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Tree of Me...

Tree of me started as part of The Sketchbook Challenge for the month of April. The theme is "Branching out...out on a limb".
I'm also in the midst of doing a 40 Day Baptiste Yoga program about 'transformation'. With the sketchbook theme & the transformation program in mind I sat down to do some sketching. Sketching a tree was a delight since I've become obsessed with
trees, but thinking about 'going out on a limb' and the transformation process caused me to think about how this tree of me 'grows'.
My roots or gounding come from family, friends, yoga & meditation. My roots are also firmly planted in the creative process but for this tree I chose to put the creativity up in the branches (also I ran out of roots). My branches are my personal traits--good & bad. Again,
I chose the ones that popped into my head first
and also the ones that I need to be working on.
My largest branches are 'creativity & procrastination'. Why?.…

Wordless Wednesday

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 eg…

Botanic Garden Fun!

Sunday I went to the Chicago Botanic Gardens for their annual Antique & Garden Show. All I can say is WOW! What an amazing show it was. I went to the Flower & Garden Show at the Navy Pier 2 years ago and was so unimpressed by it that I have not been since. The show at the Botanic Gardens was perfect! It had everything I love-antiques, flowers, artwork and more. I took my camera along hoping to get some photos of plants that were blooming in the garden but it was a bit chilly and VERY windy. I did however get a few shots.
Here is a view of some aspens surrounding the parking lot. Obviously, I played around with them in photoshop to enhance the sky and highlight the white trunks of the trees.
I have finally realized that I've become obsessed with trees. I've always known I loved them, but there's something about trees in their bare nakedness that I have come to view as a work of art. They are magnificent specimens of sculpture and form. Anyway, I could go on and on ab…

Oh Happy Day!

It's finally starting to feel & look like spring around here. Days are getting warmer-although tomorrow's temp will dip back into the 40's, today is gorgeous.  Sunny and in the 60's. My yard is coming back to life after a long winter's nap beneath the mounds of snow. The grass is greening up, my daffodils are just starting to bloom, the crocus are in full bloom and the trees are starting to form buds. I don't think I ever fully appreciated spring until after living here in the midwest. Now, it's a much anticipated arrival. The daffodils above are my 'Ice Follies' daffodils that were the first to pop up.
The geese & ducks have been back for weeks now and the robins arrived  a couple of weeks ago.
What a wonderful sound in the morning to hear the birds singing. They too are happy that spring is back.
I haven't been able to capture a robin with my camera yet, so this is a finch from last year. A rather plump little fellow or maybe a female r…

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 photoshopand 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 fib…