Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Up On Deck

I took some time to tidy my Studio. Then I picked my next project. I've chosen to make another set of beaded ornaments for this year's theme tree.


I've got all the pieces sorted and ready to go. It will be nice to spend some time creating something in the cool of the basement.


I've had just about enough of this hot weather, but I know there's more to come. Maybe that means more projects in the works.



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Meet Charlie

Charlie came into my family's life in May 1975. He was one of the "Get Well Soon" plants my mom received after her first operation for cancer. He's one of the few plants that made a successful trip from southern California to Idaho.

My mom gave me a cutting from her Creeping Charlie which I managed to keep alive -- sometimes barely alive -- for all these years. During the time we were remodeling our house, he almost died. But once life settled down and he had a permanent home in the kitchen, he came back to life.

Each of my daughters received a cutting from Charlie. I think one or two of Charlie's "kids" is alive in their homes.


I'm tickled by how much I like this plant, and how often I've taken his picture. I suppose Charlie is one of the most steady guys I've had in my life. Every now and again, he deserves another portrait, don't you think?


My 50 mm challenge continues

50 mm
f/8
1/200 sec
ISO-200

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Artist's Way

In my experience, there are at least two kinds of artists. The ones like need a calm workspace so that they can work with a nice clean "blank piece of paper." Their studios are tidy and their supplies all lined up and ready to use.

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  And there are artists that need a boatload of supplies within easy reach so that the tools of the trade speak to them and begged to be used. Their studios are like a big pile of pixie stix, a nice jumble of texture and color which breeds inspiration.


Which do you think I am?
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I cop to being the first orderly kind. I have a hard time creating in clutter because it overstimulates my brain and I have a hard time concentrating on a single project. If  you notice I haven't been crafting or sewing much lately, it's because my Studio needs to be tidied up.


My 50 mm challenge continues

Top photo:
50 mm
f/3.5
1/160 sec.
ISO-1000

Bottom photo:
50 mm
f/8
1/50 sec.
ISO-1000

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Soft Plastic Mandala

Today's coloring meditation.

After coloring with colored pencils, I scanned the image then played with it in my editing software. This is how it came out after I used the "soft plastic" effect. Pretty neat!



Drawing by Thaneeya McArdie from her book Flower Mandalas

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ducks

Back at Island Park in Springfield, Oregon. The ducks fear no people so I was able to get fairly close.


This fellow found a piece of yarn and carried it around for a while.




My 50 mm challenge continues.

Top photo:
50 mm
f/5
1/640 sec.
ISO-800

Bottom photo:
50 mm
f/5
1/500 sec.
ISO-800

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Morning Glory

I love stumbling upon another heart in nature




My 50 mm challenge continues

50 mm
f/2.8
1/1000 sec
ISO-200