Saturday, August 31, 2013

Quoteograpy Tennyson

This is a sketch by Adolph Hitler when he was an art student...ah. the vagary  of life

Collage Obsession--Celestial

Better late than never.  I love working with the amazing images available from NASA's Hubble telescope site.

Adrift on a sea of stars...

SPA--Wild West

Images from Paperscraps Flicker site, brushes from Krakeroff and Obsidian Dawn

Friday, August 30, 2013

Some journal pages-Exploration

 my photo an and an original texture
Photos from Altered Emporium, texture from Arbenting.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tag Along

Mamdy, of Mandy's Magical World of Art and Sunday Postcard Art, has a new site, for people who like to make tags. It's called Tag Along

I don't know if I like to make tags or not, but--what the hey--I'll try anything once.

The first theme is Vintage.  Here's my tag.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Three Muses--Why I create

I have been creating art, in many forms, since I can remember--paper and crayons, scissors and glue, fabric and thread, glass and clay, stone and string. Photoshop and digital camera...
To create is a drive, an aspiration, a need, a WONDER.  It's a way to explore, not only the many, many media available, but to explore the world, and an attempt to embrace and explain.
There is color and light, texture, words and images, broad strokes and delicate lines--the tools we use to explore and explain and interpret what we see--AND--what we feel.
I photograph, and often use those images as a jumping off point...
I create digital images out of color and light...
I (try to) tell stories and illustrate feelings...
I create mail art and send it into the real world...
I journal to explore my own soul...

Here are some of my favorite pieces, in no particular order
my photo, with texture frame added.

brushes and text and a googled image (I made it big so you can read the wonderful quotes.

my photo, altered. and a brush altered with rust

my photo with a texture

painted with PS brushes

one of the first images I collected, altered with textures.

an illustration of a New Year's word of intent.

mail art (Digital)

Exuberance and joy in our creations

Monday, August 26, 2013

Take a word-Time

Who knows where the time goes...
                who knows where the time...goes...

Elements and papers from ItKuPiLLi, Russian Dutch heart, Trine Secher and other places too.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

SPA--Secret Garden

Fairy Garden

Textures from Brenda Clarke at Deviantart and Valerie at The Sum of All Crafts.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Dabbling in the style of Sabine Speisser

Sabine Speisser is a mixed media artist, author, sculptor, jewelry maker and more.  For more abour Sabine and her work, click here

She is our inspiration for Digitalmania this week.  The works below are all based on my original photographs, and enhances with texture layers, brushes, filters and blending.


like walking in the rain

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Three Muses--Steampunk

Steampunk Vision
True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.
Edith Wharton
Images from Itkupilli, RDH and Cynthia Powell

Monday, August 19, 2013

Collage Obsession--Purple

I totally forgot that it was my week to host Collage Obsession!  Fortunately, I've had Purple on the brain for the last several days, form some other challenges.  So here are three purple postcards.
I can't wait to see what you all come up with.

my first ever packing tape transfer

Take a Word--Warm colors

Background found on Google, images from ItKuPiLLi.

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Please. let us eat cake!

cake from Google, texture from Encounter_laura and the stamp is mine.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

another version

In the soft style of Susan Tuttle, for DigitalMania.
Textures from Kim Klassen.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Three Muses--text

true of heart...

Using text in my art is one of my favorite things.

Began with the text piece, Graphics Fairy, I think; then the cabinet card, from a free to use Flickr group; then the clock with no hands (one of my favorite elements) from Google; then the border and then the rose from Marta Van Eck, and finally the words from Altered Emporium.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Take a Word--Wild Animals

in the tall grass

Image from Google Images. Background pieces from Marta Van Eck's Green kit, lots of blending and watercolor brushes.

SPA--Fish out of water

As we old hippies like to say...Far Out!
Made from photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, altered with Custom shapes and Difference blending mode.

The words are from the Beatles.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Some photos--altered and not

The first four were edited with a duplicate layer at soft light
out front of a cigar store in the North End

fruit for sale

 Wabi sabi telephone pole

Wabi sabi loading dock
No Shade
Hard light filter and text brush applied.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Three Muses--Circles and Squares

Made with papers by Kristin Dudish and circles from Marta Van Eck.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

Some new Postcards

Cards above made with homemade foam stamps, markers and stencils

The wings for this little fairy are made from a coffee filter, sprinkled with baking soda, dprayed with vinegar and dripped with food coloring.  What fun!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Photo Art Friday is Back!

and the theme is FLOWERS!

This is a shot I took in my father's garden, with my new DSLR that I'm still learning.  So far it's my best DOF yet.
overlaid with Bonnie's textures Spring Light Canvas and Beauty Is, and a border I made.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

SPA--Celebrating Women

Made a digital stamp from a sketch I found on Google and altered a bit.  The background is from Leslie Sowden, and the postage stamp is one of my originals.


a map of the Boston Subway system, a car from the MBTA Green line and a waiting passenger.

some random pieces

I found this photo of this beautiful young man on Google Images.  When I visited the page, I found it was his obituary.  The translation of the Spanish is here.

This Sunday, May 15, at approximately 2:30 pm, Eugenio Ernesto market Sánchez PACHELY, ceased to exist.... Excellent husband and father, a great friend but especially... Great person! Ex-companero of Group A of our beloved generation 71-74... Rest in peace...
All the elements are from ItKuPiLLi.
I'm With the Band
elements from itKuPiLLi, Beth Rimmer  Hidden Vintage Studios and Finecrafted Designs