Digital Collage * Photomontage * Photography * Altered Art * Fine Art * Photo Fusion * Color Merge * Experimental Photography * An art and photography blog with something for every interest. I use Paint Shop Pro X and Paint Shop Pro X2, as well as Adobe Photoshop CS4 to create my digital collages. Please do not copy the images on this blog without permission. For further information please email me. All of my artwork is Copyright Peggi Meyer Graminski 2005-2014; other images remain the copyright of their original owners.



Friday, January 10, 2014

A New Year and a New Blog!

Hello everyone!  I wanted to say Happy New Year and let you know that I have started up a new blog. You can find it at:  Artful Living in the San Juan Islands 

I've recently relocated to Eastsound, Washington on Orcas Island and wanted to create a blog, basically documenting my time spent here - photographs, art, food, d├ęcor, daily living and inspirational issues are some of the topics you can read about.

Also, if you are an artist, decorator, foodie, photographer, etc. and would like to be featured just send me an email to peggi_meyer_graminski@yahoo.com

I will still be posting my artwork here too, so I think this will be a very busy year.  Hope that everyone is well and happy, and doing lots of wonderful creative things.  Much love, Peggi

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Beautiful

Digital collage and altered vintage photo.  I think I need to use green more often - haven't used it for a long time...

Monday, November 18, 2013

Technicolor Trees

Altered photo taken by me in Edwardsville, Illinois - SIUE Gardens
Prints are for sale in my Etsy shop  http://etsy.com/shop/ajoyfulstudio

Friday, September 27, 2013

A New Leaf ... and a New Blog

Hi there everyone!

Well, I have decided to turn over a new leaf in my art, and also to start up a new blog.  The title of it is Artful Living in San Francisco, and it will include some new and exciting photo altering techniques - along with the images themselves (before and after), as well as simple tutorials that you can do yourself.  These techniques will not require an expensive digital camera (although you can certainly use one), but can also be applied to photos you take with your iPad or iPhone.

I am getting things in gear, have come across some wonderful vintage images, and taken some new ones.  I am hoping the blog will be up and running early next week.  See you there!

Peggi
http://www.artfullivinginsanfrancisco.blogspot.com

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I'll Take Paris!

Digital collage - photos combined in Paint Shop Pro, with extra layering and color work. I like this piece - it just says "Happiness!" to me. xxoo

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Blessed

Digital Collage, with a lot of texturizing, layering, and color changing. Hope you like it!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Funky Lil Guitar

Ah, the guitar - my most favorite instrument in the world (next to the harp, and cello =)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

For the Etsy Cottage Style Valentine Boutique

Here is my entry for the Etsy Cottage Style Valentine Boutique. Hope you like it! xxoo

Angel in the Snow - for Creative Souls (Snow)

I absolutely love and believe in angels, so you will see a lot of them in my art.  It took a long time to create this piece, but I'm happy with how it turned out =)   Peggi

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Butterfly Magic

A fantasy piece - sort of dreamy, which I have feeling very much like recently. Looking forward to spring this year =)

Enchanted Forests

Here are a couple of impressionist style pieces I created in Paint Shop Pro. I did a lot of layering and playing with the colors, and am happy with the way these two turned out. =)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Colorful Abstracts for the New Year

Here are a couple of abstracts I worked on today.  As you will notice, they are very similar - yet different.  Which one do you like better?  Hope everyone is starting the New Year off right - I always love the new year.  It always feels like you have a new slate, and you can fill it however you want.  I hope you all experience great things in the year ahead. xo

Monday, December 31, 2012

Joy!

Happy New Year to my readers - and may you have a joyful year ahead! xxoo

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Dance Like No-one is Watching

Digital collage from an old magazine cover, combined with a variety of textures, and colorizing.  Hope you like this one =)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Garden Mandalas

These are wonderful to meditate on; whenever I use them I feel rejuvenated and stronger - ready to take on whatever Life throws at me.  Some of them (with more muted and softer colors) leave me feeling more at peace.  Nature has given us so many good things - we need to appreciate them everyday.  


Monday, December 24, 2012

Peaceful Christmas

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!  This piece is entitled Peaceful Christmas - wouldn't it be nice if the earth was a peaceful planet and the angels could get some rest =)  Well, after playing a bit with my art I guess I better finish wrapping presents and start celebrating.  Have a blessed eve! xo

Saturday, December 22, 2012

December Moonlight Journey Challenge and Christmas ART Contest

This is my submission to the Moonlight Journey Challenge and Christmas Art contest.  I used the image of the Madonna and child from Moonlight Journey images (Kym Decker), I used backgrounds from Robert Kauffman fabrics, several fonts found on dafont.com, a Paint Shop Pro frame, and the whole image was colorized using PSP.  Hope you like it!  Merry Christmas!  ~Peggi

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Drops of Jupiter

Created in Paint Shop Pro as a digital painting and inspired by the song by Train, "Drops of Jupiter" - love it! =)

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Arizona Lovin'

Digital painting, created using Paint Shop Pro. 

