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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

the biggest mistake



Linking up with Texture Tuesday...some color editing in Lightroom, then a quick layer of Kim's coolgrunge texture (Soft Light 75%, brushing just a bit of it away on the leaf with a layer mask). It was kinda fun to search through my font collection with one that looks like Erin's handwriting.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


I made these scrapbook pages for Kelly a few years ago, inspired by an email she had sent me about something she had read on the internet. "Mom, this is us!"

I just now googled empath and found the link Kelly had sent me...these are her own excerpts from that article:

Empaths experience empathy towards family, children, friends, close associates, complete strangers, pets, plants and inanimate objects. They are highly sensitive, have a deep sense of knowing and are often compassionate, considerate, and understanding of others. Generally, those who are empathic grow up with these tendencies and do not learn about them until later in life. Empaths often possess the ability to sense others on many different levels.

Empaths are often poets in motion. They are the born writers, singers, and artists with a high degree of creativity and imagination. They are known for many talents as their interests are varied, broad and continual, loving, loyal and humorous. They often have interests in many cultures and view them with a broad-minded perspective.

Empaths are often very affectionate in personality and expression, great listeners and counselors (and not just in the professional area). They will find themselves helping others and often putting their own needs aside to do so.

Animals are often dear to the heart of empaths, not as a power object, but as a natural love. It is not uncommon for empaths to have more than one pet in their homes.

They are highly expressive in all areas of emotional connection, and talk openly and, at times, quite frankly in respect to themselves. Empaths have a tendency to openly feel what is outside of them more so than what is inside of them.

In general, an empath is non-violent, non-aggressive, and leans more towards being the peacemaker. Any area filled with disharmony creates an uncomfortable feeling in an empath.

People of all walks of life and animals are attracted to the warmth and genuine compassion of empaths. Regardless of whether others are aware of one being empathic, people are drawn to them as a metal object to a magnet! They are the beacons of light in our world.

Happy Birthday to my sweet Kelly!
You truly are a blessing
to all who know and love you.


Sunday, June 16, 2013


For Dad:
I miss you.

a page from my art journal
using 'leftovers' from
the Fathers Day card
I made for Dad
snapshot taken
on my Baptism day
June, 1960

No photo editing here;
it was just a test print that
turned out interesting!


 For Bob:
You continue to be
an amazing husband and father.

scrapbook pages
for Kelly (above)
and Erin (below)
April 2010

scrapbook page
for Erin
July 2009

('Ner' is the girls' nickname for their Dad)

Happy Fathers Day!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

day planner

I've been meaning to do something with this for awhile now, and Friday Finds suddenly seemed to be the perfect impetus.

Here is the photo my brother Greg sent me from his iPhone one Sunday evening a couple months ago, after phoning me excitedly from his garage to tell me of the unexpected treasure he had just 'unearthed.'

Laid out there in the bed of Greg's old pickup truck was a piece of Dad's history: his old briefcase and his day planners from 1970 thru 1975. You see, in preparing the family home for sale Mom had put Greg in charge of dealing with all Dad's law office stuff - shredding or saving old documents as appropriate. This brief case was found up on the rafters in our garage.

Greg knew I would be just as excited as he was at his discovery. He was right. Mom had put me in charge of dealing with family photos and memorabilia.

Here's what I did with it the other day:

I paired the day planners with a favorite photo of Dad, taken about the same time period, which Mom continues to carry in her wallet, describing it thus:

"It looks like he just got the better of somebody
and he's waiting for them to figure it out."

I added an old pen of Dad's...he always had a collection of nice ballpoint pens, and for most of his 50 year career he wrote everything long-hand. Dad had the most elegant handwriting I've ever seen!

Thank you for this, Greg!



Linking up with Friday Finds, and Beyond Beyond - where we've been playing with Curves and Levels to get the effect of the popular Instagram 'Rise' preset. I thought it would be perfect for that 70's feel. And you know what? I think this is representative of my style (if ever I could be nailed down to just one!)...something else Kim has been talking about lately.

I did try both of Kim's recipes, and ended up with the Levels method for these particular images, as they had not much color to play with. Then I added a touch of kk_magictexture2bl (Overlay blend mode - 14%)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

accept - then act

I had kind of a serendipitous moment here, and a not-so-straight path to the final image. It started with a quote that I had seen on someone's blog somewhere a week or so ago. I mentally filed it away for my daughter Erin, who for almost a year now has been on a long and difficult journey, diagnosed with a painful, life-altering condition. I at least remembered the concept and, fortunately, the author...but promptly forgot where I'd read it. As usual.

Well, after a nice long visit the other day with Erin and her sweet kitty, Lillian, discussing many details of her situation, including strategies, goals, and philosophical insights, she coincidentally mentioned this same concept to me!... as a coping strategy of sorts - which called to mind the Eckhart Tolle quote I had just seen. Serendipity. I recalled that she has in the past mentioned his name, so I shared this with her and told her I would find it and post it on her Facebook wall.

It took a bit of patient googling, but I did eventually find it, and in the process got to know a bit about Mr. Tolle. I searched my Lightroom 'database' of images and chose this one to pair with the quote. Some quick, intuitive photo editing (Kim Klassen's textures: robins egg and grungeframed - both in Overlay blend mode 100%) and just the right font (KG Somebody That I Used to Know)...and there we are.

Never, never, never give up.
Winston Churchill