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.