Tuesday, May 31, 2005
I was inspired by another artist's website to try and make small cityscape type art cards. So I ended up trading with some friends from the draw/paint group. I worked on two views from France. I also added an entry about the Lily of the Valley that seems to be bursting with its beautiful fragrance everywhere except here. No Lily of the Valley in the Orlando area. It was always a favorite of mine when I used to live in New York. We are just too far south--Central Florida is in zone 9 I believe. I am one zone off from enjoying this lovely floral. arrrrgh!
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Our Everyday Matters theme this week is trees. I'm not sure I'll have time today to draw a new entry, but I found some journal pages of trees I have done in the past. Obviously I need to get up North more often, for all I have in my tree archives are palm trees. I need to do better with finding a variety of shapes and species to study in the future. ;) The above sketch was done while eating on the porch of the Casablanca Inn, St. Augustine Florida.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
See... you can grow older and keep your long hair, even if you are going gray. :) I liked this lady I saw in the magazine with her long gray hair---she looks relaxed and completely comfortable with who she is! I made two pockets on the right for holding handmade notecards by my mail art friends... also added some stamped images I carved from erasers.
A spread I did on Jeff's birthday, unfortunately he spent the day traveling to New Jersey on business... also commented on the Neil Diamond concert we are going to in October. The images were selected solely on colors... blue and peachy orange---certainly nothing theme related going on here. ;)
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
I recently asked my draw/paint group to come and rescue me! LOL I had far too many art and writing projects that were dying a slow death in the corner of my studio, so I begged for some moderating help. Being the fantastic people they are, we now have two superb moderators that will continue the original vision of the draw/paint atc group---to love, encourage, and trade those atc's! It will be nice to get back to some of the other things that have been in a holding pattern. I had already drawn this art journal page a month ago---unfortunately, the girl looks sad, but I'm not sad at all about the transition. I think it will all work out really nice for everyone. I was touched by the emails encouraging me to take a break, and I couldn't resist printing each message and sticking them in the mail art envie. I can pull them out at any time and read all their beautiful thoughts and well wishes! You all are indeed a wonderful art family. Many thanks!
We really look forward to our family spaghetti nights, which are usually on Tuesday--the night of violin lesson for Caitlin. Jeff and Caitlin go off to lesson while I prepare the dinner and "set the mood" for our Italian food fest. My college roommate's husband Jim is an accordian player, and she just gave me his recording of Italian Favorites. Needless to say, the music went perfect with the ambience and the food. Jeff decided to try out a new wine from Chile called Los Vascos, a cabernet savignon.
Thursday, May 05, 2005
My younger sister (left) and Me (right). I found the directions on how to get a hand-tinted look from a digital photography book I bought at Borders the other day. This was a color photo that I made into a black and white... then I followed the directions for adding the tinted colors to replicate those hand tinted styles I've been wondering about. But I didn't have to spend $$$ on the special inks or whatever they use... so I'm a happy camper.
This was a fun Photoshop Elements experiment. I took a colored photograph of my daughter and took the color out of it, then enhanced the contrast using auto contrast. Then I used the magnetic lasso tool to select around her head---then rotated it... made a copy. I opened up a fractals photo that I found on the web and used it as a background. I adjusted the opacity levels and then applied the stained glass filter which I fiddled with to reduce the borders and made the sections a bit smaller. All in all, it was a great learning experience. WHHHHEW! I'm mentally drained now. LOL I call this project, "Lizard Girl". ha ha
Our Golden Retriever Bentley was feeling a bit excluded from the photo experiments today, so I gave him some one on one camera time. He decided that his three-quarter pose was most flattering. He is an absolute hugga lovin' bear---but entirely NEEDY! A big honkin' needy boy dog if I ever saw one! He knows he's good looking, and that just makes it all the more impossible to resist his demands.