Twistangled

I didn’t realize this post was left as a draft! Life has indeed been crazy as we finished up our school year and began our summer school session. And some of the circumstances left me in a slump during which I simply focused on the extremely important and urgent things I needed to do. So it’s a been a while since this event which happened in January. I hope you will still enjoy reading about it and the photo I was able to catch during the trip.

Our family visited San Antonio, TX last month. We’d gone there to witness the graduation of the USAF TACP Eagle 100 class. My husband is part of Eagle 23 class. It was nice to see some positive changes in how the TACP tech school is done. There’s a fantastic graduation ceremony for those who pass the course, as well as a question and answer session for spouses and parents to get a general view of what their loved ones will be living once they join the career field.

When the graduation service was over, we walked out of the building and I saw this beautiful sleeping tree. The sky was extremely clear and the branches stood out so perfectly against that crystalline sky. I snapped a couple of shots with my cell and created this photo-manipulation. I added an overlay I created by using the fisheye mode on my cell to snap a blurred macro shot of a makeup sponge covered in soft pastels. The overall effect was pretty surprising and I’m really happy with the result. I hope you enjoy it, too! If you like what you see, please share this post. If you’d like to purchase a print or photo gift with this print on it, these options are only available on deviantArt for now. I’ll be uploading to Society6 and Redbubble as soon as possible.

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Unfathomable Love

I’m a music person. I don’t really collect the music of certain bands as much as I collect certain songs that speak to me in some way, either technically or emotionally. There are certain songs that lodge within my innermost being and will not be removed. Maybe, I am a strange person after all. While I was at work earlier this week, โ€œJose Cuervoโ€ kept running through my head. It’s not technically fantastic, nor or the lyrics anything special but my elementary school self truly enjoyed that song. I haven’t heard it song for yearsย  but the chorus kept repeating while I kept pinning fringe strips on country Mardi Gras costumes. When I told my husband about it, he had a good chuckle over it. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a recurring thing, though, random songs just popping into my mind at odd times.

This morning, before my eyes were even open, a different song was running through my head. I knew I had to hear it again! After I got out of bed, had my coffee, did my morning reading and wrote in my journal, I pulled it up on YouTube. โ€œHow Deep The Father’s Love For Usโ€ by Stewart Townsend has made a huge impression on me. I first heard it during this past summer at a church we were visiting and it found a comfy section of my mind to make its home in. All it took was hearing it once for me to love the message it carried. What a magnificent blessing! To wake to such empowering and humbling lyrics and know I am LOVED this much.

As I listened to the song once more, cried uncontrollable tears while pondering the lyrics and what they meant to me, one phrase stood out above the others and it stood out in a personal way: “to make a wretch His treasure.” He made this wretch His treasure. Me. This meant so much much to me that I decided to do something I’d been putting on the back burner for a long time.
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at creating a work of text art. By now, I have a fair collection of various artworks I’ve created over the last 2 years. I decided to use some of my photography and digital art pieces to create this. I’m pleased with how it turned out. I hope it inspires you to create something equally as important to you!

Wretch Treasure

“Unfathomable Love” – digital artwork by Melody Kittles, not for sale. A free download for personal use only is available at my deviantArt gallery page. Just click here. All the necessary credits for the song it’s based on are embedded in the artwork.

To check out the lyrics of the song, please visit the artist’s website by clicking here.

 

Current Goings-On

I know it’s been some time since my last post. I’ve been so very busy lately! I’ve hardly had time to do normal everyday things, much less any of the arts I enjoy. I have been teaching our daughters for summer school and we are really enjoying our study of the history and geography of Japan.ย  We’re also continuing our science studies in physics and having fun with many science projects. In our study of Japan, we’ve studied some of the arts practiced in that country:

Zen Painting on fan shapes - The one on the left was done by Magiba, and the one on the right, by Starshine.

Zen Painting on fan shapes – The one on the left was done by Magiba, and the one on the right, by Starshine.

These are our attempts at Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. It really isn't that easy!

These are our attempts at Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. It really isn’t that easy!

