Monday, January 31, 2011


I have been planning to use abstract backgrounds to suggest detailed realistic drawings. After making the drawings, I plan to use the layering technique in Photoshop to integrate them into the background that stimulated them.
The reason for changing from total abstraction to semi-realism is that I plan to make a series of drawings to illustrate some poetry books I am compiling. Above, are butterfly shapes found in
the abstraction, and accentuated. This is only an example, and not really an illustration for a book. Illustrations need to be smaller and closer to the final page size in the book to avoid too much reduction of the image and to not lose too much detail.
The emphasis on putting the books together has caused a shift, so that I may not be blogging as often as I was from January through June 1, 2010.
Since I wrote this,  in June of 2010, I learned that I can not keep up with as many blogs as I had before. I am entering posts from another blog to this one. At that time, I was working both on abstractions and on realism for different projects, reflected on two blogs. There was also a post on this blog, titled Gosh Darn It, where I was having trouble with a particular problem. 

Joe Willy, a follower on this blog, suggested I use a black drawing layer over the color, which was a great idea! Since I am now interested in returning to more recognizable imagery again, this may prove to be very helpful.
I  have since finished my first book of poems, The Woman Who Named Herself, described on another blog,, and hope to have more time for visual art again.
Writing and Images are the © Copyright of Ruth Zachary.

Geometric Abstraction


Geometric/ Patterned Composition

This composition was created on the computer, by cutting out shapes from various brightly colored patterned fields. Each shape was placed in a separate layer over a background field. The shapes were manipulated by rotating them manually and placing them in relation to the other shapes, until a pleasing arrangement was found.
Using Collage: The patterned fields are printed out, and approximate shapes and patterns are arranged to be similar to the study. The finished Collage is usually different than the original study, more or less.
This is my first post since last fall, because I have been busy with several projects. I have finished my first book of poetry,
The Woman Who Named Herself published by Xlibris. A longer description may be found on my rzwritestuff

Another project I have been involved with has been helping to set up a creative group where many art forms will find expression in the UU church and in the community of Greeley, Colorado. To learn about this, check out

All Images and Writing are the Copyright © of Ruth Zachary.


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