Saturday, March 31, 2012

My First Texture

so i went to AC Moore yesterday and picked up 5 packs of 5x7 canvas boards. brought them home and painted 12 of them with basic background colors. i let them dry over night last night. photographed a few this morning then started to play some more. adding distressed inks to the canvas. then i photographed those.
as i was doing all this, my brain was going 90 to nothing thinking of all the possibilities! for one simple 5x7 canvas board being worked on over and over.
well, i just uploaded about 2 dozen textures and began to play.

this is a photo i took when the pink flowers had just started blooming. here is the original..

and this is the same photo with a simple textured canvas layered on. it's simple, but that's what i love about it!

well, i am off to play some more!
just wanted to get your thoughts!

have a great Saturday!

Thursday, March 29, 2012


i can't imagine not having a creative nature deep within me.
i have been having fun playing around with my new texture file.
falling in love with the process of turning a photograph into art.
today i received my first canvas print from EasyCanvasPrints.
if you 'like' them on facebook, they will offer great sales.
i ordered an 11x14 wrapped canvas and total cost was $29 and change.
i am impressed! the color in just brilliant and it is well constructed. i will definitely order from them again.
then, my oldest son came home from school this afternoon wanting to straighten up my studio so he could do some painting.
i must say, since photography has grabbed me by the horns, i have been neglecting my studio. it's turned into a 'catch all' room. this is the first home i could ever have my own space in..and i've been neglecting that space.
so, when my 18 year old son was motivated to help me get the studio workable again, i hopped right out of my chair.
it's not everyday a teenage boy volunteers to help..
we must take advantage of that after all!
here are some of the textured photos i have been working on.

tomorrow, after a chores are done (maybe), i plan on making use of that organized studio, dusting off my paint brushes and starting to create some of my own textures!
so..stay tuned!

have a blessed evening!

Cherry Hill Orchard

i was feeling a little down because my photo bud was still in Phili. i had no one to go on an adventure with and shoot.
then my hubby reminded me that the apple orchards were in bloom and told me to drive over to Lancaster with my camera and look.
it was a nice quiet drive, just me and Adele.
a beautiful morning, windows down.
i was pleased. almost 100 shots later i headed back home.

it was a beautiful day.
i am glad i took the time to see the orchard.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Quarterly Top 5

linking up with Ashley and a few other great photographers for Quarterly Top 5.
where we have to choose our top 5 photos we have taken of our children and pets in Jan/Feb/March.

1&2: my oldest that turned 18 on Feb. 1st

3: Dudley

4&5: my youngest, just turned 15 on Feb. 23rd

thanks for stopping by!
good luck to all you talented participants!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Elfreth's Alley

this alley is one of the areas i visited during my day in Phili.

Elfreth's Alley  is our nation's oldest street with residential homes. the first home being built in the 1720's.
walking down this alley was quite uncomfortable on my feet as these cobbled stones are uneven and stick up. i couldn't help but wondering how it felt on the feet of women 100's of years ago.
you simply cannot walk down this street and not appreciate that it has been in place for such a long time.
not imagine how many people had walked the very same street.
the families that have lived there.
such history.
of course it was architecture/texture heaven for me and my lens.
oh the colors, the hardware, the peeling paint!

one thing that must of fascinated me, obviously by the # of photos i took, was the cellars (?) or underground thingy-ma-bobs!

how many potatoes have been stored down there?
or how many times were those doors flung open to provide safety from storms or were they a hideaway for slaves?

and what do people use them for today?

this famous alley seemed to be smack dab in the middle of 2012 chaios, yet as you walked it, the world outside seemed to disappear. all was quiet. almost like a quiet respect of many days, years gone by and the preservation of history.

so if your ever in Phili..
take a stroll down Elfreth's Alley!


Legend of the Dogwood

At the time of Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this.
In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus said to the tree:
" Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross--two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember."

i have a big, beautiful, old dogwood in front of my home. it is a bittersweet reminder of the sacrifice and love of my Saviour.
it's branches are full of buds, slowly opening.
slowly bringing forth it's beauty.


Monday, March 26, 2012

A Day In Phili: Part 2

pardon the long post, but i have to take my mama to phili. well, as i saw it through my lens anyway. which is how i think she would have seen it, if she had been there.
we are, after all, one in the same.
and for that i am blessed.
so mama, sit down with a cup of tea and some goldfish, maybe a handful or two of m&m's and enjoy Phili for a moment.
wish you had been there!

so there you go mama!
hoped you enjoyed your visit!
had a hard time choosing out of 531 photos, so you can see rest on other posts.

love you to the moon and pray you can come up for good soon!