Monday, August 24, 2015

Life Book 15 - Week 34

My muse was the Goddess Morrigan for this exercise.  She was known as the Crow Goddess, and queen of phantoms and shape-shifters.  This image aptly reflect the dark qualities.  The crow image was done first followed by the face.  This piece was a color and dimensional study overall, and I enjoyed doing it!




This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link: www.willowing.org.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Google - Blogger Problems!

Are you having problems uploading photos to your blog on Blogger (operated by Google)?  I am, and those problems have been occurring for a few weeks now.

I'm considering changing blog platforms.  For bloggers, what blog platform do you like the best?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Life Book 2015 - Week 32 Project



Tamara taught this past week's lesson titled 'You Are Wise'.  She led everyone through her process by video step-by-step.  Not that we all created replicas of her work, but did use her less as a jumping off point for creating our own.  As part of the lesson, Tamara invites all to work with personal transformation activities that are used as part of the art work...which is part of the reason I took this class aside from really liking her energy.


Above is the photo of my girl flying over a planet of my limiting beliefs.


This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link: www.willowing.org.

Artisan State Flatbook - Great promo offer!


This is the completed flat book printed through Artisan State as part of a current promotional offer ($5 for the book plus $5 for shipping).  The quality of the book is superb, and I've had many compliments on it already!

What I like includes the thickness of the pages, the luster of the paper, and the true-to-image printing.  The software to put it together is similar to Blurb's.

I highly recommend giving Artisan State a try...either for a short portfolio book (20 pages max. through the offer) or for a nice family photo momento album!

I'm so pleased that I've now got other books to create...ha, ha.

Thank you Google...

...for fixing the bug!  I can now make posts and upload photos again.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Life Book 2015 - Week 31 Project


Oh my gosh...finally, I'm able to post to Blogger!

This is Week 31's project which was an assignment to create a Hamsa with a magazine eye over a sky watercolor background. Mine is a bit different take on the assignment which I quite enjoyed--also relaxing.

The lesson was created and presented by Rachel Rice, one of the Life Book 2015 guest instructors.  Thank you Rachel!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lifebook 15 - Week 28 Project Completed!



Lifebook 2015 - Week 28's lesson called 'Layers of You'

This piece grew out of a base collage with a photograph of a face.  In this project, I used Clear Gesso and a white Posca pen -- both for the first time -- and really liked using them.  The tooth of the paper from a coat of Clear Gesso is really nice, and the Posca pen is great for embellishments!

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link: www.willowing.org.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Lifebook 2015 - Lesson 13

This piece is based on the happy painting lesson by Juliette Crane. I did the background a month or so ago and really liked it.  I added the owl today.

Overall, the piece works alright, but it isn't my favorite.  The background and image have distinctly different textures and I didn't do any blending to transition between them.  I did like being free with the brush and black paint to outline the image.  That worked very nicely!


This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link: www.willowing.org.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Highlights of Banff Trip in a Video Short!


video

What a great place to visit!
This video (2 minutes) shows a handful of some of the reasons I found it so refreshing, relaxing and invigorating.  It includes a few see-me-here photos too. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Banff, Alberta, Canada - What a beautiful place!


Returned from a recent trip to Banff where the photographic opportunities are boundless.  The Vermillion Lakes are a great location for bird-watching and snapping some terrific images (especially by using the reflections in the water)!

Banff is a Canadian national park and as such really cares for its wild animal populations. The area's water supply -- from the Bow River that is fed by the Columbia Glacier and mountain snow melts -- winds its way far beyond Calgary.