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Summer is such an amazing season of different varieties of flowers that gush into bloom during those sunny, hot months. Interspersed with rainy days, it becomes a JUNGLE out there in the garden! Coneflowers have always been a favorite of mine, and I am just discovering that there are many varieties of echinacea to bring excitement to the garden and food for the butterflies and birds. This is a macro photo I took in our garden one afternoon. I was very pleased with it, but wanted to add just that little bit more of interest to it. To make it more timeless and more appealing as an art piece.

I happened to catch a little chickadee at our bird feeder and was surprisingly in the perfect spot for the shot! Does not happen to me often…being in the right spot at the right time, but this day I was! I thought that the chickadee shot along with this coneflower shot might create a summer memory. I love watching the birds in our gardens. The bright goldfinches flitting all around so quickly with their little calls to each other. The huge bluejays, who seem to rule the aviary out there. And recently the cardinal family that has nested in our paperbark maple tree at the corner of our deck, which on a summer’s evening provides so much entertainment as they fly from tree to tree, communicating with one another. My little cavapoo pup, Izzi, and I really enjoy them a lot. The cicadas seem to be providing the main musical theme, with the cardinals adding the different “instrument” popping in and out.

Soooo…the above photo turned into the image that follows…

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 3.42.26 PMVery light, moody, misty, with the hint of the bird feeder by the lace-curtained window. I went searching online for just the right quote for what I wanted to communicate. Then searching through the fonts for something classic and flowing, and Cezanne seemed to be the best one. A little more texture, and voila!!

Here it is, ‘life is a song’. I hope you like it!! : )

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Another edited photo of the canal in Venice, Italy. This time I applied several texture layers to give it an impressionist type of feel. When I was adjusting one of those layers, I moved the sliders to adjust both the layer style I was applying and also the layer beneath it at the bottom of the blending options window in CS6. This gave the buildings that burnout look. Also used iris blur to focus on those blue boats that are docked in front of the largest building in the center. Love how the water’s color has many tones of cyan, blue, and green, all melting into one another.

A gentle breath…of Heaven.

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