Sunday, February 27, 2011

#28 Sorrow

The main images is from a cemetery in Germany. How sad this is...
The angel is from the Graphics Fairy. I used it before in the Heaven piece.
The background was made using bits from Brenda Starr and Rubyblossom from T4L, altered with gradient layers, blending modes and PS brushes. I used one of my "go to" sets for interesting texture, called Botched Ornaments. I don't remember which free brush site I found it on, but if you Google it, you might find it. it's worth looking for.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

#27 Rock Star

Rock Star
Photograph of 19th Century Kabuki actor from the Peabody Essex Museum collection
Background made with a piece from JoesSistah at T4L.
The foliage is a PS brush set called Japanese1 by Darkgarden from Deviantart.
All were altered with filters, layer styles and blending modes.

#26 Tears

The main image is Sarah Bernhardt.
Illuminated text was googled.
Background made with pieces from Cynthia Powell's Painted Silk collection, Frogmuseum, Encounter_Laura and Playingwithbrushes at T4L, and pieces from Shadowhouse and Land of Nod Studio.
Embellishments and texture are Photoshop brushes.
The quote is by Anne Bronte

Friday, February 25, 2011

#25 Summer Haze

#25 Summer Haze
Photo taken at Cape Elizabeth, Maine as the morning fog was burning off one summer morning,
Background made with texture pieces from Shadowhouse (the postcard overlay) and Encounter_Laura at T4L.
Filters, blending modes and PS brushes were applied as well.

# 23 Hunted and # 24 High

Images found on Google images.
Background made with textures ffrom Encounter_Laura, Jfrenzel an Annie Maree at T4L, and a painted background from an old ACF challenge

Main image found on Google Images.
Textures from PlayingwithBrushes at T4L and the overlay border is from Cottage Arts.
Up, Up and Away was written by Jimmy Webb nad made famous by the 5th Dimension.

Monday, February 21, 2011

#21 Cave and #22 Mother Nature

Another difficult one...
Background created with bits from Mbgrigby and JoesSistah at T4L and a painting by Monet, Irises. The children and cave images were googled.
The rest is the usual playing blending filters and brushes.

Mother Nature
Images from Mucha and NASA,
Bacground bits from T4L and one of my own texture pieces.
Frame from Dover
Blending, brushes and filters applied.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

# 19 Silver and # 20 Half

Just a play with brushes (from Cottage Arts) and layer styles, trying for a metallic effect.

A portrait of Virginia Woolf, whom I admire very much as a person and an artist. Her struggles with being a woman and a writer in a man's world, as well as her long, long struggles with depression paint a portrait of a tormented soul.
The photo is public domain.
The background was created using a piece from Spektoral Addendum at T4L and some original textures I made.
The rest was done with brushes, layer styles, filters and blending modes.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

#17 Upside Down and #18 Rain

Over the Rainbow
Headstanders from Google Images
Brick wall from Decar66 at T4L
Spectrum gradient, PC Graffiti brushes and filters applied.

Created with 2 separate photos of mine of the interminable rain we endured last February and March.
Overlay from Struck Dumb at Deviantarts

Saturday, February 12, 2011

# 15 Silence and # 16 Color

This was a tough one...

Original photo by my daughter, taken at the New England Aquarium in Boston.
Texture layers from Rubyblossom and Encounter_Laura at Textures for Layers Flickr Group
Kelp image from Google
Filters, blending modes and Photoshop brushes applied

Peacock image from Wikimedia Commons
Texture layer from Happysweetmama at T4L
Filters, color alteration and PS brushes applied

Thursday, February 10, 2011

# 13 Dawn and # 14 Smile

Based on an original photo of mine of a sunrise at Salisbury Beach, MA.
Texture added from UR_2 found on
The sampan and calligraphy found on Google Images.
The Chinese characters read "Sunrise"

One of my very favorite images--full of Joie de vivre! Found on Google Images.
Textures used in the background from Shadowhouse, and Eddi07 at T4L. Flower from Graphics Fairy.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

# 11 Memory and # 12 Gold


The quote is by Grandma Moses.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961), better known as "Grandma Moses", was a renowned American folk artist. She is most often cited as an example of an individual successfully beginning a career in the arts at an advanced age. Moses had ten children but five died at birth. Although her family and friends called her either "Mother Moses" or "Grandma Moses," she first exhibited as "Mrs. Moses," yet the press eagerly dubbed her "Grandma Moses," which stuck." LIFE magazine celebrated her 100th birthday by featuring her on its September 19, 1960 cover.
Grandma Moses' paintings were used to publicize numerous American holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mother's Day. Exemplary of her status, a Mother's Day Feature in True Confessions (1947) noted how "Grandma Moses remains prouder of her preserves than of her paintings, and proudest of all of her four children, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren."

Images from e-vint and I don't remember where the child is from, but thanks whoever you are, for this lovely little face.
Background bits from Media Militia's Aqueous Sun collection, Boccacino, Scrapbook Flair and the Feathered Nest.


St Catherine and the church window are from Google Images.
Background from Untamed Reflections set from and overlay from Shadowhouse.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

# 9 Ancient and # 10 Lemon Tree

Image of ruins of an unidentified castle by Geoff Vanes at ImagesAfter.
Portrait of King John of England and illuminated manuscript page from Google Images.
Other textures from Dover.
Photoshop filters, blending modes and Brushes appied.

Lemon Tree
Photo from a Burpees catalog; filters, blending modes and hand tinting applied.
Textures from Amberbaz and Nanceeart.

# 7 Heaven and # 8 Innocence

made from a NASA image of the Swan Nebula, taken by the Hubble telescope. The angel is from Graphics Fairy and the text is from Genesis

Background made from layers from Shadowhouse and Textures4Layers.
The image is from Heidi109 at Collage Images and the wings are from an image from Shabby Chic.