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Colorful Leaves

Lots of texture and layering; colorized in Photoshop.  This piece is currently being offered in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Cold Mountain

One of my favorite films - loved Nicole and Jude together; the story; the music - everything about it.  So here is a photo I altered and then collaged, combining many unique layers.  I hope you like it!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Come Visit My New Freebie Blog

Free Vintage Images, Graphics, Banners and more

It is still very new, but I will be adding to it everyday and would be happy to take special requests if there is something you can't find, I will search for it all over Cyberspace =)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Like Coming Home

Well, today I visited my blog again after a very long time; it was like visiting an old friend ... reminiscing about Arizona, my family and friends there, the always fun Bisbee that I loved to walk through and take photos ... it was all still here waiting for me.  Like a diary of sorts, except it is something I have shared with my internet friends, as well as my close friends.  I am so glad that when I first got my camera in 2005, I listened to my Dad when he said to start a blog - he was such a smart, intuitive guy =)

So here I am again, with one of my newest pieces ... I am still using Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop, but I've been pushing myself to expand my knowledge of all of the things they are capable of doing.  It is interesting to see how my art has changed, and how certain events have altered my creativity a bit - sometimes the feeling of joy is so strong that I see it show up in my art; sometimes the pain of losing loved ones does too, and my art becomes darker and cold.

Here is a joyful one - I hope you like it =)  xo 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Abstract Tulip Garden

Altered photo that I took of some tulips at SIUe a while back...

Paris Lovin'

This piece was created by combining two images - the vintage lady (who I colorized in PSP) and the vintage Paris postcard (also altered in Paint Shop Pro). I added a couple of flare picture tubes to give it a feeling of good ol' Paris magic. Springtime in Paris - sounds soooo nice =)

Pink Floyd - "Wish You Were Here"

Sunday, February 05, 2012

A Little Bit of Magic




I have been seeing a lot of awesome images on the web lately - all glittery and sparkly, and truly magical...so I wanted to try and create my own version. My son says this looks like a galaxy to him (thanks Jim =), but it is actually bokeh, glitter, hearts and flares all combined. A little bit of magic for Super Bowl Sunday (come on Pats!!!)


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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Different Looks - Same Image









Here are a couple of pieces I worked on this evening - the same collage image I put together, but with different coloring and contrast. I combined a vintage image first with an image of lace, then chose where to keep the lace (mostly on the lady herself), and then combined that image with a texture from skeletalmess on Flickr, and an old newspaper graphic. I used both Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop for this collage ...





Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Valentine Girl Collage

Altered vintage photo, using PSP and various .png images (roses and greenery)



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Monday, January 30, 2012

What I Did Today



Well, besides the housework, and sick kids, I got the chance to do a little artwork too. This is "Steampunk Sally"; the collage is a bit dark, I know, but I thought the dark sepia tones gave it a bit of mystery. I used a vintage image and then a floral texture, and altered everything with Paint Shop Pro. She is my newest Etsy listing =) If you haven't had the chance to drop by my new shop yet please visit - I have it stocked with lots of altered art digital downloads for artists - vintage images and ephemera, graphics, and lots more. It is called BellaCollageBoutique. Happy Monday to all! xo


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Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Few More New Pieces









I love working with images of vintage ballerinas - they are always so elegant and ethereal. For the first piece above I combined the dancer image with a photo I had taken at the Union Station in St. Louis, and then altered in PSP. I used some added sheet music and lace textures to it as well. The last image above was so beautiful to begin with that I chose not to make too many alterations to it. I wanted to give her the appearance of movement, so I used the Wind effect in PSP - I love the look, and will probably be turning a lot of my new images into "windy"-appearing ones =)




I hope you are all enjoying a blessing-filled Sunday ~ Hugs, Peggi





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Friday, January 27, 2012

A New Year ... and some new artwork





I know that I promised to post some new artwork back in November, but the holiday season completely swamped me this year ... whew! I love Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and New Year's but I know that next year I am going to take it much, much slower - with lots of deep breaths and more nights at home by the fireplace - and definitely online shopping instead of hitting the malls - I am determined to not be exhausted on Christmas Day ever again. I do hope that everyone had a happy and safe holiday season - and that you are ready for a new year filled with new possibilities. I know I am =) So, as promised, here are a few pieces I've completed recently. I've been trying out some new things with my art and am excited to share them with you here. Let me know what you think. xxoo


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Thursday, November 03, 2011

It Has Been Too Long

Hello everybody ~ I hope you are all doing well! I can't believe that I haven't blogged here since May. Our summer was a very busy one, and then with both of my kids (now adults!) starting up at college the early Fall was quite busy too.

I have been doing a lot of new artwork - and will start posting some of it today. I do feel that since my last post in May I have begun to create art a little differently. Taking it to new layers - creating a foundation image, and then layering and layering until the piece finally, I feel, has its own voice and can speak to its viewer. Perhaps its message will be different for each person - I assume that it will be - for we bring to each image we are viewing our own perceptions, expectations, memories, etc.

I do hope that you will like my new pieces ~ please feel free to make comments, constructive criticism, etc. and possibly let me know what, if anything, these little offerings might say to you.

So, I will get some images together to post, and am also planning on creating a whole new "look" to the blog - something fresh and welcoming - because I want you to enjoy your visits here. Hugs to everyone!!! Peggi

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Hummingbird

Two combined and altered public domain photos...