Saturday, March 18, 2017

Walking again!

So, I am still here and I am walking again!! I honestly didn't realize how much I had missed being able to go outside and go for a walk.  And since I don't take my sticks with me anymore, I am also able to enjoy walking in the rain....I love the sound of the rain on my umbrella!  Yay!

But of course, I am still totally immersed in the whole Photoshop experience.  I am continuing with my classes with Anna Aspnes and am currently taking one involving the use of brushes, including making our own.  So much to learn.  And what a lot of fun.

I created this one this morning from a couple of pictures I took a few years ago.  I used some of Anna's resources for the frames and the background of the main image.

I am trying to learn how to create an effective 'broken' photo look, as well as other bits and pieces. Learning, learning.  I have a Wacom tablet that I really like and it helps immensely with accuracy in drawing.

And it's nearly SPRING!!! Oh my, life is good,

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hip, hip, hooray!!!

At last, both hips are done now!!!  One month since my second hip operation and all is well.  How amazing to be living at a time when such things can be fixed!  How fortunate I am!!!  And with spring coming, I cannot wait to be out going for walks!

In the meantime, I have been continuing on with my Photoshop journey.  I have taken a couple of classes with Anna Aspnes now and have enjoyed them thoroughly.  Actually, the second class is ongoing...Art Play 2017.  Such fun.  In her December class I put together a book using my photos from my France trip in 2012.  It is so nice to see my photos on paper instead of just as part of my photo stream on my computer.

And I am at the same time continuing to play with my photos on my iPad and iPhone.  Will the fun never end?!

I apologize for my long absence.   It did seem at one point as if the hip surgery would never happen....but it did and it's all good.

I'll be back!

Thursday, November 24, 2016


This is a shot I took in a friend's beautiful garden many years ago.  I played with the lighting and then converted it to black and white.  I liked the look of it, however, and wanted to play some more so I added some colour, some texture and a brush that I made myself (new bit of learning!).  And a frame.  It's a wee bit skewed but that's ok.  I'm learning and that's the most fun and I know how to fix it for next time.

I have been given a surgery date for very early in the new year!  I'm pretty excited at the thought of being able to go for walks again!  I have saved a class I recently purchased about art on the iPhone so I will tackle that whilst recovering since I won't be at my kitchen table for a few months.  I won't be able to bend forward (as in over my computer) for a while.  And my old cell phone is about 15 years old so I am looking at getting an iPhone, mostly for the picture taking capabilities (is that silly?).  Looking forward to the class, however!

You know I'll be back.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Do you know Anna Aspnes?

Anna Aspnes is an amazing designer and I totally love her style.  Check it out:

Check out the link to her blog and you can also sign up for her newsletter.  She also has a youtube channel where her videos show you, in a clear and easy to follow manner, how to use all the various bits and pieces of her kits.  It is really worth visiting her site if her style appeals to you.  Well, even if it doesn't, because it's fun to see what Anna and others are producing in this style.  So many possibilities.

I made this piece using a template from one of her kits.  It comes as a PSD file, so you can edit, change, re-arrange, re-colour,  etc. any or all the various layers.  I still have so very much to learn, but it was fun taking some of my own photos and creating this page.  Great for creating travel memories. Of course, she has kits for all kinds of seasons and holidays, events and even non-events,  just to celebrate a moment.  It's fun.

You know I'll be back.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Still poking along.

I am still pretty much confined to my kitchen table.  There is Netflix and there is Photoshop.  And there is rain.  All of it conducive to a bit of creative play.  (Well, except for the Netflix part, but then a break now and again is great, don't you think!)

This is a piece I worked on today.  There is a lot of content provided in the courses I am taking and I have also purchased some pics of models from the Colby Files, a photographer in Arizona.  He also provides content to the courses but this pic I purchased, and then added lots and lots of other bits and pieces.  Layers, masks, overlays, blending.  Fun!

We set the clocks back tonight, which means I get an extra hour to play tomorrow.  Hmmmm, wonder what I'll do.

I'll be back.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Just because I can

I am posting this now because I hope to post something similar in about a year to see whether or not I have progressed!  Bizarre??? Probably, but I tend to lose things you see, so this is as good a place to store it as any!  So, honestly, if you don't want to, you don't need to read any further.  Class dismissed!!!

This might not be a terribly exciting piece (sorry!) but for me, it is exciting in what it represents: my first pic that is a total compilation of bits and pieces.  I still have such a long way to go, but I feel as if this might represent the first few steps.  It will be a long journey I expect!  But it's a fun one, to be sure and one that has already brought me so much pleasure, here at my kitchen table.

This post represents a lot of studying, a lot of pondering, and a lot of experimenting.  I watch the videos that come with the various classes I am taking (at the moment, mostly classes falling under the umbrella of Sebastian Michael's classes, link below) and then I watch them again!  Trying to remember what steps to follow (my logical brain kicking in) I wake up early, too early, but then I HAVE to get up to see if I can figure out something that is bothering me about a piece.  In the above piece, for instance, I was trying to figure out how to darken just that little bit behind the model's head:  just a dark brush?, a curves adjustment on a black layer?, a 50% grey layer to selectively darken?, or (and this one often seems perfect) tossing the whole lot in the bin!  So I slept on it (sort of, I got up at three a.m. again, the problem nagging at my brain) and tried all of these (except the bin part), and I now know how to do all of them, without having to look it all up.  That's what I'm after.  I'm sure there are lots of other ways but it's a start!

The above pic contains purchased content and content provided for free with the course.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Getting There

I am excited that I can mess about in Photoshop and not be having to look things up all the to do this and that.  It's getting better.  Still such a far way to go, but there are times when it doesn't feel quite so overwhelming.

This is a shot taken not too far from where I live.  I am so lucky.  I've added many layers and effects, filters (smart and otherwise!), borders, etc etc.  Slowly but surely.

But for sure, I'll be back.