Sunday, February 28, 2010

hello march!

the countdown begins
only 20 days 'til spring
and 39 days 'til paris!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

i've got mail!

all i can say is
i love getting mail
and when i opened my package from
(i won her owoh giveaway)
i was speechless
this is truly a wonderful
work of art and craftsmanship

even the little thank-you card

has just as much detail

you have to see it in person
to really appreciate
all the fine details
and elements
fabric, lace, trim, buttons,
beads,paper, photo, wood, sequin
hand stitching
how many layers
and to touch it!!

thank you lisa
from the botton of my heart
i will cherish it forever

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

encaustic class

"reflection of winter"
the "grasses" in my friends garden
and the white blanket of snow this morning
inspired me to keep it simple

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

please, mr. postman

please, mr. postman, look and see......
is there a letter in your bag for me?
i've been busy all weekend
making art
and stuffing envelopes

as part of owoh
i mentioned i would
send out something special
for any new followers
who e-mailed me to let me know
well, 25 lucky people
will be getting something soon
(depending on canada post!!)

one of the 25 "mini" pieces of art
i created this weekend
"the crooked house"
encaustic on board
i just love getting mail
and hope everyone loves what i sent!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

catching up

i've been so busy with
that i haven't had much time for playing in ps
i've finally cough up on weeks two and three
above week two project one
dramatic still life

flooded with light

tinted grayscale

week three
light painting technique

pseudo-infrared technique

photographic painting

now that i know how the techniques work
i will search my photo library
to find more of my photos to practice on
i can't wait to get to week four!
above photos
mount royal, montreal
peony in my garden
me on my little woodland path
window shopping on queen st
salem graveyard
rockport, ma
see more on our flickr group

Friday, February 19, 2010

you've got mail!!!

i've been so busy the past few weeks
besides encaustic class every wednesday
and my online class with susan tuttle
OWOH has kept me answering e-mails,
blog surfing
(i've "met" some really creative people)
and making cards and art
( gifts for the winners and my new followers)
it was nice to receive this wonderful art and gift certificate
in the mail
from my friend ludgera
( thanks lu, i will be off today to aboveground!)
ludgera, who's in california
taking a bookmaking class
needed some help editing and manipulating
her photos for class
above, one of the finished projects i did
which lu stitched to the burlap
and sent as a thank-you card
i loved the challenge
working with someone elses photos
it gives me a new perspective on
something i might not have considered
she sent me the photo above and below
and asked to add them together

so i altered them a bit in ps
playing with the brightness/contrast
opacity and using the b/w feature
( i tried lots of filters as well but lost a lot
of the detail in both photos)

i then decided to take it a little bit further
i added a warm carmel color
and used the "overlay" blending mode
then the text from an old postcard
using the "screen" blending mode
and finally a texture i found at
shadow house creations
and set the blending mode to "darken"

and then the finished project!
which of course i didn't stop there
for fun i inverted it,
tried on a few filters
duplicated it and added a lighting feature
and played with the blending modes again
you can go on forever!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

encaustic class

while searching through my paper stash
i came across some really cool tissue
from 7 gypsies
architectural floor plans
i decided to use it as my background
for the above work
layered with clear wax
added the wallpaper
some oil paint
rusted door plate and key
and here you have it!

Monday, February 15, 2010

OWOH winner!!

and the winners are....................
eden clare o'meara at artful fairy tales
check out her wonderful photography
mixed media and collage
lynn stevens at trash to treasure art
altered art
sherry goodloe at got art?
mixed media
thanks to everyone who participated
and commented for a chance to win

Sunday, February 14, 2010

thanks to my friend martha
for making me this wonderful valentine
and thanks to my friend lennie

happy V day

a great source for all kinds of ephemera

Friday, February 12, 2010

getting there

you never know what will happen
when you start working on a photo
sometimes it can be mind blowing
the enhancements, layers, filters,
blending modes, lighting effects,
adding textures and frames
sometimes the simplest photos
will end up surprising me the most

i found this rusted container
and thought i would use it as a background or texture

which when added to this photo
using the soft light blending mode
and finished off with a ttv frame

it became something simply wonderful

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

encaustic class

today's project
was an experiment in texture
and the contrast of
rough and smooth
adding the stencil was something new
so far i'm liking what i've done
i will added some rusted metal
and maybe some paper
i haven't decided what photo to use?
details from the above work

i had fun with the heat gun
i love how it looks like marble

my second project was really easy
a map layered in wax and cheesecloth
one of my photos, inverted and mirrored
and some text
i haven't decided weather or not i like the metal disc

details from above work

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

quite time

finally, some quite time
i started my second
i find it very relaxing to just sit and play with
all the techniques i've learned so far in week one
susan's class is very user friendly,
with easy to follow videos and instructions
and we have a flickr group to post and see every ones work
(you may have to take the class in order to view this page?)
you can see what i've worked on here
retro technique one

the sweet spot and the blur

vintage retro technique two
i can't wait to get started with week two
i'll keep you posted

Thursday, February 4, 2010

encaustic class

yesterdays class was spent putting the
finishing touches on several works from the past 10 days
of the full moon madness
it was power tool time!
attaching all the hardware to my pieces
above, i started with the background
i wanted it to look like
a rusted and painted piece of metal
just the edges
i added old book pages to the centre as
background for my photos
added photo copies of the trees
then started layering on all the texture
wallpaper, cardboard, wax,
lace and cheesecloth
finally, the hardware
the past several weeks have been great
this surge of creativity was a wonderful ride
but now i'm exhausted and my brain-mush
time to rest up and get distracted
maybe start planning my
spring paris trip!
yes, that's paris, france!
64 days and counting
air and apartment booked
time to start getting organized
on how i want to spend my days!!!
more details to come.......

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

crash and burn

it's been one hell of a full moon cycle
since last sunday
i haven't been able to stop
14 encaustic pieces worked on
9 finished
5 just needing a few little touches
so tonight it was crash and burn time!
a simple project
a map, some text,
a photo from my friends garden
and a stitched border
easy, peasy
off to bed
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