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!
This is week two in my participation in Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesdays. Ever since my decision to spend more time on my photography I feel a certain sense of rightness and calm. I also see things in the most unexpected places. This leaf had fallen in my garden and I noticed the light and how it reflected off this one golden brown leaf amongst a bed of bright green. Since I was encouraging my dog to get down to business I’m amazed that I even noticed it at all.
This was taken with my iPhone 5 and then altered with layers and adjustment layers in Photoshop CS6.
Having lived through my husband’s cancer and now the aftermath of his debilitating stroke I know what it’s like to live that part of the vow : ‘for better or worse, in sickness & in health’. But even living with my own burden does not mean I can pretend to understand what Kim is dealing with right now. Her beloved husband John is undergoing cancer treatments which means they must be many miles from their home. He must endure countless days of pain and Kim must live through her own kind of pain. BUT…through it all she remains strong and vigilant with her blog and workshops…and that, my friends, takes a special kind of woman. So for Kim & John I dedicate this week’s Texture Tuesday’s photo.
Altered with Kim’s texture: “Enlightened” as well as many of my own overlays. If you’re a photographer and you haven’t tried altering photos with textures may I suggest that you stop over and join Kim’s Texture Tuesdays. And in today’s post get a peek at her long awaited Waterfront Texture collection!