Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Texture Tuesday


So here I am again, playing with photoshop. I am quickly becoming addicted to this whole process.
Last week I mentioned that I had a quilt that had a deadline of April 4. Well---that didn't happen!
I realized last Wednesday night that in order to properly finish the quilt that I would never be done by Monday. Rather than rush the process and have the quilt be less than perfect I decided to give up on entering it into that particular exhibit. So I sat and researched what other exhibits & venues might be possible. I found quite a few that might be a good fit, so when I finally finish it, I will enter it somewhere else. I'm not going to pressure myself into finishing it quickly. This thing is going to take some time. And of course right now, I've got other things on my mind! Like playing with photoshop
and working in my journal. I have been wanting to get back to some collaging, sketching, doodling which I haven't been doing for a while because I had been focusing on fiber arts and fabric dyeing & printing. 
Soooooo, I plan to take a few weeks off from the sewing machine and the fabric dyes, to get my hands dirty with some paints, inks and glue. I'm plan to participate in the Sketchbook challenge finally as well as continue with the Texture Tuesday. I also have 3 necklaces that people have ordered from me that need to be made! Hopefully when I can drag myself away from this computer today, I will start on the necklaces and be done with those. 
Those of you who follow me, will also notice that I spent some time the other day working on changing the look of my blog. I felt it needed a lighter color for spring and now that I'm learning so much in photoshop, I also created a new banner from some previous fiber art of mine.

These photos below were created using Kim Klassen's warm sun texture, as well as other textures.
The first one is a fairly recent photo of my orchids. 

I also played around with the hue/saturation. In the original photo the orchids are almost a purplish color.

The next photo is an older photo taken almost 2 years ago. I took it through the window looking out at my neighbor's backyard. The deer were almost perfectly aligned. I couldn't have posed them any better.
I think it was a mom and her child.

Next photo is even older. Taken in 2006 in NY-Central Park. This guy was sitting under a bridge
playing his clarinet. The original photo isn't that great-a little out of focus but I really like it much better after altering it. The lighting in the background and the people/trees almost look painterly.

That's it for my Texture Tuesday. I will now head out to the garage and fire up my torch to make some jewelry!
Will post some photos of my sketchbook as soon as I get to that.
Until your life creatively~


McGillicutty said...

love the orchid.. they're my fav. nicely done.

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks so much!

Henrietta said...

I love the orchids shot and the edit, so beautiful:)
Greetings from Finland

Kim Klassen said...

thank you for linking to texture tuesday and sharing your beautiful photos....

xxo, Kim

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks Henrietta & Kim! I'm having so much fun playing with this.

Marilyn said...

Like them all but I have a soft spot for orchids.

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks! I love orchids also.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I love the mother and child deer photo as well as the in a moment remembered. Have a beautiful weekend. Peace, Mary helen Fernandez Stewart

paperbird said...

all so beautiful. i especially love the dear image- the texture makes it look like a sweet vintage painting.

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks so much! I was so lucky to capture that shot.

Rural Revival said...

LOVE the photo from Central Park. I love silhouettes and the background is almost Monet like. Great job!


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