Friday, April 20, 2018


Daffodils 2018 (April 20)

Daffodils were blooming on March 26 in 2017, almost a month earlier than this year.
Thankfully, the frost didn't nip any of the upcoming bi-color buds that are just popping.

I hope spring is beginning to unfold in your area also.
My David Austin roses survived the winter and are showing green growth on the leaves.

Have a very pleasant weekend, and week ahead.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

First buds on the Serviceberry

In spite of the snows we've been getting the past few weeks, even after the first day of Spring, nature is still progressing slowly.  Today, I found buds of flowers on the Serviceberry bush, and if the warm temperatures arrive as predicted, they'll be opening up very soon, into a dreamy mass of white.

The new Lightroom update has some really cool features now, so I played with the camera calibration settings and got these two versions of the buds.

Thanks for stopping by
I hope spring is coming your way soon!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Archive photos and an ArtPlay rendition

Ft. Sheridan, Illinois
Water tower
Taken July 2009
Edited April 2018 in Photoshop, using Anna Aspnes digital supplies.  The background image was ran through PS Filter Gallery in "ink outlines".

Have a lovely day...spring is very slowly emerging.  Very soon the daffodils will burst open, and it's time to plant my seeds and get a head start on growing them.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Where to find inspiration

A few days ago, I was working on a new layout for a Classic Release collection of digital supplies over at Oscraps, in Anna Aspnes' store.  For these layouts, I use my own photos.  The Classic Release for 4.4.18 is a vibrant one with artistic flowers and splashes of colors, and I wondered what photo of mine would fit with the palette.  Looking through recent photo shoots I came across a photo of a painting I took at a local artist display, which I took because I loved the colors and impressionistic style, never thinking it would be used as a feature subject in a layout.

As I continue to learn the processes and techniques for making pleasing layouts, I'm continually finding similarities of creating still life scenes compared to creating artistic digital layouts.

This week I signed up for a lovely free e-course The Creative Connection Retreat, from Karen Olson, at Renuko Style blog.  Today's email lesson was titled "Finding Inspiration", and her blog post today wears the same title.  She's given a lot of food for thought in that little email, and I'm looking forward to working through the processes, and learning more about how my artistic digital artistry creating fits in with being a "creative soul".

Karen's blog is full of interesting and creative articles and classes.  I'm sure she would love your visit.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Vintage racing cars

Link to my gallery at Oscraps:

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Daffodils 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Art for March

This month has been quite busy with making art for Anna's Creative Team.    A little sample of where my time goes.

Digital Mixed Media - first stab at this style, and I really enjoyed making it.

Dogwood and lilacs from my garden

Lake Michigan

Grandson's Paris photos

Judy's garden

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