Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Digital Play

Once again, I'm playing away in Photoshop Elements. I'm relying on the tools I have purchased from the digital scrapbookers. They are amazing!!! I mostly use the products at http://www.designerdigitals.com/ featuring Katie Pertiet's designs. My goal is to create some digital pieces to use in DJ's class. These 2 variations of the same background photo I have used a clipping mask by Katie called Stamped Blocks No. 13 over my own photos.

Here is another using a bunch of scrapbooking images by various artists on top of a black background with a white heart.

Can you tell I'm having a ton of fun with this??? I can't tear myself away from the computer!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A little snow, a little rain, a lot of love.....

I'm feeling a little pink today.....OK, I feel a little pink every day! Once again, playing with my digital tools and photos wishing DJ's workshop started this weekend where I have some time to focus. I'm missing my guy and I'm sending him out this message......xoxoxoxo

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Play Time!!!

I should probably be thinking more about Christmas right now, but I'm not. The shopping is done, the presents are wrapped, I'm lounging in my jammies reading the newest issue of Somerset Studio and sipping my BIG cup of coffee. I'm missing my guy who has gone home for the holidays. Hopefully next year we will be together.

I'm sooooo excited to start DJ Pettitt's digital workshop so I started experimenting with what I know. I can't wait to use all of my personal photos to create amazing images in DJ's style. Her work is absolutely amazing to me. I am 99% sure that I will be registering for the Digital Graphic Design Certificate that I have been mulling over, but I know that I will be more sure the more I play "layout artist and designer" in my little home studio.

Warmest wishes to everyone for the holidays! Don't forget to take some time out for yourself to PLAY!!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Photoshop Class by DJ Pettitt

Hey! Check out DJ Pettitt's new on-line Photoshop workshop!!!! I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think a lot of cool stuff will come out of this workshop and I have what seems like a huge library of photos that gets bigger every day to use. I took a workshop with DJ at Art FiberFest in Seattle in 2000. DJ is sooooo creative and she is one of my favorite artists!!! Check out her workshop and I'm sure you won't be disappointed!!


Monday, December 14, 2009

Wide Open Spaces

This weekend I got a big dose of Pennsylvania! My boyfriend and I made a "quick" trip to Freedom, PA. What was to be a total of 18 hours on the road turned into 25 due to bad weather. On our return trip, we lost count of just how many tractor trailers and cars went off the highway due to black ice. I don't know how my boyfriend did it but he made it through 15 hours of driving coming back.

There is so much to love about this place, his home. Big hills, mountains, big trees and really big sky. Of course, the beauty is now faded but there are still traces of lush green Mountain Laurel, fields saturated with growth, and remnants of grassy rolling hills. If you close your eyes for a moment, you can almost see everything blooming and the smells and sounds of this place in the spring.

What really struck me was the sense of family that I got from this place. The togetherness and solid foundations that are all around us but we don't always get to see. Of course, the dysfunction of life creeps into conversation with concern, but in this wide open space, there was strong desire to "do it right" and make it really mean something. Kind of like a return to the way life and family should be. You don't feel that up here, or maybe it's just me who doesn't feel it. How weird that another place makes you feel like the pieces of the puzzle are first connected and built from this place. Tradition feels strong here. Again, maybe it is just me who has never moved past my own childhood traditions, built a family of my own and created those pieces of the puzzle that fit together. Was it selfishness on my part or just knowing that it was never the right time or right place. I think I lost that purpose somewhere along the way or all the paths I've taken made it seem impossible.

I hope I get to see Freedom in the spring, summer and fall because I know it will be beautiful in bloom. So much to explore....so much to make you feel good! I am at the end of my 2 classes this week....WooHooooo!! I need to play with my art supplies and get back to where I was 7 weeks ago. And most importantly, I've got some serious time to spend with the most important man in my life xoxoxo