It’s been far too long since I sat down to write to you, dear readers. I’ve been dealing with a lot of changes going on in my life. I’m fairly certain I’m pre-menapausal and we’re adjusting to a new budget. The latter has always been hard for me but add to it the former? Yikes!
I’m in a creative slump. I’ve really done more with photography lately, simply because it’s handy. I almost always have my phone with me. I’ve started uploading my work to Redbubble and Society6 again. Looking back through my favorite pieces has really inspired me to restart and see what I can create.
Wish me luck, offer up a prayer or two or MANY. I need it! And I could use some hints, tips, and words of encouragement as well. Goodness only knows what it will take to jumpstart my creative mind. I know I want to get back into jewelry making. And I have a good-sized canvas waiting for me to fill it. My awesome Son and DiL bought an easel for me some time ago and I need to put it through its paces. 🙂
Here are two photos I took at our son’s wedding (and you can check them out on Instagram, too, if you like.) He was married in April. I edited these in my phone (Samsung S5) with the editor that came with it.
Our Sons – Photo by Melody Kittles – I managed to catch this photo before the other grooms-people got to their places.
Our Daughters – Photo by Melody Kittles – I caught this photo while we were waiting for the ceremony to begin. The girls were super happy to be able to walk for their brother as grooms-people.
The photo of our sons was edited with the photo editor that came with my phone. I simply cropped the photo of our daughters and left it alone after that.
I hope to blog next week. I’ll be attending BayouCon in Sulfur, LA this weekend with my husband, John, of J.D. Kittles Photography. He’ll be doing a panel on his passion, storm photography, along with Andy Thibodeaux who is best known in our area as the Cajun Weatherman. Andy heads up our group, Cajun Weather Spotters, and will be talking about storm spotting.
If you’re in the area, you might like to check it out. Their panel will be at 3 pm on Saturday, June 25. (Yes, that’s this Saturday.) Just click here to find out more about the event.
I’m very excited to tell you I’ve uploaded 4 of my artworks to Redbubble. If you are unfamiliar with the site, it’s a place where artists of all kinds can sell their work on things like clothing, electronic accessories, home goods and more, as well as prints and framed prints. I’ve added a link to my Redbubble profile page in the menu at the top of my blog. The menu is the little icon with three lines to the left of the heart. Even if you aren’t in the market to buy right now, Redbubble is still a great place to visit to simply immerse yourself in the beauty and variety of artwork posted there. It’s amazing! I absolutely love their stickers. I’m a collector of stickers but I’m picky. Redbubble has a wide variety of stickers and there’s definitely something for everyone there! I’m going to share a photo of my laptop which shows 11 stickers I got from Redbubble. The other stickers were collected on family trips and shopping trips to different stores. The photo isn’t for sale or download but I did want you to see an example of the artwork available at the site. While my particular favorites are pretty rare and in a definite genre, I think they still show a decent scope of the variety you’ll find at Redbubble. Please do visit the site and please keep supporting your local artists and small businesses! We really appreciate your business!
This is my laptop. 11 of these stickers are from Redbubble and the rest are from different places I’ve visited or gathered from shopping excursions. I love collecting stickers!
Our internet will be off on Friday so I want to try to post up until that day, as long as I have something to share. I hope you will enjoy this.
“An Almost-Dream” – photo by Melody Kittles, edited in Gimp – If you’re interested in purchasing a photo, art print, or photo gift, or if you just want to know more about this picture, please click on the photo to go to my deviantART page.
I’m so glad to be home. We visiting with family during our Thanksgiving break and really enjoyed being with them. It’s good to be back in our own place, though. Unfortunately, we’ve been fighting a cold since before the break. First one daughter, then the other got it. Before we came home, John and I started feeling the beginnings of it. I feel pretty blechy today but I’m doing my best to get over it quickly. Taking my vitamins. Eating soup. Staying away from sugary things for the most part. I’ll probably make fresh honey lemon tea tonight.
Anyway, here are the last two works I submitted for daily art challenges in the fb group I belong to. I hope you enjoy them. Note: They are not available for purchase. Only the digital art piece is available for download and that, only for personal use. Please keep that in mind! Thanks!
This is the first one:
Misfortune themed art challenge submission (untitled as of yet) – digital art, using Sketchbook by Autodesk – This is my first doodle on the laptop. I have the app on my phone, too and have done a doodle there as well. Just trying to figure out the tools and the program to see how it all works. This artwork shows a lightning storm, a crashing wave, and a whirlpool (or a hurricane if you prefer). I really can’t work the pen/pencil tools very well yet. I think I need a stylus to be able to use it to the best effect. Oh, well. To see more about this work, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.
