Mother Nature’s Son 419

Mother Nature’s Son 419, by The Beatles (Paul McCartney) from The White Album

Born a poor young country boy
Mother Nature’s son
All day long I’m sitting singing songs for everyone.

Sit beside a mountain stream
See her waters rise
Listen to the pretty sound of music as she flies.

Find me in my field of grass
Mother Nature’s son
Swaying daises sing a lazy song beneath the sun.

My latest art project EntertainMe, where I create another year’s worth of digital collages, based on indie rock and visual media. To see this collage, source credits and my whole gallery, go here.

I have been researching the great collection of copyright-free imagery on Flickr. A sculpture of this boy seemed so iconic and larger-than-life-itself. Combining the classical past with some modern photoshopped filters, distortions, blips, bleeps and strong saturation seemed to work well.

Then finding a suitable tune, McCartney’s folky, homespun song fell on my lap, instantly. I think it was on my Spotify playlist spinning in the background. I wasn’t even looking for it. So here the chicken came before the egg, or the artwork predated the song’s lyrics.

Her Space Holiday 375

Her Space Holiday 375, Inspired by the indie electronica band Her Space Holiday. 

i think it’s unfair
 the only time i go away
 is the only time you care

you don’t see the point
 preparing for the end
 you’ve made all these plans
 you put all your friends
 in silent films

Her Space Holiday is a part of my latest art project EntertainMe, where I create another year’s worth of digital collages, based on indie rock and visual media. See my deviant Art page for background info and stock credits.

For Her Space Holiday, I went with paper stock backgrounds, and played with these pink, pastel hues. It took on this classical, vintage feel which felt warm and inviting to me (click here for another vintage paper sample). I wanted to contrast the pink florals with something modern and fresh. The green and black dots seemed to do the trick.

In addition, I loved these older ads that were on Flickr. These women wearing hats seem to mesh well with the background patterns and colors. And mesh I did.

I started with the original images, vintage paper patters and a black and white, vintage photo. From there it was pretty much splashing around in the versatile, endless, colorful Photoshop Pool. Playing with blends and filters and layers while listening to the selected song on my headphones, on constant repeat seems to work well for me (it would drive my family bonkers if I didn’t use the headphones). Again, below are the original images I started with.