Moku Hanga is the art of woodblock printing. We created ours using an idea shared by Consie Sindet. She blogs at www.atopserenityhill.com so I hope you'll stop in at her blog. She's a wonderful artist!

Moku Hanga is the art of woodblock printing. We created ours using an idea shared by Consie Sindet. She blogs at http://www.atopserenityhill.com so I hope you’ll stop in at her blog. She’s a wonderful artist!

We also studied a bit about hiragana.

These are the worksheets we used to work on our hiragana skills.

These are the worksheets we used to work on our hiragana skills.

The above photos were taken by me and edited in either Pixlr or Instagram. They are not for sale and you do not have my permission to use them in any way.

I have been working on little art projects here and there when I can but time is scarce. The storm season is upon us and we’ve been out storm spotting quite a bit. This in itself could produce some interesting paintings, if I didn’t mind the havoc it would reap in my spirit. I’ve got two current projects to share with you. One is a work-in-progress and the other is a collaboration with Magiba. I hope you enjoy them!

This is a simple line drawing base that I plan to paint and add a poem or lyric to. If you'd like to download a copy, you can do so by clicking the link to go to my deviantArt page. It's free but if you use it for any projects of your own, please link back to my deviantArt page, and give me credit in the caption. Thanks!

This is a simple line drawing base that I plan to paint and add a poem or lyric to. If you’d like to download a copy, you can do so by clicking the link to go to my deviantArt page. It’s free but if you use it for any projects of your own, please link back to my deviantArt page, and give me credit in the caption. Thanks!

This is the collaboration artwork Magiba and I created. If you'd like to purchase a print or photo gift of this, please click on the picture to visit my deviantArt page. Any earnings we receive with be split down the middle.

This is the collaboration artwork Magiba and I created. If you’d like to purchase a print or photo gift of this, please click on the picture to visit my deviantArt page. Any earnings we receive with be split down the middle.

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful, wonderful, and whimsical day!

My Second Mandala

My first mandala sits unpainted while my second just flowed freely in both digital editing and in watercolor. I’m calling the second one “Refining Fire” and it’s based on Philippians 4:8. This verse is so helpful for positive thinking! It encourage peopleย  to “focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.” This is one of my favorite scriptures because this is the way I want to be, what I want to keep my mind focused on. My digital art skills still need work, mostly because one much be more patient. I think this piece came out well, considering I’m still a novice in digital art. I’m much happier with the painted version which I will share when all three mandalas are completed. I hope you enjoy this one and the positivity I hope to convey through it.

"Refining Fire (Digital Finish)" - artwork by Melody Kittles - To read more about this piece, or to purchase a print or gift, click the photo to be redirected to my deviantArt page.

“Refining Fire (Digital Finish)” – artwork by Melody Kittles – To read more about this piece, or to purchase a print or gift, click the photo to be redirected to my deviantArt page.

Mandala Creation and More

I’ve been very busy over the last week or two. I was inspired to paint a little picture on the inside of my grandmother’s birthday card. I was inspired to create a triptych of mandalas based on some scriptures which resonate within me. I’ve also been working a little more with photography and reading a book on the art of writing titled, “Write To Discover Yourself” by Ruth Vaughn. There have been so many thoughts and feelings and ideas rushing through my entire being I’ve had quite a time keeping up with them all.

I grabbed “Writing To Discover Yourself” on a whim, thinking it might help me create a photo ebook. That’s another of the ideas which has been floating around in the limbo of my mind for a while. I’m not sure of the viability of such an idea. I planned to do a bit of research today while at the library. I was pleasantly surprised when I cracked open the cover of the book. I immediately found it to be something I craved. I love how Mrs. Vaughn’s faith shines throughout the book without being pushy or preachy. She sticks to the topic and brings her own point of view to bear in such a way that it is encouraging, not judgmental. What a fantastic way to show how true Christians should behave and live! What we DO is much more important that what we SAY, no matter whether you are a spiritual person or not. So I’ve begun digging deep inside myself through journaling and poetry, expanding my vocabulary by making lists of strong nouns and verbs, and trying to grasp once again the ability to view everything I see every day with fresh and untainted eyes. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to be a better writer or creator, as the exercises included herein will help you know yourself better.

