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Last spring I got some “snow in summer” flowers for free on clearance at Greg’s Garden’s over in Longview, and promptly took some close up shots with my new-to-me macro lens through my front window screen because the light on them was so lovely. I had read (on the canon website I think) that there is a way to take photos through obstacles like that and have the camera focus them out, So I was experimenting with trying it out.  It’s a bit tricky to do and I don’t think I quite have the knack down,  but it sure would be convenient to not have to take out the screen every time I want to snap a shot of a beautiful sunrise or sunset through the window.

Around the same time I learned about  and started experimenting with using my macro lens to take texture shots for use in my photo editing process. This really yields some dramatically beautiful results. While I was in the process of applying layers of my texture photos to my snow in summer close up shots I came across a video on twitter about artist James C. Christensen. I wish I could find it now to include here because it was really good and influenced the development of this piece.

One of the things that got me thinking during the video is when he talks about how he had all these sketches he “did for fun,” but never thought of selling, of these comical figures and one day a fellow professor said to him why don’t you paint those and sell them? He replied, they’d never sell, there’s no market for it, nobody else is doing anything like them . ..and then it hit him  like an epiphany that THAT was his niche. Once he started painting those subjects in that style that were unique to him, that’s when his art sales really started taking off.

So I got to thinking about “what is it that makes my work unique? what is my niche?” In doing several of my digital works of art/photo-manipulations I have had a lot of fun putting in and discovering “faces” that are kind of semi there with forest lore/fairy/nymph/ mythology symbolism and I thought “maybe that could be my niche?” So I went through my texture photographs and tried out several different ones with faces in them and started over several times because it just didn’t have the right feel.

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If you want to see some other works like his I have other blog posts about them here:
marriage of Titania; Salmon berry floral duet   Aeriel’s Gift
snowflakes and a bit about textures  Midsummer Daydream, water soluble oil painting

Once  it got to the point where one of the flowers resembled a blue star or nebula it called to mind something I had read recently about a group of stars anciently that were named after the Hyades who wept when their brother died. However, somehow I got it mixed up in my mind with the story of Hercules and the Garden of the Hesperides with the apples that were supposed to give eternal life, but which were guarded by a dragon (which is interestingly enough “serpent” in Greek.) I also liked the name Hesperia and found fascinating how similar the thematic and symbolic elements in the story are to those in the Garden of Eden. Even though I was a bit mixed up at first, the star bit still fits in since the father of the Hesperides is supposed to be the god of the evening star in some stories, and even without that there were stars named after them.

Honestly I’m still not sure  if this is my niche or not. For one thing, I got tired of working on this one several times and set it aside for months and months at a time –although that might have more to do with my frustration with the tedious process of blending the edges of the dragon on the computer (yeah I know I should really get one of those Correl paint tablet things for my computer), and for another thing I only put these transparent layers,  with “faces” created out of abstract textures and shapes, into my digital art rather than any of my more traditional artwork. Perhaps it is just too early in my artistic career to tell what is going to be the best niche for me. For now I am going to keep experimenting, learning, and having fun along the way.

What do you think?

garden of the Hesperides by Dawna Morton
garden of the Hesperides by Dawna Morton
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In this work of digital art, a semitransparent dragon –like a fiery furnace of hot molten glass–curls around fiercely, menacing and breathing fire, and poised to strike the warrior Hercules who dares to approach Hesperia’s garden in search of the precious apples there. Multiple layers of abstract semi-transparent, translucent shapes and textures overlaid on a floral photograph create an ethereal milky-way like scene in which  a starlit night merges with a garden where a larger than life profile of Hesperia’s face is overlaid on the apple tree in such a way that she appears to weep.  Beyond her, one of her sisters gazes in wonder at a blue flower, nebula-like in the glorious process of creation.

Although vastly different in scope and meaning, similar symbols, elements, and themes in the story from Greek mythology echo those of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. This calls to mind the idea that history tends to repeat itself,  and much like our predecessors we have our own ‘dragons’ to vanquish, sorrows to overcome, and quests to undertake, and victory to be won all while finding moments to create or discover “joy in the journey.”

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Any other artists out there have anything you can share about what you have done to develop your style, discover your niche, and make an income from your art business?

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Last week when I was doing some marketing optimization of my Zazzle product ( making sure there are links to help people find matching postage, stationery, and stickers etc). I decided that some of the details in my water soluble oil painting, Midsummer Daydream, would make some beautiful stickers to match some of the stationery I already had for sale. They also make pretty magnets and key chains.

Midsummer Daydream sticker

This sticker shows a view of fairies dancing on green lily pads surrounded by red lilies floating on dark blue water.

Midsummer Daydream magnet
Midsummer Daydream by dlmtleArt
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Midsummer Daydream sticker

This sticker shows a view a fairy skipping across the lily-pond in a pose reminiscent of an ice skater while she leaves a trail of ripples behind her in the dark blue water.

