Thursday, November 29, 2012

Three Muses--Hats


Original image from vintage Vogue magazine, watercolor technique from BluelightningTV

Happy happy Heart!!!

My husband, my true love, my best friend, came through open heart surgery with flying colors yesterday.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Take a Word--Fishy

Found the fish drawing from Karen's Whimsey by way of Google, and filled it with a pattern from Caatje Winkelman.  Background textures are from Pareeerica and Boccacino at Textures for Layers.
The funny little font is called Another Hand.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

SPA--Rainy Days

Photo from Google Images, altered in Fotosketcher, raindrop overlay from Textures for Layers.

Crazy Amigos--Winter Colors


A winter postcard. The bird and branch are taken from two of my photos and altered with photoshop fulters.  The background is painted woth watercolor brush strokes.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you look quickly out of the corner of your eye, you might just see the turkey!  He did leave a few feathers behind.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Three Muses--In Your Eyes

in your eyes
the light the heat
in your eyes
I am complete
in your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
in your eyes
the resolution of all the fruitless searches
in your eyes
I see the light and the heat
in your eyes
oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
the heat I see in your eyes
                                           ~ Lyrics by Peter Gabriel
                                            ~Eyes by Natalie Wood

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Take a Word--Angels

The Fiery Beauty of Angels
I have no idea how this came to be...

Mandarine Orange Monday--the Honey Sellers

A photo I took several years ago at the Public Market in Seattle.  These sweet ladies are beekeepers, and they are at the market most days with an amazing array of honeys.  You can even taste them!  We bought a jar and a loaf of bread and just ate and ate..  I still have a tiny beeswax angel, and, while it doesn't melt, on cold days when the heat is on, there's sometimes a hint of honey in the air.

Processed with Poster Edges and textures from Shadowhouse and Kim Klassen.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Stripes--Red Circus

All elements from Marta Van Eck's Midnight Reveries kit.  It is available at Deviant Scrap and is FULL of wonderful stuff!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Photo Art Friday--Still Life

My photo, altered with Fotosketcher, Blur, Multiplyand overlay modes, Glowing Edges and Color Dodge filters and watercolor stroke brushes.  Overlaid with Bonnies Wine Label texture.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Three Muses - Animal Magic

We each come into this world accompanied by an animal spirit - a significant indicator of our personal power - that walks with us on our soul journey through space and time. These Spirit Guides are very personal totems since they strongly reflect our inner spiritual nature. These Life Totems are animal spirits that are with you your entire life. They are your essence, your character, and reflect your innate core traits. This relationship remains the same throughout your life. They are your closest personal guides to help discover the truth of who you are. They are always with you.

While I've never consciously tried to identify my animal spirit, I do identify with Bear.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

just a thought...

My photo, a gradient map, a quote, Kim Klassen's "wonderful Magic" texture.

Take a Word--Pink

I REALLY love gradient maps!

Made this for a yahoo theme fro Breast Cancer Awareness.  I've given permission for it to be used as signage and graphics for a Breast Cancer awareness walk.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Moo Mania--Movie Stars

Three of my favorites--Bette Davis, Jane Russell and Natalie Wood.


Just the kind of mood I'm in...
Background from Media Militia, photo is public domain


Diwali, or Dipawali, is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.

Diwali, celebrated in October or November each year, originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter. India was an agricultural society where people would seek the divine blessing of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, as they closed their accounting books and prayed for success at the outset of a new financial year. Today, this practice extends to businesses all over the Indian subcontinent, which mark the day after Diwali as the first day of the new financial year.

Indians celebrate with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship to Lakshmi. Some believe that Lakshmi wanders the Earth looking for homes where she will be welcomed. People open their doors and windows and light lamps to invite Lakshmi in.
Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith: Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs.

Photo Art Friday--Lines

My photo, solarized and overlaid with Bonnie's Starburst texture

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

KK Beyond Layers--Quote Challenge

THis week Kim gave is a photo and asked us to find a great quote for it, and make a piece of art.  Here's what I did.

I used two layers of the photo, one set to color burn and opacity at 47%, and Kim's texture MagicTexture2 set to screen.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Take a Word--Steampunk

KK Beyond Layers--creating abstracts with custom shapes

Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers class is almost over.  I will admit that I haven't really been keeping up, but this one intrgued me.  Most of the lessons have been working with photographs, but this was to create an art piece using shapes.  It was fun to create a tryptich,  It looks to me like something from a 1950's decorator's repertoire... and I really like it!

SPA--Hot Air Balloon

The image is a poster from the New York Public Library collection (a GREAT source od public domain images) altered in a pop art poster style.  The overlay is a word salad I made a while ago for another project.