Now that I finally have access to the third floor, I can take advantage of the huge skylight over the stairwell. The sun pours in for a few hours at midday, and it's always wonderfully bright. When the sun is low, as it is all winter, it reaches all the way into the back of the wide stairwell up to the deck. A number of key plants came inside just before the first cold night. (Coleus suffer even at 40 degrees). I could just pull the plant, pot and all, out of the ground, cut it back and clean it up a bit, and bring it in. The winter garden pansies, in their pots, were dropped right into the empty holes. Works like a charm!
As you can see, the plants seem to love it. Me too! Now there's a nice sunny spot to sit during the winter.
This pastel painting just won First Prize in a Capital Hill Art League juried show, and the prize is a solo show in June. Coolest prize ever !
The source image was a photo of an antique watercolor hanging in the octagonal dining room of a friend, which was reflecting a window, the sunlight falling across the room, and more art on the other side. Art reflecting art!
The multiple levels of reality and space, and the multiple periods of time intrigued me, plus the colors were inviting.
I've been spending huge amounts of time with Camera360 (and a few other apps as well), going back and reworking several promising images. Camera360 can show you most of the effects "live", which is great for composing, but it saves at a low resolution.
A couple of months ago, when I was trying to free up some memory, I noticed that Camera360 took up more space than all my (many, many) photos combined! Further exploration revealed that it also saves the original, unfiltered photo at full camera resolution, which you can revert back to. This, plus the stronger and more useful tools and filters that the latest upgrades has given us, has opened up a whole new world of possibilities!
So I've been having too much fun, and not getting very much else done.
The final (latest?) version of this image uses HDR, Sketch, and Cartoon filters, plus the adjustments, rotate, and crop tools.
The sky was ablaze with a spectacular coral red sunset, and the whole world was glowing. However, when I tried to photograph the sky directly, all my poor little camera could manage was a very pale sky with dark silhouettes for trees.
Turning my back to the fiery light, there was a bit of intense red reflecting in a window, catching the warm glow much better than a direct shot.
This whimsical little fellow occurred quite by accident, but I loved the goggle-eyed expression. He was accepted into a juried show, "Body Language", by jurist Jay Hall Carpenter
"Body Language will explore the ways we use our bodies to express emotion, feeling, and movement. Submissions should reference the human body in some way" ... and there's my funny litte photo, with all the classical nudes and serious portraits. He's the only food art in the place! Plus, it's a good show.
It is said that Ansel Adams took pictures of the same old tree for decades. I've only been photographing cabbages for a few years, and I expect to have endless inspiration from them. Plus, the tools and equipment I get to use are just getting better, and more fun. This one was originally captured with PowerCam, and further tweaked with Photoshop.
Nancy Freeman is a native of California who lives now in Washington, DC. A lifelong artist, she paints portraits and other commissions for a living, which keeps her traditional skills tuned and supports her decades-old obsession with computer art, and pastel painting.
She is currently using her 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th computers, but remembers when Dick Tracy had to make do with a two-way wrist radio.