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Midsummer Daydream sticker

This sticker shows a view of a brown leaf boat floating among the reflections in a lily-pond

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Midsummer Daydream sticker

This sticker shows a detailed view of the wood sprite creating ripples in his refection as he daydreams while laying on the shore of the lily-pond.

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I just realized  I never made a blog entry about this painting! Better Late than never…

The idea for Midsummer Daydream came from a contest on artistnetwork.com, Artistnetwork.com’s third All-Media Paint-Off!, Garden Angel .The assigned subject was to do a painting based on the photo, Garden Angel, which was of a statue in a garden. Originally the statue in a garden idea did not appeal to me, but as I thought about it I decided if I changed the basic concept from a statue to a living Wood Sprite or Nymph based loosely on the statue and completely changed the composition, that I could make something I liked. Having read a book recently on  composition, I decided to put together something that would move the eye in a circular manner through the painting.
What I came up with was a whimsical scene depicting the young red-headed wood sprite dipping one toe in the water, laying down at the edge of  a lily pond, and creating ripples in his reflection by running his finger in the water playfully while gazing dreamily at his leaf boat which is floating away past lily pads. Completing the scene is a series of faeries skating across the blue water and doing various ballet poses on the lily pads, interspersed with red lilies. Keeping the pallette fairly simple and limited it to blues, greens, and reds helped tie things together and keep it more cohesive.

This  painting is the first I ever completed on time for a competition (I had done one other for another artistsnetwork competition but missed the deadline by a few hours).  This particular painting is very special to me because it was done at a time when I was changing how I viewed myself from a person who “wanted to be an artist someday ”  to seeing myself as an artist–symbolized by the ripples in the sprites reflection. Also there are several areas in the painting that are a little off, such as the position of the sprite’s back leg, but as I have thought about it that has become symbolic to me as well. We all have things we let keep us from following our dreams. To me this painting is about moving on, and living the dream without letting those things stand in the way anymore–moving beyond the mental blocks of  “I can’t do that because” and just believing in ourselves and doing it anyway.

The title “Midsummer Daydream” was inspired by how the wood sprite reminds me of Puck in Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Midsummer Daydream

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The wood sprite creates ripples in his refection as he daydreams. Fairies dance on the lily pads and skate across the water while his leaf boat floats away to dreamland.

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This week I made a T-shirt design on Redbubble of my water-soluble oil painting, Midsummer Daydream.

Water soluble oils on gessoed paper. 14 3/4″ x 11 1/4″ 2007.
The wood sprite creates ripples in his refection as he daydreams. Fairies dance on the lily pads and skate across the water while his leaf boat floats away to dreamland.

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Recently I created a series of products for sale on zazzle.com using a fantastic photo I took last winter, forest “troll” in the snow #2.   Like something out of a fantasy novel, this tree stump resembles a mythological woodland creature such as a troll, ogre, or gnome guarding the forest. Branches dangle overhead shining in the sun like a chandelier from a castle ceiling, and ferns cascade downward illuminated by the winter sun as the snow casts a light carpet across the forest floor.

Although this photo is available on many different styles of mugs, I particularly like it on this tall transparent frosty glass mug because it really brings out the sparkle of the lighting on the snow in the photo.

forest “troll” in the snow #2 by dlmtleArt
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Today I used my digital composition, Aeriel’s Gift, to create some stationery, photo cards, and invitations.


In the twilight of Aeriel’s Gift, abstracted silhouettes of trees shapes, back-lit with pink and lavender fog, create images of tree nymphs. A dryad sits atop the tree canopy holding a fairy in her hand. The wood nymphs and the sky spirit look on as she opens her heart and offers her love as a gift to her creator. Glowing with light, her love ascends, circling up through the misty clouds and beyond the moon like smoke of incense from an altar.

Aerial's Gift stationery
This is a moody, yet tranquil image, suitable for bearing whatever is in the inmost reaches of your soul.
Aeriel's Gift photocard
With its aura of romance and mystery this image is perfect for showing off  photos of prom, engagements, or other formal occasions
Aeriel's Gift invitation
Custom invitation or announcement for that romantic evening…
Aeriel's Gift stationery
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Digital composition by Dawna Morton, 2009. All Rights Reserved.

In the twilight, abstracted silhouettes of trees shapes, back lit with pink and lavender fog, create images of tree nymphs. A dryad sits atop the tree canopy holding a fairy in her hand. The wood nymphs and the sky spirit look on as she opens hear heart and offers her love as a gift to her creator. Glowing with light, her love ascends, circling up through the misty clouds and beyond the moon like smoke of incense from an alter.

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I just got done designing a calendar for 2009 featuring my artwork, and since it is customizable it can be printed for any year you choose! Check it out in my Zazzle Gallery.

