Thursday, May 30, 2013

Three muses--Zetti

Ah you know how I LOVE Zetti art--I really do, I just can't wrap my head around how to make it.  Here's a  little Zetti tulip.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Collage Obsession--Prisoner of Steampunk

Look, Ma, I made steampunk!
Woman from Dover freebies, background machinery from itKuptiLLi,  pen nib border from Cynthia Powell Designs, background pieces from Russian Dutch Heart and Cryztal Rains. the brass bits are a PS brush.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mandarin orange Monday--Reflection in the Ripples

A blurry and dull original photo of spring trees reflected in the Charles River on a windy day.  Duplicate layer set to overlay, with a blue adjustment layer set to saturation in between.

Another one in the style of Jover

Saturday, May 25, 2013


The little cutie was found on Google, and the background from Media Militia.  The wings were made with the cookie cutter tool on one of the background papers.

Friday, May 24, 2013


Taken on the docks at Bar Harbor, Maine a few years ago.  They were SO cute!
modified greatly with PSE filters

a few more

I really love this style!

Model from Faestock at deviantart

This face is a digital brush.

In the style of Loui Jouver

model from Infidem_stock at deviantart

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Texture Tuesday--Wabi Sabi 4, trellis

two layers of KK "Linda", one at color burn and the other at soft light

Three Muses--Stripes

not in Kansas any more...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Collage Obsession--One Word

For Equilibrium, a Blessing

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what's said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of God.”

John O'Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mandarin Orange Monday--Poison ivy

pretty, isn't it...

Take a Word--Sewing

the kimono maker

image from Wikimedia, background watercolor papers from Arbenting.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

SPA--Buttons and Bows

images from Hidden Vintage Studios Russian Dutch Heart and Cottage Arts.

SoArtful--night sky

Lucy in the sky...

Friday, May 17, 2013

the odds against...

Another of my favorite wordsmith's is Robert Brault.  This is one of his!

The child is a freebie from Ms. Bailey, the marker was googled and the background is an "ehh" photo of mine...looks better this way.

let it go

I found all these wonderful-full of great quotes, boards on pinterest, and an hacing great fun making journal pages.

Here's one.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Three Muses--She Believed

This piece started out as something completely different, just playing
with a random image and gradient maps. 
Then I found this quote (unattributed) on Pinterest, and it suddenly came together.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Take a word--Mothers

the seeds our mothers plant...

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously,
handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see
-- or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.
                                                                                                                      ~ Alice Walker

Collage obsession--Stairway to a Blues Heaven

credits to Finecrafted Designs, Marta Van Eck and Pink Lotty.

Saturday, May 11, 2013


Woman from ItKuPiLLi, chevron overlay from Cottage Arts and background paper from Pink Lotty designs.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mandarin Orange Monday--Rusty Lantern

Taken in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood, oranged a bit with a gradient (it wasn't really rusty at all.)

Experiment--Wabi Sabi

Wabi sabi is not a style defined by superficial appearance. It is an aesthetic ideal, a quiet and sensitive state of mind, attainable by learning to see the invisible, paring away what is unnecessary, and knowing where to stop.

It is a concept I personally struggle with, being a packrat by nature and a clutterer as a result.  I almost always find it hard to know when to stop, both in art (I love color and texture) or in photography, to stop and really study the scene before me, instead of just clicking off several images amd moving on.

So here is a first attempt to get beyond the bright colors and the busyness of the world and just see the beauty wherever it lies--in a leaf, a worn doorway, a single blossom, a tree branch against a gray sky.

We'll see...

Three Muses--Music

Monday, May 6, 2013

Quotography--Your Choice, and Tuesday Muse

Came the Spring
With all its splendor,
All its birds and all its blossoms,
All its flowers and leaves and grasses.
 ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Song of Hiawatha
My photo, taken yesterday at the Arnold Arboretun
texture , Laundry Day, by Nancy Claeys

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Collage Obsession--Bears

all images found on Google

Take a word--Stone Angels

There are far, far better
 things ahead than any
that we leave behind...
                  ~c. s. lewis
Made with a stock image from Ashenheart at Deviantart, and papers from Marta Van Eck and Russian Dutch Heart.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

SPA--When I grow up

Photo from Deviant art via Google images, background from Joes Sistah and Marta Van Eck

playing with new kits