A Chorus Line


All together now,

Sing your heart out, chirp, and whirl…

We’re on Broadway now!


I had some fun earlier with a color palette that I put together and a dancer that I converted into a shape in Photoshop (I’m learning a few new things in a summer class in case you couldn’t tell). If you’re into color, there is a great site that generates color palettes for you in a fun and simple way, and it’s called Coolors. And it is the coolest.

Here’s the palette that I created for the image above:

It was not my intention to create a background that looked EXACTLY like the palette (i.e. a bunch of rectangles), but once it was imported into Photoshop I thought it looked cool—so I duplicated it by using rectangles and fill. The effects process changed the shades ever so slightly, but they’re close enough.

Anyway, I don’t usually get into my processes, but I thought I would share that tidbit of information along with my Haiku, just for those who are interested. I’d love to do a series (here we go again) where I share some of the tips and tricks that I’ve learned in my classes thus far. What fun is learning if you can’t share it with someone? Right?! We’ll see. If anyone is interested, let me know.

That’s about all for now.


One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well, just as one can say comforting things in music.

Vincent van Gogh

Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Chirp & Sing

Like Dust, a Haiku

He took one last drag,
A piece of his heart, missing.
Gone, like crypto dust.

My son got into crypto awhile back and I’ve been very curious about it. I’ve asked him a lot of questions, and the more he explains things to me, the more I don’t understand. Ha! So, I’ve been looking into it more in my spare time, and I’ve seen the mention of “crypto dust” quite a few times lately. That being said, it was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Drag & Dust.

My artwork is a bit strange. I thought that a man dragging on a cigarette was actually a good metaphor for heartbreak. Kind of like a prisoner’s “last request.” I hope that’s not too gloomy. I hate gloomy. Maybe it’s not a girl that broke his heart… maybe he’s sad because he lost all of his money in the crypto market. I don’t know.

I was going to add smoke, or white dust, but I ended up liking the simplicity of it. Anyway, it felt good to do something spontaneous… so there you have it.

That’s about all for now. Thanks for reading!

—Janet

Through a Window

“I discovered windows one afternoon and after that, nothing was ever the same.”

Anne Spollen, The Shape of Water

I’ve been excited to come back and share the letter “W” with you because it’s opened a whole new window (excuse the pun) of opportunity and inspiration for me. I thought about the word WINDOW and I immediately thought of Stuart Shafran’s Film Noir – Woman in the Window. If you haven’t seen it already, check it out.

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The Patchwork Quilt

Beautiful things come together one stitch at a time.

I’m back for my series Life: From A to Z, and I’m on the word QUILT for the letter “Q.” A Pop Art painting by the Brazilian artist Lobo inspired me to try the featured image, and the idea behind it was to create a “quilt-look.”

It would look a lot more like a quilt if I would have stayed away from the drop shadows, but I was having too much fun with the dancers to leave the image flat. I’m going to try another version at some point down the road, but for now I’m happy with the end result.

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Found on my Walk

I’ve actually edited this post because it was originally posted as a Story. I wanted to do a test run and see how it works, and looks… has anyone else tried Stories on WordPress yet?

Anyway, I found this on my walk the other day and thought it was pretty cool (effects added). I think it would be fun to do a continuing Story highlighting all of the things I find on my walks, but I’m not sure I’m impressed with the Story block yet. We’ll see.

In the meantime, I found a great quote for walking…

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”

― Jack Kerouac, On the Road: the Original Scroll