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Keeping up with 2017

We have two new 2017 wall calendars in our Etsy shop that I’m excited about and want to¬†preview here as this might just be the perfect time to order one. ūüėČ
Each calendar is large (14.25 x 11 inches) and printed on sturdy high-quality paper with vibrant full-color.

The first we call Ice and Fire, a nature photo calendar that includes stunning images from Iceland, the High Sierras and the Colorado Rockies. ¬†These amazing photos were taken on trips that my sister and brother, Joni and Craig, made this summer, and I think you’ll find this calendar is a page turner.

Here’s what it looks like.

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Secrets & Dreams is an art calendar that¬†showcases my art work, and here’s a peek at it.

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So here they are.  Take your pick!

Have a great weekend.




The Hour of Silence

‘Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.’

 Leonora Carrington, 1917-2011 
British artist, surrealist painter and novelist. carrington

Tip: Before¬†I introduce a new piece today I want to say a word to¬†photographers¬†who are¬†interested in taking¬†their¬†work into the realm of the¬†photo artist;¬†a place¬†of creativity,¬†individuality, and sometimes if we’re lucky, a little magic.

The very first order of business is to become a collector- of papers, textures, elements; ¬†anything that might bring life to your¬†piece. ¬†I literally¬†have hundreds of papers, textures and things as well as my photos. ¬†Many textures & backgrounds¬†can be gotten free by googling ‘free photo backgrounds.’ ¬†Free images can be found at ¬†https://creativecommons.org. ¬† When I’m looking for something new I purchase papers & kits, and one of my favorite places is¬†https://e-scapeandscrap.net/boutique. ¬†You’ll find many sales and¬†occasional free items, and this is a great site for scrapbookers. ¬†

Once you’ve collected images and elements the next order of business¬†is to organize them into folders. ¬†I have folders for¬†Papers & Textures, which I have sub-divided into categories of Colors, Edges-Frames-Overlays, Splotches, Scribbles, Scratched Surfaces, Brushes & Text, Clouds-Moon-Stars just to name a few as well as folders called¬†Critters, Botanicals, Patterns-Graphics-Icons, and Victorian-Steampunk.¬†

‘The Sound of Silence’ is the title of the piece I’ll be working with today, and we’ll¬†start with the finished image¬†and work backward.



The image begins with a gray speckled paper, which I duplicated twice putting an impressionist painting filter on one layer and an ink-watercolor filter on the other.  Blend modes and opacities are shown on each.




Once the base layer is in place I add a very nice grungy gray/blue background and a sunspot.



A photo I  took on the Okefenokee swamp is cropped, reversed horizontally, duplicated, and blended in luminosity mode at a 50% opacity.  The duplicate is given a sketchy watercolor filter, blended in soft light mode with a 75% opacity.



Next come the flying geese and the text.


The text was blended in hard light mode at 40% opacity.


The final touches include the addition of a gorgeous blue/brown background and a starry background.


Finally the panel layer from Photoshop.  The layers were not originally placed as they are here, but this is the final stacking before the image is flattened.


Have a happy week.