Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Texture Tuesday

I was a bit of a slacker last week and didn't participate in TT. My daughter came home from Africa last Monday and we spent hours looking at all the photos & videos she took. The photos are AMAZING!
Very close shots of some of the animals.
My first 2 photos for TT are actually photos my daughter took in Africa. She took them because she knows how much I love pink flamingos! So I can't take credit for the photos just the alteration of them.

By the way, this week's TT theme is 'PINK'. Perfect for my pretty pink birds don't ya think?
This one is layered with Kim Klassen's
'canvasback' texture, with hue & saturation altered.




This next photo is also layered with Kim's 'canvasback' texture. More pink birds!!
And again, I played with hue & saturation since these birds were more of a salmon color.
I used a layer mask to mask the 2 brightest birds in the center.















Maybe for next week's TT my daughter will allow me to use more of her fabulous photos. She got some awesome shots of leopards, lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants, ostriches, etc.  And phenomenal sunsets!!!

Next shots were taken by me in my kitchen. Little pink shrub roses with my collection of cobalt blue vases again.
I believe this variety of roses is called
"Fairy". They bloom profusely but unfortunately do not have any scent at all. But oh so pretty!

This photo was layered with Kim's 'canvasback' & 'aurora' textures.

















Here's a close-up of the roses. I used the same layers as the above photo with masks.




















And last but not least; here's a shot of a beautiful water lily I took yesterday at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. All the water lilies were in bloom--just gorgeous. I really love the dark mottled colors in the leaves.

Since the water background looked almost black I decided to go with a much darker coloring. Also, I thought it really made the leaves more interesting. I used Kim's 'canvasback magic' texture for this one.
Three layers of it, all at different blending modes and opacities. And I used a mask to keep my lilies nice & pink!
So there you have it-my pink themed, textured photos. I have been hoping to get some artwork photographed for my blog and also I have been rusting some fabrics that I hope to show later in the week. Some surprising results to show!
Until then.....live your life creatively~
cathy
kimklassencafe

15 comments:

Susan said...

Oh my this were all awesome.

Great job!

Hope your day is blessed!

Kathy said...

Awesome photos from your daughter and yourself. I love Flamingos too. Africa...Wow! That's really cool too. I love the shot of your waterlily. Thanks for sharing.

Bright blessings,
Kathy

Linda Makiej said...

Love the pink!!! Just great.... :)

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thank you all! And thanks to my daughter for taking the flamlingo pics : ))

Amy said...

The pink flamingos are perfect for this week's theme. ;) But my favorite photo is the second to late one. So whimsical!

Dyche Designs said...

Such pretty images, I have to admit the last one is my favorite. :0)

Marilyn said...

The flamingos are such elegant creatures. Beautiful. I like your use of textures on these. The roses are luscious too.

missing moments said...

All so lovely ... saw your work at Kim's today ... think I'll hang around. New follower!

Henrietta said...

Love the flamingos, they are most beautiful creatures what I have ever seen. I remember when I saw them at zoo my mouth left open and I was so amazed what nature creates.

Ruth said...

those fairy roses are awesome! Really beautiful work :) they're the same variety in my photo 'in life we trust' that you kindly commented on earlier! Love your blog :)

missing moments said...

all are beautiful
but my favorite are the roses

debsea said...

it's hard to beat a pink flamingo...but i think you did with that stunning water lily photo! so mysterious! beautiful.

Evelyn said...

A beautiful selection of photos ~ the roses are my favourite!

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks so much everyone!

Mikko Tyllinen said...

Very beautiful! Fantastic atmosphere!