Thursday, November 05, 2009

Updating after a very long and busy while

My friend Adrienne, form Wales, came over for a visit.
They apparently do not have Asian markets in Wales.
I thought she might get a kick out of Fubons. :) I noticed things that I might not have noticed if I was just doing my usual shopping and not showing it all off to a visitor. ;)

A welcome kitty of course.

This lovely shrine was set up near the front of a store.

Great color, texture, line and form in this screen.
Made me think of some of the assignments for my photography classes.

Wonderful patterns.

Such creative packaging.

I suspect I will be using some of these images for collage work...

Everyone was so friendly.

Adrienne said this was one of her favorite teas. Loved the display.

Lots of dragon motifs.

I had to stop for a bubble tea. MMmmmmmmm- Bubble Tea!!
Adrienne was not impressed. LOL

Looks like he must have had a great laugh.

Parrot Fish


Food colors in Asian stores can be a bit disturbing for some of us. ;)

All of the labels are sooo bright. The whole store is a riot of color.

The produce section is fantastic.

Color- yep- lots and lots of color. Supersaturated, sometimes garish, always joyous color assaults your senses at every turn.

Sometimes it is hard to decide if the colors or the textures are most appealing.

Seriously textured

I found myself wishing I had some molding compound...

This will make a nice layer for adding textures in Photoshop. :)

More texture...

More texture... and interesting colors too.

Really loved the textures in this screen. I took a lot of photos of this...

Friday, September 25, 2009

Out and About (with camera)

One of Portland's nicknames is Bridgetown.

We had to stop by the hospital to pick up a prescription.
This fellow was circling overhead. Not a good sign... ;)

Then we headed for:

Lovely rural community with no free parking. I don't think they want visitors.
We did stop by the Bybee-Howell house.

Late afternoon. I liked the way the sun was shining through the branches.

Still some nice flowers blooming- although they were looking a bit tired.

Berry season is very close to over.

I have been wanting to get photos of this old building along Highway 30 for a long time. I only got a couple of shots before the security guard came over and told us that we couldn't take photos there "because of 911". Yeah, right. grrrrrr

Jax had an explanation for this house: Fishmen.

We decided to drive on out to Scappoose rather than try to get back through Portland during rush hour.
We found a surprisingly good restaurant!

Friday, September 18, 2009

I think this is starting to come along. :)

I tried looking at this with just the tone and lines in Photoshop to see if I could figure out a way to go with it.

I played around with the layout for a bit and came up with this idea.

I think I came pretty close in real life, adding a continuation of the line work to tie things together and echoing shapes to get a better balance.

This gives you an idea of the scale of the piece.

I love the Glossy Crackle Accents over the Fantasy Film.

Using the dimensional glue with the Fashion Flakes gives a great texture to the lines.

Monday, September 14, 2009


So many details I love on this piece.

I hadn't used foils in while. I Love the way this turned out.

The texturing came out even better than I had hoped.
the Fantasy Film is jewel-like. I LOVE it.

But, ye gohdz, the piece as a whole is atrocious.
I should scrape it all down and start over.

But I LIKE so much of it...

I will probably keep piling stuff on.
Let's hope it gets better and not worse...

Friday, September 11, 2009


I take a lot of photos of beer.

What to do with them???



Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee

The flower stamens look like drop of mercury...