Studies in Black and White With One Color Photo As A Bonus

I have been steadily working on uploading my 2015 photos to deviantArt. Here are the ones I shared there today. To find out more about them, the inspiration behind them, please click on the photos to be directed to their corresponding dA pages in my gallery. If you like what you see, leave a comment here or on the dA site or, perhaps, even purchase a photo print or gift! Thanks for your continued support!

"Unexpected Beauty" by Melody Kittles - This is the only non-monochormatic photo I uploaded today. I had to do quite a lot of editing on this photo to make it pleasant to my eye.

“Unexpected Beauty” by Melody Kittles – This is the only non-monochormatic photo I uploaded today. I had to do quite a lot of editing on this photo to make it pleasant to my eye.

"Sanctuary" by Melody Kittles

“Sanctuary” by Melody Kittles

"Wrapped Up In You" - by Melody Kittles

“Wrapped Up In You” – by Melody Kittles

"Don't Follow The Lights" - by Melody Kittles

“Don’t Follow The Lights” – by Melody Kittles

"Tainted" - by Melody Kittles (In case you cannot find it, some silly person thought this ditch was a trash can!)

“Tainted” – by Melody Kittles (In case you cannot find it, some silly person thought this ditch was a trash can!)

"Soul Rocked" by Melody Kittles

“Soul Rocked” by Melody Kittles

Wave Action

“Wave Action” by Melody Kittles

I hope you enjoyed all these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them and editing them. Please leave comments if you would! I enjoy hearing what my readers have to say. Some of these photos are available for purchase, some are available as downloads and some are not available for either! Please do check the dA site before doing anything with my photos! Thanks again for your continued support!

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What I’ve Seen

I have been able to slow down some but that doesn’t mean I can get posts uploaded any easier. This kind of frustrates me but not to the point of pulling my hair out. 🙂 Since the last time I blogged, I have let go of my business license. It doesn’t mean I can’t sell you an item. It just means I can’t do it as a business…more as a hobby and only sporadically.

On to happier things, I have two photos to share with you today. I hope you will enjoy them. I’m trying to get back into my art creations but it’s been tough. Finding the time and energy to pull out all my gear, paint something, then put it all away properly is sometimes impossible at the end of my day. I know I need more rest and maybe that’s because I’m getting older…physically. I don’t know but it’s my best guess. So photography has been my creative outlet lately. It’s cleaner and less cumbersome when it comes to creation. Instead of needing a paint surface, one or more paint brushes, one or more kinds of paint, pens, pencils…whatever I need for the target product that day, I simply need my cellphone and my laptop. Easy-peasy, so to speak! Without further ado, I present for your perusal…

“Looking Up” – I created this photo twice, once in the Pixlr app on my phone so I could upload it to Instagram and once in Gimp so I could create a piece to sell. This is my Gimp creation. To see my Pixlr creation, you can check the sidebar menu and follow me on Instagram. No Instagram account? No problem! I’m also on Flickr and Tumblr, where I share many my Instagram uploads.

"Looking Up" self-portrait by Melody R Kittles

“Looking Up” self-portrait by Melody R Kittles

“Disconnected”- I created this panoramic photo when we had a nice cloud deck hovering over our area. It provided a wonderful chance to see what details I could bring out in a black and white photo. When I uploaded the photo, much to my dismay, the phone lines were misbehaving. I don’t know if I shifted position when I snapped my shot or if it was something else but it ‘ruined’ and otherwise pretty awesome photo. I had to figure out how I could still save this. I made some border overlays in Gimp a month or two ago and when I added one to this photo, it solved my problem. I’m really pleased with the outcome and I hope you enjoy it.

"Disconnected" - panoramic photo created by Melody R. Kittles

“Disconnected” – panoramic photo created by Melody R. Kittles

No downloads, please, as this is detrimental to my family’s total income. If you’d like your own copy of one of these photos, click on them to go to my deviantArt gallery page when you can choose the option that works best for you. If you like the panoramic photo, I highly recommend you consider one of the larger prints, as some of the details may not be as visible on the smaller ones. I appreciate your consideration 🙂 I hope to see you again soon!

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An Almost-Dream

Our internet will be off on Friday so I want to try to post up until that day, as long as I have something to share. I hope you will enjoy this.

"An Almost-Dream" - photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp - If you're interested in purchasing a photo, art print, or photo gift, or if you just want to know more about this picture, please click on the photo to go to my deviantART page.

“An Almost-Dream” – photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp – If you’re interested in purchasing a photo, art print, or photo gift, or if you just want to know more about this picture, please click on the photo to go to my deviantART page.

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Inspirational Journey

As a creative family, we do love to travel and experience new things. We aren’t able to do much of that but we can do a bit. I snapped these photos while we were on the Texas coast at Galveston. I hope you enjoy them!

