Inspiration

Rock Garden – Digital painting by Cathy Ulrich

“In the midst of my skeptical, cynical, often pessimistic nature exists a slender capacity to believe, if only temporarily, in a guiding, unseen power, and whenever this happens, I go with it. That’s what inspiration is. You don’t get it from the gods. You make it.”
—  Jeffrey Eugenides

14 comments on “Inspiration

  1. angelayeh says:

    Wow! This is beautiful! 🙂

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  2. I love it, Cathy. You are an inspiration!

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  3. I like how the quote starts going in a higher power direction but then make a u-turn to the self. That was very satisfying. I’ve only read one Eugenides book, “Middlesex”, but it was a great one. I hope it will never be adapted into a film for that would ruin it.

    Lovely image. What exactly is a digital painting? Did you add and/or subtract imagery?

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      V,
      I liked that too. I am embarrassed to admit that I had never heard of the guy before, just came across the quote and really liked it, but I’m going to have to check him out. “Middlesex” sounds like a good place to start.

      Thanks about the image. It started with a photo, but the painting part is working with a program called Corel Painter. The photo was really drab and I increased the contrast and enhanced it using the program, a virtual “ink” paintbrush and a Wacom graphics pad. It allows you to use a pen stylus and literallly paint on a virtual canvas. It’s really fun. Somewhat similar to photoshop, but much more artistic. Many times I start freehand like the mandala in the “Ode to the Blogosphere” post. That was also a digital art piece.
      Cathy

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      • Here’s an idiot question, so the flowers were growing out of the rocks all along and you just re-worked the color? “Middlesex” is the only Eugenides book I’ve read but it won the Pulitzer. It’s a great intro to him. I loved that book. My boss recommended it to me 8 years ago. She simply handed it to me and said, “You’ll like this.” She was right.

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      • Cathy Ulrich says:

        V,
        Yes, the flowers were growing out of the rocks but I did more than rework the color. Corel Painter allows you to add different kinds of art brushes. In this one, I started with the photo, but changed it using dry ink “brushes.” So while it looks somewhat like a photo, the colors, the shadows and the whole composition has more of a “painterly” quality. It’s a very different image than the original photo.

        And I have to ask you, what did you love about Middlesex?
        Cathy

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  4. robincoyle says:

    I thought I followed you! Fixed that!

    Lovely quote . . .

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  5. mimijk says:

    I love Jeffrey Eugenides..great quote Cathy!!

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