New Photography Up!

I’ve been through the results of my polls and the winner was “Things Only Children See” with 23 votes. The runner-up was “Mystic Sunset.” Both items are now up for sale at my Society6 and Redbubble pages. Simply click on the links provided below to get to them!

To get to “Things Only Children See” at Redbubble, click here!

To get to “Things Only Children See” at Soceity6, click here!

Things Only Children See

“Things Only Children Can See” – The winner in my current photography poll…for a limited time, it will be offered as a free download for personal use, through deviantArt. Simply visit my deviantArt page by clicking here!

To get to “Mystic Sunset” at Redbubble, click here!

To get to “Mystic Sunset” at Society6, click here!

These prints are available for sale on deviantArt in these forms. Items marked with an * are only available with “Things Only Children See” on them.

  1. art prints
  2. photos
  3. canvas prints
  4. mugs
  5. greeting card*
  6. postcard*
  7. mouse pad*
  8. coaster*
  9. magnet (2 sizes available)*

They’re available on Society6 in these forms:

  1. iphone/ipod case
  2. canvas print
  3. travel mug
  4. hoody
  5. duvet cover
  6. long sleeved tee
  7. all over print tee
  8. throw pillow
  9. tote bag
  10. stationary cards
  11. laptop sleeve
  12. t-shirt
  13. biker tank
  14. framed art print
  15. laptop/ipad skin
  16. ipad case
  17. shower curtain
  18. wall clock
  19. v-neck tee
  20. unisex tank

They’re available on Redbubble in these forms:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S5 case
  2. leggings
  3. graphic tee
  4. pencil skirt
  5. scarf
  6. unisex tee
  7. women’s tee
  8. laptop skin
  9. poster print
  10. photographic art print
  11. art print
  12. framed print
  13. metal print
  14. mug
  15. travel mug
  16. throw pillow
  17. duvet cover (twin/queen/king)
  18. shower curtain
  19. draw string bag
  20. tote bag
  21. laptop sleeve
  22. studio pouch
  23. journal
  24. sticker
  25. greeting card

As you can see, it just depends on which item you want as to which site you’ll need to visit. I was recently made aware of another site which I’ll be checking out called Artflakes. My artist friend Care Halverson, who does beautiful work, is the one who called my attention to it. Please do visit her deviantArt page to check it out by clicking here!

One new thing to note, I’m removing the “like” button from my posts from this point on. It’s a depressing thing I’d like to remove from my feed. If possible, I would prefer interaction with my readers. To me, giving an honest opinion and/or sharing the link means more than clicking a button on the bottom of a post.

And with that, I do believe today’s post is complete! I’m going to try making the other artwork I previously loaded onto the Society6 and Redbubble sites available on other products but my internet is being very uncooperative. I’ve been trying to load the correctly sized pictures to the sites for the past 3 days with no luck. I’ll keep troubleshooting with my husband and do my best to work it all out. Thanks for stopping by today. If you enjoy my work, please share these links with your friends and remember to support your local artists, artisans, thespians, farmers, and small businesses! Your courteous comments are welcome here!

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Cee’s Weekly Oddball Challenge: Mystery Valves and a Fractaleaf

I’m sorry for not posting yesterday. I tried to edit a photo yesterday and it just was not happening. Have you ever had one of those days where things just don’t click, no matter how hard you try? I guess yesterday was one of those kinds of days for me, creatively. Otherwise, I had a pretty awesome day.

I’ve had this photo for about a week or two and wanted to do something with it in Gimp. I snapped it with my cell while John was doing the “Taking Over” photo shoot. (Oh! John is also selling a few prints through deviantART now, so do check out what he has available there! They’d make really nice Christmas gifts!) I started last night and…ugh…we won’t go into the details. But here’s the end result. I finished it up this morning without too much trouble. And as a bonus, I found the fractal tool in Gimp and tried it out on the leaf photo I used to paint the leaf for the art challenge ‘autumn’ topic. It’s not anything fancy but it definitely fits the ‘oddball’ theme for Cee’s Oddball Challenge. These are my first two attempts at photomanipulation. I hope you enjoy them! For more info on either of them, just click the photos to check them out on my deviantART pages for each. You can download a copy for personal use only or purchase a print if either one strikes your fancy. 🙂

"Mystery Valves" - by Melody Kittles - Click here to go to my  deviantART page for this photo.

“Mystery Valves” – by Melody Kittles – Click here to go to my deviantART page for this photo.

"Fractaleaf" - photo by Melody Kittles - For more information, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

“Fractaleaf” – photo by Melody Kittles – For more information, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

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. 🙂

 

 

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

Let The Creations Continue!

After what should’ve been an easy Friday turned into a terrible state of confusion and hurt, I’m surprised that my creativity is still functioning. And not only functioning, healing. I may not be able to fix every problem I come up against in my life, but I /can/ create. I finished the 5th mixed media art piece in my mask series. It feels kind of weird to say that. I’m an amateur artist and I have a ‘series’…hmmm… Makes me chuckle a bit, I must say! I’m calling this one “Geisha Garden”. The mask I chose, decorated in the way it came out, on this black canvas really made me think of the Japanese art and cultural photos I have seen.  The fabric feathers at the top were a happy accident (as Bob Ross would say) which occurred when my husband moved something from our table and a string of feathers landed on the unpainted portion of canvas, above the mask. The striking contrast of white against such a dark background was too beautiful to pass up. While I have real feathers, I chose to use fabric and create my own. I hope they will last for many years more than feathers would! I hope you’ll enjoy the photo of the background. I’ll share the photo of the completed project tomorrow!

I painted the background for  'Geisha Garden' using acrylic paints in golden green (which I blended with a bit of medium green), dark green, and white. The three feathers are a stiff sort of satiny fabric (the edge of a decorated fabric scrap) that I cut freehand. I used a real feather to get the right length for the longest possible feather. I used Fabri-tac fabric glue to affix them to the canvas. I purposly 'dreamified' the photo so the colors are sort of misty.

I painted the background for ‘Geisha Garden’ using acrylic paints in metallic golden green (which I blended with a bit of medium green), dark green, and white. The three feathers are a stiff sort of satiny fabric (the edge of a decorated fabric scrap) that I cut freehand. I used a real feather to get the right length for the longest possible feather. I used Fabri-tac fabric glue to affix them to the canvas. I purposly ‘dreamified’ the photo so the colors are sort of misty.

In case you might be wondering why there are feathers in the sky… In some of the anime I’ve seen in the past, there are white or black feathers floating around the characters. I never really thought about what they meant for any length of time but they usually show up when there’s some kind of tragic feeling. At least, that’s how it seemed to me. So for this post, I chose to do a tiny bit of research before clicking ‘publish’. Here’s the answer I liked the best. I found it on Yahoo:

“Such feathers symbolize trust,
honor,
strength,
wisdom,
power,
freedom
and a closeness
to…^_^

-KarinQ-  “

I thought that fit quite nicely. I think I could probably write a story for this artwork, as well as the previous one, “A Night And A Day”. In my mind, that fact alone goes quite a long way to telling me I’ve done a good job.

Don’t forget! 🙂 Tomorrow I’ll post the completed photo of the artwork. The photo I took today was too blurry and I really want to get a nice photo up. Please look forward to it! I’m really pleased with the outcome and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you!

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.” ~Basho