Thursday, January 12, 2012


Stacy and I saw River Dance on Thanksgiving weekend. Before the performance I took an iPhone photo of the stage and this morning played with the image by adding layers.  ArtStudio altered.

ArtStudio app.

Just when I thought there couldn't be another incredible iPhone app to try another one arrives in my life. And to think that decades ago when I wanted to layer images I either had to run a roll of film through the camera more than one time in the hopes at least one image would blend with another one to make an interesting photo. Or, in the darkroom  occasionally 2 images placed in the negative holder could be printed together. Or, if one was lucky to have access to a darkroom with multiple enlargers where photo paper could be printed on multiple times before being immersed in chemicals. . .  Phew! Not only was it a lot of work but more often than not the result was one of frustration rather than success. Now one can layer multiple images with software programs such as PhotoShop. I'm still blown away that the iPhone has the same capability as PS does and in some ways is easier and more satisfying to use.

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep". Scott Adams

Sunday, January 08, 2012

A month?

How can a month have gone by without posting here? I'm clueless as to where the days go. The holidays were lovely and I hope they were for anyone reading this. The New Year has brought temps in the 80's which had me in a panic! I haven't done all of the things I wanted to get done in the garden before the intense summer heat strikes again. Then sanity came; it's only January and a fluky one temp wise so get a grip! There is plenty of time to get things done in the garden. I've certainly been enjoying the warmish temps by spending some time in the garage studio getting it ready for what I hope is marathon of fabric dyeing and painting.

 I've always believed that if you can't find something to photograph wherever you're sitting or standing then you're not "seeing." Taking that to heart I tried the T.4x on what has turned out to be my favorite camera to date, and I've had a lot of cameras. I aimed the camera at a desk fan and marveled at how blurry the bougainvillea outside blurred to make an interesting background.
 The grape vine outside of my bedroom window was shot through the mini-blinds.
And then the grape-vine through the desk fan and mini-blinds and how come the window screen is very evident in this photo and not visible in the previous one? The camera has a way of capturing something that isn't always obvious to us. Life viewed through a lens can be very exciting. Love that!
      I aimed the camera and allowed it to show me familiar things, in and just outside of the bedroom, in a not-so-familiar way. It's good to see things in a new light.

My word for 2012 is "allowing."

Quote: Through allowing, you become what you are; vast, spacious. You become whole. You become not a fragment anymore, which is how the ego perceives itself. Your true nature emerges, which is one with the nature of God. Eckhart Tolle