Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Three Muses--Stripes

made with papers and elements from the Midnight Reveries combo kit from DeviantScrap.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Take a Word--Grandma's Recipes

What I learned most from spending summers with my Nana was not so much recipes, but how to cook.  She had the basic recipes for biscuits, cookies, soups, sauces and pies in her head, and she taught me proportions, and most importantly--not to be afraid to add stuff and experiment with flavors.
Between her and my dad, who was a cook in the Navy,  I can make a mean soup, a great pasta sauce, and take a basic cookie recipe to great heights.

Original photo from Google images--alas I don't have any of me and my Nana cooking...
Recipe cards from Collage Images Flickr group and lace overlay from Temari 09

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Postcard Art--Coffee Time

Image from Google, played with in photoshop.  Loved the quote!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Photo Arts Friday--Hardware

My photo of the gas meters at the office park where I work, 2 layers of Artist's Easel and one of Wicked.  Watercolor and cutout filters applied.

Playing with someone else's style

Svenja Jodicke, an artist living and working in Berlin. Make-up art has really paced up over these years, like the body painting art and lip art.  Svenja’s work is inspired by all kinds of people, places, animals, and other things beyond imagination which really takes her craft to the next level. By adding theatrical feathers, contact lenses and other accessories, Svenja creates some truly vibrant and colorful works. She also creates fabulous fantasy portraits of people and animals.

This is my take on her style of animal portraits.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Texture Tuesday--the cure

My photo, taken in Orleans, on Cape Cod.  Kim's textures Xanthe Scripted and Greyday.
The frame is from Fuzzimo.

collage obsession--shrine

All elements from Marta Van Eck

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013


The photo is of Gladys Cooper, an early 20th Century actress. The background is made from desktop wallpaper and a piece by Elizabeth Golden.  The text and the stars in her eyes are brushes.

Some things blue

fooling aroundwith Photoshop brushes

Photo Art Friday--Back Door

A door in Baltimore.  I used Bonnie's Artist's easel texture twice, set at Hard light and pin light, and made a duplicate layer of the original and uses the Poster Edges filter set to Overlay.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Take a Word--Fantasy

Images from Google , background made with images from the Hobble telescope and LOMO light leaks.

Mandarin Orange Monday--a Bridge to New Jersey

A bridge over the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Camden, NJ.

Cutout filter (one of my favorites), gradient map, grunge texture by Shadowhouse and newsprint from the Graphics Fairy.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

SPA-- Vive la France

It's always both an honor and a treat to be asked tobe the guest host at Sunday Postcard Art.  This is a great group of extremely talented artists, and I always love to see how you all interpret the theme.

Photo Arts Friday--Train car in Jim Thorpe, PA

Photo from a trip to Pennsylvania last summer
two layers of Rice Paper and one of Chinks of Light

Friday, January 11, 2013

Reverse 365 Days 10-11

Some really old photos, from my old faithful PentaxK1000--yes FILM!

 View from the top of a tour bus, October 2001

Marina at Gloucester, MA

Playing with Brushes

Still can't actually paint, but I think my virtual painting is getting better,  I downloaded a new brush set from Tiki Montoya-found it on Brusheezy, my GO TO site for brushes.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Reverse 365-Days 8-9

 The pond at Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, July 2012

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Three Muses--Something Sepia

Portrait of Clara
Elements and textures from Shadowhouse, Marta Van Eck and Hidden Vintage Studio

Monday, January 7, 2013

Project 365 Reverse

One of the gates surrounding Radcliffe College

Reverse 365 Day 5

reflection of pilings in Boston Harbor

Sunday, January 6, 2013

SPA--Winter's Elegance

The trees and the snow are brushes, the bird is from a photo I took a while ago, and the background is made with textures from Textures for Layers Flickr group.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Project 365 in reverse Days 2 & 3

Some photos taken at a dogsledding race weekent in central Maine, film, taken in the late 1990's.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A word of intent--Serenity

I don't know if any of you choose a "word of intent" for the coming year--I have, in the past, chosen PERSEVERE and PATIENCE. I persevered through a very stressful job situation as 40% of our national workforce was eliminated, the process seemed so random and illogical that everyone was terrified all the time. I was actually laid off and reinstated twice in four months. that was HARD!

Last year my word was patience--beginning with the job situation, which was finally resolved for the time being; my family dealt with the gradual loss of my mother--through dementia, Alzheimer's and finally to cancer. She left us peacefully on October 4th.

My husband was diagnosed with congestive heart failure at the end of October, and had open heart surgery on November 28th. He's home now and recovering rapidly, but our lifestyle has undergone some startling and rapid changes. With PATIENCE we are PERSEVERING.

And this brings me to this year's word--SERENITY. My desire is to embrace the changes and challenges each new day brings with calm, to let go of the stress with mindfulness and to still... and open to God and the universe.

Wish me luck!

~written on December 31, 2012

Project 365 in Reverse--Sort Of...

Thanks to Emily of Scattered Horizons Photography for passing on this wonderful idea!  I tried a Project 365 (taking and posting a photo every day for a year) and made it to the middle of April.  I will take more photos this year, but probably not every day, This is a great way to revisit my photos and share them with you all.

The 365 Project is a great way to improve your photography and to document each day for the next year, but it’s also very daunting and can be difficult to complete. But what if you did a 365 with pictures you’ve already taken?
Pete Labrozzi created a new way to complete the 365 Project. Instead of taking a picture every day for the next year, Pete is using photos he’s taken from previous years.
In the smartphone age, our pictures barely last a hot minute. With this project, you can pull them out of the darkness and incorporate them into your future 365.
Some benefits according to Pete:
  • Everyday life gets a little mundane. The Reverse 365 lets you skip uploading 100 pictures of your pet or daily coffee
  • Be free of carrying a camera with you everywhere you go
  • Less stress about posting the photos because they’re already taken
  • You’re still able to look back on your work and progress, it just happens sooner!
So here's the first one, taken a few years ago at one of my favorite places, Portland head light at Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Post processing included adding a texture layer and the words.