Thursday, August 26, 2010

Project #11

"Digital Expressions" project #11

About 4 years ago when I was cleaning out 23 years of stuff before the move to the desert a neighbor tossed some things onto the growing pile in the front yard. Fortunately, before the guys from a group home arrived to haul everything off to the dump I saw a crate and photographed it. So, the words are from the wood tobacco crate and the skulls are also from my personal photo archives. The crate photo was inverted which changed the brown of the crate to blue, then an image of a skull was duplicated and layered onto the background of the crate; the backgrounds were erased. There is also another layer of a rock wall. I had such a great time with this project that I did it twice, the other digital image is on my photo blog.  Maybe this piece is a commentary about tobacco? If it is it's unplanned.

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Quote: Don't look outside of yourself for a leader. Hopi Elders after the 9/11/01 terror attacks.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I don't have any new work to share so here's a photo of the furkids who will be 11 in Oct. Yep, they're hefty. They're brother, the protector on the left, and sister and go by the names of Spencer and MizRiley.

Mom chose the Give-away this time and it goes to the person who made the last comment. Val! I'll get something off to ASAP. My birthday is next month so I might have another Give-Away. Stay tuned.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Give-away and Cirque du Soleil

Out of commission due to an infection. Grr! But I still wanted to work on something and I find that when the energy is lacking it's the perfect time to get out something old that might be ready for tweaking. I made a few changes to this Cirque Du Soleil piece and was immediately in memory-land experiencing the few Cirque performances I was privileged to see. Memories!

There's still time to leave a comment for the Give-away. See the post from a couple of days ago. Thanks in advance for your comment.

Get Happy here

And enjoy your weekend!
“Always remember to slow down in life; live, breathe, and learn; take a look around you whenever you have time and never forget everything and every person that has the least place within your heart.”

Monday, August 16, 2010

Photo tricks

There is something intriguing about aged things and even though I don't use a lot of vintage items in my work I'm drawn to them. I posted the original of this photo of my photo blog and when I discovered a site that generates vintage photos from originals, well, I had to try it out. Where did I find the link? At Photojojo where you'll find more fun things to try. Instant gratification!

And yes, even if you've received a give-away from me before you're more than welcome to leave a comment on the last post for another try.
And what is the mystery photo posted two posts back? It's the top of an eggplant.

Thought for Today
"For me, it's the only goal worth aiming for: a transformation of consciousness that allows me to know that I am no better or worse than any other being. That I simply am." Oprah

Sunday, August 15, 2010


This is the latest 4x6 inch piece listed and it's time for another give-away. This time it's for one 4x6 inch fabric art piece. All you need to do is let me know what you'd like to see on any 4x6 inch piece such as: a  photo of? canceled stamps or not, a particular motif like a leaf,  abstract designs using fabric, or something I haven't mentioned. And do you like quotes on art pieces? Deadline for leaving a comment is my mother's 84Th birthday on August 24Th.

                         Quote: Eat for health. Play for fun. Work for joy. Love for life. Sally Huss

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nuggets of Joy

Nuggets of Joy have evaded me lately. grrrr! But today they seem to be plentiful and perhaps are making up for the last week or so? I've watched this video numerous times after seeing a post on Face-book and today it popped into my radar again. There is something very poignant and uplifting about Tanya Davis and her approach to being alone. Kudos to Bravo fro producing the video and to Andrea Dorfman who filmed it. It's shot in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Enjoy!

When I finally climbed out of bed at 10:30 this morning I as greeted by 9 cactus blooms and yes I know I've shared photos of them before. But if there is infatuation shouldn't that be shared? By the time I wandered outside the heat had taken its toll on the blooms and they were beginning to lose their joy and fall off of the plants. Hm, they might make great still-life images. I envision hours of playing with PSE using the dozen or so images that shot. More images are on the photo blog.
 Any guesses about what the top photo is of?

Quote: Learn to expect, not to doubt. In doing so you bring everything
 into the realm of possibility. Norman Vincent Peale.

The free counter on the right side of this blog hit 16660 today. Wonder who will be #16666.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Piccola Arte

While the 4x6 inch size is mostly known as the postcard size I'm introducing another way of looking at the small size; Piccola Arte, Italian for small art, or to my way of  thinking, compact art.

The copper patina heart shouted rustic at me so I complied. The red flannel background was discharged; the surprise during the discharging process is what color will present itself. Gold! Red and Gold with turquoise play well together.  This piece that I've grown fond of  is now listed on etsy

Mother Nature, or is it the individual nature of a tree, has dumped leaves on the ground in a way that looks more like the fall season than the middle of summer. At first I feared that the Bottle Tree was succumbing to the months of over 100 temps, but it seems that the dumping of leaves was due to new growth, phew! More photos on my G-photos blog

I didn't want to announce the names of those who were picked out a hat by Stacy until they had received the give-aways for my blog anniversary. So, Seth, Penny, and Doreen were chosen. I'm considering another give-away for my birthday on Sept. 18.

Quote: At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self.
Brendan Francis