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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Unfathomable Love

I’m a music person. I don’t really collect the music of certain bands as much as I collect certain songs that speak to me in some way, either technically or emotionally. There are certain songs that lodge within my innermost being and will not be removed. Maybe, I am a strange person after all. While I was at work earlier this week, “Jose Cuervo” kept running through my head. It’s not technically fantastic, nor or the lyrics anything special but my elementary school self truly enjoyed that song. I haven’t heard it song for years  but the chorus kept repeating while I kept pinning fringe strips on country Mardi Gras costumes. When I told my husband about it, he had a good chuckle over it. 🙂 This is a recurring thing, though, random songs just popping into my mind at odd times.

This morning, before my eyes were even open, a different song was running through my head. I knew I had to hear it again! After I got out of bed, had my coffee, did my morning reading and wrote in my journal, I pulled it up on YouTube. “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” by Stewart Townsend has made a huge impression on me. I first heard it during this past summer at a church we were visiting and it found a comfy section of my mind to make its home in. All it took was hearing it once for me to love the message it carried. What a magnificent blessing! To wake to such empowering and humbling lyrics and know I am LOVED this much.

As I listened to the song once more, cried uncontrollable tears while pondering the lyrics and what they meant to me, one phrase stood out above the others and it stood out in a personal way: “to make a wretch His treasure.” He made this wretch His treasure. Me. This meant so much much to me that I decided to do something I’d been putting on the back burner for a long time.
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at creating a work of text art. By now, I have a fair collection of various artworks I’ve created over the last 2 years. I decided to use some of my photography and digital art pieces to create this. I’m pleased with how it turned out. I hope it inspires you to create something equally as important to you!

Wretch Treasure

“Unfathomable Love” – digital artwork by Melody Kittles, not for sale. A free download for personal use only is available at my deviantArt gallery page. Just click here. All the necessary credits for the song it’s based on are embedded in the artwork.

To check out the lyrics of the song, please visit the artist’s website by clicking here.

 

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!

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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!

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Light The Path

"Light The Path" - Acrylics on cardboard by Melody Kittles - The nifty light effect on the painting is not my mad artistic skills, but rather from the kitchen light. *shrugs* I'm honest. :) I did have fun painting this and it came very close to what I envisioned at the start. Today's art challenge was "a light in the dark" and this was my interpretation. I hope you like it. Please click the photo for more info or to purchase a print.

“Light The Path” – Acrylics on cardboard by Melody Kittles

*The nifty light effect on the painting is not my mad artistic skills, nor was it a result of my fledgling skills in Gimp. Rather that beautiful glow came from the kitchen light, which is usually so unfriendly. *shrugs* I’m honest. 🙂 I did have fun painting this and it came very close to what I envisioned at the start. Today’s art challenge was “a light in the dark” and this was my interpretation. I hope you like it. Please click the photo for more info, to download a digital copy for personal use only, or to purchase a print.

Black and White Photos

My husband challenged me to a black and white photo challenge that lasts 5 days. I’m to take a photo for 5 days starting from the day I was tagged and tag someone new each day. It’s a facebook thing but I’m going to share my photos here, too. I’ll break them up into groups, though. I hope you enjoy them!

"Gone But Not Forgotten" - For more information, or to order a print, please visit my deviantART page by clicking this photo.

“Gone But Not Forgotten” – For more information, or to order a print, please visit my deviantART page by clicking this photo.

"Smoke and Mirrors" - This photo is not for sale or download but if you'd like more information, please check out my deviantART page by clicking on the photo.

“Smoke and Mirrors” – This photo is not for sale or download but if you’d like more information, please check out my deviantART page by clicking on the photo.

I’d intended to use the photo of Starshine for Cee’s Black and White Challenge but I don’t think I was in time to post it. I still wanted to share it since I really like the result. Both of these would’ve fit the challenge’s topic, though, which was ‘reflections’. The first photo is Saturday’s submission and the second is Sunday’s submission for my 5-day black and white photo challenge. I used Pixlr Express to edit these.

Artistic Inspiration

I have some photos of things that inspired me over the course of the past week…or2…or 3… I can only hope that what I see in my head translates well through my hands and fingers! Anyway, I’d like to share these photos with you. I’m still not mentally ready to begin the last canvas for Mask series #8 but I’m getting there. There’s just too much going on right now and I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to work as quickly or be as focused as I feel I’ll need to be. I’m probably thinking too much…but I really do want to be able to work without too many deadlines and activities fluttering around in my head. As soon as we are done with the play, I plan to start the work and we’ll see what we will see!

This is a close-up photo of my headphones. There's a whole story behind these. I'm not really a 'blingy' sort of gal but this is dark bling...with spikes. Yeah, that's more like me.

This is a close-up photo of my headphones. There’s a whole story behind these. I’m not really a ‘blingy’ sort of gal but this is dark bling…with spikes. Yeah, that’s more like me. I used my cell to take the photo and the Pixlr Express app to edit it.

When I started experimenting with my acrylics two weekends ago, this was the first practice sheet. I limited myself to 4 shades: black, red, golden green and copper. This one was done all in black. I took the photo with my cell and edited it with the Pixlr Express app.

When I started experimenting with my acrylics two weekends ago, this was the first practice sheet. I limited myself to 4 shades: black, red, golden green and copper. This one was done all in black. I took the photo with my cell and edited it with the Pixlr Express app.

These are dark, metal coin charms I found at the craft store. I'm going to use them in the next mask project but I'm not sure how yet. I took this photo with my cell and edited it with the Pixlr Express app.

These are dark, metal coin charms I found at the craft store. I’m going to use them in the next mask project but I’m not sure how yet. I took this photo with my cell and edited it with the Pixlr Express app.

I crinkled some aluminum foil, then unfolded it. I was intending to cut shapes out of it and use it "as is"...but I had the (hopefully) brilliant idea of painting it gold. Then when I got home, I realized we had gold spray paint, as well as some matte black spray paint. I used those two and this is the result. You'll probably notice I didn't totally uncrinkle the foil before painting it so that I'd have some of the silver still shining through. This could be quite interesting by the time I'm through.

I crinkled some aluminum foil, then unfolded it. I was intending to cut shapes out of it and use it “as is”…but I had the (hopefully) brilliant idea of painting it gold. Then when I got home, I realized we had gold spray paint, as well as some matte black spray paint. I used those two and this is the result. You’ll probably notice I didn’t totally uncrinkle the foil before painting it so that I’d have some of the silver still shining through. This could be quite interesting by the time I’m through. I took this photo with my cell and edited it with the Pixlr Express app.

I tried to keep a theme of black and white throughout the photos but I couldn’t take all the color out of the last one. It’s still not an exact representation of the color but you get an idea…a vague idea. I’ll be sure to post updates as the project progresses. We have 4 more showings of “The Diary of Anne Frank” with our last show being this Saturday. Once the show is done and we strike the set, I’ll have a little more room in my schedule for art. I can’t wait to get back at it! I’m so thirsty for the opportunity to express myself in my art once again!

“Don’t think that because you haven’t heard from me for a while that I went to sleep. I am still here, like a spirit roaming the night. Thirsty, hungry, seldom stopping to rest.” ~ Spike Lee (This quote is so appropriate, it’s kinda scary!)