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!

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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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Harsh Sunset

I snapped this panoramic photo with my phone and edited it in Gimp. I gave it an overlay, using a photo I snapped from our time on the Texas coast over the holiday and tinkered with the modes to get the final result you see here. To read more about it, purchase a print, or purchase a photo gift, click on the photo to go to my deviantART page. This photo is protected under a Creative Commons License (all rights reserved), as are all my other works, so please respect that. I thank you in advance! 🙂

"Harsh Sunset" - photo by Melody Kittles - To purchase a print or photo gift, click on the photo! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your support!

“Harsh Sunset” – photo by Melody Kittles – To purchase a print or photo gift, click on the photo! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your support!

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Inspirational Journey

As a creative family, we do love to travel and experience new things. We aren’t able to do much of that but we can do a bit. I snapped these photos while we were on the Texas coast at Galveston. I hope you enjoy them!

"Reluctant Goodbye" - photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp - NOT FOR SALE OR DOWNLOAD - To read more about this photo, please click on it to visit my deviantART page.

“Reluctant Goodbye” – photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp – NOT FOR SALE OR DOWNLOAD – To read more about this photo, please click on it to visit my deviantART page.

"Not Far To Dreamland" - photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp - NOT FOR SALE OR DOWNLOAD -  For more info on this photo, please click it to visit my deviantART page.

“Not Far To Dreamland” – photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp – NOT FOR SALE OR DOWNLOAD – For more info on this photo, please click it to visit my deviantART page.

"Paper Carnival" - photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp - Please click on the photo to download a digital copy or purchase a print or gift item on my deviantART page.

“Paper Carnival” – photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp – Please click on the photo to download a digital copy or purchase a print or gift item on my deviantART page.

"Winter Crashing In" - photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp - NOT FOR SALE OR DOWNLOAD - For more info on this photo, please click on it to visit my deviantART page.

“Winter Crashing In” – photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp – NOT FOR SALE OR DOWNLOAD – For more info on this photo, please click on it to visit my deviantART page.

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More Winter Photographs

I snapped these two shots on one weekday evening. John and I had gone out to find an open space for him to be able to photograph the sunset. I hope you enjoy them!

"Shapely" - photo by Melody Kittles - To find out more or purchase a print, please click the photo.

“Shapely” – photo by Melody Kittles – To find out more or purchase a print, please click the photo.

"Wintery Mix" - photo by Melody Kittles - For more information, or to purchase a print, please click the photo.

“Wintery Mix” – photo by Melody Kittles – For more information, or to purchase a print, please click the photo.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions. See you again soon!

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!

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