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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saturday morning spring flowers

Acrylic on canvas 24x24
Flowers #12




Friday, April 3, 2015










FIRST FRIDAY
April 3, noon to 9pm

Come enjoy refreshments, wine and beautiful watercolors.


Watercolor Exhibit
Open to Central Coast Artists
March 27 - April 19, 2015
Reception: Saturday,
April 4, 3-5pm




Hours: Weds.-Sat. 12-5  / Sun.12-4  
First Friday 12-9


Santa Cruz Art League
526 Broadway
Santa Cruz, Ca USA 95060


Saturday, February 21, 2015

First Friday Art Tour Downtown Santa Cruz

First Friday Art Tour Downtown Santa Cruz



Join me on Friday February 6th, 2015 from 5-8pm on First Friday to view my latest artwork hung in their shop for the month of March! There will be refreshments and desserts as well as cupcakes, of course!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 2014 Art

It's not fall leaves, it's not cloudy days. I'm still thinking about summer and decided to do a few paintings that will help to keep it around for another few weeks!

These pieces were inspired by the microscopic coatings used on silicon wafers.

Deb R Collins Art 16x16 Watercolor on art board
"Silicon Flowers #1" Front view
Deb R Collins Art 16x16 Watercolor on art board
"Silicon Flowers #1" Side view


Deb R Collins Art 16x16 Watercolor on art board
"Silicon Flowers #1" Side view

Deb R Collins Art 24x12 Watercolor on art board
"Silicon Flowers #2" Front view

Deb R Collins Art 24x12 Watercolor on art board
"Silicon Flowers #2" Side view


Friday, September 26, 2014

Artist Secrets Series: Using (legal) images from the web as inspiration for your artwork.

Understanding how to make use of the millions of Creative Commons Images as inspiration for your artwork.

When painting in the studio, there are many situations that I find myself needing several images to help in making one painting.  Often I have an image that I have taken myself but want to add elements that aren't in the original photo. When this happens, I turn to Creative Commons images.

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that allows the use of no cost images. There are several types of licensing for CC images (see the bottom of this post for licensing details)

To take advantage of the millions of images available I use a Google search engine to filter and show only these images.

  1. Navigate to www.google.com and type in a search such as "gargoyles"
  2. In the results of your search, click on the "Images" text at the top of the page. This will show you only images.
  3. On the far right of the area where you choose "Images" click on "Search Tools". This will bring up another menu below the first. 
  4. Look for the "Usage rights" option and click the arrow to its right.
  5. In the dropdown menu choose "Labeled for Noncommercial reuse with modification"
These images can be used as models without infringing on anyones rights.







Creative Commons Licensing

  1. Attribution: CC BY - lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. 
  2. Attribution-ShareAlike: CC BY-SA - lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. 
  3. Attribution-NoDerivs: CC BY-ND - allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
  4. Attribution-NonCommercial: CC BY-NC - lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
  5. Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA - lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
  6. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND - most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.
Source: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Here's Why you Must Continue to Create Art

Why you must continue to create art



This idea came from a TED talk where Adam Savage talks about the Maltese Falcon statue.  

Title: Adam Savage: My obsession with objects and the stories they tell. http://www.ted.com/talks/adam_savage_s_obsessions#t-443717

Sunday, September 7, 2014

2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley 

Another beautiful day in sunny California! What a great day at the September 2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley charity event. http://www.tourandtasteofthevalley.org/. It was great hanging out with my fellow SoCal artist buddies on Saturday. Thanks for the hospitality. Looking forward to next year.
Deb R Collins artwork donation for the 2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley
Deb R Collins artwork donation for the 2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley
Deb R Collins booth at the 2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley
Deb R Collins booth at the 2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley
2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley, Orcutt, Ca USA
2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley, Orcutt, Ca USA
2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley, Orcutt, Ca USA
2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley, Orcutt, Ca USA
2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley, Orcutt, Ca USA
2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley, Orcutt, Ca USA
2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley, Orcutt, Ca USA
2014 Tour & Taste of The Valley, Orcutt, Ca USA