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. πŸ™‚

 

 

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Current Mixed Media Project

My current mixed media project is well under way. I started work on the canvas today and decorated the mask. I’m really excited about this one! I like how it’s coming along. Here’s a sneak peek of what I’ve got so far. This mask is a floral brocade embroidered with black. I left the fabric in the eye holes for a reason. I’m going to do something…but I’m not sure what just yet. I sort of have an idea of a project when I start one. The plan is never definite. It sort of morphs and grows as I put it together. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t work. But it’s usually fun, either way. πŸ™‚ Oh! And please note…don’t pull up the larger photo. It’s super blurry because I was holding up the canvas and mask with one hand while taking the photo in the other. Since this is a sneak peek and I didn’t want to give too much away, I didn’t mind the blurriness. I chose editing options that blurred the edges and gave it a dark, dreamy, sort of half-formed appearance. Feel free to leave comments!

Here's the decorated brocade mask on the canvas. I started painting the background but it is nowhere near complete. Soon, though!

Here’s the decorated brocade mask on the canvas. I started painting the background but it is nowhere near complete. Soon, though!

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Lau Tzu

 

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.” ~AnaΓ―s Nin

Days of Rest 52

~ Blooming Thistles ~ photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ used with permission ~

~ Blooming Thistles ~ photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ used with permission ~

Days of Rest 51

Peruvian Daffodils photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ Used with permission ~

~Peruvian Daffodils photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ Used with permission ~

French Themed Mixed Media Art

Just a quick note to say that my last panel is in progress and almost complete. I only need to add a few more elements to finish it but I thought I’d still share a photo of the progress so far. I hope you enjoy checking it out!

For this panel, I painted the background with a light turquoise and a pale pink in patches. I sealed the entire panel with Mod Podge. Then I printed out some French themed clip art onto cardstock, and cut a few pieces from some interesting scrapbook paper, and added those to my panel using Mod Podge. I used the Mod Podge to fix a lace border onto one side. I added the two black ribbons atop the lace using Fabri-tac glue. We drink a lot of tea at our house and sometimes we use the Tazo brand teas. The inside of the box has a wonder pattern printed on it. I saved a couple of the boxes months ago and found a use for them here. I cut a piece from one of the boxes and wrapped some specialty ribbon around it. I fixed the ribbon in place with Fabri-tac, then affixed my ribbon-wrapped card to my panel by putting Fabri-tac onto my black ribbons and placing the card on top. I added 3 metal leaf beads to my panel using epoxy glue. I wasn't too sure the Fabri-tac would hold them permanently. I added metal eyelets to my embroidered mask, which was created with a floral brocade fabric and light gold embroidery. I added simple black satin ribbons to my mask. All that remains are the sparkly bits I want to add to the mask. I had a lot of fun putting this together. Both our girls love it and I hope others will, too!

For this panel, I painted the background with a light turquoise and a pale pink in patches. I sealed the entire panel with Mod Podge. Then I printed out some French themed clip art onto cardstock, and cut a few pieces from some interesting scrapbook paper, and added those to my panel using Mod Podge. I used the Mod Podge to fix a lace border onto one side. I added the two black ribbons atop the lace using Fabri-tac glue. We drink a lot of tea at our house and sometimes we use the Tazo brand teas. The inside of the box has a wonder pattern printed on it. I saved a couple of the boxes months ago and found a use for them here. I cut a piece from one of the boxes and wrapped some specialty ribbon around it. I fixed the ribbon in place with Fabri-tac, then affixed my ribbon-wrapped card to my panel by putting Fabri-tac onto my black ribbons and placing the card on top. I added 3 metal leaf beads to my panel using epoxy glue. I wasn’t too sure the Fabri-tac would hold them permanently. I added metal eyelets to my embroidered mask, which was created with a floral brocade fabric and light gold embroidery. I added simple black satin ribbons to my mask and fixed it to my panel with Fabri-tac. All that remains are the sparkly bits I want to add to the mask. I had a lot of fun putting this together. Both our girls love it and I hope others will, too!

If you’d like to know where I found the clip art, you can click here to go to The Graphics Fairy blog. I found the specialty ribbon at Cost Plus World Market. The pretty patterned gray card was found inside a Tazo tea box. The two smaller pictures that look similar to postal stamps are the pieces I cut from a larger piece of scrapbook paper. I used acrylic paints.

He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear.”Β  ~French Proverb