Twistangled

I didn’t realize this post was left as a draft! Life has indeed been crazy as we finished up our school year and began our summer school session. And some of the circumstances left me in a slump during which I simply focused on the extremely important and urgent things I needed to do. So it’s a been a while since this event which happened in January. I hope you will still enjoy reading about it and the photo I was able to catch during the trip.

Our family visited San Antonio, TX last month. We’d gone there to witness the graduation of the USAF TACP Eagle 100 class. My husband is part of Eagle 23 class. It was nice to see some positive changes in how the TACP tech school is done. There’s a fantastic graduation ceremony for those who pass the course, as well as a question and answer session for spouses and parents to get a general view of what their loved ones will be living once they join the career field.

When the graduation service was over, we walked out of the building and I saw this beautiful sleeping tree. The sky was extremely clear and the branches stood out so perfectly against that crystalline sky. I snapped a couple of shots with my cell and created this photo-manipulation. I added an overlay I created by using the fisheye mode on my cell to snap a blurred macro shot of a makeup sponge covered in soft pastels. The overall effect was pretty surprising and I’m really happy with the result. I hope you enjoy it, too! If you like what you see, please share this post. If you’d like to purchase a print or photo gift with this print on it, these options are only available on deviantArt for now. I’ll be uploading to Society6 and Redbubble as soon as possible.

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Studies in Black and White With One Color Photo As A Bonus

I have been steadily working on uploading my 2015 photos to deviantArt. Here are the ones I shared there today. To find out more about them, the inspiration behind them, please click on the photos to be directed to their corresponding dA pages in my gallery. If you like what you see, leave a comment here or on the dA site or, perhaps, even purchase a photo print or gift! Thanks for your continued support!

"Unexpected Beauty" by Melody Kittles - This is the only non-monochormatic photo I uploaded today. I had to do quite a lot of editing on this photo to make it pleasant to my eye.

“Unexpected Beauty” by Melody Kittles – This is the only non-monochormatic photo I uploaded today. I had to do quite a lot of editing on this photo to make it pleasant to my eye.

"Sanctuary" by Melody Kittles

“Sanctuary” by Melody Kittles

"Wrapped Up In You" - by Melody Kittles

“Wrapped Up In You” – by Melody Kittles

"Don't Follow The Lights" - by Melody Kittles

“Don’t Follow The Lights” – by Melody Kittles

"Tainted" - by Melody Kittles (In case you cannot find it, some silly person thought this ditch was a trash can!)

“Tainted” – by Melody Kittles (In case you cannot find it, some silly person thought this ditch was a trash can!)

"Soul Rocked" by Melody Kittles

“Soul Rocked” by Melody Kittles

Wave Action

“Wave Action” by Melody Kittles

I hope you enjoyed all these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them and editing them. Please leave comments if you would! I enjoy hearing what my readers have to say. Some of these photos are available for purchase, some are available as downloads and some are not available for either! Please do check the dA site before doing anything with my photos! Thanks again for your continued support!

Peacock Dreams, Martian Scenes, And The Teapot Drips

Today’s art challenge was “Dream World”. I’d probably scare people if I tried to draw the dreams I actually remember, either with my accuracy of the nightmarish ones, or with my terrible luck with proportions needed for the other ones. I’ve had some really strange and crazy dreams in my lifetime!

One day, I was feeling bleh…blah…meh…and decided to just draw. I just wanted to do something productive that made me smile. So I drew retro martians and a peacock’s head and a huge peacock feather. I put the pencil drawing away and never really had any intention of doing anything else with it. Ha! Life has it’s little curve balls, doesn’t it? It fit today’s challenge so I inked over the pencil lines, added the teapot, drops and splash, the small feathers, and the stars. I colored it in with soft chalk pastels. It’s been a very long time since I worked with pastels and it was really great to use them again. In the photo edit, I used Pixlr Express to crop it, added a frame that made it look like an old picture, and then put a gritty retro poster overlay over that. It muted the colors a bit but I like the misty sort of dreamy feel it gave off as a photo. I’m keeping it like that. And if you like it, too, you can stop by my deviantART account to purchase a print. Or download a digital copy for your personal use only. I try to offer as many of my photos and artworks as digital downloads as I can because I know the economy sucks. It might be like shooting myself in the foot. Who knows? Anyway, on with the photo!

"Peacock Dreams, Martian Scenes, And The Teapot Drips" - by Me! Click here to go to my deviantART page.

“Peacock Dreams, Martian Scenes, And The Teapot Drips” – by Me! Click here to go to my deviantART page.

 

 

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!

 

Cold, Wet, Rainy…Winter Has Arrived

Black and white photo of a bejeweled spider's web after a rain shower. Taken by J.D. Kittles Photography & used with permission.

Black and white photo of a bejeweled spider’s web after a rain shower. Taken by J.D. Kittles Photography & used with permission.

This photo was so very appropriate for today. John took this last year and it’s still one of my favorites. Today has been cold, windy, gray, and wet…a true Louisiana winter day. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and cold. I’m looking forward to the sun but the temps will drop even more tomorrow. So what is the best thing to do during this kind of nasty weather? Stop in at the local coffee shop, of course! In the midst of all the hustle and bustle in preparation for Thanksgiving, the quiet of the coffee shop offered a pleasant atmosphere in which to take a short rest. Speaking of rest, I need to get some. I hope you’ll enjoy this photo and that your weather is better than ours has been today.

One kind word can warm three winter months.” ~ Japanese Proverb

Cold Weather, Warm Drinks

One nice thing about colder weather is the opportunity to try new cold-weather recipes. We’ve never had mulled wine before. We were able to try some mulled mead yesterday. A very good friend brought some along when he stopped in for a visit. How yummy! I wasn’t sure what to expect. I like mead cold but wasn’t sure how that would translate into a warm beverage. I’m pretty sure it’s a new favorite! We enjoyed a bottle of Chaucer’s Mead but I know there are others available. Winter is a great time to try new soup and stew recipes, too. I want to try a butternut squash soup recipe soon. We are having nasty winter weather somewhat earlier than usual this year so maybe I’ll have more opportunities to try more recipes.

This kind of weather makes me think of blankets and heaters. I wish I was more involved in textile arts. I’d love to be able to sit down and knit or crochet but I’m rather scatterbrained. I frequently lose count and end up with more frustration than accomplishment. Both my mom and my grandmother crochet and Nojo knows a bit about knitting.  It’s a tradition in my family that when a new baby is born, the grandmother crochets a blanket for the new Little One. I guess I’ll have to quilt my offerings when the time comes.

What is your favorite thing about cold weather? Is there a particular cold-weather tradition you would like to share here? Feel free to post your comments. Wishing you all the comforts of a warm and happy home!

The best kind of rain, of course, is a cozy rain.  This is the kind the anonymous medieval poet makes me remember, the rain that falls on a day when you’d just as soon stay in bed a little longer, write letters or read a good book by the fire, take early tea with hot scones and jam and look out the streaked window with complacency.”  ~Susan Allen Toth, England For All Seasons