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.

Texture Tuesday




18 comments:

  1. I was following you, Pat :~) I went to Art in the Park the day after you, and last Tuesday I went to Alberta St.! I love Alberta, but hadn't been there for a year or two. Did you go to Collage?

    You really got around~~ReStore and Pistils, too! Have you been there in the Spring to see the baby chicks? Too precious!

    I downloaded the new texture, but haven't had time to play with it yet. It works so well on your photo!

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  2. I'm definitely loving those edge effects!

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  3. I've always been a sucker for tire swings! This one is lovely how you did it!

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  4. Oh, I want to go back in time and swing on a tire! Great image!

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  5. Good morning Pat, it sounded like a beautiful outing . . . .I love the tyre swing and the way you've used the texture, it works beautifully . . .Teresa x

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  6. OH, I love that. This is going to be one of my fav textures, I can see that right now.

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  7. Oh wow! How nostalgic is a tire swing!? I love your processing...very nice! Your day sounds like it was awesome...my kind of day!

    I love old windows and doors too....and I happen to have made a chalkboard out of a cabinet door...it was so fun! I hope that when you find the right one and you complete it that you'll post it! Have a great day, Pat!

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  8. Great texturing - it goes well with the tree bark.

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  9. I would been shutter happy there filling my memory card! Love that scene with Kims texture and thankyou do much for bringing back precious childhood memories for me.

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  10. A gorgeous photo...such a nostalgic feeling!

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  11. I love your texture work. And it is so neat to see the transformation after seeing the original when you were taking the photo. Once again, beautiful, awesome work. Jacqui

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  12. What a great image -- it brings back wonderful childhood memories! The Ugglove texture is perfect here, too. The pattern picks up the texture of the tree's bark. Very cool!

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  13. I would love to have a tire swing like that in my yard!

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  14. You found the perfect way to use that new texture! with the bark in the tree - brilliant!

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  15. Terrific! I love the tire-swing and your processing :)

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  16. Love that photo! The texture works so perfectly with it lending a nice vintage feel :)

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