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Last week, I was able to add two of my favorite pieces of art to my pages on Redbubble and Society6. Please do stop by and check them out. I’m working to add most of my art and photography to the sites but it’s slow work indeed with our wonky internet.

Here are the two pieces of art now available on my pages. You can visit the pages by clicking on the link for each site in the caption under each photo. Thanks for stopping by!

Web of Life

“Web of Life” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – Check it out on Redbubble by clicking here. Check it out on Society6 by clicking here.

The Mechanic

“The Mechanic” – mixed media (drawing in micron pens, colors and textures added in Gimp) by Melody Kittles. Check it out on Redbubble by clicking here. Check it out on Society6 by clicking here.

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Web Of Life

This is the first drawing I worked on while on Thanksgiving break. I really had a lot of fun creating this one! It’s another mixed media piece, the drawing done on sketchbook paper with micron pens, an HB pencil, a ruler and a compass, then photographed and edited in Gimp. I added the color that way since we’re away from home for a little bit and I don’t have any paints with me. I will be creating a different color effect in acrylics on this piece and “The Mechanic” when I return home, though it may be some time before they are done. When complete, I’ll share the final result with my readers here. To order a print (no downloads please!!), click here to go to my gallery or click the photo to go to the artwork page. All artwork prints are on sale (25% off) for Black Friday only! Support your local artists, artisans and small business owners this year while you shop for Christmas gifts!

"Web of Life" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles

“Web of Life” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles

Food, Earth, and Sky Photos

I missed Tuesday during my 5 day photo challenge but I still posted 5 photos. Here are the last three photos I submitted for Days 3, 4, & 5 of my challenge. I use Pixlr Express for most of my editing and I did so for all my black and white challenge shots. For those of you who didn’t know, I’m selling my photos that I think are OK to sell on DeviantART. Some of them might make nice gifts for your friends and/or family, so please feel free to stop by and check them out! And don’t forget to check out John’s wonderful photographs on his blog. All his photos are for sale. You only need to contact him for details.

"Hello Noms" - For more information, click on the photo. You can download a digital copy for personal use only, or buy a print, if you like.

“Hello Noms” – For more information, click on the photo. You can download a digital copy for personal use only, or buy a print, if you like.

"Rustic Delicacy" - For more information, click on the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use, or buy a print, if you like.

“Rustic Delicacy” – For more information, click on the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use, or buy a print, if you like.

"Ripples In The Sky" - For more info, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use, or buy a print if you like.

“Ripples In The Sky” – For more info, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use, or buy a print if you like.

Current Project Done For Now

I finished the pencil doodle I started this morning. I have to say, I needed to take a few breaks to rest my hand! I haven’t done this much detail work since high school, many moons ago. But I’m truly happy with the result of my labor. I may ink it in and add a little color later but I’m done for today. I used my cell to snap this shot and edited it with Pixlr Express. I uploaded a similar photo to my deviantART account that I edited in Gimp. I’ll be linking this photo when I get back to my computer. I hope you enjoy the picture!

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This is my completed artwork for today’s art challenge “Growing”. Pencil doodle

A Quick Update

While the kids have been involved in the theater this month, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time to create many works of art. I have been quite inspired, though, during this time. I’m getting back into my music, creating with some simple chord progressions I can build on. Nojo and I will be working on refining those in the coming months for John to use them along with some of his time lapse photography. We’re really looking forward to that!

I’ve also been inspired by my own hometown. John and I have been taking photography walks while the kids are at the theater. It’s quite calming and meditative, most days. While doing these photography walks, I’ve been thinking about my next mixed media art project and came up with two ideas. As soon as I can replenish my supplies, I’ll be working on more panels of mixed media art. Here are a couple of my favorite photos from our photography walks of the last three days.

A Small Lily ~ I used the Picsart Camera android app to take the photo and the Pixlr-o-Matic android app to edit it.

A Small Lily ~ I used the Picsart Camera android app to take the photo and the Pixlr-o-Matic android app to edit it.

Window Reflections ~ I used the Picsart camera android app to take the photo and the Pixlr-o-Matic android app to edit it.

Window Reflections ~ I used the Picsart camera android app to take the photo and the Pixlr-o-Matic android app to edit it.

3 Basic Elements ~ I took the photo using the Picsart camera android app and edited it using the Pixlr-O-Matic android app.

3 Basic Elements ~ I took the photo using the Picsart camera android app and edited it using the Pixlr-O-Matic android app.

As you can see, there were many different things that caught my eye. We only walked down one main street and around a couple of the nearby blocks. What new things will you find in your town? Isn’t it amazing how the things we see every day as we pass by in a blur become more interesting and clear when we slow down a bit? People often question how we have time to do the things we do. It’s not really about having the time, as much as it is about making the time. Figure out what you really want to do, what’s really important to you, what you really value most, and you’ll find a way to make it happen.

Speaking of deciding what you really want, we will not be merging the two blogs. After much discussion and thought, we’ve decided it’s best to keep the photography separate.

I was not the only one taking photos on the photo walks we took. If you’d like to see one of the photos John took today, then click here to check it out at his blog.

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~Anaïs Nin