Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The last time I posted my daughter had just left for Africa. Hard to believe that 2 weeks have passed already and she will be coming home next week. I was fortunate enough to talk with her several times after she arrived in South Africa. What a major relief that was! She sounds like she is having the time of her life. Even though I've got the worry-wart mothering thing going on, I'm still glad she had the opportunity to go.
I was unable to participate in last week's TT because I was out of town as well. Not out of the country just in another state visiting with friends & family. I had a great time with all of them and miss them already.
It seems as though the summer is just zipping past way too fast. I had grandiose plans of getting lots of fabric dyed, making lots of jewelry, doing some painting & sketching and also doing a lot of photography. Well, so far I've made one bracelet & a couple pairs of earrings. I've taken MANY pictures but that's about it. I've really been in a reading mode so I've been spending time reading rather than in my studio. Which is good since I have a LONG list of books I want to read. There's only so many hours in a day...
**Now, for this week's TT... we had to use at least one layer of Kim's 'golden' texture. The above photo of a goose feather floating in the pond was cropped, then layered with another photo of rain drops on the pond and I used a mask to keep the ripples from the rain off the feather. I played with hue & saturation, as well as did a levels adjustment.
Then I layered it with 2 layers of Kim's 'love in layers', both at soft light; one at 80% the other at 70% opacity. Then I layered it with 2 layers of Kim's 'golden' texture, both at multiply, one at 88% the other at 75% opacity.
The photo below is the BEFORE picture of the feather. As you can see the pond water was so still that day that it looked like the feather was lying on a glassy surface. That's why I added the photo of the rain drops on the pond with their nice little ripple effect.
Next photo was a shot of the cobalt blue bottles I have in my kitchen window. I stuck a few lilac blossoms in one of the bottles a few weeks ago when the lilacs were blooming. These blossom were actually picked before they started to open. I layered this photo with Kim's 'love in layers' texture at soft light, 12% opacity, then layered it with Kim's 'golden' texture twice; once at overlay 31% and once at multiply 67%. I also adjusted the hue & saturation as well as did a levels adjustments.
I think these textures really give this photo a painterly quality. I really like it!
The next & final photo for today is a close-up shot of my columbines when they were in full bloom a couple of weeks ago. I played with hue & saturation and did a levels adjustment. Then I layered Kim's 'love in layers' texture at soft light, 46% opacity. I added 2 layers of Kim's golden, one at multiply 70% and one at overlay 33%.
Maybe now that I'm back from my visit with friends & family and my daughter is coming home next week I can settle back into a routine of working on my list of projects. I would love to be able to share some artwork with you by next week. That is if I can force myself to put my books & my camera down!
Until then...live your life creatively~