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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I Spy a Fox

The Hubs and I didn't just see Barns when we went on our Sunday drive over the weekend. We also saw something I've never seen in the 29 years that I've lived in northwest Ohio: a Fox! He was on my right, out in a field, when the Hubs and I both saw him at the same time. So we slowed down and then pulled off the road in order to get a better look. The fox was heading toward the road, seeming to want to cross the street. I took a few photos as he wandered along. Then he sat down in the field and just looked at me, with the sun setting behind him.

Fox at Sunset 1 Digital Photo

Fox at Sunset 2 Digital Photo

He sat there for a little bit just looking at me, until he finally got up the courage to cross the road. He sure was beautiful. And it was so neat to see a Fox that close up, and one that didn't seem to mind having his picture taken either. 

I wish I always had that kind of luck when I have my camera with me, especially considering that this part of Ohio is really not very scenic. But hey, I'll take what I can get. Hopefully I find even more wonderful things to photograph this summer.

Monday, May 23, 2016

For the Love of Barns Digital Photos

The Hubs and I went out for a drive over the weekend, and I decided to take along my camera. I tend to do that, even though there's not always a lot to see in northwest Ohio (it's kind of flat and boring here, folks). But I got lucky this time when we happened upon some old barns as the sun was going down, so I hopped out of the car and snapped a couple of digital photos.

There were two barns, both on the same property. I took the color photos but also decided to transform them into black and white too, to see how I liked them. I actually love them both ways, but I think the black and white has a slight lead for me. Though I love the sunset glow that hits both of the barns just right. :)

Wide Barn Digital Photo

WIde Barn Digital Photo bw

Big Barn Digital Photo

Big Barn Digital Photo BW

So tell me what you think. Which pictures are your favorites? The Color? Or the Black and White? I'd love to hear from you.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Life is a Beautiful Ride Mixed Media

Well I finally made it back into the studio again after almost a month of a busy life that prevented that from happening. The downside of being out of the studio for so long (other than creative withdrawal) is that it can be difficult to get my creative juices flowing again. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when I got into the studio. I had totally planned to paint, but instead decided on something that didn't involve paint at all. Flying by the seat of my pants in my studio is kind of how I like to do things anyway. This mixed media work on wood panel is what I came up with.

Life is a Beautiful Ride

I used three different pieces of scrapbook paper for the background, and then I added some shading with a dark umber colored pencil around the edges. Then I drew my butterfly, also with colored pencils, and added a stenciled trail below the butterfly.  I also stenciled on a doily design and added some fabric flowers to the center of that. And finally I added the faux stamps at the upper left, and the quote on the bottom right. 

After finishing it I wished I'd made the butterfly lower on the right side. It's not as visually balanced as it should be and that bugs me. But not everything can be a home run where art is concerned. And really, as with life, it's more about the journey than the destination. And we just have to remember that "Life is a Beautiful Ride." :)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Lilacs Fairy Dance

Well since my granddaughter and I attended the local Lilac Festival today, I was in the mood for Lilacs. So I created this digital art from a photo I took of my Lilacs. Nothing like a little fairy dance to bring some magic to May. 

Lilac Fairy Dance

Hoping to get into my studio tomorrow to have some messy creative fun, but in the mean time, a little digital art is always fun too. :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May Flowers

Since it finally stopped raining, I decided to take a walk around outside in my yard today. It was a perfect Spring day. Sunny skies, upper sixties, and a gentle little breeze blowing too. I loved it. I was inspired to to do some photography today too, so I thought I'd share my pictures with you.

May Flowers

April Showers really do bring May flowers. And I'm so glad. :)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Outlander The Red Dress

Are any of you Outlander fans? I'm a wee bit obsessed myself. I even have a Tumblr blog dedicated to the show. I just did some digital art for that blog last night, but thought I'd share it here too...in case any of you are Claire and JAMMF fans. :)

Outlander 202 Red Dress Digital Art

Outlander 202 Red Dress Kiss Digital Art

I've only read the first three books in the Outlander series so far. I'm planning to read more, and I especially want to stay ahead of the TV show. I can't watch a TV show or movie and THEN read the book it's based on. That totally ruins the book for me. I can only do it the other way around. :)

Anyway, I'm looking forward to episode 3 this weekend. Vive la France!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Kept Heart Kephart

I'm very into genealogy and sleuthing around in my family tree. I have a particular affection for one of my great, great grandparents, Susan Eleanor (Templeton) Kephart, who is in my maternal line. One day awhile back I was just playing around with some digital art and created this piece using a photograph of her holding my great grandfather. I don't think I ever posted it. I liked the meaning behind the quote, about how life is fleeting, and how it's in everything around us.

Kephart Digital Art

I never got to meet my great grandfather or his mother, but I keep their memory alive in my heart, and in my art. NAIH ♥

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dracula Digital Art

I was in the mood to play on my iPad Pro a couple of weeks ago. I need the practice in making digital art on that, since I'm so used to doing it on my PC. I have several great apps on the iPad that I'm still learning to use. So I decided to create some digital art for one of my former students, who has a real love of horror movies and characters from them. Dracula ended up being my theme--and I mean old school Dracula, because those are the only horror movies I ever really watched growing up. This was the result.

Dracula Digital Art Creation

I used a combination of three apps: ProCreate, Stackables, and Brushstroke. And then also a couple of minor editing using Paint Shop Pro on my PC after I was finished using the apps. I really like how this turned out. And the bonus is that my former students seemed to really like it too. Win!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Stars Beauty Mixed Media Girl

Last year I created a post about the art journal spread I was doing after buying Jane Davenport's book called Beautiful Faces. After I had finished that spread last April, I had gone in a few months later and added some stars to my mixed media girl I'd created in the spread. And as I was flipping through some photos today, I realized I never shared the updated creation. So I'm gonna share that with you now.

Stars Beauty Mixed Media

I just thought that my background was a bit plain, especially considering that most of the time I add torn paper or something to the backgrounds of my paintings. I wasn't feeling like adding solid color, and I didn't want to distract from the face too much. So I decided that stars would be the way to go. It added a sense of texture and just a little something extra to make it feel more finished. I like her much better now. Sometimes you just have to step away from something you've done for awhile, and then come back and look at it again with fresh eyes. It can make all the difference.