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!

Taking A Little Break

This week has been pretty hectic, leaving little time for painting or sketching or jewelry making (though jewelry has taken a back seat lately.) I had every intention to draw something today but I’m swamped. I’m going to have to think up another method of organizing. I definitely need a to-do list…a simple one. Complexity is the usual and I’m trying to simplify things. Anyway, I have one or two more photos I edited from our trip to New Orleans that I can share with you today. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

I snapped this shot of a tiny rose in Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA. I used Pixlr Express to edit it a bit but I really didn't have to do to much to it at all!

I snapped this shot of a tiny rose in Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA. I used Pixlr Express to edit it a bit but I really didn’t have to do to much to it at all!

I snapped this shot of glass shards while we were walking the perimeter of St. Louis Cemetary 1. I used Pixlr Express to edit the shot. I did a lot more with this one than the rose photo.

I snapped this shot of glass shards while we were walking the perimeter of St. Louis Cemetary 1. I used Pixlr Express to edit the shot. I did a lot more with this one than the rose photo. 

Every once in a while, I feel somehow as if I’m cheating by posting photos when I’m not a photographer in any real sense of the word, when my loves are music and painting/drawing/jewelry creation/reduce-reuse-recycle crafts, etc. But I guess it’s indicative of how diverse my interests are. It’s also probably the reason I never could pin down a career love, something I wanted to do so badly that I’d devote my all to it. I still don’t have anything like that in the way of a career. But the way I set up my business, if I create a fine art photo, I can sell it.  (I chuckle when I use this term because I’ve /seen/ fine art photography…yeah…I use the term loosely in reference to myself.) If I make a bracelet, I can sell it. If I paint a picture, I can sell it. I create things and I sell them. It’s what I am. It’s what I do. If you click on these photos, you’ll be taken to their respective pages in my deviantART gallery (where you’ll also see at least one witty photo description.) If you want to buy a print and I haven’t enabled that as an option, just drop me a line and I’ll look into it. I may not be able to offer prints of all of them. Right now, I’m just choosing to offer only the ones I believe to be good enough to print. So…I’m getting wordy, which means I’m so extremely tired it’s no longer funny. I’ll stop here. I hope you enjoy the photos!

 

More Snapshots

Tonight is the last showing of the Eunice Players Theater of “The Diary of Anne Frank”. Tomorrow, or maybe Monday, I’ll try to post a gallery of the better photos I’ve taken throughout the production, specifically the ones pertaining to the production. But I do have a few snapshots I took during the last week that I can share with you today. I hope you enjoy them! I used my cell to take the photos and the Pixlr Express app to edit them.

I titled this one "The Shadows Grow Long" on my deviantART page. I snapped the shot before the show started one day. I liked the perspective, which is why I /didn't/ post this one to Instagram. It would lose so much! Guess I'll start using Dropbox soon.

I titled this one “The Shadows Grow Long” on my deviantART page. I snapped the shot before the show started one day. I liked the perspective, which is why I /didn’t/ post this one to Instagram. It would lose so much! Guess I’ll start using Dropbox soon.

I think I titled this one "Bricks and Grass". I know. Not the most epic title but I don't feel very epic today, rather more tired than anything else. I really enjoyed this one because I was able to use this photo effect with a pleasing result. I've had such a hard time finding a photo to use this effect for! I really like the washed out effect on the larger portion of the photo and the more natural colors in the color block strip. I'm really pleased with this one!

I think I titled this one “Bricks and Grass”. I know. It’s not the most epic title but I don’t feel very epic today, rather, I’m more tired than anything else. I enjoyed creating this one because I was able to use this photo effect with a pleasing result. I’ve had such a hard time finding a photo to use this effect for! I really like the washed out effect on the larger portion of the photo and the more natural colors in the color block strip. I’m really pleased with this one!

These are all the flowers we've gotten from folks who came to watch the show. Most of them are for Starshine but there are a few for Magiba, one stalk of carnations each for John and our "second son" Randybob. There are so many, in fact that I am using two different sized mason jars and a juice jar as vases! They are such beautiful flowers and the appreciation makes us very honored, humbled, and proud. This photo was difficult to edit because of the colors. The dark, reddish wood of our kitchen turns everything slightly orange, even when the lighting is better. The lighting was terrible when I took this but I didn't want to miss the flowers at their best.

These are all the flowers we’ve gotten from folks who came to watch the show. Most of them are for Starshine but there are a few for Magiba, one stalk of carnations each for John and our “second son” Randybob. There are so many, in fact that I am using two different sized mason jars and a juice jar as vases! They are such beautiful flowers and the appreciation makes us very honored, humbled, and proud. This photo was difficult to edit because of the colors. The dark, reddish wood of our kitchen turns everything slightly orange, even when the lighting is better. The lighting was terrible when I took this but I didn’t want to miss the flowers at their best. The photo came out blurry, which doesn’t make me happy. I added a definite blur effect on the top and bottom of the photo. I’m not sure it made it any better but for what it’s worth, here it is. *chuckle*

This is the view of the southern sky from our driveway. We were heading out to the theater one evening and I snapped this shot.

