Nature Therapy

The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir

This one actually IS a photograph that I took, back when I lived in Colorado. I read a tutorial this weekend about various ways you can make a photo look more like a vivid painting, and I remembered this image that’s been sitting in my folder waiting for something fun. The original was pretty bland. Too gray. So… I thought I would give it a try.

The area where I shot this is beautiful though! This is a peek at the Arkansas River, running through a small town called Buena Vista. It was about 35 miles south of where we lived. I loved going there because it was at a lower elevation, so you could escape the cold and snow for a day, and have lunch on an outdoor patio.

I also forgot to mention something about my last post. I had to chuckle when I saw the colors I chose, because they reminded me of the old Pee Chee folders. I think I have back to school on the brain. I’ve actually been pretty anxious about it. Not stressed or scared, just more ready than ever… and the days seem to be moving as slow as molasses.

Anyway, I wanted to share the River photograph. I think it’s kind of soothing, so I am sending out peaceful vibes and tranquility.

I found that quote by John Muir and started thinking… YES, YES… I do believe it’s time for a short getaway to the mountains. I miss my travels! 😉

That’s about all for now. Have a beautiful evening! (or morning, or afternoon) ♥♥♥

The Imagination

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” -Henry Ward Beecher

I was pug sitting all weekend, and took a solid break from all social media. BUT, I’m home now… and getting back into my groove. The funny part about THAT, is that exactly 2 years ago (Memorial weekend) was when I broke both of my ankles doing the very same thing… pug sitting!

Anyway, I just wanted to share my art. I didn’t use my own images, it’s more of an experiment- to see what I can make out of photographs and text. I guess the end result here was a sketch and scribble effect.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and that your week ahead is beautiful and blessed.

Peace and Love!

Dream BIG

First of all… I will start by sharing the humorous part of my experimentation today.

I showed my mom this piece that I created and she asked me “What’s that supposed to represent?”

Ha! “Well… ummm… it represents what I learned how to do today on Illustrator!

Too funny.

I am over the top excited about everything. A week from tomorrow my writing class starts, and I actually hit the full speed ahead button (just a tad) and registered for one summer (online) class with the college. I am SO grateful that I now have this opportunity to go back to school… and do things right this time. It’s like beyond amazing.

Anyway, I just wanted to share today’s work. All of it was created on Illustrator.

I made the silhouette of my grandson, and then practiced what I learned about the blend tool, mesh tool, and curved lines. I like the dizzying lines. 😉

That’s about all for now. Have a beautiful evening, morning or afternoon.

Life is good, and God is GREAT!

To The Rescue

Last Saturday… before heading to the beach… we tried to meet up with my friend Gil at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum, in Hollywood.

Anyone who has followed my story for awhile should know who he is by now. 😉 He’s my dear friend, brother, mentor and more. Unfortunately, he was leaving on an emergency call as we got there, but we did get a moment to say hello and give hugs. ♥

My girlfriend and I wandered the museum with our cameras, and this turned out to be one of my favorites. I know it’s the back end, but a nice back end indeed! 😉 I’ll sort through the others over the next week or so.

Anyway… this one’s for you Gil! Thank you for your service, and for always coming to the rescue when I need your support and encouragement! Love you tons!

The Eternal Road

This art stuff is just too much fun!!

First, I want to start by responding to Your Turn, posted back on May 8th- on Discovering and Sharing Grace. Obviously, I’m a little far behind on my reading.

The question was “What are you thankful for.”

I know that we are to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind; to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks at all times… and not just when the going is good.

But, I have to tell you that when the going is good it sure gets easier! The fact of the matter is that I have an endless list of things to be thankful for… starting with my sobriety.

Today marks 1.2 years- or 441 days of sobriety. 10,577 hours without alcohol… to be exact.

The funny thing about THAT, is that I’ve gone without a drink for 9 years before, but I was still on the wrong road. I had no program and no belief in God, my Higher Power. That’s the REAL reason that I now celebrate life every single day. Because this time it’s different. Today a power MUCH greater than myself is working in me, and as long as I keep my eyes on Him… the road ahead is illuminated.

On another note, I created this image today. I’m still watching YouTube videos and reading tutorials, and I can’t help but get excited every time I learn something new!

I actually extracted the Santa Monica sign from a photograph that I took at the beach.

I can’t say I did it perfectly, or exactly as the video suggested, but it worked to my liking- so I’m happy about that. I also learned a little more about shapes, distortions, borders and brushes. Like I said… too much fun!!

So, to wrap it up… I thought the image had a little to do with my gratitude story. The End of The Trail makes me think of just over 10,577 hours ago… when I checked into the hospital to detox.

It was the END of my downhill struggle, down the wrong road, which led me deep into that pit of destruction. And, it was the beginning of my NEW LIFE, and I am eternally grateful for that. I think the colorful stars may represent that… My walk with God, where everything shines. 🙂

That’s about all for now. Have a beautiful evening, morning or afternoon!!

Peace and Love!

A Moment in Time

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis

Last night I viewed my previous image via my cellphone, and I felt a little knot in my stomach. It barely resembled the piece that I had looked at on my computer.

I can’t be certain, but I’m thinking that creating images that reflect our mood for the moment might be a bit risky. 😉

Anyway, I wanted to counteract that crazy color scheme this morning… with something simple, calm and serene. A dreamy view of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Pier.

Also… about the going back to school…

I don’t want to get ahead of myself (yet again), but I can tell you that when I decided that it was something I wanted to do, I had NO question about it. It was like one of those Aha moments, when you just KNOW that it’s the right place, and the right time.

Truth be told, I have a little vision in my head that is sticking with me… and I need to learn a few skills that will help me to help others. Doesn’t everyone want to make the world a better place? So… learning a little more about writing, and graphic design for print, fits perfectly into the mix and will help me bring my plans to fruition.

That’s about all for now. Have a beautiful, blessed day!! Love you all!!

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. -Edward de Bono

In Living Color

Color is a power which directly influences the soul. -Wassily Kandinsky

I edited more images from the weekend hike and I can’t exactly explain how I ended up with this. 🙂 All I can say is that it started out as a photo I shot from the trail.

I’ve been super excited about something, and have been trying not to talk about it. BUT… I am not so good at keeping things to myself, and it’s been driving me crazy!

So, I think this piece displays a burst of excitement, because I am bursting at the seams!

Needless to say… I decided to let the cat out of the bag.

I am going to school!

I’m officially enrolled in junior college and ready for the fall semester (studying Graphic Design)! Now I am (patiently) waiting for July… when I can register for my classes.

It’s like the most amazing thing, especially at this time in my life, and I could NOT be more excited, or grateful, for the opportunity.

That’s about all for now! Updates will follow as things progress.

Blessings, Peace and Love Everyone. ♥♥♥

Life is good, and God is GREAT!