Sunday Blues

imageJust the right shade of blue for a Sunday afternoon…another no-rules encaustic on 12×12 cradled panel.

Altered Landscape

What a difference a filter makes! One acrylic landscape painting altered with the twirl filter in Photoshop. After…Before.

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convergence

The girl loves to (photo)shop!

When it comes to photography, its really hard for me to pass up any interesting juxtaposition; colors, shapes, textures, etc., and not take a picture.  But that is rarely the case these days anyway since my cellphone has a fairly good camera in it.

You can hear my camera/phone’s shutter clicking on any given day.

And one fun thing I like to do while browsing through images is to drop them into the ‘filter gallery’ of Photoshop (or any other photo manipulation program that has this option) and try on different ‘looks’.

You never know what you’re going to get and it can take you in a completely different direction when thinking about post-production (or ways to show/display your images).

For instance; you may think you’ve taken a perfectly ‘normal’ landscape, ready for the typical frame and glass combination, but after dropping the image into one of the filters, you find the image looks amazing as an abstract and are suddenly inspired to print it LARGE onto gallery-wrapped canvas instead.

The point is, it can change everything.

Here’s an example of an image shown two different ways:

Straight image:

And an altered version:

Hay Ride

I’ve been seeing hay bales on the sides of the highway for years and have always wanted to photograph them.  I was finally able to grab a few shots this weekend. It would have been better to be there a little earlier in the day but the timing couldn’t be helped.  Also, the sun was so bright that I could barely make out the composition on the LCD – basically I was just hoping for the best.  But at least I know they will be worth the effort on my next road trip and will plan accordingly!

I love anything with texture and especially love monochromatic landscapes.

I get the strangest looks!

People are always wanting to know what I’m taking a picture of!  They simply can’t understand it.  What could possibly be interesting about landscapes with nothing interesting in them.

But I could photograph them all day.  And sometimes do!

Nature Collages

I love wandering around areas with old buildings looking for interesting juxtapositions of surface textures.  You can’t help but find inspiration – its everywhere. Peeling paints, exposed brick, rust and general decay are everywhere you look.

I like to think of these works of art as nature collages.

Nature is constantly adding and subtracting elements that create the layers we see.

I think these collages are beautiful just the way they are.

Me and My Shadow

Some fun things to do when it’s just you.

Fuzzy logic.