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Wordless Wednesday...Adventures...Old Barns, Waddlebutt Gang, Birds

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

That's my adventures this week...make up your own story.

Later Gators,

Digital Painting and Patience...Digital Watercolor...Project 52

Friday, January 25, 2013

This week has been an exercise in patience.  From the never ending grey skies…to the lingering cough from my cold…to my slow moving and painfully slow transition into digital media.  So I’m patiently waiting and optimistic that all these things will get better.  Spring will appear, my cold will disappear, and I will learn this new medium.  
On a more happier note...
…it is supposed to be in the upper 50’s next week, time for some lens action.
…I’m now working on digital painting.

Project 52

The above was my digital's a beginning.

It is also a challenge for me but I think that in the long run, learning this technique will open new doors of creative endeavors.  In other words…I think it’s kewler than kewl.  Currently, it would be quicker to paint the piece but in the future, who knows.  What it does do is makes me think and consider the artistic nature of the work.  It also makes me work with the graphics tablet…which is a huge learning curve for me.
Later Gators,

Wordless Wednesday...Watercolor

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
From this week of painting...

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Different Photography Effects...Bokeh

Friday, January 18, 2013

I'm beginning to figure out bokeh...not there yet but I'm getting the idea.  

Anyway, have a great weekend!

Beehive Market in Danville, Indiana...Yay! Yay! Yay!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Yay!  Yay!  Yay!  My town, Danville, has a coffee shop.

The Beehive Market is more than that…it’s a combo between a mini farmer’s market and a café with out of this world coffee.  

I was there yesterday…a small group of artists got together for a chat and coffee.   To have a place to meet, in a small town, is wonderful.  The business’ hours impressed me, they are open M-F 7a to 9p and S&S 9a to 9p.  They are easily seen by the street, the location is 55 East Main Street, Danville, Indiana 46122.  They also have GREAT parking.  

Whenever possible, local ingredients are used.  Which impressed me.   The syrups, that go into the coffees, are handcrafted by Beehive. The menu is fabulous and seasonal…right now its handmade soups, sandwiches, salads, frozen yogurt, and bakery items.

The big one…they have WiFi.  For some folks that might not be a big deal.  For me, when I’m out and about having some lens action, it’s a place that I can stop and look though my photos via iPad.  It’s a place that I can have something to eat, have a coffee, and finish up my day.  It’s a place that a couple of friends can meet, eat, and play with our apps. I can power up my laptop while I'm waiting for someone.  

The seating is comfortable, the entire physical location is inviting, and lots of natural light.  It’s an easy meeting place too.  The way the windows and parking is, it’s easy to take a seat and wait because you can spot your friend/s coming in the front or back.  The café is both convenient and comfortable. I ordered a double Nutella Latte and a sour cream coffee cake muffin.  Yum…and more yum.   I felt a little bit of Austin, Texas moved into Danville, Indiana.  All that was missing was the warmer weather.

I was introduced to the owner, Betsy Bassett.  Here again, I was impressed. 

You can also catch them on Facebook for the soups of the day and events. 

All-in-all…the highest praise I can give is that I will be back.  

Later Gators,

Wordless Wednesday...I miss spring...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Need I say more??? 


Project 52...Mixed Digital Media...Peace Trees

Monday, January 14, 2013
Project year long challenge...

This is my favorite of the week...Peace Trees.  It's a mix of photography, digital, and a dash of drawing on the graphics tablet.  

I'm feeling much better about my move to visual art and the digital direction I seem to be moving in.  It's been's been's been interesting.  I've only touched upon the tip of the iceberg but it's holding my attention.  The pieces of the puzzle are beginning to come together. 

Anyway, I'm off to work on packing up the garage.  Well, I'm packing up my lampwork studio mostly by bits everyday.  It's just freezing out there...

Later Gators,

re.think &

Friday, January 11, 2013

This came from my Facebook feed...from re.think &  I thought it was worth sharing...

Later Gators,

Bye Bye Instagram…Hello EyeEm…Camera+ my favorite iPhone app…

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bye Bye Instagram…Hello EyeEm…
Out with the old and in with the new...

Since the whole ‘privacy’ policy came out, I had to re-evaluate why I was there. The new policy starts on January 19th, Instagram has a new info share program with Facebook and with advertisers.  Then I heard they won’t and then again, they will, then back to a firm no.   I was using it more for a photo holding area, I didn’t use the software that often, and I really didn’t hang with the community.  Great folks but I really didn’t have the time and was a bit late to the party.  I also got tired of looking at all the fuzzy-wuzzy colors of cats, puppies, food, and feet. 

For those that don’t use Instagram…it’s a photo-based social network.  It’s really very easy to use, has filters, and works well with Facebook.  Facebook also owns it…now.  It also limits the photo image to 600x600.  Plus it’s a free app for smart phones. Here’s what they do:  Click here for the FAQ.

