, just as if she had asked it aloud; and in another moment it was out of sight.
Alice remained looking thoughtfully at the mushroom for a minute, trying to make out which were the two sides of it; and, as it was perfectly round, she found this a very difficult question. However, at last she stretched her arms round it as far as they would go, and broke off a bit of the edge with each hand. ...'
            -Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I usually start my art with an idea in mind, which I roughly sketch out.  This weekend, I decided to try throwing some paint on a loose journal page and see what happened.  I really didn't have anything in mind other than putting some colors on the page and let them take me where they would.
Trust Your Heart - loose journal page by Tori Beveridge


Monday, July 14, 2014

Crudoodle-Free Digital Stamp, Bouquet


As promised, I'm here to share with you the digital stamp which I designed while creating for Summer of Color last week.

Painted Bouquet by Tori Beveridge

I thought, "Hey, someone might want to use this little bouquet for their cards and other paper crafting.".


Bouquet, Free Crudoodle Digital Stamp by Tori Beveridge
Bouquet, Free Crudoodle Digital Stamp by Tori Beveridge

I give you this little Bouquet.  I love it because it's so versatile and can be used for so many occasions and in so many different ways.  

To save Bouquet to your computer, click on the preview above to open the full size images.  Right click on the picture, and save to your computer.

There is a .png version (transparent background) so that it can be printed on to any color background, which you can download HERE  You will see it on a white background when you click the link, but when you open it in your program on your computer, it will have a transparent background.

I'd love to see what you make with this week's Crudoodle.  Feel free to send me a link to your creation, or leave a link in the comments.  I will feature them.

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All freebie Crudoodles are for personal use, in your own personal creations ONLY.

You may not make commercial products with Crudoodles and sell them.  This includes for example, products on Zazzle and similar stores and clear and rubber stamps.

Crudoodles are not to be included in CDs for sale or in stamp swaps.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

SOC Week 5 & New Crudoodle Preview

This week, I did two pieces of art for Summer of Color  The colors for Week 5 are Royal Blue and Red and a smudge, splash or pop of Light Blue.

The first is this girl wrapped up in Red Ribbons.

Photograph of Red Ribbons by Tori Beveridge

She was done with ink, white acrylic and colored pencils.

The second piece started out as a little doodle which I will be sharing as one of my Crudoodle Free Digital Stamps next week.  I decided to give it a quick little paint.

Photo of painted Crudoodle Digital Stamp, Bouquet by Tori Beveridge

The Crudoodle, which is the center bouquet will be available here on Monday as a Free Digital Stamp.





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