Monday, September 26, 2011


This weeks challenge for Texture Tuesday is "LOVE". Ahhh, that is an easy one, there are so many things in this world to love, but seeing two young people in love and newly married is special. This is my niece Shelby and her husband Dillon. They were married in April but waited to have a reception in August at home with family and friends. Dillon is in the Army and was stationed in El Paso TX so they waited for a break in basic training to plan and come home on leave for the reception.
I told them that as a gift I would do photos for them for that day. Harry, my boyfriend, and Jacqui my good friend came with me to help out. We did lots of candid shots through out the day, since it was a very hot and sunny day, we waited till the evening light to get them back in their wedding finery for more formal photos of them and family members. I think they were pleased with the outcome and have lots of fun memories of the day. I know we all had fun doing this for them. God bless you both and prayers for Dillon who is now on active duty in the war zone.
The kiss was the last photo of the day. I processed it with three of Kim Klassen's textures, thank you Kim for your generosity.
Love at multiply @ 100%
Dreams at Divide @63%
Scripted Edges at Screen@53%

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Around Town.

A few weeks ago we spent a wonderful Sunday afternoon exploring not only around town but taking in the "Art in The Park" art show downtown. I am always impressed by the many different forms art takes and the ideas people come up with that are so interesting and different. I have found that by participating in Texture Tuesday too, so many talented and creative people. Just mind boggling.
After we spent several hrs. at the art show, we decided to visit one of our favorite streets in Portland, Alberta St. At one time this street was rundown and not a place that you would choose to go for any reason. But the last several yrs. have seen a boom in revitalizing these kinds of areas in the core areas of the city. Along with Alberta there is Mississippi Ave, Belmont St. and several others that have developed into meccas for artist of all kind, lots of neat restaurants and food carts. There are areas set aside for the food carts and they are nestled in one area together. Quite fun to explore.
We parked the car to begin our treasure hunt at the ReStore, a place that recycles all the parts of a house or building that can be reused, instead of having it go to the landfill. This old tree with the tire swing was in the empty lot by where we parked, In my mind I could see this as a perfect subject for Texture Tuesday. I think it proved me right. So after a few photos off to explore we went ........................
I have an affinity for old windows and doors and I was looking for a particular kind of window frame and a small cabinet door to make into a chalk board. Well, I didn't find the window but I did find the little cupboard. It is now turned into a shabby chic chalk board, if there is such a thing. I have plans for it to be used in photos of course.  It was a really warm day and we had started out early to avoid the heat, here we were in the middle of the day and the sun is beating down but we walked on to explore the rest of the street. My good friend Jacqui was with us and she had never been to Alberta so we had to give her a tour and check out some of the little quirky shops. One other place I wanted to visit was the Pistils Garden shop. They have some neat and different plants. I have been wanting a Palm tree for my yard and priced the taller ones but they were a bit out of my range for right now. Low and behold,they had a small one that would work perfectly and grow into the space. I grabbed it up and brought it home to it's new garden. A very enjoyable and lovely day.
I processed this with one of Kim's new textures Ugglove. I have to tell you I'm LOVIN IT. Check out all the others at the Cafe` this week.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Wings 2 by Pat Mark

A few weeks ago my friends and I took a trip out into the country to an exhibit we had read about in the paper called "Wings of Wonder". The people have set up a walk thru exhibit with hundreds of butterflies. Many different varieties. It was so much fun to photograph but it was very warm and humid inside to simulate the environment of the butterflies. We did spend quite a bit of time in there and really enjoyed the day. This one is edited with textures from Kim Klassen.

Monday, September 12, 2011

"Do Art"

I am trying to stay ahead of the game but doesn't seem to be working. Today was one of those days when there are multiple things to do. It seems fitting that that is the theme this week for Texture Tuedsay, well actually we had a choice, either use the verb "do" in your photo or you could instead use any photo and add a specific texture. I had been thinking about this all week and had made up my mind that my use of do was going to be "Do Art".  Granted there are many many ways to do art, my art of choice is photography but I also get the acrylics out and put paint on a canvas once in awhile. The thing with painting is I LOVE to start them, then I invariably get stuck and can't quite get the inspiration to finish. That is where I am on the one sitting on my easel now, but I think I have finally (after 8 mo. or so) found a solution to being stuck on this one. I hope so, it is for my good friend and I promised it for her birthday this yr. Hmmm, maybe Christmas??

I also want to do every thing I see related to arts and crafts. My goodness, since I have started following Kim Klassen and doing texture Tuesdays I have found so many amazing and wonderful artists of every kind. Humbles me, I really am in awe of these women. It makes me wonder how you find the time to do all the things you do. I seem to never have enough time to get all the things in that I want to do in a day. I make my list and check it off but at the end of the day I seem to have added more and more to it!!! I have projects that I want to do but then the house needs cleaned or the yard needs attention. I think I am not a good manager of time. Could be I'm on the computer too much................ya think................. LOL. But that is how I have met all you, so it can't be all bad huh?

My photo is very simply done this time.

Posterize at 51%
Kim's "Just Stitched" at 100%

and that's it. Check out all the amazing work at the Cafe` this week.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Flea Market Finds

I am a day behind because of the holiday weekend. Not even thinking that this is Tuesday!! Spent the weekend working in the yard and trying to stay cool. We are having a very warm September, but I for one, am not complaining. Beautiful blue sunny skies make me happy.............So this morning as I am looking at email, I realize that it is Tuesday, Texture Tuesday and I have nothing prepared. I had taken photos of the new little bench I found and quickly started to work on it. Thursday, I helped a new friend set up and rotate artwork for a new organization I joined, Three Rivers Art Guild. She asked me to be one of the artists to put up work. After we had finished moving the art work she wanted me to see the gallery where members can sign up and have there work up for three months. Next to the gallery is a new antique mall, we explored there and I found two things right off the bat that had to come home with me. This little blue bench for the garden was one of them. As luck would have it I had to go back there to get a mistake on my credit card taken care of and the minute I walked in I spotted something that I have been looking for...................A pink flamingo, not just any pink flamingo, this one is paper mache`(sp). Story with her photos later but my sister in law came up with a great name, Matilda, I call her Tilly for short. But I am not sure Tilly is a pure bred flamingo, she had the beak of a crane but she is pink!! So to me she is a flamingo. Back to the little blue bench, it looks so pretty sitting under the dogwood tree in the yard, completes a corner that was lacking something. I love flea mkts and antique malls, but I like finding bargains even more.
The theme this week for TT was to use at least one layer of Kim's fabulous new texture called "Cracker Jack" the formula for this one is:

One layer of "Peeling Paint"@100% overly with it masked off the flower.

One layer of "Cracker Jack" 100% divide

One layer of "Serious Magic" 100%  Screen

Check out all the great art on Texture Tuesday, follow the link below the photo. Thanks Kim for all the inspiration.