gratitude friday 12/20

Wow. How wonderful to reconnect with old friends last night. I had dreamt vividly about Christine earlier in the week, and luckily she was easy to find (hadn’t moved in years and years). Got to talk with her and Max. Cherished friends. I am grateful.

dadI am grateful for the way I spent my day, doing my art as gifts. I chose, tweaked, printed (and printed and printed,until I got ’em right) six of my original photos, sized to fit the frames I bought at the Creative Re-use Depot. I added ersatz mats to the photos, with bevels (thanks to Robert’s tutorial). I now have gifts for my daughter, my sister and Allen, my dad, and three other well loved friends. For dad, I found a snap of him gazing lovingly at my cute baby face. At least I really really hope it’s me. Not either of my sisters. I stared at all our baby pix and have decided it’s me. And I truly hope I’m not proved wrong. Oh well, it’s beautiful anyhow.

whiteflowerI’m grateful for the light hand I used when making any changes to the photos. A little color adjustment did a lot to enhance the natural beauty inherent in the scenics. For the white flower, I muted and added a colorwash to the background and popped the white flower. It looks lovely. I learned so much doing this project. Way to grow. It is wonderful to use Photoshop for art, rather than work. Changes my way of being with my tools.

roseAnd for Rose in the magnolias; this is something we’ve been doing forever, since she was almost two—taking pictures together when the magnolias are in bloom. I’ve had ambitions to do something with this lifetime project and this is the first time I’ve actually done something! All I did to this photo, with its magical light hitting my daughter’s face, was to enhance the color a bit, make the magnolias just a little bit deeper pink.

The frames I bought are small, the Rose print was 8×10; dad’s fits in a 5″square frame. Nice to work small; suits me. A great way to spend a day while recuperating from this cold/flu.

I am also grateful to have two gnarly business things resolve well. Phew. All that positive prayer pays off!

Life is good and I am grateful!

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  1. Visuals. Really fun to read. Of course I have a special interest because I am blessed to know your family. Thanks for sharing your life with me. Rose. Amazing. And you and your Father, sweet and tender. And I get a picture of an inspired you at work in my head.

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