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?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dressing Downton

Last week I had the great pleasure of attending an exhibit of the clothes of Downton Abbey at a museum in Anaheim. "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times" is fabulous ... a must-see for those who loved this show or period clothes. 

The details - exquisite!

The layout of the exhibit shows the progression of fashion. 

These lovelies were sprinkled throughout the exhibit. My favorite was not included - "A weekend, what is a weekend?"
If you are in the area, the exhibit is open until May 14th.
Linking to Mosaic Monday

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Liberate Your Art 2017

Here are the postcards I sent to Liberate Your Art

Collage of postcards
I love participating in this fun swap. This is the third year I've participated. 2015 and 2016.

Kat Sloma is a generous host who does an amazing job of sorting and mailing. Hundreds of people participate each year. It's so much fun receiving mail art!

Friday, March 03, 2017


It's finals week and I have a gazillion papers to grade. But first, a little distraction ...

playing with Correct Camera Distortion to create distortion. Fun. And now back to grading ...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Photoshop Elements Play

On a quiet and peaceful Sunday morning, I am playing with photos. Not a particularly interesting photo, the sunlight on the dresser captured my eye. PSE made it much more interesting.


a variety of filters

Lomo Camera Effect

Old Fashioned Photo

Orton Effect

Pop Art


Zoom burst effect
And, the winner is ... Orton effect with Pop Art as a close runner-up. But I also love the zoom burst effect ... perhaps they are all winners :-). Hope your Oscar Sunday is great. 
Linked to Mosaic Monday

Saturday, February 18, 2017


I've received beautiful flowers ... people are so kind and generous. They have provided me with lots of hours of art play.



Poster Edges

Watercolor and Color Adjustment

I think the blue and rose is my favorite.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Coloring is Healing

As I adjust to this new life without my husband, I find comfort in putting color on paper. 

Coloring is healing.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

I'll be silent for a while

My dear husband, George, passed away on January 10th. We were together for most of 33 years, married for 12. 

I'll be silent here on this blog for a while, as I allow myself to settle into the prospect of life without George. I trust that my creative mojo will make its way back to me at some point.

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart) - e.e. cummings