Sunday, March 30, 2014

Crazy, Crazy Month

I am so looking forward to March being over and done with.  It has been a long, stressful month.  Texter's divorce was finalized in February and we had to relocate to a smaller home (yah!).  So the past month was spent looking for a new place to rent, sorting out his stuff from ours and packing.  The past week was spent moving, most of it by ourselves.  So only another day of brining the last of the stuff over (my sewing room) and then cleaning on Monday before work and it's over at the old place.  New place, new life.

And in the middle of all of this, Lady K turned 1!  Yep, my little girl is all grown up and one year old.  Texter made her cupcakes the first day we were in the new place, as it was also her birthday.  How many kids get a new home on their birthday.

So before I start the final moving and cleaning, I stopped for a minute (because I haven't had a chance to over the past few weeks, to play a little with one of the pictures Texter took.

I think I like it.  Maybe remove the starburst behind her or drop the opacity a bit more.  But I like it.

Monday, March 17, 2014

New Artwork

I came home from work on Sunday after taking Texter to work.  There was really nothing I could do at the present time as far as packing goes and my brain wasn't really up to absorbing any lessons, so I decided a little unwinding time was in order and played with some digital creations.

This was a picture of the trolley on the walking mall in downtown Helena in the fall.

This one I particularly like.  A friend of mine back in North Carolina had taken the picture.  He has been under the weather lately, so I took his picture and played with it a bit.

This one I really enjoy because of the more 'painterly' look to it. There is something about the sunflowers I like.

I wanted to see what it would look like with a picture which had little contrast to begin with.  

I have to say I am pleased with my evening's work and plan on exploring this method futher.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Benton Lake Drawing

So, with all that is going on in my life externally, I feel like I am not being 'creative' enough internally.  I picked up a copy of Somerset Digital Studio magazine the other day and decided to take a moment to unwind a bit and be a little creative.

I had taken pictures at the Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge and made a panorama of the picture of the sunrise over the mountains and the great clouds and lighting.

While this lead to some great drama over the landscape, it made it really hard for me to distinguish between different waterfowl in the distance.

This morning I took the above picture and using the tutorial from tutorial and created this.....

I am really liking this technique and want to do more.  I need to learn a bit more about adding some 'lines and squiggles' on the pictures, but for right adding the goose was enough.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Break Before I Break

Do you ever have so much on your plate you feel a bit overwhelmed and don't think you will get any of it done?  Between school work and packing and making all the calls needed to set up services for a new place, that is where I am right now.  Luckily, it is spring break at school, which means I don't have to rush quite as much with homework.

Yesterday, I drove up to Benton Lake to see the start of the spring waterfowl migration (those pictures to come) and I stopped at a scenic overlook to climb up the little stairway there.  The result of that little stop was this picture.

So with a bit of Photoshop play I came up with this....

Now I have to go back to work.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Squirrely Weather

Yep, even native Montanans are saying this has not been a typical winter.  I am taking it all personally, myself.  North Carolina has been hit hard this winter.  I have snow up to my knees almost as I drag out trash to the trash can in the alley.  Right now there is about an 18 inch 'pile' of snow on top of my patio table.  And the bad part about it is that I know part of the snow evaporated and settled over the past week, so there really has been more.

Anyway, I shoveled a path out to the end of the patio so that I could put out some seed for the birds.  And the squirrels.  Stumpy, the squirrel pictured here, took advantage of the sunflower seed I had scattered on the bench.

Normally, I sigh and complain about the 'stupid squirrels', but how can you begrudge a little snow covered animal, with snow caked on his elbows. 

Plus, I think his 'nuts' are frozen too!