Saturday, April 28, 2012

Silent Saturday ~Part 110!!

Sometimes the journey seems pointless!  Wandering from day to day!  But if you keep your heart and eyes open, an opportunity will appear...usually when you least expect it.

Embrace it!!

Allow the truth of it to saturate your very being!





Then...hold on!!

You may be in for the ride of your life!!!

Have a magical and blessed day!
Hugging you

Friday, April 27, 2012

Photo Art Friday ~ When Nature Sings!

Photo Art Friday

Welcome to another edition of Photo Art Friday...sponsored by Bonnie of Pixel Dust Photo Art. Today's challenge is to take one of her filters (which all of them are fabulous) and create a work of art. The photo I chose is...

With her filter....

Now adding my photo...

Then I added several other filters to give a more painterly effect...

Also linking to Flower Art Friday....


How fun is that??  Thanks for stopping by...

Have a magical and blessed day!
Hugging you


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Work in Progress ~ Trying it on for size!!

Whenever I start a painting...I usually use several ideas and photos to give me a color source and a general idea of a layout.  The main photo I am using on this piece is....

My main colors will be ( so far ) greens, black and copper!  The following pics are of the piece, upside down.  Here I am trying different elements.

First picture is a fail.  I was trying a green and it had something wrong with the emulsion.  It wouldn't dry and therefore I couldn't manipulate it. the second photo is trying a new element.  This black and white is scrapbooking paper.

The next photo is of the piece with a different piece of scrapbooking paper also in black and white...but a stripped pattern.  The last photo is a teal colored metal sheet.  I love the sheen and the texture.  I will be adding more texture to the metal...probably vertical lines will be etched in.  Should reflect the light amazingly.

Hope you enjoyed the process...I didn't get as far along with this piece as I was battling asthma and having difficulties getting around.  Feeling a bit better now.  It is really messing up my exercise schedule.  And that sucks.

Have a magical and blessed day!
Hugging you

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Texture Tuesday....Let Go!!


Kim at Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesdays has challenged us to use our own photos and one of her texture filters to produce a one-of-kind , original piece of art.  The filter I chose to use is entitled "Let Go". ( a watercolor filter)

Wonderful texture isn't it?  The photo I chose to alter using this filter is...

Here is the photo with the "let go" texture...

Here is same photo altered further..

Here is another photo I used.....

With texture..

more filters..


Check out Kim Klaasen's and see the other fabulous photos.  And better yet; join in!!!

Have a creative and imaginative day
Hugging you


Random Tuesday - Dining Out and Dining In!!


Randomly coming to you from sunny no snow New Mexico.  Woot!!  The weather has been fabulous!  It finally looks like the southwest here! skies...dry!  Though we do need the rain...I know...but I had to complain about something.  Seriously!!  Ha!

Your random sunrise...

It was nice having Dr. John home!  We had a quiet Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday I decided to do laundry and get it done.  It made some strange noises but I chalked it up to being old.  It has been with us for over 12 years!  Well, last load was towels....I smelt a strange odor coming from the laundry area....and lo and behold.. it hadn't fully drained.  So I tried to turn it back to spin and NOTHING!  No spin.  Damn!  Not again!  Where is that cherry red washer and dryer combination when you needed it?

So I had to wring out by hand the towels and carry them, dripping, outside and hang them on the line.  It took three trips!  Those suckers were heavy!!!  Called the company I usually use and they couldn't get here for one week.  Cheri remembered a company that was here in the mountains, so I called them.  Woot!  Gil came this very same day.  He was great...and checked out the washer thoroughly.  And when he turned the dial on started up!!  WTH!!?  He laughed...I about cried.  But he checked it anyway and said he figured the timer was going out.  Gil stated that there was an emergency shut off for the when it was stressed would shut the washer off.  And the smell was the motor overheating.  To replace timer was over $250.00!!!  To get a new one would be around $500.00.  Of course, this isn't the cherry red ones...they are $900.00!!  Soooooo....while he ran a small load of towels through the washes...he went down to Cheri's to check out her washer.  Ha!  Her transmission was going out...she needed a new washer too!  She thanked me for spreading my pain joy!!  We are both going to wait until they die completely!  And then see what we can get!  Sigh!!!!!

Friday night, I babysat Butch while Cheri was preparing a special meal for him.  Totally romantic and she didn't want him to see until all was ready.  So we had a great opportunity to get to know Butch better..we had a blast sharing stories and drinking Mojitos!!  Woot!!

Saturday was errand day...lots of stops.  Last one was Home Depot to pick up a new compost bin.  I mean, it was Earth Day after all.  The salesperson brought it out and it was flat!!!!  Oh great...we (Dr. John) get to put it together.  Ha!!  Took a couple of hours.  And the lower clips weren't Dr. John added the trusty duct tape to make sure!  Ha!!

That evening we went over to Cheri's for a cookout.  Steak, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes and martinis.  Now that is a perfect cookout!!  Key Lime pie for dessert!  Yum!!

Sunday afternoon we picked up Butch and Cheri and went to Pappadeux's...we met Kathy and Michael there.  Cheri and I got our favorite drink...the Swamp Thing.  Sweet!!!  Ha!!

Cheri, Butch, Mike and Kathy....





The food was fantastic.  Oysters on the half shell, coconut shrimp, scallops, crab cakes....need I say more.  Fabulous food!!  And generous portions!!  Sigh!  I could use some of that coconut shrimp right now!!!

Monday I went Pinky's Cafe in Cedar Crest for Craft Day with some really cool ladies.  Laurye showed us the beaded purse she is working on!  With 11mm seed beads...Oh my!!  Fabulous!

Carly was working on a crochet lace shawl...

And Pinky was working on a rag rug..made with strips of old cool...

We will meet at Pinky's the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.  Next time, Laurye will be teaching us how to bead a bracelet.  I can't wait!!  Cheri will join us next time.

That's it for me...busy week!!  Now it is your turn...join us Random Rebels!!  And don't forget to stop over at Stacy's Uncorked and see all the Random randomzing!  So much going on in Blog World.  Seriously!!

Have a magical and blessed day!
Hugging you

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Silent Saturday ~ One Hundred and Four!!!

Good Morning!  Dr. John took a trip to Alabama recently.  Here are some details...a view...up close and personal!!

When you look at me closely; you will see things you could have never imagined!

The closer you get; the more intriguing I become!!

Wander close;
 touch me.
Feel my pulse;
Heart beating;
 pretense shattered.
Shedding my skin;
 Peace within.



Have a magical and blessed day.
Hugging you