The VC Art Gallery:
A series of articles showcasing the work of VoiceCatcher6 artists. Each artist shares her work, her sources of inspiration, the “why and how” of what she does, and a challenge for you to use her work as a springboard for your own. We hope this series will prompt a lively dialogue between and among authors and artists that will expand creative possibilities for everyone.
Curated by April Bullard
For Bettie Denny, moving to Portland from Omaha, Nebraska five years ago was a leap of faith, but she quickly fell in love with the creative energy of her adopted home. After a hectic career in broadcasting and public relations, she now writes for the joy of it and loses herself (and occasionally finds herself) in the process of creating digital art.
The artistic process:
The work begins with a collection of photos. “I love to manipulate colors and textures, to layer images in unexpected ways and see what happens. Each picture unfolds in its own, often unexpected way. I love the use of textures from unrelated things to give depth or interest to an image.”
“Last autumn, my husband and I woke to a foggy dawn on Clear Lake. I increased contrast on the image to create a silhouette, combined it with a picture of geese from Ridgefield Bird Refuge, then added a photo of light cast onto the ceiling by a table lamp. The blue background is actually a blurred photo of a favorite crocheted blue and black scarf!”
“I often take photos of objects that grab my interest, even though I have no idea how they will be used. The main feature of this nightscape is a curved glass lampshade at a bed & breakfast in Dubuque, Iowa.”
“Oddly enough, this photo is hardly manipulated. While in Venice, I came across an antique mirror that caused curious but pleasing distortions. I took the mirror outside with me and shot photos of the reflections.”
Where you can find Bettie’s art:
Bettie Denny has participated in Portland’s SE Area Art Walk. Her art is available at The Foundary, located at 3557 SE Division, Portland, OR. She was published in VoiceCatcher6.
The Artist Challenge:
What part does the sense of texture play in how you react to a photo? How would overlaying textures, like those in “April Blues,” translate into words?
Or, select unlike objects, like the lampshade and moon in “Temple of the Moon,” and put them into conversation with each other. What would they say?
Or, take a mirror outside. Capture reflections and put them into words.
Share what you discover with the VC community.