Monday, April 25, 2011

In and Around My House

I have decided to start chronicling the leafing out of my maple tree in the back yard. The first year we were here it was a beautiful specimen during the fall. Gorgeous reds with some gold veining, but during the past 2 fall seasons it turned from green to a brownish gold just before losing all it's leaves.  The early buds are a gorgeous shade of red right now so I thought I would keep up with the progress and take a photo every 2 days. This was taken last Thursday. Now it has discernible leaves rather than florets. I know the quote says flowering oak but I don't have an oak tree in my yard and I couldn't find a quote about maples. So...       The photo was layered with Kim Klassen's luminous texture x 2, plus her serendipity texture on top.

My daffodils are now in FULL bloom and they are bountiful. Again, the photo was layered with Kim's
luminous texture & serendipity texture with a bit of gaussian blur.

As I was driving home from yoga yesterday I saw this egret in the pond just down from my house.
We NEVER see egrets here. We have a ton of geese & ducks. We have a heron that drops by once in a
while and there's another pond near my house that has 2 swans, but I have never seen an egret except in the marshy waters at the edge of the prairie preserve several miles from here. I was so glad I was able to
get a picture of him/her. Wish it was closer. I was across the pond with no way to get closer other than my zoom lens without scaring him.  I layered the photo with Kim's luminous texture and also with The Pioneer Woman's edge burn action.

My silly dog Rocky was napping with his ear straight up. He looked so cute I grabbed the camera and as soon as I pointed the camera at him, he opened his eyes. He looks a bit scared!
Photo was layered with Kim's luminous texture and I used the edge burn action again.

Here's Emmylou. She's my sweet-little-bitch-cat. She can be a sweetheart when she's tired or hungry or
a total menace! Her eyes are golden rather than green. They look extremely golden in this photo. I tried to tone them down but she still looks wild! The photo was layered with Kim's luminous texture.
Can you see her tongue poking out a little bit? She's really cute when she's being nice!

I have been saying that I wanted to work in my sketchbook and I finally sat down and spent a few minutes on it. I will have another post later in the week showing my sketchbook pages.
In the meantime...
Live your life creatively~
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Amy said...

LOVE the first one - beautiful processing!

Linda Makiej said...

gorgeous work!!
so glad I found your blog - it is BEAUIFUL!!!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Lovely lovely post today...the photos are so peaceful. Rocky looks like a little lover...he could steal anyone's heart. Peace, mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks Amy, Linda & Mary Helen!

camelia danielescu said...

Lovely pictures , and very lovely animals !! :)

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

thanksa camelia! They're my furry babies!

Georgia Girls said...

I look forward to seeing your oak tree wake up :) Love those cat eyes! Your blog design is so peaceful and beautiful!

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks Georgia Girls! I used to be Georgia girl myself.
Miss it!

Mary Liz Gallery said...

Very Nice! ♥♥♥ it!

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