Still waiting for the first Halloweener to arrive 😦 It seems that since the neighborhood has changed and a lot of folks have moved off the block we don’t get many trick or treaters. Those young kids who live in other parts of the neighborhood stay to the inside streets…since our street meets a heavily traveled county road I think that most children have been told to stay away. But EVERY year I buy candy…I figure the year that I stop doing that is the year they will arrive en masse.
Today a little package arrived from Amazon. Inside were my rechargeable batteries, camera battery charger and a CamKix universal clip-on lens for my iPhone 5. There’s a fish eye, macro & wide angle…I got it primarily for the macro so that I could create overlays from photos of moss, dirt, concrete, etc. Here are a few shots I’m putting into my overlay folder. Don’t be like me and snack on the leftover candy!
Moss on the shed roof.
Cracks in the wheelbarrow tire.
The bottom of the grill brush! Yuck!
Here is a photo of my favorite cat, Sebastian laying on my lap done with an overlay of moss and rust. Gotta LOVE photoshop CS6 and adjustment layers!
This is the workdesk that I hope to see more often in my future. I was heavily involved in artistic photography back in the ’90s. As life would have it the matter of ‘making money’ got in the way and I found I had to return to traditional arts/crafts to make a living. I’ve been blogging almost exclusively about my Ning site, artdemos.com in past posts. After a LOT of thought and tears I’ve decided that at 64 I NEED to return to my cameras. The stress of trying to make over 900 people happy with classes and posts has taken its toll. Of course, my husband’s disabling stroke also played a BIG part in this…it’s not hard to pocket a camera when I go out with him, but taking huge chunks of time to spend in my studio isn’t practical.
But as luck would have it…he doesn’t want me to go back to photography but stay with my profitable teaching site. There doesn’t seem to be a happy medium at this point but I’ll keep at it. In the meantime here is my contribution to WOYWW. This is where my heart is invested right now…making art at my computer.
This was a shot I snapped while walking my dog and trying to get him to get down to business. The sight of that one rust leaf in a sea of green spoke to me and demanded I pay attention.
My workdesk, whether here at my computer or out in the studio has never been so clean. I tend to just lay things down and carry on. I couldn’t find my camera’s battery charger yesterday so I had to do a clean-up to try and find it…alas, not. But since I have Amazon Prime it will be here tomorrow along with a few other goodies I couldn’t resist!
Of course NO day is complete without that first cup of Java. I just purchased a box of Starbucks k-cups and OH MY! that’s some good cafe coming out of my Keurig nowadays. The last shot is of my blog with last night’s posting. It was for Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesdays. I’m trying to find challenges around the net to keep me busy and on task with my photography. I’m so loving Sebastian Michaels advanced photoshop course http://photoshopartistry.kajabi.com as well as Phil Steele’s basic photoshop training at steeletraining.com. Since I’ve been away from the computer for so long I am now have busy adding to my stash of overlays from Melissa http://www.keriyooremix.com/collections/all (very reasonable prices and a great deal of grungy textures); Kim Klassen http://www.kimklassencafe.com/; and Shana Rae at http://www.florabellablog.com/. These are the ladies and gentlemen who I like spending time with nowadays. If you’re into photoshop or photography you might want to check out their sites…you won’t be sorry! Have a great week y’all!
I can’t keep splitting myself in two…gotta go with where my heart is and it’s in the Gelli prints I make every day in prep for my August workshop on Art Demos. So these will be the last of the pieces that I do off the gelli plate…I got glitter in my eye scanning them 🙂
It’s still hotter than heck here in Jersey but we’re having thunderstorms every afternoon/evening so it cools off a bit by bedtime. Now off to post the last of these on the ICAD facebook page. G’nite to all my sweet ICAD sistahs!
but I took time to join in the ICAD challenge. The challenge, quite literally is 1 Card a Day=ICAD! It runs from June 1st to July 31st and while I KNOW that I will attempt to keep up with this challenge I’ll need to spend some of those days totally engrossed in my latest addiction…Gelli Prints.
I am so enamored with using the Gelli Plate to create art that I’ve decided that in mid-August I’m going to teach others MY technique for using the plate on Art Demos . It’s not just your straight…slap down a stencil kind of art…it gets into color blocking, sponging, scraping, palette knife painting, etc. I am so excited about doing this class that I NEED to practice every day, thus…the challenge will have to include some gelli plate art! On an index card, of course!
Some of you may already know that my beloved hubby suffered a debilitating stroke in mid-April, 2013. At the tender age of 64 he was NOT ready to take this lying down but still he needed a 24/7 caretaker…ME! Since his paralysis was on his dominant right side he couldn’t do the simple things in life…hence I did it all for him…at the detriment to my artistic soul.
BUT…there is a bright side to all of this…I FINALLY started an Art Journal…something I had fought against for years. Since I’ve had my own studio since age 22 I always did my ART in my STUDIO at my EASEL or DRAWING TABLE…who wanted a journal that you could take everywhere? As it turned out…ME! Since my addiction to the Gelli plate started about the same time it made perfect sense to put the two together! I could grab some studio time to work with the gelli plate and then sit with him while I drew & colored the pages…Hence these whimsical pieces brought to life the Journal and the Gelli!
Dawn DeVries Sokol on her blog dawndsokol.squarespace is in the midst of planning a book on journaling…I think I’m a candidate for how a journal can save your sanity so these are the pages I’ll be submitting. As always…comments are welcome…and in this case…NEEDED. I’d love to hear if you journal and if you do did you find it as hard to start as I did? OH…I have to mention here that these also inspired an online course that I’ll be teaching from August 5th to 9th 2013 on Art Demos. Sometimes things in life do take you by surprise! Going off to have a wonderful day…hope you are too!!!
Some of these pieces were inspired by my participation in the classes being given by Mindy Lacefield of Tim’sSally…for those of you who are taking the year long class, I can bet you’ll be able to tell which ones 🙂
there is NO CURE!! I’m a confirmed addict…so much so that I’ve added this to the roster to teach a class in early August on a new technique using the plate. If you want to learn more about this class, just come on over and join the fun! Art Demos