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I’ve mentioned the importance of posing many times. It doesn’t matter if you are someone who draws, a painter or a photographer, any artists who use models or do figure work can benefit from a posing resource. The options by author Justin Martin from the Pose Muse series of books, available in both print and electronic formats, present tons of poses for pretty much anything you might need.

Right now, the website www.posemuse.com has a 30% off deal until the end of July. If you use the promo code JULY30 at checkout, you can get the discount on all of the pose compilation ebook downloads in .pdf format. This includes more than 800 poses.

Much of the work we create is based on emotion. And while some of the emotions associated with pain and struggle may sometimes seem easy to come by, that is not always the case with happiness and more positive feelings.

Happiness can be so elusive in our modern culture. That being said, you can be happy! It is possible and you can do it. I found a great guide to help in the process by talented author Dan Brook. I hope you’ll check it out. https://www.beaconpublishinggroup.com/harboringhappiness

Add another side to your creative ventures by cultivating a broader spectrum or emotion with happiness.

A Tribute to America

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. There are a ton of different reasons that this is so but rather than going into a lengthy list, I’d rather just share a new piece I made celebrating this country. It is basically a skyline with the iconic theme of a firework show over hill with a body of water below showing a reflective glow from the blasts. This was done on black scratch part paper using a wooden stylus. (I will be posting some other items using this process so keep a look out for them.) To check out a cool animated version, click here. Link may require signin.

While I don’t claim to be a painter by any stretch of the imagination, I do enjoy it. Yesterday I sat on the back patio and took on this project to give to some friends as a gift.

First, I got out the wooden decoration from Dollar Tree.

Then I mixed blue and white acrylic paint to make a lighter shade of blue that is sort of a staple in this area.

I painted the letters blue using a simple and inexpensive brush.

Then I used green to cover the base to make it look like grass below the sky and added little shoots going up into the blue.

To complete the project I added red at the start of the shoots to look like flowers.

End result:

If you are a fan of abstract art, and specifically the “Action Painting” style made popular by Jackson Pollock, you might want to go to http://www.jacksonpollock.org. No, it’s not an informational site or details on where to buy printed versions. In fact, if you point your browser there and do nothing, it looks like a blank page. Or is it a blank canvas?

This interactive site lets you use your mouse to make your own electronic version of his classic art with any number of color options and you can even save your work.

This is a sample:

To save, take a screenshot. To start over refresh the page. Each time you click the mouse the color changes to something else.

As the final post in this series, I’m focusing on the work on her official website Dylanna Fisher Communications.

Unlike the other two pages highlighted earlier in The Art of Dylanna Fisher and The Art of Dylanna Fisher (Part 2), this one focuses more on her photography and writing with a few other projects mixed in.

Check out her work and services today.

If you write poetry, or are trying to jump into writing in this format, there are some things you should know. It’s not as easy as you might think. There are so many different styles and topics and most of us just can’t start writing if we don’t have some inspiration for our piece. Here are two tools that can help.

Thesaurus.com

Most people tend to pick a few words they like on a given topic and stick with them. This isn’t always the best idea when you write poetry, or anything for that matter. Repetition can be used for emphasis but it can also come across as lazy and uninspired. Use this website to help you tweak your language.

RhymeZone

Not all forms of poetry require or focus on the use of rhyme. But many of them make it a key element. This simple tool allows you to find things that rhyme when you might not be able to find the words for yourself.

Happy writing!

Here is the second website we would like to highlight featuring the work of artist Dylanna Fisher. Again, it is on the Redbubble platform but this time it features content created that is inspired mostly by music. She calls it Switching Styles. If you are a music fan and like to show it, she’s got all kinds of designs for wearable pieces as well as small and functional items like coasters and notebooks.

Here are some samples of the designs on the website:

Social media plays a big role in most of our lives these days. It only stands to reason that it probably does the same for our art. But sometimes and for certain reasons, the big boys like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram among other options aren’t always the best for creatives to showcase their work and connect with fellow artists. Here are a list of a few alternatives you might want to consider that first off will allow for more freedom in your posting and more protection of your intellectual property.

Substitutes for Facebook –

Minds – http://www.minds.com

MeWe – http://www.mewe.com

Substitute for Twitter –

Telegram – http://www.telegram.org

Substitutes for Instagram –

We Heart It – http://www.weheartit.com

500PX – http://www.500px.com

A New Tools For Artists

Sometime AI can go a little too far in our lives. I’m not a big fan of automating anything and everything just because you can. That being said, once in a while an AI tool can be very helpful for artists. Her’es one I learned about from a talented young lady named Mia. The tool is called Deep Dream Generator. You do have to sign up for an account but it is free for the basic options. Check it out for yourself.

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