“Munchkins and Giant” – photo taken by Melody Kittles and edited with Instagram’s presets – NO DOWNLOADS! This photo is copyrighted under a Creative Commons License All Rights Reserved (as are all my photos and artworks.) Please respect that. If you’d like to see more about this photo, click it to go to my deviantART page.
This is a bonus photo. I saw this door yesterday and had to snap a shot. I’m pleased with my edit (in Gimp). John, again, was a big help with the reminders and pointers. I hope you like it!
“Dream of Forever Past” – photo by me – Click the photo to read more about it, download a digital copy for personal use only, or purchase a print!
Today’s art challenge was ‘rain’ and this is my mixed media submission. I hope you enjoy it! I used blue, black and silver acrylic paints and aqua sequin dot fabric to create this piece. For more information, click on the photo to go to my deviantART page for this work. No downloads or prints are available at this time. I have to upload a better scan of the artwork and then I’ll open it for downloads and/or prints.
“Even The Heaven’s Cry Sometimes” – by Melody Kittles
I may not be able to post regularly in the upcoming weeks. I have a lot on my plate that needs to get done. I’m still working on my steampunk coat, 4 sets of pajamas, a birthday party today, and more!
The new art gallery in our town is finally open. Yea! If you’re in the area, do stop by Niche Art Gallery and The Eunice Community Art House. The grand opening was held last night and we had a wonderful turn out. It was great to see people coming out in the chilly autumn weather to support local artists and artisans.
Before we went to the grand opening, John wanted to stop at a little fair and get some photos of the lights. You can see his blog post on that here. While he was photographing the lights, I was photographing him. I hope you like the photo! I used Pixlr Express to edit this photo and used the stylize tool to make it look like a painting. The photo came out very clear but the painting effect was truly nifty, in my opinion. This photo isn’t for sale or download but you can click on it to visit my deviantART page. You can check out my work there, and if you are so inclined, perhaps purchase an art print for yourself or a loved one. Christmas is coming soon and I know I’m not ready for it.
“Watching Him Work” – This photo is not for sale or download. Please click it to see my deviantART page where you can purchase prints of other artwork and photography I’ve done.
I can’t post much today but I finished a steampunk waist cincher for Starshine yesterday. I subbed interfacing for a heavier burlap, skipped the boning for comfort and used smaller eyelets than the pattern called for. I’m really pleased with how it came out. And I have to thank John for editing the photos into one for me. I’m now working on my steampunk airship first mate sleeveless coat. It should partner John’s fabulous coat I created in May very well. I hope so, anyway! I’ll post pictures when I can. I’ll be sewing into the late hours again tonight but I’m pleased with the progress so far.
Starshine announced that she wanted to be a Ranger for the Steampunk and Makers Fair. I taught her about the difference in time periods and how a bounty hunter might be a better option. She was really pleased with the idea so we are going with that.
Yesterday, I edited my first photo in Gimp! John walked me through some of the steps I had trouble with but I did the work.
We visited our local Depot Museum and took photos of a caboose they have on display. I don’t know about anyone else (besides the caboose operators) but I was so sad when they stopped using the cabooses! We brought the girls with us and grabbed a Frosty for fortification in the hot sun. (Yes, it’s still hot here, though it is cooling off in the mornings and evenings.) Here’s the photo I edited. I have a few more I want to play around with but this is the one I chose to work with first. I had a definite result in mind. This is pretty close to what I wanted to achieve, so I’m happy with it. Another plus when using Gimp, is that I get to sign my work! Yea!
“Days Gone By” – Cabooses are only a memory now… For more info click the photo to go to my deviantART page, where you can download a digital copy for personal use or purchase your own print!
I haven’t given up on the art challenge group. I just haven’t had any extra time to devote to the topics. Some of them are really…um…challenging! I snapped quite a few photos over the past weekend and I’m editing them slowly as time and my schedule allow. Here are three of them. For more information on any of them, or to download a digital copy or purchase a print (of the first two only), click on the photos to go to my deviantART pages for each of them. I did use Pixlr Express to edit these. I had better luck with the last two, as far as getting close to my vision for each of them.
“Line ‘Em Up”
“Doing What He Loves” – I enjoy catching photos of John while he’s working. 🙂 This photo is not for sale or download.
I do hope to have a bit of artwork to show you in tomorrow’s post, or maybe in the one after. See you then!