Tag Archives: Sketchbook

Experimental Grooves

Experimental Grooves by Karen Gadient, 2015

This morning, I discovered Krita―a free digital painting/illustration app that has some great features. After downloading and playing with it, I have to say it’s pretty cool and worth trying if you want to experiment with digital art.

While testing out the brushes, I built the image you see with this post. Maybe not the best example, due to the chaos of it being a brush test… but at least I didn’t also fiddle with variants (lots of fun stuff to work with there).

Mac version (my OS) is beta but more stable than they claim on their site; I had no problems with it. Krita is also available for Windows and Linux.

For note, Krita appears to be more like Corel Painter, whereas GIMP (also free) is similar to Adobe Photoshop, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Sonic Soda

Sonic Soda by Karen Gadient, 2015

Sonic Soda. Mostly-digital art therapy using cutouts from old artwork layers plus lots of ink. I created this one for myself, but wanted to share with you too.

Hope you’re having a great week!

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Brainstorm

Brainstorm by Karen Gadient, 2015

Just a colorful abstract I made while playing with discarded layers from years-old artwork and random doodles.

Much like keeping writing journal of scenes and dialogue, I like to play with various art tools and see what happens.

There’s a lot of pressure on artists and writers to produce, publish, and sell―but I think it’s also important to create things for enjoyment, to experiment and explore, with no pressure or judgment, and keep your passions fun. :)

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Wild Blue Yonder

Wild Blue Yonder by Karen Gadient, 2015

Started this one on a whim, so the original is pretty small, but that’s what happens when you’re art-experimenting for own amusement. I’ve got an obsession with shades of blue lately! I usually consider orange my favorite color, but it really might be a tie with blue.

So―what’s your favorite color?

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Jolly Chaos

Jolly Chaos by Karen Gadient, 2015

More art therapy! It really does a mind good to throw around color (in this case, to music). This one was made of many layers, both digital and traditional.

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Filed under Acrylic, Art, Color, Creativity, Digital Artwork, Mixed Media, Painting

Underpinnings

Underpinnings by Karen Gadient, 2015

Pretty much a doodle gone crazy. Okay, many layers of doodles. Every now and then, I do some ‘art therapy’ to let my mind wander and relax, just for myself and not for prints―this is one of those. :)

Hape a great week!

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Desert Vista

Desert Vista by Karen Gadient, 2015

Since I had some friends ask to see one of my graphite watercolor landscapes, I’m posting this one (because David likes it and he makes me smile―plus he’s the one who drives me all over the place to see pretty things). Mind you, I’m no landscape artist… I’m just someone who has seen many miles of desert here in Arizona and I like to keep some of it in my sketchbooks. :)

Have a great week!

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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