Friday, June 16, 2017

Yesterday I attended "Collage for a Cause" hosted by artist Judith Hendler. She has held several classes to create art collages that will be exhibited and sold, with profits going to Orange County Build Futures, an organization that provides services to homeless 18-24 year olds in Orange County. Yesterday she reached her goal of 200 collages. The sale is upcoming. Here is the piece I created. It's great fun and nice to be contributing to a great cause.

You can't see it in the photograph, but the 'bud" is not glued down, creating interest. I wanted to add text but didn't get around to it.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

flower power

Flowers provide so much joy ...
 while they are "alive"
and in their "afterlife"

Saturday, June 03, 2017

before and after




after 1 

after 2
It's so much fun to rummage through old photos (these are from a trip to Portland in 2011) play with them, all the while "revisiting" the trip.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

playing with photos

I've been having some fun with Photoshop Elements ... so much this program can do to "artify" photos!

It's amazing how many tutorials there are on YouTube ... for free! So many generous artists.

Monday, May 22, 2017


There is an exhibit of Dale Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum. Absolutely beautiful work. If you ever have a chance to see his art, do so!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

playing in photoshop

around town. photo and digital elements

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


a few moments here and all is right with the world.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Balboa Island

On of the many beautiful areas in my neck of the woods is Balboa Island. You can arrive by ferry, over a bridge, or docking your own boat. 

There is one main street with lots of quaint shops and restaurants. Visiting makes you feel you have "gotten away" to a vacation destination. Lots of tourists, many speaking European languages. Here are some sights ... you'll notice I only focused on the water, not the main street. 

The homes along the bay are stunning!

Roses grow well with this climate.

except where doggies "go"

Fun little boats waiting to take you out on the bay.

A beautiful day. I had lunch on a bench and watched a young woman (very young) being photographed. She didn't offer the purpose of the photo shoot and I managed to refrain from asking. I also refrained from taking a photo of her being photographed. Yes, I was tempted!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Playing around in Photoshop

I had an urge to play in the world of digital artistry ... and here are the results. First I drew a free-form "flower", then posed a recent photo on top. The artistry proceeded from there ... 

For this one, I used a freebie from Jane Davies that I used previously as seen here. Today's results produced two very different pieces. Do you have a preference - dark and moody or bright and colorful?