Sunday, April 28, 2013

Quotography--Open Theme.

I took some nice photos of these Dawn Redwood trees a few weeks ago at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston (Redwoods in Boston, who knew!), just as they were beginning to get that green haze that comes right before the buds burst out.
I remember thinking about this quote while I was making the photographs.

I created a threshold layer from the original and set the blend mode to multiply, then added a texture from Nancy Claeys from A Rural Journal, set to color burn.

Mandarin Orange Monday--Coffee shop

Part of the entrance to a coffee shop in Fells Point, Baltimore. Duplicated the layer, set to soft light, texturized the top layer and posterized the copy od the original photo.

Take a Word--Beautiful

I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.  ~Author Unknown

 Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.  ~Kahlil Gibran

Photo found on Google, painted with watercolor technique and overlaid onto Jerry ffom Shadowhouse's new creations, Splatter Masks.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

SPA--Mail Art

A little envelope I made with digital (and real) stamps and a duck from Beth Rimmer.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Thisis straight out of the camera--a portion of a worn, graffiti covered door in Fell's Point, Baltimore,  I don't recognize this woman, but she looks to me as if she could move mountains...

inner beauty

Zeebras in the weeds

Madonna with a bluebird

Still playing with my new freebies

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Collage Obsession--Mail Art

Envelope from Fuzzimo, elements from Beth Rimmer, Marta Van Eck and Cynthia Powell.

playing with some new freebies from Brusheezy

Sadness is but a wall
between two gardens...
~Khalil Gibran

Three Muses--Blue Moo

Top made with a texture from Textures for Layers and ps brushes
Bottom also a texture from Textures for Layers and elements from iTkuPiLLi 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Take a Word--Sea

La Mer--a place of illusion, fantasy, danger and delight...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

An AMAZING Mixed Media Artist

I'm in Baltimore this week (it's my birthday) and have discovered the most amazing mixed media artist.  His name is Loring Cornish and his work is beyond Fabulous.

Please Google him and look at this amazing art, and if you are eve in Baltimore, his studio ison Thames St in Fells Point.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Collage Obsession--Emerald Art

With thanks to Marta Van Eck and Russian-Dutch Heart for the background and elements , and to Karen Isaacson, of Mail ME Some Art, for the words.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Take a word--Vintage Beauty

Beauty must be natural, fair and clear skin due to good health, rosy cheeks due to excitement
and a zest for life. Interesting eyes are brought by interesting thoughts and a sharp, educated mind.


SOAR is what spirit does when it is happy and free.  It's not about actual flying or even leaving the ground. the wings of the spirit are ethereal, internal and not easily recognized.

A boarder, snow or skate, a tiny child with a huge imagination-- may SOAR as high or higher than any dancer, pilot, astronaut, bird or angel.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Photo Arts Friday--light and shadow

A view from inside the stands at the Pittsburg Pirates' stadium. Bonnie's textures Brown Rice Paper and Chinks of Light.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Three Muses--The Written Word

a quote from one of my favorite authors, John Irving.  I began my love affair with his work through the movies--Setting Free the Bears, Hotel New Hampshire, The World according to Garp--the movies are so rich and full of nuance. And then I read some of the novels--and they were even richer--fascinating characters, gorgeous, succulent prose, quirky and funny, sad and ultimately quite profound.
Who could ask for more...

THe background is made with textures from Textures for Layers Flickr group (a GREAT resource), the font is Impact, with a letterpress style applies and the butterfly is a brush.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Take a word--Botanical

A Whole New World...

A botanical illustration found on Wikimedia Commons, girl from itKuPiLLi, dragon from  Russian Dutch Heart, blue lizard and tentacles from my own stash (I LOVE that tentacle).

Collage Obsession--Faces

I love fabulous faces, especially those dramatic black and white photos of striking women.  They are not always beauties, but they are ALWAYS compelling--and I love to take their black and whiteness and zap it with pop art color!




Saturday, April 6, 2013

SPA--Vintage Telephone

Homage to the telephone operators...

More playing with itKuPiLLi

Made with Victorian Clip art kit. The background is a paper from Dutch-Russian Heart

Made with Ars Longa and Golden kits.  The pedestal is from Beth Rimmer

Friday, April 5, 2013

Photo Arts Friday--Collage

A couple of photos taken at the Forest Hills Cemetery.

Intimations of Immortality...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


The sky, the desert and the mountains around Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Crazy Amigos--Banners

Playing with itKuPiLLi

I recently purchased some great new kits from Deviant Scrap and the amazing creative mind of itKuPiLLi.  A Yahoo group I co-manage has chosen her as our design inspiration for April.  BUT, thanks to the vagaries of Yahoo, I can't post my images there... so, they are here.