Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wonderfulicious Wednesday

 Sun print. Stitched. Framed.

 Grape Leaf. Decayed by Nature.

 Trio of leaves from Brachychiton Populneus AKA. Bottle tree.
 Waterlogue app.     

Twig. Waterlogue app.

Wishing everyone a Wonderfulicious Wednesday.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Fascination - Leaves and Roots

A terrific lazy Sunday afternoon combo.
 A dried Grape Vine leaf and a new app.

 Same dried Grape Vine Leaf as above with a different SketchGuru filter.

 My fascination of roots and pods continues. 

Also continuing is my fascination of weeds. 

A little studio time this week. Acrylic on canvas.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wonderfulicious Wednesday

 Two of my favorite visitors to the garden. The hummingbird is perched on a branch of
the grape-less vine. No grapes this year.

The Yellow Oriole prefers
the Hummingbird feeder. In this shot
he's waiting his turn.

 Two feather sun prints.Umber and black paint on the print above.
Turquoise and brass paint on the one below.

 Five years ago in Positano. Straight shot above.
Love the reflection. 
Waterlogue app below.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Garden Fotos

A Sleepless night led to being greeted in the garden with this bloom! Can't complain about 
the lack of sleep when I was
gifted the opportunity to photograph the flower. I missed the first
two blooms last week when the heat wilted them before 9am. 

By 10am the flower had closed up and now at 11am the sun is burning the tips. 
This is the first morning in months that the morning was cool enough 
to spend some quality time in the garden. 

 Our furkid, Spencer, joined me on the patio much to the dismay of the hordes of birds that
daily visit the feeder. The finches return if we sit still enough.


 One dove attempted to be brave enough to scrounge the ground for seed, 
but after a couple of minutes flew off.

Safe on the neighbors roof this dove kept looking me in the eye, or giving me the eye. 

Wishing everyone a Super Sunday.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Fotos

 For someone who can't draw or paint . . . apps are absolutely beyond fabulous! 
I keep finding new ones to play with. My latest find is Waterlogue. If I worked in
watercolors the image below is what I would aim for. Though, the photo
above isn't too bad on its own. 

 These seed pods are from cactus that is growing near the Mail Room and 
in border around the gated community I live in. Doesn't "gated" sound grand? Or ostentatious?
 In the area I live in most of the communities are gated. 

Last week the sky was full of glorious clouds and for once I remembered to take
the camera/iPhone with me when I drove up to the Mail Room.
(I rarely use the iPhone as a phone) Coming out of the Mail Room this view 
caught my eye. But, houses and a portion of the parking lot . ..  well, didn't do
much for me. 
A little cropping, a little removing houses + the Waterlogue app
 and suddenly I was Italy? Well, a person can dream.

In the last post are some photos of Positano that until I discovered
the Waterlogue app I thought were the effect I was hoping for.
Both of the photos below are definitely more of how I "feel" about
the hotel balcony in Positano. You never know when something 
better will come along. I had hoped an app or technique would
show up with just the right effect, and it did. If only
everything in life was as easy. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

FF - Friday Fotos

Lately, I've needed to go to My Happy Place, the one that resides in my mind, and create
what I call Mind Art. I sit on this hotel balcony in Positano, Italy and breathe in the memory
of complete peace that I had there. 

The view from the hotel balcony. 
How come I'm living in the desert when it's the ocean that makes me feel so alive? 
It seemed like a good idea 8 years ago when the damp foggy days seemed to
be adding to the list of ailments. 

About half-a-mile down the winding road was
the restaurant we ate at the night before I took
this photo. If you look carefully you'll 
see where I wrote, "our table."

When I'm creating Mind Art I often think of how 
things were displayed on the streets in Positano.
There is an artful display of garments hanging
from the walls in the image above.

When one can't travel to Italy then Las Vegas will do.
Using a few photo apps I was able to get a
fairly decent effect of the Venetian exterior.
And below of the Canal, which did have
a Disneyland look to it. 

Positano. Five years ago this month. 

And one for Caterina who posted an image of
Skeleton leaves on her blog that nearly
had me swooning. I adore decay.
Instant gratification through PSE
and Voila. a digital version
of a skeleton leaf.
Be sure to visit Caterina's blog where
I find beauty and peace. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wonderfulicious Wednesday

A few ideas I'm kicking around for maybe a fabric piece with 
images of feathers. 

 Feather scanned on illustration setting merged with photo of rust fabric.
Another version below.

Scan of photo on rust fabric scan.

Feather scan set on illustration setting on black and white acrylic painting.

Sun print scanned on illustration setting.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wonderfulicious Wednesday - Agave study

From a distance this bloom seems to be anything but complex in structure.
  Once a year the blooms on a rather
boring Agave decorate the garden
with their glory of which is presently fading.

 As each petal starts to decay and fall off, the lacy stalk forms. 
Last year I missed the most of the stages of the glory the agave produces.

 This year I seem to be more in tune to the garden and what it presents to
me and with the gift of time I've made some photographic studies of a few of the cacti.

This particular image will most likely find its way into something manipulated.

I've just rediscovered working with negative prints again. 

Almost a little too manipulated, but the dance 
is joyous.