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…
Very 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!! : )
A photo of beautiful foxgloves in our gardens. I really like how the flowers cascade down the stalk and decided I would like to add some text on top of the photo that mimicked that same effect. This Elizabeth Barrett Browning quote seemed totally appropriate with a wonderful life-lesson message. The text was warped/skewed in Photoshop, which was a bit of a feat, since I know that Illustrator would have been the software to use. Unfortunately I am not familiar with the ins and outs of Illustrator! And of course texture layers were added! Hope you like it!
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer statue.
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!!
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!
For this image I started with a photo of a monarch butterfly on a coneflower in my garden. On top of that I blended two different texture layers with the image to get that elusive point between reality and fading reality. Love the hit of blue, too!!
I had a lot of fun with this image, which came together fairly quickly. The photo has four texture layers to give it that unusual light quality. Love the beautiful colors in this, the hits of light on the brick building, and I especially love the sky!!