Thursday, August 30, 2012

Share the Joy: Little Bits




Bits of JOY. . . .  


declarations of love 



taking time for me 


memories of fun with friends





What gives you JOY this week?



To play along
1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Then click the NEXT box (or the time) to choose an image
 from the post to insert in Mr. Linky's list
 so people get a sneak peek. 

(And if you just can't get it to work, 
email me and I'll try to link it for you.)

4. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of JOY!




Sunday, August 19, 2012

Postcards from Paradise: Nightfall






The sun sinks below the curve of the earth,



bringing a romantic softness to the pastel sky




that grows ever darker


until the distant Moon rises


and blesses us with her beneficent gaze.



Night has fallen in paradise,



The place that we are.



Right here. Right now. 


The perfect Paradise.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Haiku My Heart: Clouds










arms around white clouds
we float through layers of blue
dreaminess, laughing


*  *   *

This week's Haiku My Heart offerings
can be found at Rebecca's place.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tutorial on Creating Altered Digital Images





Deb C asked for a tutorial
on how to create altered digital images.

It’s easy, really.
Here’s a step by step guide.

1. Pick a photo and begin. I'll show you two originals -- 
one with lots of details, one that's pretty simple 
and graphic so you can compare the filter effects.




2. Open it in a program that has artistic filters. 
The most popular ones are probably Adobe Photoshop 
(I have CS 5), Photoshop Elements, 
and Corel Painter (for a more painterly look). 
My own favorite was Microsoft’s Digital Image Pro 
but it’s no longer made. It’s still loaded on my desktop, 
though I have to hit “SAVE” often. 
as the program is pretty unstable. 
Since it’s 10 years old or more, 
it was designed for older operating systems.

3. Once you open the photo, go into the filters options 
and give various ones a try until you find the look you want. 
Let me show you some options. And in the interest of 
full disclosure, I'll admit that Digital Image Pro's filter catalog
is still my favorite.

Accented Edges Filter
Glow Edges filter

Ink Outlines filter

Paint Daubs filter

Poster Edges filter

4.  When you’re satisfied, save the altered image, 
using the name of the filter(s) in the title 
so you can remember how you got the look. 
I didn’t always do that in the early days 
of my experimentation and I kick myself now 
when I see an old image and wonder how I got the effect.

Eggshell Crackle filter

Paint Dry Brush filter

Filter 1: Paint Dry Brush  Filter 2: Accented Edges
Poster Edges Filter

5.  With a wide-format printer that has colorfast inks, 
you may be able to print your images
 on sheets of watercolor paper if you baby them through. 
If you’re using watercolor paper, bump up the saturation 
a bit on your image, because the paper is absorbent 
and the inks really sink into the paper, dulling the colors.

6.  Though the HP Deskjet 130 inks are rated 
at lasting 75 years or more, I frame them 
with museum quality glass and make sure 
to hang them away from direct light.

Easy. Addictive. Use instructions at your own risk. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Share the Joy: Artful Journey




It’s time for more joy. . .

I found mine today in moving forward on the memoir,
not only in knowing that I was engaging in the process,
but in thinking about how I began to unleash my creativity



as part of the journey of self-discovery after my 20+
(ok that’s weird. . . I hit the plus key
And the heart and arrow spontaneously appeared.)
year marriage ended.



All my life, I’d been subject to the limiting belief
that I’m not enough (good enough, talented enough, worthy enough),
which can really put a damper on creative expression.




So I started with altered digital images, 
feeling like my photography
was a way around drawing and painting.



I hadn’t been exposed to digitally layered pieces done by others
and learning to alter, enhance, and use filters on my own photos
was a purely trial and error process.



Some of these works hang in my home,
others found a place in other people's collections.
Some have never been framed or offered for sale.


,
But the trip down the artful memory lane was a delight and a joy.

What’s your source of joy this week?

To play along
1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Then click the NEXT box (or the time) to choose an image
 from the post to insert in Mr. Linky's list so people get a sneak peek. 

(And if you just can't get it to work, 
email me and I'll try to link it for you.)

4. Visit other players and let their joy infect you. Leave them a comment because everyone enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of JOY!




Monday, August 13, 2012

Giving and Creating







Creating has a lot to do with giving: 
giving to yourself, 
to your soul,
giving to the world.
   - Nancy Slonim Aronie (Writing from the Heart) 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Postcards from Paradise: A Holy Place




There is sacred land a half-hour drive from where I live,

   

land that has been hallowed by the holy intent
of those who come there to connect with the earth,



to be reminded (in case they’d forgotten)
that they are divine spirits embodied for this lifetime,
whose purpose is to build a community of love and potential.


My spiritual community meets monthly on this holy ground,


singing, dancing, drumming, listening to the pipes, sharing wisdom.



It’s a place where the arms of the trees reach out to caress you,


Where all the stones sing stories of times that have passed


and times yet to come. 




Where peace -- like swinging from a star --
 seems probable, not merely possible.



Pull up a chair and soak up the energy.




Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Share the Joy: A Short List of Gratitude




The peace and quiet of the past week has dissolved.
The wanderers are home.
And, because I’ve been busy in their absence,
I’ve got too much on my mind.
I'm juggling nascent projects,
grumbling about the summons for jury duty,
wondering how to inspire people
and stand in my power
as a midwife of meaningful change. 


"Too Much on My Mind" - created on Polyvore by MeriMagic (that's me!)


And right in the center of that pile of thought,
there’s a dollop of JOY
and gratitude for the blessings of
creativity, solitude, and community.

What gives you a hit of JOY this week?



To play along,
1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.
2. Capture the URL of the specific post and paste it
into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.
3. Then click the NEXT box (or the link)
to choose an image from the post to hook to Mr. Linky's list
so that people are enticed to visit your blog.
If you just can't get it to work, send me the info
and I'll try to link it for you.
4. Visit other players -- as many as possible --
and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment, because everyone enJOYS
getting positive feedback.
Let's start an epidemic of joy!




Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Share the Joy: TIme to Myself




It’s another week of simple joy.
I get a week all to myself.
The 20 somethings are off to Mexico. . . .


A week where I'm able
to be able to hear myself think, even at 2 am on Saturday morning.

Time to play with my camera.
 

 

No cooking for anyone.
Only myself to clean up after.
Time to clean up my Ipod
and get rid of some of the stuff that arrived
when my cousin offered to sync our Ipods
and I discovered we don't share the same taste in music.




What sparked your JOY this week?



To play along,
1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.
2. Capture the URL of the specific post and paste it
into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.
3. Then click the NEXT box (or the link)
to choose an image from the post to hook to Mr. Linky's list
so that people are enticed to visit your blog.
If you just can't get it to work, send me the info
and I'll try to link it for you.
4. Visit other players -- as many as possible --
and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment, because everyone enJOYS
getting positive feedback.
Let's start an epidemic of joy!