Home Again, Home Again!

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.

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.

“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.

 

More Inspiration

Too late to write much…but not too busy to snap a few photos of inspiring things…

These clouds inspired me to ooh and ahh for the duration of the drive from our house to the theater where we practice. I often wish I could capture these like good ol' Bob Ross.

These clouds inspired me to ooh and ahh for the duration of the drive from our house to the theater where we practice. I often wish I could capture these like good ol’ Bob Ross.

Starshine is on the left. She's modeling a fedora my grandpa wore. Magiba is on the right and she's wearing a had my Papa used to wear when he was still with us. Our girls can sure rock those fedoras! They inspire me to smile more often than frown. I think John would agree we're pretty blessed.

Starshine is on the left. She’s modeling a fedora my grandpa wore. Magiba is on the right and she’s wearing a had my Papa used to wear when he was still with us. Our girls can sure rock those fedoras! They inspire me to smile more often than frown. I think John would agree we’re pretty blessed.

To prove my earlier statement, the epic clouds were indeed hanging out over the theater. What a fabulous show the sky put on today! We also saw two rainbows on the drive to the theater, and that's only 10-15 minutes of driving! Very inspiring!

To prove my earlier statement, the epic clouds were indeed hanging out over the theater. What a fabulous show the sky put on today! We also saw two rainbows on the drive to the theater, and that’s only 10-15 minutes of driving! Very inspiring!

I like photos that show an interesting perspective so I snapped this one. This building inspires me a lot for some reason. It's not the first time I've photographed it. It probably won't be the last. It's full of character!

I like photos that show an interesting perspective so I snapped this one. This building inspires me a lot for some reason. It’s not the first time I’ve photographed it. It probably won’t be the last. It’s full of character!

I am calling this one 'Flaming Cage'...because that's what it makes me think of. I stood and looked at it for some time and I always look at these boarded up and barred windows. They were boarded up, I think, because they look out onto a quite uninspiring building across the way. If the building were to be painted with something fantastic, and some beautiful flowers planted in the little grassy patches beside the walkway, I think they owners of the restaurant might re-open those windows and let the sun shine in.

I am calling this one ‘Flaming Cage’…because that’s what it makes me think of. I stood and looked at it for some time and I always look at these boarded up and barred windows. They were boarded up, I think, because they look out onto a quite uninspiring building across the way. If the building were to be painted with something fantastic, and some beautiful flowers planted in the little grassy patches beside the walkway, I think they owners of the restaurant might re-open those windows and let the sun shine in.

I had a lot of fun snapping these shots today. I hope you enjoy checking them out. Who knows? Maybe they’ll inspire you, too! I used my cellphone to take the photos and Pixlr-O-Matic editing app to edit them.