Friday, September 22, 2017

Pumpkins on the Patio

 Seriously, you just can't beat a photo from a good dslr camera. Now mine is nearly 7 years old and I truly wish it would wifi to my computer. (Am I lazy, or what?)
I finally had a creative burst and played all day with my pumpkins on the patio. The BIG motivator was the very old step ladder that found it's way to my car before anyone could take it to the dumpster. It had belonged to my in-laws. So did the tiny metal stool that showed up on their porch a few years back. I have been drooling over that little baby ever since. I thought one of the legs was broken off but turned out it was just bent under. Besides, it was pink! (Oh, the little things that thrill my heart!)
Of course I started out taking photos with the phone but you know how the focal length can distort the edges unless you back up and crop. Then your file size is smaller. So I figured if I was going to this much work I needed to pull out the big gun.

iPhone, Mextures
I started out simple, then kept adding things.

Next, it was time for no orange!

Then back to simplicity.

(Presets used on these photos were Kim Klassen's Autumnal Collection with variations.)

I didn't realize how many more I took with my phone than the Canon. I'll have to do another post with those.
And lastly, a photo of the big picture...

Are you getting into the mood for fall yet?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mobile Art Monday No. 57

If you've never picked up a copy of Somerset Digital Studio Magazine, the current issue would be a great one to grab. It is the first of several issues that I hope to have my art featured in. I wrote a feature article titled Digital Mobile Watercolor explaining the steps I use to create some of my work. (I did add some textures from Stackables on the pumpkins at the end.)

I've also uploaded a video I recorded in iColorama showing this poppy edit in progress.

One thing you'll notice is that I constantly use the undo button as I try out different brushes.

Hope this gets your creative juices flowing!
Have a great Monday!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Old Self

By 10:30 Monday morning I had:
Baked 18 banana oat muffins. 
Baked a pan of healthy seed filled bars.
Had a pot of tomatoes etc simmering on the stove for spaghetti sauce. 
Had a small pot of homemade tomato soup simmering for lunch.
Chopped up a bag full of tomatoes for the freezer.
Watched several videos for a class on making canvas backgrounds.
Washed and folded two loads of laundry. 

Oh, and I stopped to take this selfie. Five tries with the the timer and finally removing items from behind me. 
By the afternoon I had:
Made it to two grocery stores, two banks, Home Depot, the post office, back to the house for my lunch soup, THREE trips to the office, painted 1 large backdrop, 1 medium sized and a gorgeous piece of linen.

For the first time in awhile I feel like my old productive self!
The key is not to go near any mobile devices or computers first thing in the morning. Ha! Ha! Ha!
(So true though)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Painting a Backdrop

I have owned this iPhone 7+ for many months and never even once tried out the Time Lapse feature. Shame on me. I could have been having so much fun. I decided to try it on my painting endeavors yesterday. This was my first coat of flat black. After that, I added a coat of watered down chalk board paint. Now I guess I better go buy some chalk!
I'll be using it for a backdrop for some fall photography, probably featuring pumpkins since some are already needing picking.

This is what the back side looked like.
Hmmmmm..... This could be interesting.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Perfect Timing

Hipstamatic, Gregory and Blackkeys44

Where do I even begin?

I can't believe I haven't been here since May 4th, or can I? The last four months have been a blur.
I can truly say from my heart that I wouldn't trade it for anything; however I would not like to repeat it and hope I won't have to.
Dealing with hubby's folk's nursing home adventures.
Time line:
March 15:  Tricked into their hometown facility for 2 1/2 weeks.
April 1:  Moved them to an 'assisted living house' in our city near our home.
May 24: Daddy starts falling/sliding out of his chair.
June 2: He's not able to bear his own weight. The next day we witness him having a mini stroke (we had been suspicious of such) End up calling in Hospice. They give him a week. A week later they give him another week, after that they quit guessing because he seems stable other than having trouble swallowing and not eating much. He's already extra skinny. The first 2 weeks we were there constantly feeding him because they had put an NPO on the wall. They took it down after we proved he could do small sips through a straw.
June 24:  She escapes the house 3 times and the third time she is hooking it down the busy two lane road determined she's going home. Cars having to drive around her.
Calls are made and we spend the next three days getting her new room ready.
June 28:  Her 79th birthday. We move her to a very nice memory care unit very close to our house.
June 30: Their 61st anniversary, the first one that they are apart. (fortunately they don't even realize it.)
July 5:  He starts going down hill fast.
July 9:  He passes.
July 14:  He's buried. We don't even question that we will not take her to the funeral. (alzheimer's)
In all this, God's timing has been so perfect. I sit back in awe at how everything unfolded.

She's doing extremely well in the new place, we are breathing much easier and looking forward to a badly needed vacation in a few weeks.

In the mean time I try to play catch up at work and in the garden.
Life is good.

155 cherry tomatoes, one day, one plant
Snapseed, VSCO, Stackables