Cliché

I was really hoping I could do another collage for this other topic our instructor gave us for our homework, SOULMATES.

It took me days conceptualizing and thinking of ideas on what images to include and how I would like it to look as a whole. Indeed, like what she told us, digital collage isn’t as easy as it sounds.

I put the idea to rest for a few days and cleared my head before deciding to have another go at it today. I reopened the draft I saved and started adding some of the free images she gave us (as promised) on to it. Suddenly, ideas started pouring in. Before I know it, I was getting sucked out of the creative block.

So yaaay! I made another one just in time for Valentine’s day!

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Paris. Cloud 9. Guy on his knees. Sea of flowers. It is exactly what it looks like. No hidden meanings, just one heck of a good, old cliché.

I wish I could make something not as obvious though. I’d like to be one of those collage artists who ever so brilliantly puts 3 images together and that’s it. Message comes through.

I, on the other hand love sprinkling too many images in one collage, making it seem like an amateur’s work. Wait what?! I am an amateur! 😛

Kidding aside, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Remember what the Beatles say/sing, All you need is love!

and

“Tis better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all.”

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Life Lately 6: Getting Back on Track

I’ve always been a practical person because I was raised that way. I’ve always taken the road more traveled and always stayed on the safe side and looking back, those might have been the ultimate reasons why I have taken the course, Nursing.

It wasn’t until I was in college when I learned that life doesn’t always have to be safe to be secure. Ironic isn’t it? Yes, you may have taken the safe route to a practical and well-provided life, but are you secured emotionally and spiritually or psychologically?

Before my comfortable and well-planned life made a 360 degree turn, I had everything thought of. I wanted to live and work in a foreign country with greener pastures, build my own house and never return to my hometown. I always wanted that life. Unfortunately, it wasn’t how things turned out for me, but it wasn’t as disappointing as I thought it would be, and no, I’m not saying that to make myself feel better. It is what it is.

Now, I have made some big decisions in my life and those hurt the people I love the most, my parents. These aren’t good decisions, at least not for them and I can hear the disappointment in their words when they talk to me and hear it too when they don’t. I know they only want what’s best for me, but I want what I want and what I need. Sometimes, what they know is based on what they’ve been through, but the world is evolving and their generation is way different from mine, and it doesn’t feel right to remain on the safe side anymore.

I once read that you have to take risks while you’re young, to dream and to follow your heart. I’m not exactly young, but today is the youngest I’ll ever be and I feel that if I don’t find myself now, then I know for sure, I will be lost forever.

So, I resigned and planning to work from home now. I’m really excited but my parents aren’t. I still have a lot of issues to fix, but I’m hoping I’ll get it all together soon!

All negativity aside, I have finally created my 1st digital collage today after finishing Sofia Cope‘s lectures.

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After months (or years?) of having not touched Photoshop, I had to again, and I have to say, I missed it!

I enrolled in Sofia’s Basic Digital Collage Art e-class last month and that is, by far, my favorite online, art course ever!

It is a breath of fresh air, after having spent more time on analog photography, painting, calligraphy etc the past year. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I truly missed digital art!

I was so inspired to make my first ever collage because the topic I chose suits my current status, “Taking Leaps”.

I’m surprised I still know how to use Photoshop. It’s like riding a bike for the first time in years. You get the hang of it again once you get back on it. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I have a few ideas in mind for my next collages and I’m thinking of incorporating some of the photos I took myself!