Monday, September 19, 2016

Photgraphy used to be about lighting, in focus, in contrast, in composition. Enter the digital age. It started with Photoshop. But the learning curve was steep. It moved on to camera phones and a million apps that allow anyone, with a simple click of a button, to change the look drastically or artistically or whatever. 
Lensbaby is that and more. It's still about capturing images in the camera. It's tilt shift which allows the photographer to highlight details that matter most and gives an etheral depth to all the rest. It begins at the center for focus and begins the blur beyond that. The photographer chooses. It immerses you in serendipity. Practice is required but then all good things require that. These are some of my first effort. More to come. Which do you like best?

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mountain High

This is a view I never tire of. It just sucks my breath away. It is really beautiful any time of the day but is spectacular at sunset. It is north facing so it collects all the colors of the setting sun but allows them to migrate and change as the sun move to the west. I had fun interpreting this view in cloth.

Oh what a day!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sometimes You Just Need to Laugh

Some people complain about Pinterest. They concern themselves with copyright violations or someone copying their art or their photos or their whatever...

I personally love it. It is a virtual filing cabinet for me. Back in the day, I would print things I saw and loved. Mostly art quilts. Then I moved to just saving them on my own PC. Now Pinterest saves them for me. If Pinterest went away due to lack of interest would I care? Probably not!

I look at it almost everyday. Sometimes my focus is recipes, sometimes fiber art. On this day, it was the humor that caught my eye and made me LOL. So enjoy a few with me and as always comments are free. 

And then...

Oh my...

Looks like Amsterdam" s idea of a good art gallery.

And finally. what else would you do on a hot day.

You rock for reading and I only hope you were not drinking coffee when reading this.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

As the story goes...A reluctant centenarian decides it's not too late to start over . . .

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

This book made me laugh out loud. At times it seemed like a story that I started and then paused and you picked up the next sequence only to pause again. Just when you think Allan is caught, some hilarious twist shows up and a new path is presented. Death by elephant was perhaps my all time favorite and then I read about how Allan and his friend who made up things in their war on double espionage.  A real treat for some light hearted reading. Give yourself a summer break.

Monday, June 13, 2016

An Urban Conversation

The MIX exhibit for this year is called Urban PDX. After photographing the city, I chose to work with two bridges: the 1930's built St Johns bridge and the newly introduced Tillicum Crossing. Our task was to create one large piece, with dimensions of 30x40 inches in portrait orientation and one piece that is 8x20 Inches.

For the large piece, I knew that I did not want to have a typical colored sky. I love this piece of discharged cloth  that to me resembles a sky at sunset and so the background is whole cloth. I chose to give the St Johns bridge elder statesman status and feature it very boldly. The new younger sister is juxtaposed across. She is created with a contemporary floral and a black and white graphic print. I don't usually put borders on art work but the sunset needed to be reigned in. This piece is named
An Urban Conversation.

For the smaller piece, I stepped out of the box completely. This bridge backdrop was created on my IPad with a photography app that distorted the bridge. It was then taken into Photoshop where the orange colorations were created and grunged. This was printed on my home printer and the black bridge was appliqued on top. I love working this way.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Margerie Glacier

I am reminded that my word for the year is to stretch, to experience for the first time...

We were in Alaska last week on a cruise ship and spent the day in Glacier Bay National Park. Oh my!
In spite of the grey and rainy weather, these views were spectacular!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Thankful for

Got a tear in my eye...