My interest in digital collage waxes and wanes. Too much time on the computer is not good for my posture, plus my mouse finger gets numb. Most likely I will always be more of a paper collage person, but then who knows -- older age may eventually limit my ability to hoard paper for collage, ha-ha. Meanwhile, both are more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Both have stumbling blocks at times, especially when I can't find what I need to complete a project. And in digital collage, I keep running into the limits of my mostly self-taught knowledge. Only recently have I gotten more of a handle on layers in GIMP, the alternative-to-Photoshop free software I use. The artist friend who gave me a couple of lessons in GIMP showed me layers early on, but I guess I made other features more of a priority and let the layer concepts slide. Now finally I am catching on. As with many things, you learn by doing, and bit by bit, familiarity and skills increase.
This vintage postcard plus a Tarot card figure plus use of GIMP's "posterize" application made for a simple but satisfying image. Poor gal -- she is lost in Connecticut (but help is on the way -- see the tiny boat out in the water).
I took a photo of a window in the Houston Heights decades ago. I painted the image a bit and added the cat, one of ours who is no longer with us.
This one is based on some iPhone photos taken in our neighborhood.
I love Retro imagery and cut and pasted to my heart's content with some of that here. The cowboy is bringing home flowers to his gal.
I remember taking a photo of neon theater lighting in Seattle when I was there for a library conference. It is really fun for me to repurpose my photos for collage! Stars, a ferris wheel and the steeplechase horses complete the image.
More iPhone imagery herein... I love taking photos of puddles, hard to do well while walking the dog, but that's where some of this imagery came from.
I have done about 200 digital collages so far. My initial intention was to do 500 as a rite of passage into digital collage. I started in June or July of 2017. So maybe by 2020, I'll consider myself more of a Pro. I study techniques on YouTube though there is a lot of pecking around to find top quality videos. Learning GIMP is a challenge, but I think from all I have read about aging, learning a new skill like this is good for my brain. May it be so!