Today we are sharing a Q & A Artist Profile Beverly Cazzell.
Beverly Cazzell is a digital memory keeper and digital artist who loves creating unique art using Anna Aspnes Designs.
Big thanks to Beverly for allowing us to share her artistry.
Artist Profile Beverly Cazzell
1. Tell us about yourself and how you discovered digital artistry. My life has always been surrounded by creative family, and I was fortunate to inherit creativeness from them. At a young age, I learned to sew and construct clothing, coordinating fabric, colors and fashion patterns. As grade schoolers, my sister and I sold a product door to door to earn our first Brownie type film camera. Art class and Home Economics were my two favorite classes in school. However, my life time career was an Administrative Assistant with a large Healthcare Facility for their Physical Medicine and Rehab unit. My first digital camera came free with a printer purchase, and I fell in love with it; over the past 8 years I moved on to advanced cameras. Learning the art of photography has been an exciting hobby. LR and PS are my main editing tools. I discovered digital artistry from my friend, Viv (Halliwell), when she posted her beautiful and creative pages online. I began asking her about it, and she shared Anna’s product source and site; then I purchased several products, but didn’t know how to apply them. This past December I took my first class of Anna’s, “Project 2016”, and fell in love with the whole digital art process.
2. What is your favorite digital technique? I have two favorite techniques. The first is applying color and light changes, and enhancements in Lightroom, either manually, or using some of my favorite presets. Secondly, in PS, although I’m still learning the technique from Anna, blending is such a soothing process and interesting using different brushes and settings to see what gives a smooth result. I love how digital creating is such a “user friendly” process with the immediate gratification of “undoing” and redoing a stroke or placement.
3. How did you achieve the beautiful transparency of the images in Coreopsis? Lightroom is my main editing tool, and all images are edited for light, color, saturation and resizing before I use them in Photoshop on layouts. The coreopsis image was given color luminance and exposure edits in Lightroom prior to placing it on the canvas. In Photoshop I applied a transfer at soft light, and the main image was copied 3 times with color burn blend mode.
4. What inspires you outside of digital art? Mostly photography inspires me. When I’m not at my desk on the computer learning, and creating new and exciting artsy pages, most often one of my cameras is in my hands, and I”m outdoors walking and searching to capture flowers, outdoor scenes, or setting up a still life in my enclosed porch “studio”. Looking for and finding things to photograph, even on the street, is very soothing and exciting for me, and lets me escape day to day happenings. My creative mind goes into high gear once I am outdoors, as I am always in search of interesting and intriguing things to capture. This year I will be shooting with film for a new experience, after over 10 years of using a digital camera. A “shooting” challenge gives me the opportunity to unleash and find new ways and angles to shoot subjects. Photography helps me unwind, and see places, people and things in a new light, as well as study details, features and natural light…it is my “stillness” time, when I am only engrossed in what I see from behind the lens, clicking away to capture forever a piece of that moment.
5. What does your creative space look like? My creative space(s)…my very quiet and soothing space would be the upstairs dormer room with my computer, and cameras, with 3 windows and fairly good light to set up still life work when I want to create that way. Our enclosed back porch has the best natural light for making stills, and I have a nice sewing and machine embroidery section in our basement. It’s important to me to keep the sewing and photography areas separate because they are two very different kinds of creating.
6. If you had to choose only 5 digital supplies to create a page, what would they be? Digital supplies would be Anna’s paper, transfers, brushes, and embellishments. I’ve found the transfers on images are pure magic. At first I thought they were just to add a splash of color, but I’ve learned how to clip them to an image and change blending mode to activate a very magical look.
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Thanks for sharing your process Beverley I love your work.
Thank you very much Viv! So happy you enjoyed reading about my workflow.
What a joy it is to see your wonderful work and learn about your background as an artist and your creative process. You and your work are such an inspiration to me and I’m sure to so many others. Congratulations on this well-deserved feature!
Anita, many thanks for your kind comments, and I’m so thrilled you enjoyed this feature and my process. It’s a great honor to be here, but also to share in the community of ArtPlay talents are yourself, and Viv, and all the others who bring to us so much beauty and talent.
Congratulations Beverly! What level of ArtPlay you achieved only in half a year is simply amazing.
Looking forward to seeing more from you.
Thank you so very much, Eveline! Yes, this Year of ArtPlay is just so full of new techniques to use digital art supplies in Photoshop, and was the push for me to take on the challenge. And it falls into my “fun” category as well as tangible rewards, having a piece of art, or page layout to print and share in some way.
How lovely for you to be featured as an artist . . . . so deserving . . . . . your art is amazing and inspiring. Big hugs to you my friend.
Carolyn…preparing this feature helped me step back and view some of the layouts I’ve created just since starting this Year of ArtPlay class. Anna’s class and teachings have given me knowledge to create digitally. Thank you my friend!
Beautiful work Beverly, I think I’d love your photography studio at my house!!
Thank you Linda…yes, having it is nice. Although, it’s had several uses during our years here…TV room, and guest “suite”…and when I’m up here, I most always have two Ragdoll cats to keep me company/busy (getting them out of mischief).
So lovely, Beverly – Thanks for sharing your story and your secrets – I love your artistry and your photography, simply gorgeous 😉
Thank you so much Rachael…it was my pleasure and I’m happy you enjoyed it.
Yea, for you. This was wonderful Beverly. Even though i think I know you pretty well…it was still so interesting and exciting…You explained yourself perfectly and showcased some great shots and lots of lovely art work…Your enthusiasm for what your doing right now shows. Really right now, is all that counts. Who knows about later but you are so creative nothing would surprise me…just keep on enjoying the process and congratulations for this feature.
Thank you so much Cheryl, for stopping by here, and sharing your kind words. I always appreciate your talent for cheering on a friend! You are a great encourager, and appreciate all kinds of art and photography.