Monday, March 02, 2015

Anatomy of the Bouquet

A special friend sent these to me for my birthday… pretty and in colors I love.  Thank you, Shelley.
I kept looking at the bouquet all week.  What I noticed was that the vase was just crammed with flowers, each vying for attention.  The  dozen long stemmed pink roses would have been more than sufficient.  But then I do love hydrangea and stargazer lilies.
The more I thought about it, the more I thought about the importance each flower plays.  The roses, hydrangeas and stargazers are the stars, like the kids in school who were the most popular.  Then there were some type of Asiatic  lilies in the group too…..those wanna be's from school….not as spectacular but nice too.  The lemon leaves and wax flowers were there to fill out the bouquet, but they are just as important ….. they were the ones with the spectacular grades.  Then there were the tiny white carnations….they were the ones I made friends with….they were loyal and steadfast friends.  They are still here when the rest of the bouquet has been tossed.  They smile at me every morning.  They give me a peaceful, easy feeling. 
So….for Texture Tuesday and Be Still I did a little photo shoot with my good friends, the carnations.  I used Kim's "Hazey" preset,  took it into PS and added the text.  
and the top down shot
and with Kim's postcard texture
They are my good friends.

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Live a beautiful life this week.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


That's what I've been feeling this week…just lots of stuff going on.
That said, I'm really behind in my Be Still class, but I just have to take one day at a time.
So for Texture Tuesday I first made some adjustments in Lightroom and then added Kim's "Gentle" preset.  Next into PS 
for some texture and text.  I used Kim's "Carmel" texture on overlay at 64% opacity, and her "Luxe" texture on divide at 42%.  The text is a font called "Reswysokr".  Don't you wonder how they come up with such odd names?
I'm planning to spend tomorrow doing some photo shoots.  Hopefully I'll do some catching up in my class.  
I wish you all a beautiful week!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Flea Market Addict

Saturday, Erin of My Painted Garden and I went to "Behind the Picket Fence" vintage marketplace.  I discovered flea markets are one of her passions, and I believe they will become one of mine.  I was looking for props for still life photography, and I found so many neat things.
Erin found the cutest vintage metal rolling cart shown below in the upper left corner,
 She also purchased a round metal tray with some little tea lights.  I found a  vintage box/crate that I can use to put items on or that I can shoot a display inside like the one in the upper right corner of the image above.  I almost bought the chippy painted chair in the first image and I know I could use a stepladder for display but I remained calm and not too free with my allowance.  We found a most fun booth called "Far Away Hood" where a mother and daughter team make custom signs to order.  They made mine while I waited.
The one above that says "Jardin" is like mine.  I think it will look cute on my fence in the yard.  Ooops….forgot I was looking for props.  Oh well, a gal's got to have a little fun.  These ladies will be at The "Vintage Marketplace" at the Oaks in Fallbrook scheduled March 13th - 15th this year.  I also purchased a really cute metal etagere for my garden….I know, I know…. I veered away again from my original intent to purchase props.   But…it was such a good price! 
Anyway, a fun day it was.  I met Sunday Hendrickson who is a stylist for some major magazines like Romantic Homes and Sharon Hughes of Launch Your Creativity organization….also Lidy of French Garden House She buys and sells beautiful vintage items and antiques. 
Yes, I think I will be a Flea Market addict. 
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Monday, February 09, 2015

Room to Breathe

I've longed for an eternity
To return to this space
Of silence, of stillness
~Jason Westlake~

Week 2 of Be Still 52 is all about room to breathe. This means taking time to be still and just breathe as well as leaving room in our photos to breathe (white space).  
My exercise for giving myself room to breathe was this painting.
I wanted the airy, ethereal feel of a wash.  It's an exercise that gives me calm and serenity.
For Texture Tuesday and Be Still I took these photos.  I'm using my new crate I found at Behind the Picket Fence flea market Saturday.
I used Kim's "Dark Light" preset above. All editing was done in Lightroom.
Above I used Kim's "Serendipitous" preset.  It almost looks as if it has a texture applied.
This final photo was a preset experiment 

The preset was MoodyDark with slight vignette.  Visit Kim's site
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Hope you all have a beautiful week.  
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Monday, February 02, 2015