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Midsummer Daydream

For January I chose  Midsummer Daydream ( Water soluble oils on gessoed paper, 14 3/4″ x 11 1/4″ 2007) in which the wood sprite creates ripples in his refection as he daydreams, and fairies dance on the lily pads and skate across the water while his leaf boat floats away to dreamland. This painting makes me think about moving beyond anything that might be holding me back from reaching my true potential, reaching for my goals, and changing my own view of myself as I strive to become the person i want Oregon Passionflower memory, watercolor 11X15to be.

February’s painting is Oregon “Passionflower” Memory (Watercolor on paper, 11X15″, 2008.)

Painted completely from memory this Oregon flower, resembling a passionflower blooms on a background glazed a light minty green. Although i did not know what this gorgeous flower was when I first painted it, I have since identified this plant as a draconius vulgaris

or dragon lily flower.

.I likeGnat Creek Flowers (Watercolor on paper, 9×12″, 2008.) for March.

Along the borders of Gnat Creek Oregon a tiny white wildflower blooms in front of a rock, basking in the summer sunlight. I love the warmth of the sunlight on the mottled looking rock contrasted with the cool purplish  shadows and the impressionistic background of lush vegetation.

Water Fairy Ring, 11X15, 2008.

April features Water Fairy Ring (Watercolor on Bienfang 140lb paper, 11X15″, 2008 ).
Like a fairy ring these water plants appear to float magically suspended in the sunlit reflections of the water.

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Spring Apple (Acrylic on canvas, 5×5″, 2008) brightens up the page for may. A spring apple and apple blossoms on an impressionistic green and purple background is energized with a splash of vibrant sunlight.


SING redeeming love!. June showcases SING Redeeming Love!(Watercolor on 140lb cold press paper. 9 x 12″, 2007). In SING Redeeming Love, Missionaries sing a song of joy, love, and redemption as they seek to find wandering sheep in the desert. As lost sheep are found, they begin to feel joy as they enter the way. Those who remember the great mercy of the Savior for them are filled with the love of Christ, feeling compelled to sing redeeming love with joy that cannot be contained. They desire to share the Gospel of Christ with everyone, that they might also be filled with joy through the Redemption and love of Christ. This also refers Alma 5:9, 26; 26:13 and is a reminder and an invitation to feel to”’sing the song of redeeming love’ and mean it as much now as in any past year and as much tomorrow as today!” (Spencer W. Kimball, “‘The Uttermost Parts of the Earth’,” Ensign, Jul 1979, 2).

Michael at the WaterpumpIn JulyMichael at the Waterpump. (Water soluble oils on gessoed paper. 11 1/16″ x 15 1/16″. 2001) features nature, camping and family togetherness as Michael discovers the joy of an old fashioned water pump after feasting on huckleberries in the forest surrounding Oakridge, Oregon.

Flight of the Great Blue Heron

Fly away in August with Flight of the Great Blue Heron (Watercolor on gessoed paper, 14 3/4″ x 21 3/4 “, 2007). Like a prayer that lifts us up from our troubles to see a glimpse of the beauty and majesty of god’s plan for us, the great blue heron takes flight from the marsh towards the footbridge and the misty mountains beyond.

Elizabeth at the BeachExplore the tidal pools with Elizabeth at the Beach (water soluble oils on gessoed paper, approximately 15 x 22″, 2006) during September on a windy day along the Pacific Coast in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Oakridge Reservoir #3Enjoy tranquility during October with Oakridge Reservoir #3 (Watercolor on Fabriano Uno 300 lb Soft Press 100% cotton paper, 7 1/2″x 11″, 2001). Sunrise over Oakridge Reservoir, on a tranquil Oregon morning. Smooth as glass, the water mirrors calm reflections of driftwood and a fishing boat. Peace and solitude as the day breaks over the cool blue mountains.


Oakridge Reservoir #4November andOakridge Reservoir #4 (watercolor on Fabriano Uno 300 lb Rough 100% cotton paper, 7 1/2 x 11″, 2001), with it’s gnarly dead tree stump surrounded by weathered gray branches juxtaposed against a view of algae and rocks under the vibrant blue water of Oakridge Reservoir and it’s forested green Oregon mountains framing hazy blue mountain ranges in the distance, bring to mind thankfulness for what is past and hope for the future.

Oakridge Reservoir #2 .December featuresOakridge Reservoir #2 ((watercolor on Fabriano Uno 140lb hot press 100% cotton paper, .7 1/2″ x 11″, 2001). Upended tree roots protrude from the shore of Oakridge Reservoir. A lone twig sticks up from the water. Algae and tree stumps seem to float as the water deepens. Green and gold, the colors of the forest shimmer in the water as the cool blue Oregon mountains beckon in the distance.

 




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