Mandalas – I have viewed many mandalas over the years and drowned in their exquisite designs and complexities. I finally challenged myself to create a mandala and this challenge has morphed into a challenge to create three mandalas based on three Bible scriptures containing some important lists. While creating this mandala, I was concerned with form and symbols to include within it. I had trouble decided which mandala to create first, and in the end, the number of items to include ruled the day. I started with the shortest list. I first drew it in pencil, then inked over the lines with a micron pen. The version you’ll see today is finished in Gimp to make this work a mixed media piece. This mandala includes eight virtues with symbols that work for my own perception. Yours may be a bit different. The eight virtues are: purity, peacefulness, kindness, mercy, fruitfulness (or productivity), impartiality (or logic), and the opposite of hypocrisy (truthfulness).ย  I’m not certain I conveyed those virtues well in my work so that’s one area I’ll try to improve upon in the next mandala creation.

"Heavenly Wisdom" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles - Please click on the photo if you wish to purchase a print of this artwork or gift item. You'll be redirected to my deviantArt page for this piece.

“Heavenly Wisdom” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – Please click on the photo if you wish to purchase a print of this artwork or gift item. You’ll be redirected to my deviantArt page for this piece.

Art and Photography Mashup

I have several things to share with you today! I had an idea about two or three months ago and I was only able to complete it over the past weekend. I’d painted three background panels in three different styles for a mixed media project. I won’t share the photos of each of them because I really like how the collage photo came out. I’ll share that to save space, since I use the free version of WordPress and space is limited. I also have four photos I snapped and edited with Gimp for you to view. To find out more info about any of these items, please click on the photo you like here to be directed to my deviantArt page for each. (Info on the triptych is all on the same page at dA.) There, you’ll also be able to see which of them are available for purchase and in what form (print, canvas, art print, mug, magnet, cards, etc.) None of them are available to download.

The Glitz and Glamour Triptych is made up of A: HoloShi; B: DiscoRo; and C: Purple Pouf and they are all named for three lovely and wonderful ladies in my life. To read more about them, please click this photo to go to my deviantArt page.

The Glitz and Glamour Triptych is made up of A: HoloShi; B: DiscoRo; and C: Purple Pouf and they are all named for three lovely and wonderful ladies in my life. To read more about them, please click this photo to go to my deviantArt page.

"Dreamset" photo by Melody Kittles - To read more about this photo, or purchase a print or photo gift, please click it to go to my deviantArt page.

“Dreamset” photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about this photo, or purchase a print or photo gift, please click it to go to my deviantArt page.

"Mystic Sunset" photo by Melody Kittles - To read more about it, or to purchase a photo/photo gift, please click on the photo to be directed to my deviantArt page.

“Mystic Sunset” photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about it, or to purchase a photo/photo gift, please click on the photo to be directed to my deviantArt page.

"Waking Dream" photo by Melody Kittles - If you'd like to read more about this piece, or purchase a photo/photo gift of this work, click on the photo to go to my deviantArt page.

“Waking Dream” photo by Melody Kittles – If you’d like to read more about this piece, or purchase a photo/photo gift of this work, click on the photo to go to my deviantArt page.

"One Crazy Day" photo by Melody Kittles - To read more about this photo or make a purchase, please click to visit my deviantArt page.

“One Crazy Day” photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about this photo or make a purchase, please click to visit my deviantArt page.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos, which I’ve had to sit on for a while. The absence of internet at our home has put a severe halt to how often I can share. I also have to choose which items seem the most important to share first. I’ve tried to upload my items in the order in which they were created but this set, I felt, needed to be grouped thus. I’ve been uploading current works as I complete them since we’re now able to go to the library on a somewhat regular basis. I thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my work and for your kind words and encouragement, which seem to come when I most need them. Thanks again!

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!