Just Keep Shooting

When I visit others' blogs, I'm always impressed with how beautiful their presentations are….the photos….and how well written too.
I don't know about you, but there are just some weeks when I'm not terribly inspired to do a shoot.  The weather is cold and overcast or  it's just plain winter!!  I should not
complain knowing how a lot of the country is buried under snow and ice.  Here I sit in beautiful sunny (not always) California.
I took almost 50 shots of this subject and had only a couple maybe sort of worth working with.  I had to laugh at some of the shots.  The chocolate looked like little turds….nothing picturesque
at all.  This is the final result.  I know I just need to keep shooting. 
I applied Kim's "Grunged" preset.
After looking at my edit, I decided I wasn't happy with the blown out highlights and went back to Lightroom and used the radial filter.  A little better…. 
This mug is one of my favorites.  I got it at a restaurant in Chicago….called, oddly enough, "Scoozi".  The cup must be 25 or 30 years old.  I wonder if "Scoozi" is still there.  We had a delightful dinner there one evening.  It had one of the biggest bars I've ever seen.  
I'm linking up with Texture Tuesday over at Kim's and also with Be Still 52. I used Kim's "Distressed Wood" texture.  I liked the texture it added to the backdrop and the base under the composition (in first shot).  I think the radial filter did away with most of that 
wood texture in the second shot. 
Here's to lots of joy in your life!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015


Kim Klassen's "Be Still 52" is just starting, and I'm reflecting on stillness, quiet, breathing, meditation.  Periodically I sit and just breathe to get centered.  I've always loved Buddhas.  I think it's the stillness I sense.  I have one in my garden…
 I did most of my editing in Lightroom before I took it into PS. I used one layer of Kim's "Autumn Burst" at 83% hard light and added text.
This Buddha sat in my mother's garden for many years and now he has adorned my garden for 18 years plus.  He seems content to sit quietly.  He certainly brings serenity to the garden.
Other Buddhas I love…..

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cardboard Journal Workshop

Yesterday was my day to host the workshop for our Eastside Art Group.  There are eight of us, each with differing artistic talents.  Eight beautiful souls participating in a monthly project.  I can't remember how we met individually.  I do know I met Jacki first.  I think she invited me to come to Linda's annual holiday boutique where she was selling some of her art.  The others were there.  Linda suggested that we get a group together and do 
monthly art projects.  The rest is history.  
A few months ago I was searching for some inspiration for my project.  I didn't have to go very far.  I found it on Michelle Ward's blog.  I was so excited to do this project as I knew each and every lady in our group would make journals in their own style.  I knew Erin's journal would be flowers and rain boots…..
I knew Jacki's would have a paper collage face in it…..and here's the beginning of a face.
I knew she would use interesting papers because that's what she does.  She's a paper collage artist and collects anything paper.  She has quite a stash.  She had to leave early today so this will not give you the "finished product", but you get the idea….
I expected Linda's to be eclectic and unique.

Libby's would be free and easy just so like her!

Diane's would be really colorful and fun!

Norma's was a surprise.  Usually she does projects as a gift for her granddaughter.  But hers ended up a representation of a "getaway" for her.

and mine (still unfinished) - I loved Michelle's black and kraft theme, so I went with that.  It was fun collecting stuff that fit that theme.

A big thank you to Michelle for the idea and instructions.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Rose for Valentine's Day

My lesson in S2F was to make a diptych with colored background. I added Kim's texture "Gracie" for the background color.
I'm submitting it for Texture Tuesday as well.
I've enjoyed Kim's S2F (Start to Finish) so much.  I still have a couple weeks to finish.  Meanwhile I'll be starting her Be Still 52 class.  
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Digital Fun

I can't believe it has been almost a month since I've posted.  Certainly not intentional.  Life just got in the way.
My low back has been giving me fits - arthritis says the doc.  Whatever, it was so painful to sit up in bed to get up in the morning I just dreaded it.  It has improved vastly and I'm starting physical therapy this upcoming week.   I sort of lost my muse during this time of physical stress plus the holidays, plus blah, blah, blah.  You know…..
I finally got back on the computer a couple days ago.  Tip toeing through some of my favorite blogs, I found this tip on Michelle Ward's site.  Layer one image over another (in this case I layered one painted background over a painting).  Select the eraser tool and pick a brush.  Use it as you would a regular brush.  It will erase the top layer in the shape of the brush.  I love it….so simple but has unlimited possibilities.
More playing around….
Then consider using a regular brush over the "eraser" images. The pink below is the regular brush.
Play with this and see what possibilities you can dream up.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays!!

From our house to yours, have a wonderful holiday!!  No 
time to shoot for Texture Tuesday, so I'm repeating
a previous image.  Anna and Ollie send their
best wishes and big hugs too!

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