"Reluctant Goodbye" - photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp - NOT FOR SALE OR DOWNLOAD - To read more about this photo, please click on it to visit my deviantART page.

“Reluctant Goodbye” – photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp – NOT FOR SALE OR DOWNLOAD – To read more about this photo, please click on it to visit my deviantART page.

"Not Far To Dreamland" - photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp - NOT FOR SALE OR DOWNLOAD -  For more info on this photo, please click it to visit my deviantART page.

“Not Far To Dreamland” – photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp – NOT FOR SALE OR DOWNLOAD – For more info on this photo, please click it to visit my deviantART page.

"Paper Carnival" - photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp - Please click on the photo to download a digital copy or purchase a print or gift item on my deviantART page.

“Paper Carnival” – photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp – Please click on the photo to download a digital copy or purchase a print or gift item on my deviantART page.

"Winter Crashing In" - photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp - NOT FOR SALE OR DOWNLOAD - For more info on this photo, please click on it to visit my deviantART page.

“Winter Crashing In” – photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp – NOT FOR SALE OR DOWNLOAD – For more info on this photo, please click on it to visit my deviantART page.

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Desolation

“Desolation” is my last artistic creation of 2014. It’s a mixed media straw painting done in black and gold inks and black and white acrylic paints. For more information, please click on the photo. You will be taken to my deviantART page where you can read about the artwork, purchase a digital download, or purchase a art print or gift. There are more size options for this one, as I uploaded a higher resolution. I hope you enjoy seeing the work! Feel free to comment or ask questions.

"Desolation" - mixed media painting by Melody Kittles

“Desolation” – mixed media painting by Melody Kittles

In case you missed seeing last night’s post, we will no longer have internet access from our home. Most of my posts will happen on Saturday’s from now on and I will be able to check my reader through my phone. I may also post from there for reblogs and things like that. I’ll see you soon! And thank you very much for stopping by to read and view my work. I appreciate all the support, encouragement, and connections I’ve made since starting this blog. You are all important to me and I’m happy you are here! Thank you very much!

Practice In Monochrome

I know it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been so busy with the holiday preparation and visits and an increased work load. It’s been very hectic around here and I’m trying to take every available opportunity to catch my breath and soak in some peace.

John and I have gone out to view several sunsets and on a couple of those occasions, I’ve snapped a few photos myself. I have two to share with you tonight, though there are more which I hope to share with you soon. I edit my photos in Gimp. If you’d like to know more about them or purchase prints or photo gifts of either of these, please visit my deviantART page.

"I Know Where I've Been" - photo by Melody Kittles

“I Know Where I’ve Been” – photo by Melody Kittles

Well, I was hoping it would show a bit bigger than that. I don’t have much time to fix it now but perhaps I can do so later if any of you will let me know if you’d like that. If you don’t mind taking a little extra time, you can definitely see it better on deviantART and all you have to do is click the photo to get there. This is my first successful attempt at using the panoramic mode on my cellphone camera. I could’ve left it without the texture but I think this is pretty appropriate for me to convey the feeling I wanted.

"Nature's Ballroom" - photo by Melody Kittles

“Nature’s Ballroom” – photo by Melody Kittles

With the second photo, I was attempting to capture interesting textures so I could translate them in black and white. I’m not really sure if I was able to do a good job with this one but I am pleased with the overall setting. Again, you can find out more about this photo by clicking on it.

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season! Be expecting a Christmas themed post from me. (Our family celebrates that winter holiday.) Starshine, Magiba, and I created some homemade Christmas cards I hope to share with you soon. See you then!

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Inspiration and Art

I have another couple of photos to share with you, as well as one art piece I finished this week. I’d started it during our Thanksgiving break but wasn’t able to finish it for one reason and another. I hope you enjoy these! To find out more about each one, click the photos to go to my deviantART pages for each. There you can see which ones are available for purchase as photo prints, art prints, canvas prints, or more. You can also see which ones are available as downloads for personal use only. Please do not use any of my work in any way without asking my permission first.

"Sunset Glory" - photo by Melody Kittles - Click on the photo for more info available on my deviantART page.

“Sunset Glory” – photo by Melody Kittles – Click on the photo for more info available on my deviantART page.

"Pieces Of My Heart" - photo by Melody Kittles - For more information, please check out my deviantART page. This photo is NOT available for purchase or download. You DO NOT have permission to use any of my photos with people in them in any way without my permission.

“Pieces Of My Heart” – photo by Melody Kittles – For more information, please check out my deviantART page. This photo is NOT available for purchase or download. You DO NOT have permission to use any of my photos with people in them in any way without my permission.

"Shattered" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles - I created this after watching 'Mockingjay' with Starshine. For more information on this artwork, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

“Shattered” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – I created this after watching ‘Mockingjay’ with Starshine. For more information on this artwork, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.