Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Back to Herb!

The Herb series is still going strong - this is Herb Seven. Right now I'm really enjoying these colors. The palette I used in the previous post is interesting also; it came from an altered digital shot of my Betta fish, "Blue Max." He only lived a week, but his short time here was very well-documented. I am totally burned out from several days of "social networking" - Murphy's Law has been in full effect - and a physical wreck from chasing deer with that insane dog of mine, so that's all, folks! Tune in next time.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Wild Dog 3

Thought we'd take a break from the "Herbs" and post something totally different. This one was started two years ago and I never could be satisfied with the outcome. Since I started playing with creating my own gradients, some of the old works have been redone with surprising results. Wild Dog 3 is one of them.

Cassie has been supplying me with so much new material lately that I'd better not spend too much time on "Memory Lane"! This morning she started roaring as soon as I raised the blinds: the deer herd was streaking through the back yard and she went totally "cracker dog". There is probably some new art on the bathroom window as well - not her usual venue, but she knew that was the direction they went. Never a dull moment around here, for sure.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Another "Herb"!

Here we go with another Herb! This could be a really big series. I've used this one on a bunch of new items in our store at www.CafePress.com/airedale_art ; check 'em out if you have time.
Cassie is ready to go out - duty calls. It's so cold here that she doesn't linger out in the yard at night now; she just does her rounds and then takes a flying run across the yard with a big "Rufff!", and beats me back to the porch. Fine with me! Good night.

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Herb Series

No, that's not herb as in plant; there is an artist nearby named Herb Jackson whose works I greatly admire. The incredible colors in his heavily textured and scraped paintings just blow me away. While cleaning up my teaching space I found an old article about one of his series and got the idea to make some custom gradients using his colors and apply them to my photo manipulations, since someone once told me that Cassie's style was similar to Herb's! Wow, is this ever a change from the Winter Works. Here we go with Herb One through Three; comments welcomed! Note: the order is reversed. I did load them in sequence, for the record.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

October Rantings, 1 & 2

I don't usually post a "two-fer", but the contrast between these two (which originated from the same photo) was so striking they had to be seen together.
One of my tasks has been to clean out my photo organizer, since it's becoming impossible to see the trees for the dense forest that has accumulated. I found this photo in a large download that I'd totally forgotten. It came from October, when the light was good and deer were plentiful in the yard; Cassie was in top "cracker dog" form, evidently. I tried some adjustments that I haven't used before and was really pleased with the results. The delicate nuances that are so lovely in both, unfortunately don't show well in these smaller versions. Anyway, I hope you get the idea!