This is the view of the southern sky from our driveway. We were heading out to the theater one evening and I snapped this shot.

I made this to encourage us to continue working hard to make this play the best. I had a lot of fun playing with the color and the the typography effects on this photo. I took an upshot of the corner of a building next to our theater. It's something I'd really like to do more of...making little encouragement or quote photos of my own. I've always been interested in that.

I made this to encourage us to continue working hard to make this play the best. I had a lot of fun playing with the color and the the typography effects on this photo. I took an upshot of the corner of a building next to our theater. It’s something I’d really like to do more of…making little encouragement or quote photos of my own. I’ve always been interested in that.

I guess I’ve added enough photos to have done a gallery with them! I didn’t even think I’d share that many when I started. I hope you enjoy seeing these. Feel free to ask questions or leave comments. 🙂

 

 

Technical Troubles And Blogging

I fully intended to blog yesterday but when some intense storms passed through our area, they not only gave us a fantastic light show, they knocked out our internet. And the WordPress app on my phone really hasn’t worked correctly since last Christmas. I can like things, comment, and reblog through email but it’s too difficult to send out an actual post through the web browser. So here I am today, explaining things and also letting  you know I have another blog where I share music videos most of the time. If those of you following this blog, see a reblog from Muddled Mawkishness, that’s me, too.

I worked a bit with some copper wire yesterday and added it to my background. I really like the way it’s looking! I’m almost reluctant to add the mask. I might be doing too much! There’s still a bit to put together but I’m really hoping to be finished with Mask series #7 this week, before we start school with our kids. Please stay tuned for more updates!

I'm still snapping photos here and there. To relieve the monotonous color of the words and background, and the share what's up and coming in our garden, check out these pretty squash blossoms promising a rather nice harvest later on! My dad has a wonderful green thumb, as opposed to my rather black one. :/ I hope you enjoy the photo and the update.

I’m still snapping photos here and there. To relieve the monotonous color of the words and background, and the share what’s up and coming in our garden, check out these pretty squash blossoms promising a rather nice harvest later on! My dad has a wonderful green thumb, as opposed to my rather black one. :/ I hope you enjoy the photo and the update.

What I’ve Seen

I like to have fun with the camera on my cell phone. I’m not a pro, not by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s a nifty way to sort of journal things and perhaps record something that inspires me for use in a project later on down the road. Who knows? So I’d like to share some of my photos from this week with you.

I saw these tiny purple wildflowers with yellow centers while my husband and I were storm spotting. The plant they were growing on was rather large in comparison but it was so pretty! And the flowers were so very dainty. I doubt the farmer whose field they were growing beside even noticed but you never know.

I saw these tiny purple wildflowers with yellow centers while my husband and I were storm spotting. The plant they were growing on was rather large in comparison but it was so pretty! And the flowers were so very dainty. I doubt the farmer whose field they were growing beside even noticed but you never know.

The sun was setting when I walked out of the theater to defrost for a few minutes. I had to capture it, the best way I could. I sort of captured the pink in the clouds.

The sun was setting when I walked out of the theater to defrost for a few minutes. I had to capture it, the best way I could. I sort of captured the pink in the clouds. See? Way up there on the left?

On 2nd Street, in my town, there are several stores and businesses with fabulous doors and two pretty awesome vintage signs. This one was for a menswear store.

On 2nd Street, in my town, there are several stores and businesses with fabulous doors and two pretty awesome vintage signs. This one was for a menswear store.

I went with John when he drove out to get sunset photos. This beautiful storm cloud was on the southern horizon reflecting the red and gold rays of the sunset. John captured it close-up but this was the best I could do with my phone. I do like the perspective I managed to get.

I went with John when he drove out to get sunset photos. This beautiful storm cloud was on the southern horizon reflecting the red and gold rays of the sunset. John captured it close-up but this was the best I could do with my phone. I do like the perspective I managed to get.

I really enjoy seeing what I can capture with my little 3mp cell camera. Well, most of the time. As long as I stay within the limits of my camera’s range, it’s all good fun. When I try to use the zoom feature, the picture almost always becomes blurry so I rarely use it. I used it on the last photo here and you can see how blurry it came out. But the colors and perspective are nice and it could be used later for an art project if I so desire. I share most of these on Instagram so if you like them and want to see more, then you can follow me there (pianolady32). As always, feel free to leave comments or ask questions. 🙂

“Breathe in. Breathe out. Release all doubt. You’re on your way to cease another day.” ~ Glimpse – Heart Of Stone Ft. Katrine Stenbekk (Electus Remix)

 

Days of Rest 56

~ Red Amaryllis Lily ~ photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ used with permission ~

~ Red Amaryllis Lily ~ photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ used with permission ~

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