Where I’m at is EyeEm and Flickr.   I’ve been on Flickr so long, I can’t see myself moving.  Flickr, for me, more an online resource.  Where EyeEm is a new, fresh face in the photo social media gang…not to be confused with eyeMe, which is another photo social media app.  The EyeEm’s app is very friendly with an interface that wonderful to work with.  It has a small learning curve, that’s fine, most apps do.   I’m still trying to figure my way around so give me a month or so…BUT one of the features that psych me is a Discover Feed.  The other is the network isn’t based on friends but shared interests.  It has topic boxes.

Like Instagram, EyeEm can pull in any photo from your camera roll.  Which is wonderful for me because I use an app called Camera+ for my photo taking pleasures.  If I only had on photo app, I’d have Camera+. It works with my iPad as well plus it has a feature called Lightbox Sync.  This sync enables me to shoot on my iPhone and then edit/process my workflow on my iPad.  Just flip the iCloud Lightbox Sync to ON… easy peasy.  Camera+ also works with a grid to align photo shots, has lots of effects, a stabilizer, and you can share the photos to social media.  The best of all, it’s faster than Apple’s camera app. 

BTW...I don't make any bucks from any of these apps and Camera+ is on sale for $.99 the last time I checked.  

Later Gators,

Wednesday, January 09, 2013
What I'm doing this week...I’m in the process of learning how to use my Wacom Bamboo Create. Playing around was fun but I know it does so much more.

A Wacom Bamboo Create is a graphics tablet, it takes the place of a mouse.  It can take the place of brushes or pens if painting in any of the digital software that is out there.  Right now my focus is on Autodesk Sketchbook, Photoshop, Corel Painter, and Nik Color Efex.  

Wacom Bamboo Create has a larger digital canvas that is needed; which is wonderful for digital art like illustration and digital painting.  Now the hard part…the learning curve.  The pen works just like a brush because it has pressure sensitivity.  It works like a works like a pen...if all else fails, I can use the touch option so it works with my fingers.   It's a lower end graphics tablet to see if can figure it out. 

Now the hard part is teaching myself though tutorials and some books.  I haven't found a lot of local resources...let me re-phase that, I haven't found any local resources. 

Back to the tutorials...

Later Gators,

Wordless Wednesday...Sunflower show and tell...Nikon D5100 with a 50mm prime lens

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

This is a not so wordless Wednesday post....this is also part of 'Sincerely, Paula' blog hop.  If you get a chance, stop's a lovely blog!!!

This is more of a show and how.  The above photo is a sunflower (duh) that I bought for a 'I hate winter' day.  I grabbed on to the sunflower like it was sunshine.  

Anyway, the photo was shot in studio lights and a white background; with a Nikon D5100 and a AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G prime lens.  I even had the auto focus on. The only major photoshop processing was sizing, and watermark. That's it, easy peasy.  

I know a lot of folks say that it's the photographer that makes the photo.  I think that decent equipment helps. 

So much for wordless Wednesday...geez...

Later Gators,

Project digital mixed media work

Monday, January 07, 2013
There are all types of projects that artists, bloggers, and photographers do.  One of the best known is the “365 Photo a Day”.  There is also “Shadow Shot Sunday” or “Fine Art Friday” and even “Week-End Reflection.”  This year I picked “Wordless Wednesday” and “Project 52.”

Project 52 concept is a yearlong commitment that I will post on my blog a piece of art.   This is not a commitment to the blog reader, it’s a commitment to me by me.   Now as one of my blog readers, you get to see weekly art so there is some benefit to you. 

I had some of the greatest intentions of starting the project last week but Blogger and I aren't getting along.  Just to let you know, that Blogger has a glitch right now with IE.  For some reason, I can't up load hiss. 

So drum first Project 52 posts...

The above is a all digital via various software and programs.  It's one of my favorites so far.  I'm really only touching the bits and pieces of digital art.  The potential is unbelievable of the creative work I can do.  I'm learning one drop at a time. 

The below is part of my 'Conjoined Cat' Series.  The subject is Mouse, my grey tortie gal.  

That's it for now.  I'm taking the rest of the evening off to read Jim Butcher's "Cold Days"  and to elevate my knee. Right now I'm limping around like an old lady, I jacked my knee trying to avoid stepping on a cat while on stairs.  It's just been one of 'THOSE' weeks. 

Later Gators,

Wordless Wednesday...Briggs, the wonder sheltie

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Have a great day!

New Year...New Day

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
New Year...New Day...
In my mind's eye, the above is what a new day on a new year is supposed to look like.  Weeeelllllll, it's grey here.  This is an iPhone photo from this summer that I cleaned up in Photoshop.
Attitude is sometimes the best change one can make. Habits are another...most people try to rid themselves of those pesky things.  I, want to add a few. I'm working on my schedule today, as you see blogging takes place in the morning, over my coffee.
The other habits...

You know that tiny voice in your head that says ‘don’t do that!’  Well, I’ve decided to listen in 2013.  I've also decided to try Mischief Management instead of being the Jackass Whisperer (moon-ism) There comes a time that I don’t mind saying ‘I blinked first.’  
I'm off to figure out Autodesk SketchBook Pro 6...there's no time like the present.
Later Gators!