Monday, December 31, 2012

Take a word--Color

a turquoise and purple urban abstract

Saturday, December 29, 2012

SPA--Open theme

A little adventure in Black and White, created with Photoshop brushes.

Beyond Layers--beautiful

Kim's photo, cropped; two layers of chalk magic, one set to color, with the color of the flower masked in, and one inverted and set to multiply.  The text overlay is a brush, and the font is LainieDaySH

Friday, December 28, 2012

Playing with Mona Lisa

I made Mona into a brush, added a gradient map, used a piece of one of my abstracts for a clipping mask and applied a radial blur to the background.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Three Muses--Queen of Hearts

Image from Google, background made with buts from Textures 4 Layers and Elizabeth Golden. Hearts and text are brushes.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Collage Obsession--Solstice

Background and tree from Molemina's White Christmas kit, photoshop brushes and bird from Google.

Take a word--Moo

These are such fun to make. 
Red background from Google, painted silk from Cynthia Powell, and the rest is layers of brushes.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Postcard--Happy Christmas...

It's not always easy, not to doubt...
but twenty-six new angels are in heaven this christmas
twenty tiny cherubs
six fearless guardians
we know you are watching over us all

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Moo Mania--Christmas

Three Muses--textures and layers

Contemplation of a Tragedy

It seems that everything we do or see or even think has been colored by the unspeakable events in Newtown. Hearts everywhere are breaking with sadness for the families, classmates teachers and neighbors.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Take a Word--Tis the Season

Elements from Cajoline and Molemina's Chtistmas Freebies.

Mandarin Orange Monday--Decorating Mom's tree

A few years ago my dad had knee surgery right before Christmas.  My sister and I came to help decorate the house.  My mom passed away this october, and that weekend is a memory that I will cherish.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

SPA -- Blue and Silver

Two of the Christmas postcards I made to send this year.  Papers an elements fromCajoline and Molemina from O-scraps an from Trine Stecher.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Three Muses--Male

I found this quote and just loved it--the way it was so inclusive of "every man"

Created with images found on Google, overlaid with a piece by Trine Secher and a digital watercolor I made last summer.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Collage Obsession--Darkness

Night Mood
Background from Shadowhouse, image is a Zeigfeld girl.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Take a Word--Sewing

I had fun making this with images from Google and buttons from my virtual button jar.

Moo Mania--Genius

Mandarin Orange Monday--River Grass

a photo I took near a river in Philagelphia.  Played with gradients, cutout filter and added a texture.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Three Muses--Gothic Arch

A little bit Gothic--a lot of Arches
Arches from Marie's Freebies, cycle, candle and cat from Midnight Reverie Combo Kit, background is a Hubble Telescope photo and a bit od bokeh from Mary Vican.

Collage Obsession--Chaplin

A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.
Charlie Chapln, describing himself

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mandarin Orange Monday--Tino

Tino belongs to himself, by lives with my friend and her granddaughter.  Three layers, posterize,overlay and color burn.

Take a Word--Mail art


I really has to be Christmas baubles, doesn't it.  My photo of a shop window in Saratoga Springs, NY, altered with filters and blending, a Word Salad overlay, and the stars are a freebie from somewhere.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

SoArtful--Birds in Holiday colors

Some pieces for Digitalmania.

This week the Digitalmaniacs are taking on the style of Nicki Newfield, a British born Californian mixed media artist.
The Digitalmania group chooses a mixed media artist,  and we all attempt to emulate their style using digital techniques.  It's very challenging, but great fun as well.

Here's a bit about Nicki...
A few years ago, Nicki started to incorporate collage into her work. After a visit to Russia she became so intrigued with the art, especially the icons, that her work evolved into mixed media and collage on canvas.
Her current works are highly textured, combining many layers of paper and metallic paint. “When I start a new canvas, I have no idea where the process will take me. I like to incorporate renaissance and religious images, but sometimes my theme can be eliminated during the course of my layering and my finished work can take on a whimsical mood” Nicki does not work with bright colors but instead, prefers to use more muted “Tuscan” tones. Like her watercolors, she uses transparent glazes which reveal hidden images and surprises to the viewer. “I love every minute of this artistic process and the discovery in capturing the essence of a bygone era.”
Saint Clare

In the Stars


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.