Yesterday I received an email from the Cygnus Studios. I've known Steve for a while now. I met him on a photography forum and then followed him to a site called Press The Shutter where I became a moderator.
On this site I was encouraged by fellow digital photographers to start a project and expand my horizons just a bit beyond hiding behind the camera. The forum members kept encouraging me to take things a step further.
Out of their slight nudges came a self published book that I did through Blurb called The Sleeping Forest to follow up a 2009 book I'd done called The Enchanted Forest.
The books were a hit in my small neighborhood.
I didn't get wealthy selling copies. In fact I think I made about 10 sales at about $5 profit for sale.
It was a labor of love, and not a money making venture.
Aside from straight photography, I've dabbled in manipulated photography. I've tried to make photos look like paintings, I've used PS quite extensively to create what I wanted to call
Phart-ography. Instead I went the less painful route and have called it PhotoArt.
My addiction to creativity didn't end there. With encouragement from Flickr friends and fellow photographers, I began to try and create something with a 'blank' canvas.
In short, I decided to use my computer as a large box of crayolas.
I dabbled in fractals.
I started doing that in 2007. Fractal Explorer was the first program I ever tried.
I couldn't just leave well enough alone, I had to manipulate it of course.
Then the programs became more interesting. I worked with programs like Incendia, Mandelbulb 3d, Bryce, Apophysis 7X, and recently JWildfire.
How does one get from a blank 'canvas' to a finished piece?
I start to play with the creation, experiment. And when it 'feels' right I save it.
The name of the magazine is Artist's Culture.
Check out updates on Facebook at Artists Culture.
I am honored that Steve will be featuring some of my art.
My art is now available at Zenfolio, Mulewings~ PhotoArt.