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. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sunday Sun Prints

Yesterday, I played around with printing more than one print on fabric. Lots of bleeding
 happening,  which could be creatively used.
On the print above there is room in the middle for an addition. 

 This is what the panel looks like.
The tree is coffee dyed. The other two
prints are the result of Dye-na-flow paint.

 I'm not usually a fan of purchased things like stencils, 
but I'm liking this one right now.

Panel top. I love the pattern of these leaves from a plant that is prolific
here in the desert. Mexican Bird of Paradise is the popular name of it.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saturday Sun Printing

A dear friend got me started researching sun printing which is dangerous; I can spend hours
looking at blogs etc. Anyway, I finally tried one, which didn't quite work.
 Printing on yellow might not be a good idea. Plus, I don't think that the leaves had made
 good enough contact with the fabric. Round two was much better. I painted Cerulean Blue
 over the yellow. There is a ghost print, the turquoise,
from the first printing. No stem though.

 I assumed that if I squished the leaves with a small pane of glass the print would be crisp and maybe 
stems would print. The flattened leaves resulted in both of these prints. Lots of interesting
paint texture, blotchy and some leaf imprints. I might do this again. The previously dyed fabric 
is from a batch that could benefit from over-dyeing, or this case, sun printed on.

Two imprints on a scrap of fabric that was previously dyed.

This image doesn't do the fabric justice. I have a few yards of pastel dyed fabric 
that had been set aside to over-dye. Light blue, yellow, and a red. The light blue
 shows through where
the leave imprint is and some of the other colors gave the coffee dyed sun print
 more of an organic look.

There is something satisfying about a stack of prints on a work table.  

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Fotos - End of the Calla Lily and Sea Urchin Season

 Just as expected, the Calla Lily isn't faring well in the heat, but then neither am I. Hopefully, it
will return next year so that I can create more images of its sculptural magnificence. 
In the meantime, I will continues to play with the few images I was able to capture. 

 It's also the end of the Sea Urchin Cactus season. 

 The bee kept buzzing my hand while I was taking this photo; he wanted
the bloom all to himself.  All I wanted was one great
shot of the bee and I ended up with three. 
We both were blessed.

 Zoom lens photo of the Sea Urchins in the garden.

This image fascinates me. Roger and I often visited Hakone Japanese Garden in Saratoga, CA.
 Unhappily, I never got a decent photo of the Koi ponds or the bamboo gardens.
 I recently ran across an image of bark on a Eucalyptus tree that I blended with
a bamboo image; both images were taken at Hakone
And now I finally have a photo that feels like Hakone always felt to me, if that makes sense.
While watching this video of Hakone I was able to once enjoy the small garden
and remember areas that I had forgotten.
Gotta love armchair traveling.