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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!! : )


My work is currently being featured by a wonderful metal poster online company called Displate. First of all it is an incredible honor to have a company take notice of my photography, and then for it to feature my work in its very first feature of artists’ pieces on its site, AND to feature solely MY WORK in this modern bathroom view as interior inspiration to its clients is A M A Z I N G ! ! At first I was in shock, when I saw it on my laptop, and then as I examined it and realized it was all my photography work, I did not have words to describe the gratitude to Displate for doing this!! I have felt so honored, when I have had sales from my shop (displate.com/inou) on their site, because it really does validate my art and makes me feel good about what I am doing!! In the art world there are good days and bad days, and THIS was a FANTASTIC day!!!! : D

Displate Interiors: modern view bathroom

Displate Interiors: modern view bathroom

My displates featured by Displate.com

My displates featured by Displate.com

Besides this, which was QUITE enough for me to take in and process, Displate featured another one of my photography posters in Commercial Interiors, Modern Office. There they used a photo I took from the top of the Empire State Building of busy New York City. It is the fourth one down in the left column of posters. SO honored!!

Displate's Modern Office, Commercial Room

Displate’s Modern Office, Commercial Room

My displate entitled "we stand together"

Huge THANK YOUs to Displate and to the people who have loved my work so much as to purchase it and put it in their homes!!!! So incredibly honored…

See my Displate galleries at displate.com/inou

Linda : )

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Fifth Avenue

My husband and I had gone to New York City a couple weekends ago, during a winter blizzard they were having…Not exactly the perfect time for photography. It was sooo cold, and the wind was relentless!! I managed to take the original photo of this image on an iPhone and then edited it in Photoshop. Definitely wanted to give it a vintage look.

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Summer magic — lightning bugs and daisies

A photo from my garden…which did not look like this at the time. The lightning bugs were, amazingly, added to a lighter exposed photo of this section of the garden. Many different layers of textures were also added, and center fill lighting provided that moonlit glow to the daisies. I often stay outside in the gardens past dusk, and this is exactly how I want to remember this magical time between day and night.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer statue.

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The original photo was very hazy, and in my efforts to clarify it, many texture layers plus a lens flare were added to the photo for muted color and interest. This end result reminds me of an image you would find in a vintage encyclopedia.

This is a working Victrola, which has been passed down to my husband and me. I was playing a record on it just today! Young Frank Sinatra, in fact! The photo was taken with hopes of being a part of Society6’s ANALOG zine collaboration, coming up this month. I added a texture layer to this, which gives it that retro, vintage look. Amazed at the smoothness of the label, how the words just seem to have been lifted off, as the record played, and those incredible wavy lines on the tracks!! My new favorite!!

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.

Photo of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. View from the Rialto Bridge, one of four bridges crossing the canal. I gave this photo a vintage look through the use of multiple layers of texture. Hope you like it!

a dream

As with anything we are novices at, repeated practice hopefully improves our procedures to craft whatever it is we are working on at the time. Sort of a vague statement, but at the beginning I was totally intimidated by texture layers. I have grown more and more at ease with them, having sat in front of my monitor hours on end, astonished that over two hours has already gone by in one sitting. I had received a health bulletin in the mail, reiterating the importance of exercise for a healthier old age. Somehow I will work out my time. For now I am having WAY too much fun, sitting there, basking in my computer’s glow, imagining what may be. The master of creation.

This photo was taken in my living room, with the sun streaming through lace curtains at the window. The flowers in the glass vase are my own from the garden…beautiful, pink roses and lusciously fragrant peonies. No ordinary peony either; this plant was purchased at a local garden nursery, specializing in quite the assortment of rare and unusual species of plants. In fact my hangout during the warm months, when I scour the nurseries for that new, unusual specimen I will adopt and take home to place in my garden…and of course photograph.

The color photo of this still life was very pretty, but as I have realized, when some people look at photographs and exclaim they could have taken that photo themselves, adding texture to your photos will not only elevate them to “art”, but also make them even more special to you. They become the product of your hands, as you imbue them with a beauty they would never have possessed, had it not been for you. (Let’s not get TOO carried away here…) It is much like the painter, who takes up his brush and paints and creates something from nothing. In this case, however, you are given a head start in that the Lord created it and you are just enhancing it. As I added layer upon layer of texture, a deeper image evolved, and with each layer’s addition, I became more and more amazed at the power of texture. For instance, the bottom of the vase took on a whole new appearance, almost ghost-like and ethereal.

So here I present to you “fragrance {no.4”, which yes, does have predecessors, but this version is the dearest one of all.

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