Thursday, January 26, 2017

Foto Art Friday – January 27, 2017
Little Red Boat
For this piece, I reflected back to warmer days.  My husband and I were on a Mediterranean cruise and we were wandering the shoreline at a port of call in Cadiz, Spain.  One of the more charming sights that we saw was this little red boat, pulled up on the sandy shore.  When I saw this image, it reminded me of that lovely warm, sunny day.  This piece started with some Spanish text coupled with two different background papers blended together.  I then added some special brushes and blended in the images. 
Little Red Boat

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Driving in a Winter Storm – Life in the Storm
For this second part of my photo art blog about my drive in a winter storm, I’m focused on how life goes on in a storm – today and in the past.  It’s a reminder that sometimes, life in rural America can be rather tough…..
Winter Red Barn
I love the pop of color the barn in this image adds.  Altho the sky and snow let you know its cold outside, it’s somewhat tempered by the bright red of the barn.  Somehow, I don’t think it’s all that warm in the barn, tho!
This cabin is one of my favorite photo subjects, and even tho it’s falling down, it still provides a great focal point for this image.  It makes me think that anyone who used to live in and care about this cabin are long ago gone.  The road is so deserted, it seems as if the world has forgotten this cabin.
Sentry Looking Left
As I drove along a wintry road, it seemed that no one else was up and about – but I was wrong.  The ravens were out and on the look-out for whatever food they could find.  This guy, perched on what I think was an old fence post, was quietly surveying his domain, and paid no heed to me.
Winter Graze
Driving along a small two-lane road, I noticed some cattle grazing just off the road.  When I was processing this image, it reminded me of days gone by, and what was the “norm” several decades ago.  Today, in our modern world, it almost seems quaint, but remember, someone has to grow the food that we eat.  Here’s to all the ranchers and farmers who don’t get to take the day off because of the cold!
Winter Signpost
The snow was really kicking up when I saw this deserted cabin in a small town not far from where we live.  One would need to know where one was heading on a morning like this – the signpost sure wouldn’t be of much help with all the snow clinging to it!
Winter’s Wrath
The storm seemed to be particularly heavy around this deserted adobe building.  Generally, people think of adobe buildings being in an area that’s always warm and sunny, but when one lived at a higher elevation, those adobes had to be able to withstand some wintry weather as well.  The fact that it’s still standing speaks to the toughness of this type of structure.
This image brings to mind, for me, what life may have been like back in the day when this deserted cabin was called home.  It’s not really insulated, so heat would have come from a stove or fireplace inside.  Windows and doors would have been shut as tightly as they could, but I suspect cold still seeped in.  Dress warm and stay close might have been the family motto for the winter!
Storm Shelters
I turned off the main road to get this image of two deserted cabins – one made of wood, and the other adobe.  They are situated so close to each other, I have to wonder if one was a side house of some sort – maybe even a barn.  You can also get a feel for the desolation in this area.  Altho there is a small town in the area now, I can’t help but wonder who the closest neighbors were to the family who lived in this many years ago.
Heart of Winter
Don’t you just want to pull whatever you’re wearing closer around you right now, looking at this image?  Trees are bare, snow is on the ground and swirling in the air, and the doors and windows are open!  Brrrr!  Chilly!  Still, there’s something very stark and dramatic about this image that is compelling.  Sit, study it, and imagine life as it once was.
Cabin in the Storm
The detail and texture in this image is rather incredible.  I purposefully added a vintage tint to it to accentuate the feeling of times gone by.  A roof long in need of replacing, now with open slats made more visible by the snow sticking to those that remain.  The wood walls seem speckled with the snow swirling in the area.  Enjoy a look at yesterday.
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Driving in a Winter Storm – Landscapes
This past weekend, we had a winter storm…….for a short bit of time.  Storms here seem to be rather fierce, but very short-lived!  But, while it is fierce, there are some wonderful photo opportunities.  I’ve split my photo images into two posts – this one about the landscapes I captured.  Come and drive in a winter storm with me…..
January Low Clouds
This image was taken along a dirt road leading away from our home.  The morning was still, and the clouds were not quite lit from the sun yet.  They were what I think of as a cold winter blue.  However, they set off the snow both on the ground and in the tree very nicely.  It does make me want to go “brrrr”, tho!
Winter Road
This image has a feeling of desolation – the sort of desolation one can feel on a cold winter morning, when you aren’t seeing anyone out and about.  The sky in the background is hinting that the sun may be making an appearance on this day before too long.  However, the dark storm clouds are still overhead.
Two Trees in Winter
These two trees are a favorite subject of mine, not because they match each other perfectly, but because they complement each other perfectly.  As I came up to them, they looked like they had withstood the snow very well, but when I processed the image, the snow didn’t show up as much as I wanted, so I admit to adding some precipitation to the image!
Nothing quite conveys the feeling of coldness than a barbed wire fence with snow clinging to it, surrounding a piece of property in the middle of the high desert of New Mexico.  In reality, it wasn’t really as cold as it looks in this image, but you can almost feel a wave of cold reaching out to you.
Into the Storm
When I turned toward home while driving in a snow storm, I faced a lonely, snow-covered road.  The trees on the right sort of anchor the image, but it looks like I’m going to drive into a big cloud of white.  And……I did!  As I drove down this road, it became harder and harder to see.  Thank goodness I knew the road just went straight, and had no turns! 
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Foto Art Friday – January 20, 2017
Wispy Winter
A tree in winter is the inspiration for this piece.  This was from a storm a few years ago, but I decided to play with this image to make it look a bit more “liquid” to create a sort of wispy and fluid look.  I was inspired by viewing the paintings of cottonwoods by Georgia O’Keeffe.  No, the tree is not a cottonwood, but it was a good tree to inspire some abstract musings.  Vintage text, an image of a rock I took a while ago, and various paint brushes complement the tree.  The rock image provides some wonderful texture that add a nice touch and remind me of what the tree trunk and branches feel like.
Wispy Winter

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Foto Art Friday
January 13, 2017
While working on another art project, I came across this image of a golden flower that I took a few years ago, and it inspired this piece.  I complemented it with layers of background including vintage text and a number of different golden tones background papers.  I added some grange effects to finish off the piece.  I was then struck by the overall warmth of this piece – sort of a glow of happiness and contentment, at least to me.  The browns and darker tones add depth and even an element of structure.  Overall, it left me with a warm feeling on a chilly winter night.
Golden Tones

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Foto Art Friday – January 6, 2017
For this week’s piece, I was drawn to a recent image I shot while on a photo op drive a bit south from where we live.  I first started playing by layering and blending some backgrounds – a page of vintage text in French, a copyright free sheet with a lovely silhouette of a bare tree, and some background I created using Citra Solv on magazine pages.  I then added in splashes of color using a variety of specialty brushes in PhotoShop Elements.  I then layered the image that inspired this piece.  As I played with positioning it, I noticed that the branches of the background tree seemed to flow into both trees in the photo image.  That gave the feeling of oneness to the piece, and I decided to name it after the flow that seemed to spring from the trees and tree elements in the piece.  The final touches were some additional brush elements.  The lesson I took away from this piece is that sometimes, we just need to go with the flow that life is handing us at the moment and see where that will take us.