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Wild Flower Child

We’ve been adjusting to life without the internet (or with very limited internet) for several days now. It’s been…interesting… I know it’s going to take some getting used to. But the creativity hasn’t stopped. Here’s my newest upload to deviantART. If you want to know more about it, get a free digital download for personal use ONLY, or purchase a print (photo or gift-type items), then click on the photo to go to my deviantART page.

"Wild Flower Child" - photo by Melody Kittles - Click on the photo to find out more about the photo or to purchase a print at deviantART! :)

“Wild Flower Child” – photo by Melody Kittles – Click on the photo to find out more about the photo or to purchase a print at deviantART! 🙂

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Flower Photos

I took three photos of flowers in our yard to see what I could do with them in my phone editing apps. I used Pixlr Express today to edit these. But I also have Flickr’s editing tools, now, so I’ll be playing around with those a bit, too. I hope you enjoy these photos! I’m trying a new way to post photos that doesn’t take so much time. Our internet connection being as terribly slow as it is, it makes it very difficult for me to upload photos in one place, only to have to upload them all over again in another. Meh…it didn’t work. Oh, well, the long way round it is! John has inspired me quite a lot and he’s helped me with ways to improve the photos I take.

Picture one is of some tiny purple wildflowers that grow in our yard every year. Clicking on the photo will take you to my deviantART page for this photo.

Picture one is of some tiny purple wildflowers that grow in our yard every year. Clicking on the photo will take you to my deviantART page for this photo.

Picture two is of a rosebud deep inside the tangled branches of the rose bush. Clicking the photo will take you to my deviantART page for this photo.

Picture two is of a rosebud deep inside the tangled branches of the rose bush. Clicking the photo will take you to my deviantART page for this photo.

Photo three is of goldenrods and a small crawfish hole. Gotta watch out for those crawfish holes! They like to photobomb, eh? It was a breezy day and the flowers kept moving.

Photo three is of goldenrods and a small crawfish hole. Gotta watch out for those crawfish holes! They like to photobomb, eh? It was a breezy day and the flowers kept moving. Clicking on this photo will bring you to my deviantART page for it.

 

 

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

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. 🙂

 

 

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)

 

Mixed Media Artwork #5: Complete!

I actually completed this piece yesterday but couldn’t get a decent picture. So today, I took advantage of the beautiful morning sun to get a better photo. Today, I proudly present to you “Geisha Garden”.

"Geisha Garden" is number 5 in my Mask mixed media art series. This edit was as close as I could get to show the vibrance of the colors. This piece is for sale. If you're interested, please send me a message.

“Geisha Garden” is number 5 in my Mask mixed media art series. This edit was as close as I could get to show the vibrance of the colors. This piece is for sale. If you’re interested, please send me a message.

This is a close-up shot of the bottom swirl of the mask. The colors of the brocade show really well in this photo.

This is a close-up shot of the bottom swirl of the mask. The colors of the brocade show really well in this photo.

This is a close-up photo of the top swirl of the  mask. Again, you can see the vibrance of the brocade very well in this picture.

This is a close-up photo of the top swirl of the mask. Again, you can see the vibrance of the brocade very well in this picture.

I’m really pleased with this one. I’m keeping the commentary short tonight. I’ll let the photos speak for me. I hope you enjoy seeing them! It’s been a long, tough week. But working on these art projects has helped a lot, as well as having great love and support from family. Good stuff!

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” Living Philosophies, 1931. ~ Albert Einstein