Over the weekend, I discovered a new Photoshop plug-in called Pixel Bender. It allows me to do something I never dreamed possible for me ... it allows me to paint. Wow! I just can't even figure out how to tell you how much I love this. Digital Paintography is something I've always been curious about but I assumed it was something that would take me months and months to learn how to do. I had some free time on Saturday and thought I'd stick my toe in and test the waters and the next thing I knew, I'd lost several hours. That's not uncommon for me when it comes to new artistic endeavors, but honestly, this one just blew me out of the water. Three hours turned into ten, the sun went down and then another day began and I was painting all over again. I am so hooked, you are likely to see a lot more of this from me in the coming months. I'm very curious to see how these images print on canvas and will be reviewing that for you as soon as I can. This particular image was taken with a point and shoot camera in 2004, at a short stage show in Anaheim's Disneyland Theme park ... one of my favorite places on earth. Did you really get that? The original image was just a snapshot taken 7 years ago! I could never have foreseen that I'd be turning it into a painting nearly a decade later and I am in complete awe at what my library of images might now possibly hold. Thousands of diamonds, just waiting to be mined from coal, sitting quietly on my hard drive. I'm overwhelmed ~ truly. And deeply grateful for a new direction that exercises and invigorates that creative side of my brain that has been feeling rather droopy lately. Have you ever really listened to the lyrics of the famous Disney theme song and given them more than a passing thought? Good words, wouldn't you say? I think, if it's alright with you ... I'll keep right on singing and believing in fairytales....
A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true.