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On Becoming a Digital Artist

December 27th, 2018

On Becoming a Digital Artist

On Becoming a Digital Artist
by Shelli Fitzpatrick


I’ve always been an artist, but I have only recently realized that I’ve become a digital artist and how that happened is really quite incidental.

I never thought of myself as a starving artist, even though I was close to being starved for creative outlets due to my financial estate of barely above the poverty line while I struggled as a waitress to raise two children on my tips.

We didn’t go hungry but I also didn’t have money to spare for art supplies so I became very resourceful and used whatever medium was available at the moment.

I drew on napkins and school notebook paper with ink pens and pencils, until once, when I found some left over model paints at a yard sale and some clay pots, I used toothpicks for brushes and painted the pots with those enamel model paints.

Then I bought cheap acrylic paints and miniature wooden boxes and painted them. I planted cactus in the pots and glued felt in the boxes and these became Christmas gifts for family and friends.

I would also hodge-podge my drawings onto wooden plaques and give them away not realizing that I had no record of any of this art for the future or that I might need one someday, so nearly all of my early work is undocumented.

Once my kids were on their own, I acquired a laptop and began dabbling in digital art with simple paint programs which produced very primitive and naive art and saving it all to my hard drives.

Then my daughter gave me a digital camera and I discovered a love for snapping photos and especially macro photography.

I started thinking of ways to make my average but decent photos into one of a kind unique works of art and that is when I got my first iPhone.

Things started getting serious from there when I signed up for Instagram and learned about all the amazing art apps for iPhone and started participating in Instagram challenges and groups.

From there I started to develop my own digital techniques of photo manipulation, glitch art and app stacking trying to create my own personal style.
I discovered I have a passion for creating abstract art and digital impressionist paintings from my photographs.

Over the past five years I have been mastering the use of Gimp software which is an alternative to Photoshop, and now days digital is about the only medium I ever use to make art.

My latest adventure has taken me into the world of fractal art with an amazing app that allows me not only to discover beautiful fractal landscapes but to tweak and manipulate them into truly unique art that I hope will become recognized as my fractal style.

And so that is how I came to realize that I am not just an artist but I am a digital artist for better or worse... and I love this digital medium because it is so versatile and elastic and seems to have endless possibilities for creating art!

Milestone reached with baby steps.

January 6th, 2018

Well on the last day of 2017 I reached a small milestone in that I uploaded my 100th artwork to this site. It sounds like such a small thing but when I started I really had no idea how long it could take to build up a body of work. So I am taking it in baby steps, trying to only add my very best work and keep the mindset of quality over quantity. I think if I could reach a daily goal of two uploads or at least five per week that by the last day of 2018 my goal of 500 nice artworks will be met. Then I can set a new goal, maybe something like selling a print of all 500. Now that would be a milestone indeed! Follow me on this journey and see how well I am able to reach my goals one baby step at a time.

New kid on this block

November 15th, 2017

Well hello Fine Art America! This is my first blog post here and as you can see by the title I am a new kid on this block, but not to the online art world. I have been online at Redubble since 2013 and at Zazzle since 2015 and before that I was an avid Instagrammer and started my own blog site with Weebly which started out as a humble sharing of my instagram posts and life in rural Oklahoma but since has grown into a multiple page hub for all of my online outlets as a place where I share all kinds of things from my own artwork to features of other artists and designers, great gift ideas, resources for creative people, random bits of fluff that don't mean anything but are fun anyway and even a Scripture devotional page. I invite you to visit me there @ http://shellibean.weebly.com and use it as a launching pad to visit my other art outlets. If you do you will get to see more of my eclectic range of styles.

My art style is mainly digital art and I specialize in digital impressionism and abstracts. I make mobile digital art as well as computer generated art and I also love to do photo manipulations. I am a self taught Gimp user on my way to mastering it through trial and error, and loving every minute of it! I am also a shutterbug and use mainly my own photos to make my photo manipulations with. Occasionally I use a stock photo or two. I make art in many styles but since this is Fine Art America I will try to only post my work that fits the niche.

I hope you enjoy viewing my artwork and if you do make a purchase I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting an independent artist!


Stirring up memories

October 21st, 2017

Stirring up memories

As I was working on this piece, it was stirring up memories of my childhood. I like to call myself an artist from the womb because there has always been this gift God gave me bubbling under the surface struggling to burst out and He gave me eyes that look at things and see the art in them. I remember growing up in as a child, being about 10 or 11 years old and my favorite outing was not the skating rink or swimming pool like all the "normal" kids. No, I wanted to go hang out at the Denver art museum all day and enter into the imaginary worlds of the paintings that I loved there. I remember a day at the museum sitting on a bench staring at a Van Gogh of wheat fields and some other artist's rendition of a homey looking house and thinking to myself, "if I could, I would just live here in the museum and never leave." That is why it is such a thrill for me to now be able to display and offer for sale some of my art, finally in my latter years I am living the dream in a way and being able to share the gift God gave me with others to hopefully spread some smiles and happiness.