Wednesday, May 30, 2012

52 Starlets--Olivia de Havilland

Welcome back, AJ!

A wonderful choice for this week's theme.  I have always thought that Olivia posessed an ethereal beauty and a compelling serenity that made her stand out from others in her era.  I tried to capture and enhance both those qualities in my entries for this Challenge.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Crazy Amigos--Orange

Orange--color of fire-of passion-of certain destruction if you are not careful...

Three Muses--Commemorative Stamp

To thank you, Ann, Bev and Marie, for all your hard work, your very creative themes and challenges, and , of course, for sharing your wonderful, brilliant art with all of us and giving us so many opportunities to share ours as well!
(enough adjectives???)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Kim Klassen Bryond Layers life--Babies

My photo, taken last week, a family of geese enjoying the grass on the strip between our parking lot and the Charles river near my office.  I counted 14 goslings.  I am reminded of a favorite quote from the book, Jurassic Park--"no matter what you do--life finds a way."
Textures used are Kim Klassen's Sunday and Charmed, and JoesSistah's Blue Border.

Take a Word--Friends

A true friend is a person who knows everything about you and loves you anyway...

Images fom Google Images, frame from Media Militia.

collage Obsession--Blue

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dress Forms

This one kind of made itself...I just kept adding and subtracting bits until it looked finished.
Bits are from Scrapbook Flair, Songbird Avenue, Marie's Freebies, Cottage Arts, Dover and Google images.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Three Muses--Architecture

Background made with a photo from the Hubble Telescope and a piece by Encounter_laura.  The cityscape is made with several layers using the same brush in different colors and blending modes.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Crazy Amigos--Bird

Background from Caatje Winkelman, stork from Dover.
Working hard at being cheerful...

52 Starlets--Jane Russell

I'm hosting the 52 Starlets Challenge this week, and I chose Jane Russell as thefeatured starlet.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Selections--To the Lighthouse

The lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth, near Portland, Maine, one of my favorite photo spots .

These were treated with textures from Jerry Jones'  new set. Painterly textures 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art--Childhood

Celebrating the amazing imagination and creativity of children everywhere.  Background by Caatje Winkelman, found on Free Collage Images Flickr group, with additions from Media Militia and PH brushes.  The child with the lovely painted hands was found on Google Images.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Photo Art Friday--Downtown

I opted for the lines, angles and geometric shapes for this challenge.  I really enjoy taking photographs of big city buildings.  This one is a photo taken a few years ago in downtown Boston, altered with blending modes and fill layers using patterns.  The bit of text is a brush

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Three Muses--Lock and Key

 I found out about this tradition from Abby's blog Russian tradition called LOCKS FOR LOVE. Here, bridges, fences and sometimes trees are covered with different padlocks...heart shaped, house shaped as well as normal shapes. When a couple marries, they close their lock in one of these spots and throw the key away, symbolic of making their love untouchable as well as irreversible... LOVELY!!

The fence is my photo, much altered, the rest is googled.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


altered with Fotosketcher and PSE filters

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Gothic Arch--Black and White

I know, it's very simple...but that's what Black and White is about...paring it down.

Take a Word--Peacock

I hope you all are enjoying this theme!  I've seen some amazing work so far.
My peacock image came from Dover and the background began with a piece from Media Militia.


SPA-Steampunk Angel

It's getting easier, this steampunk thing!
Photo from Google, background bits from Shadowhouse and Elizabeth Golden.  Steambunk elements from Cindy Powell, Cecilia Swatton, Cottage Arts and I'm with the Band.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Photo Art Friday--Blue Horizon

From the archives...Cape Cod, May 2009
Two layers of Bonnie's Etched in Stone texture, another texture from Elizabeth Golden and a frame from Media Militia

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Edit me--Magic

A beautiful photo this week.  I cropped it, duplicated the cropped piece, applied filters (photocopy, Gaussian blur and a warming filter) and blending modes (multiply, soft light, screen)  The stars are a brush and the border is a stroke with Gaussian blur applied.

Here's the original photo.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Three muses--Vintage Glam

Dorian Leigh (born Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker) (April 23, 1917 - July 7, 2008) was an American model and one of the earliest modelling icons of the fashion industry. She is considered one of the first supermodels and was well known in the United States and Europe.

Texture Tuesday--Sing Anyway

Just spent the day coming face to face with the fact that my mother is not only dying, but also is falling into the hell that is Alzheimer's disease... no song in MY heart today...

I used Kim's textures Oh My and Chase

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Take a Word--Gentleman

A portrait by Bryant Chapin, made from several altered layers.

SPA--Chicken Run

What a fun theme!
This chicken is from my photos of carousel animals from Baltimore.
Background made from textures by Elizabeth Golden and Songbird Avenue's Light the Night kit.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

52 Photos week 2 Let the sun in

So, of course, since this week's prompt is sunshine--it's been gray and misty and rainy all week.  So this is an old photo, sunlight through a window into a dark room.  Some playing with levels and blending layers, and a bit of bokeh from Shadowhouse, just because I love it.

SoArtful--Butterflies and Fairies


I just couldn't resist this fabulously stubborn little girl.
She came from an old challenge at Art Creations Friday.  The butterfly wings are a freebie from Karen at the Graphics Fairy, and the texture is from Elizabeth Golden.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Photo Arts Friday--Another favorite Book

Can you guess what book inspired this piece?  No big surprize, huh?  It's Jurassic Park!  I love this book--it's my Go To beach read every summer.  I love the message, the characters,the excitement and drama!

While I did not photograph these actual dinosaurs, I did take shots of them and others when we were at Universal Studios.  The background is two photos I took in Arcadia National Park in Maine, of ferns and a fabulous paper birch.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

52 Starlets--Agnes Moorehead

She really was a beauty--cool and a little sinister...I always thought of her as icy.
Two Fotosketcher layers and a gradient.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Edit me--Kaylene's photo

This week's "Edit Me" photo is from Kaylene.  It's a photo with "good bones"-- it has great lines that help your eye move around, and a nearly perfect "rule of thirds" layout.  Lovely reflections, too.

I tried to give it a little more drama--a Fotosketcher layer to bring out the edges and shadows, and a warm, Cinnamon texture from Pixel Dust to give it some light and texture.