Friday, August 31, 2012

Back to school--School Days

It's back to school around the world!  Let us all not forget to cultivate imagination and creativity in our children, as well as knowledge and the discipline of study.
Image is a freebie from somewhere; the background is made from a texture from Elizabeth Golden enhanced with brushes that I made.
This is for Crazy Amigos challenge "Back to School" and perhaps for Three muses' upcoming "School Days" theme.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


three muses--Masculine

Traveling Man
Image from Collage Images Flickr Group, watercolor overlay from Google Images, diamond pattern made from a picture of a rug.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Texture Tuesday--Carousel Horse

A photo from the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, CT.  I uses Kim's textures Letgo and 123 overlay, and a layer of text, and played with gradients and blending modes.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Take a Word--Clockwork

Made from a clockwork background from Kaukassus at Deviantart, a grandfather clock face and the cornflowers that are from my stash.  And a lot of adjusting layering, filtering and blending.
I like the pop of the colors and the busyiness of the pattern.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Soartful-Circus with red and white stripes

All images found on Goolge Images


Gotta be the Man of Steel!!!!!!
Couldn't decide which I like better so you get both.
All images found on Google Images.

Moo Mania--Crowns

Images from Land of Nod Studios, Suzee Que, and the ever popular " i forget where this came from."

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Texture Tuesday--Ironworks

Our challenge this week was to use at least one layer of Kim's texture, Dreamit.  It's a beauty, and would enhance almost any photo. I used it to add a sepia patina to a photo of a machine from ironworks on display at the Johnstown Flood Museum.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Three Muses-- Black and White and---COLOR!

A B/W illustration from a vintage children's book.
I've made it into a brush and added a few bits of color.

Still more playing--watercolor effects

Monday, August 20, 2012

collage obsession--Summer carnival

From a photo I took in Atlantic City a few years ago.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Take a Word--Tattered

The word tattered always makes me thing of old, well-loved toys, and quilts made
by great-grandmothers from scraps of worn out clothes, that kept us warm and cozy.

The bear, blocks and quilts were found on Google.  The sunflower is a free stock image
from deviantart, all altered with filters, blending tools and brushes.

Thanks for visiting...

Mandarin Orange Monday - Abandoned

a photo of abandoned mill buildings in Johnstown, PA

Oranged using cutout and posterize filters, gradient map and another gradient layer, texturizer filter and a texture brush of crumpled paper...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

SPA--Circus--the lady and the tigers...and the lions

The original poster from Wikimedia Commons, 1891,  Altered with filters, gradients and blending modes.

Crazy Amigos--Shells

Original image from Image After, crab from Google Images, textire is my own.

more playing

Flowers from a friend's garden, a little raggedy from heat and lack of rain.  The overlay/mask is from Jerry Jones' new set, available at

Friday, August 17, 2012

playing in photoshop again

52 Starlets--Gene Tierney

A beautiful woman, and such a sad and painful life.  That sadness and pain come through
in many of the photographs of Gene Tierney
...and Oh!  that thousand mile stare...that looks right through you

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mandarin Orange Monday--Pittsburg Neon

On vacation in Pennsylvania...this was a photo of a neon sign on a parking garage in Pittsburg.  I diplicated and flipped it, and applied posterize and cutout filters.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

52 Starlets--Sci Fi Beauties

Don't know who this is or from whence it came.  It was one of AJ's samples.  I can't begin to tell you how I did it.

This is the lovely Darryl Hanna as Priss in Blade Runner

Vampira, from Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space--one of the WORST SciFi movies ever made!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Playing in photoshop

Fun with filters, geadients and blending modes
Model from Larafairie@deviantart, grafitti overlay also from deviantart (I wrote it down and lost the stickie)  Top one filters--photocopy and sharpen more.  Bottom one--Gradient map and a blending mode, maybe pin light?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Collage Obsession--Oriental

Images from Free Trinkets and Treasures and Dover.  Background texture from Elizabeth Golden.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Take a Word--Memories

Light the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories
Of the way we were
Scattered pictures,
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? could we?
Memries, may be beautiful and yet
What's too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget
So it's the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember...
The way we were...
                 ~Marvin Hamlisch

Mandarin Orange Monday--Santa Fe

Didn't do much to this--a little posterize, a little edge enhancement, a little sandstone texturizing.
The little thingies on the top of the walls are luminarias, it was near Christmas, and at night they were lit up.  They were actually all over the square.  It was beautiful!

This ia also my entry for Collage Obsession's Orange Challenge.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Photo Arts Friday--Doors

Doors and gates are among my favorite photo subjects!

Door at the lighthouse, textures with grunge brushes.

Yellow door, Fells Point, Baltimore. Textured with Bonnie's Antique Farewell. 

Green Gate, Fells Point, Baltimore. Textured with Bonnie's Touch of Gold.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Three Muses--Windows and doors

A couple of my photos, played with in Photoshop.