Fizz, the little Shih Tzu from the UK, is easy to work into my designs. She loves the camera. She owns the camera. My dog, however, loathes the camera. He runs from the camera. Just when I think I’ve got a great shot, he turns his head, or flattens his ears, or closes his eyes . . . he always closes his eyes! But I keep trying.
Digging into my files I came across a few pictures where he allowed me to capture his handsome charm. Thanks, Rascal!
Although we missed the peak, the leaves shimmered like jewels along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was a sunny, 72 degrees. Not a cloud in the sky. Peaceful. Absolutely breathtaking! And what made the adventure more spectacular was sharing it with my husband and his sister, and our youngest grandchild.
Between my ancient camera and the blinding glare, I came up with a few good shots to use in my digital designs. I hope you enjoy our little adventure.
None of us like having our pictures taken, especially our grandson. But he humored me for a few seconds at least!
We are only a few miles from surrounding mountains in our area, but a hundred miles from Fancy Gap. The sites along the way, however, are just as breathtaking as standing and looking across the mountain itself.
I’d love having a little log cabin with a big porch overlooking this view. Put a swing on it and I’d stay here all day!
Here are a few Photographs that my friend, Colin, took and posted on his blog, atrampinthewoods.wordpress.com. I love his photos and he is so kind to allow me to use them in my digital designs. I hope you enjoy how I showcased his handiwork.
As much as I enjoyed painting with acrylics, I enjoy digital painting even more. With the right program, lots of time and patience, the sky’s the limit what one can do with a mouse and a computer. It’s a never-ending learning experience.
I painted this Santa on watercolor paper. I scanned it and downloaded it on my computer. I then made a picture tube, and custom brush that are always at my fingertips whenever I want to use him. In this design I used the painting, framed it, added the wording and special effects, all on the computer.
Butterfly Story . . . our struggles make us stronger!
“A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.
So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.
What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!”
I’ve said it before, “I’m a nature freak.” I love the sound of the wind, the chirping of a bird, the chatter of a squirrel. I love the sunshine, the rain, a thunderstorm. But what I love the most is the freedom it represents.
Nature doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. It doesn’t try to conform to the wishes of others. It doesn’t kill itself climbing the dilapidated ladder of success. It is what it is.
That’s how I thrive to be; free as a bird, strong as a tree, beautiful as a wildflower . . . what you see is what you get.