Skip to main content

Playing With Photoshop & Texture Tuesday

Winter Sunset
Still suffering through the polar vortex that has gripped most of the nation. Living in the midwest you expect snow & cold temps in the winter, but yesterday was UNBELIEVABLY cold! And today, not a whole lot better-or maybe the deep freeze has just lodged itself in my bones and won't let go….
Soooo- what do I do with  my time while staying snuggly indoors???
After binge watching some shows on netflix I decided to play on the computer. I have made a few jaunts outdoors over the past week, including yesterday (braving -50 windchill ), to take photos of the beautiful snow that has fallen on us REGULARLY for almost a month.  Turning lemons into lemonade by using the massive snowfall for some awesome photos and using the BIG CHILL for time to stay in and play!
The above photo was processed with Kim Klassen's 'love' texture but actually it was such a beautiful sunset I didn't want to process it too much. Mainly just darkened it up a bit. I think when the sun hasn't been out for several days and it's really cold outside that the sunsets seem so much more spectacular!
Shed Some Light
The photo to the left is the light by my garage door. Love the icicles hanging off.
Taken at twilight when the sky was a dusky blue/gray.
Again, processed with Kim's 'love' texture twice at different levels & opacities.
I also played with the levels a bit first.

My Favorite Willow

We have a lot of willow trees in our neighborhood. I love them in the spring when they are just budding. I love them in the summer when they are swaying their green fronds in the wind. BUT I really love them in winter!  They have such a beautiful golden color to them. The snow seems to really make them shine!
This photo was also processed with Kim's 'love' texture only once. I also used the omni spotlight on it just to focus more on the tree.

Snowed IN
And last but not least…my garage door.
Processed with Kim's 'love' texture twice. Different levels & opacities.
My garage door is actually gray but with the processing it turned it a nice vintage teal color which I really love!

Hopefully, tomorrow will be above zero and I'll take a ride to the lakefront to take pictures of the magnificent Lake Michigan!

For all of you out there experiencing the freezing temps-stay warm.

~live your life creatively~


Janine said…
Your winter- photos are very beautiful.
I, too, am fond of willow trees, especially since they aren't a part of our mid-Florida landscape. I also very much liked the sunset-church scene.
Margie said…
Excellent winter shots.
Barbara said…
such beauty in those cold skies Cathy, can't imagine -50 at all. Must be horrid but the beauty it has brought to the camera lens is awe striking. -50 must be like the 115 we have in the desert only in reverse, either way you stay inside.
Melinda said…
Beautiful images all! I am especially drawn to the willow photo- so lovely! I don't envy you the freezing polar vortex weather, but I do the beauty of the winter landscape.

Popular posts from this blog

Art Elements Component of the Month

I just love the team over at Art Elements!! Since joining I have been inspired to produce WAY more work than I would ever have created 'alone'. It really does take a village for me to get creative and work in my studio!
Every month there is a theme or a component of the month challenge at Art Elements.
Sugar skulls were the component of the month for October and was hosted by Jennifer Cameron. Jen creates beautiful lampwork glass beads and headpins. Fittingly, for October she created glass sugar skulls and distributed them amongst the group.  I also received the wonderful antique key with the glass bead on the end:-)
As soon as my sugar skull arrived I knew exactly what I wanted to create. (haha)
I happened to be working on the caged trinkets tutorial for the AE blog when the skull came so I had wire weaving on my mind. I cut some pieces of wire, flattened the ends into paddle shapes and twined thinner wire around the padddles. I ended up with a flat woven piece that fanned ou…

AJE September Tree Challenge Reveal

The theme challenge of the month over at Art Jewelry Elements was 'trees'.  I was delighted that Caroline chose trees for the month of September. Trees happen to pop up quite often in my work.
I also happen to take a LOT of pictures of trees. They are a constant source of inspiration.
What's not to like about trees? They are beautiful during every season. In fact, I think during winter they might just be at their most beautiful.
If you read my last post, you saw that I ordered some fabulous jewelry elements from blueberribeads.
The first thing I made with trees in mind were these cute little earrings using the gingko leaf headpins. I paired them with Czech glass beads and some copper washers that I distressed and aged. Can't wait to wear these!!
                                                Trees and leaves and acorns-oh my!!

The next tree piece I created was the necklace (above left & below) using a gorgeous porcelain tree pendant made by Caroline over at bluebe…

Art Elements Component of the Month for April

Over at Art Elements Jen hosted the Component of the Month for April. She is a glass artist and made some amazing lampwork glass beads with texture. I just love the colors especially when the light hits it. She said she had the 'northern lights in mind' when she created these beauties.
She planted the 'northern lights' in my mind as well. Immediately I thought about freeform peyote and creating some sort of movement of light and color streaking through the sky. I have to confess I do a LOT of bead embroidery and some peyote bezeling BUT I don't do a lot of bead weaving. But I thought this was my chance to do some practicing!
I attempted to created lots of movement/texture with the beading. I left some open spaces and also created lots of waving/rippling with changing up the bead size periodically. AND I had no idea what I was doing. Just picking up beads and trying them out. I think it worked okay.
Once I got the slightly irregular piece beaded, I needed to figure …