Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Indulge your imagination

Just playing ...

 it's important ...
 to let the imagination roam ...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Digi Painting

I love digi painting! I love the control over layering. Often with "real" paint, I get dark muddy backgrounds. With digi paint, you can rearrange, resize, recolor even delete paint layers. 

I'm playing with a art journal kit from NBK Designs. This kit includes papers, paint brushes, artsy bits and styles that will change any element you desire. The nice thing is that I will enjoy many hours playing with this kit and it won't ever get used up. The paint won't dry. The paper will always be available. Have I said how much I love digi painting?

This one is unfinished. You can see some of the elements/layers. So far, it has about 10 layers. The first one has 38 layers plus one photo. I played with it for about 3 hours. With "real" paint, it would have taken much longer to allow time for paint to dry. 

And ... there is no clean up. No painty fingers to scrub. No art table to clear off. 

True, it will never FEEL like real paint. But I'm hoping printing it on canvas will give it some texture.

And because it's Monday, here is a collage. This is using a template by Scrapping With Liz. Here is the template.

And here is my piece, which I'll like to Mosaic Monday. I often play with digi templates; it's another version of not having to face the blank page.
A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about my obsession with coloring. The patterns for this piece are taken from those pages. 

I hope you have a creative week. It's very HOT here in Southern California ... so I'll be trying to stay cool. 

Monday, September 19, 2016


We spent a week on the island of Maui. It rained much of the time but I did get a few beautiful sunset photos.

Linking to Mosaic Monday. Have a great week!

Monday, September 05, 2016


While some find sketching to be therapeutic, my choice of relaxation is coloring. Yes, I'm on the "adult coloring" kick.    

Bright Contrast
 I find it to be the only way I can watch the evening news.
Cogs of a Wheel
  I use gel markers and paint markers, combine colors that don't necessarily "go" yet appeal to me. 
  Not seeking "art for the wall", I simply let myself relax into the process.
 I have approximately 16 pages completed.
Twirly Flowers
 Maybe they will end up in book form. Maybe cut out for collage. 
 Maybe cut out for greeting cards or mail art. I don't know.
Lomish Collage
For now, the pages just make me happy, as does the process. Do you color?

Linking to Mosaic Monday.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Yesterday we went to San Juan Capistrano. It was hot but not too uncomfortable. 
The train depot

Lunch at The Ramos House Cafe. Built in 1881, it opened as a cafe in 1994.  Chef/Owner John Q. Humphreys preserved a majority of the original structure, added a commercial kitchen to the back of the house, and laid out the exterior patio seating area around a century old Mulberry tree. 

I had the Basic Cured Salmon Lox with Toast Points & Baby Herbs. I usually take half of my restaurant meals home ... this was so good that I finished it all, right there. Pricey but delicious food.

I showed photos of flowers from the Butterfly Garden here, a day I was unable to capture a butterfly on camera. I had better luck today.

And if you like purple, you'll love this flower. I didn't make a note of what it is.

I'm loving my "freedom". As much as I love teaching and working with students, it is such a pleasure to "meander" through the day.

Monday, August 29, 2016


I've never been in love with cactus. However, with the drought in California, I'm considering the benefits. 

 I haven't really paid attention to these interesting plants in years. Some are quite beautiful!

Linking to Mosaic Monday. Have a great week.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival

My bestie and I made our annual visit to the Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival. Each year we wander up and down the aisles and get lost in the maze. Most years we see the same vendors and crafts/art. This year there were some changes which made for a more interesting visit. I brought my big girl camera with me so I was easily entertained :-).  There are no photos of art allowed, but the grounds provide plenty of photo inspiration.

An inner city group of school kids performed. Very cool!

And next door at the Art-A-Faire, lunch at Tivoli Too ... a beautiful spot.

As always, a fun day and time with my "BFF".
Next ... a close up of some of the plants.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

marina activity

Yesterday, to celebrate my freedom (grades are submitted; I don't teach again for 8 weeks), we went to Seal Beach marina. It was a beautiful day. Sunny, warm but just enough of a breeze to be comfortable. 

Need a tow?
Luxury Liner
I'm No Angel?
Big Guns Ready for Action

Lots of activity to watch and photograph.

Monday, August 22, 2016

playing with gradients

I saw this tutorial at the Daily Digi and had to play. Using the Photoshop Elements gradient tool and levels adjustments, you can create all kinds of artsy fun.

This one was a composite of the four above with two filters added: posterize and watercolor.
A different kind of sunflower;  photo digi manipulation

A fun way to avoid grading papers! When I turn in my grades ... I'll be free!

Linking to Mosaic Monday. Have a good week. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

in the garden

I love creating digital art with photos of flowers ... if you are a follower, you already know that. Here is one from earlier this year. It was a page in my photo book called Flower Power (you can click on the link to see more). 

Linking to Mosaic Monday
Have a great week!