Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Photoshop Texture Tuesday

I love my photoshop and use just about every day.
Enhancing and adding textures were a challenge
UNTIL I found the web site of Kim Klaussen Cafe.
There was a ton of great information there,
but also Kim sends a free texture out each week when
you sign up to be on the email list.
I am loving her texures and recipes.
These are fantastic textures to work with.

Today is my first time participating in Texture Tuesdays
where a picture is enhanced with texture and shared.
Although I am a beginner, her instructions are very easy to follow!
I took this photo yesterday. It was drizzly and over cast.
Praise God for the moisture. It has been so dry here.
Here's my before and after. Kind of looks like some of
the wild fires we have had here.

Kim's texture that I used was Pumpkin Grunge.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

MAA Spring Show and "Old Keys"

Last night was the "Meet the Artists" reception and
awards for the Midland Arts Association Spring Show.
It was a beautiful, well attended event.
There were 75 pieces selected from 279 entries.
I was excited that my "Old Keys" watercolor
was juried in. The show runs until April 10th.

I didn't win an award (this time). At first I was
disappointed, then His peace filled my heart.
I will keep painting and honing my skills.
I truly believe this is a divine season in my life.
I want to be faithful with the talent that He has
blessed me with.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Peace, Love and the Sixties

 I am often asked, "So, how long have you been painting?"
My response, "As long as I can remember."  
It was the 60's and I even remember it. 
I was 17 and a wanna be flower child in a 
small Texas town. I liked the clothes, the music, 
and the art. I did not like the drugs.
I found this picture that was taken in 1968. I was part owner
of a 1939 Chevy Coupe. The car was in need of
a paint job. So I grabbed some cans of paint and 
some brushes and got busy.

 Flower Power here I come! 
The photo below was taken a couple of years later. 
Our oldest son, Erick was 7 months old.
I do have a body suit on underneath that short skirt.

This was in my old life - before Jesus.
Back then it was all about peace and love. 
Today, for me, it is all about peace and love. 
But it is not the 60's kind of peace and love. 
It is John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; 
my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. 
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
It is the Philipians 4:7 "The peace of God which passes
all understanding will guard your hearts and your
minds in Christ Jesus."
And it is John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life."

Now, that's what I call "Peace and Love and the Sixties"
(*note - I will be 60 this year)

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