8.22.2014

A few more photos...........

taken on my iPad and using photo apps to enhance (snap seed, DistressedFX, Camera+, XnView FX and Pixlromatic+)



7.26.2014

IPhoneography

I'm taking an online iphoneography class with Bob Weil and it's awesome!
I have no idea what I'm doing yet - I was able to do a couple basic edits on these photos, but I have to watch the videos a few more, probably many more, times.  There are so many subtle changes that can be made - over the whole or just parts of an image.  I'm a little hesitant to show these, but, whatever.........





6.21.2014

Three Generations


Three generations - my mom, grandmother and great grandmother.

6.05.2014

Home Land

I just came back from 10 days in Ireland - my first trip.  My paternal grandmother was born in Fauleens, County Mayo.  My maternal grandmother was born in Tullamore and grandfather in Dublin.  We were able to see the land that belonged to my grandmothers family.  The house has since been torn down but some of the stones from the wall and fence remain.  We were lucky enough to catch the parish priest at home and he looked up birth records for her and most of her siblings and parents.  I tried to imagine her running through the fields, through the forest, and up and down the hills as a kid.  Somehow I don't think it was as idyllic as I imagined.

I'm just starting to organize my photos, but here are some of the highlights.
Cliffs of Moher

Galway

Dublin

Sheep. Everywhere.

4.27.2014

Bird People

Marion Bockelmann is hosting a swap on her blog and the theme this year is Bird People.
Here are my people........
Elements from various kits at Deviant Scrap and the boots are from bing.  The bird had kind of a royal pose which works well with the head.
It's a little hard to see the word "BIRD" on this scan - the dress is from a vintage 60's ad in my collection and the word "BIRD" was slang for "girl" in the 60's.
These elements were also from Deviant Scrap but the figure is from a vintage magazine ad for a department store.

4.06.2014

My dad

My sister had this photo of my dad from on her computer.  I had never seen it before, so she sent it to me and I added a photo of a Japanese temple he took while in Japan.

3.25.2014

Journaling

I seem to have a love/hate relationship with art journaling.  I love the idea of it and am inspired to look at people's journals.  I hate to actually do it.  Well, not all of it - just the writing (journaling) part.  I like buying the sketchbook or journal, cutting out images or playing around on the computer to make blank pages to start with.  But that's as far as I seem to get.  I don't like putting my thoughts down on paper and I'm sure there's some deep psychosis behind this, but it's definitely a pattern.
Which leads me to this post.  I went to Italy last year and decided to take some of my photos and make some "blank" pages (yet again) to see if it pushes me to print them out and start writing.  I even went so far as to keep a similar feel to the pages, leaving plenty of room to write, but somehow I'm not overly optimistic..............












3.15.2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted something.  So, in honor of St. Patrick's Day here's a collage done in Photoshop Elements (and yes, that's me.  A long time ago in a world far away.........)