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How to transform a simple Spring Flower photo

  Welcome to my s~A(R)T~urday linky party – today:  Spring Flower Art

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

~ Andy Warhol ~

Today, I am actually sticking to photos. Specifically a nice spring photo I took a week or two ago with my iPhone. This one here. The first one is straight out of the camera, cropped square and the second one my Instagram version.

spring, flower, blossom, pink

spring, flower, blossom, pink

After some time or specifically last night I thought to make use of my many editing apps on my iPhone. While indulging myself in the pure luxury of enjoying a bubblebath ‘just because’, I edited the top photo. First I ran it multiple times through an app called Decim8.

I then layered some of those edits in Photoshop Touch. The end result was missing something so I opened it in Matter and added the shapes to it.

And this is my final piece.

art, spring, flower, blossom, pink

To top it off, I used this photo’s evolution as my first published post in the Steller story telling app. Are you on Steller? If you are connect with me here. And if you are not check it out, it is quite fun browsing through all the stories.



Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

claudia3

 

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My two monsters are going on a journey

What can I say? I just can’t help it. I found another awesome meme that I may be participating in from time to time. It is called ‘Creative Tuesdays’ and happens bi-weekly on Tuesdays.  There’s not too much pressure, you know that I want to eliminate that from my life, so that is good. However, there is one minor twist – there is always a theme to adhere to. And this week it is: ‘lil monsters.

Now I am pretty sure that Michael, the creative behind Creative Tuesdays, had children on his mind. But being that I don’t have children I thought I’d just let my fantasy wander off.

And wander it did. Please meet my two little monsters. The blue one actually made its first appearance on my sARTurday art post as it tried to grab the surfer. This time they are flying off into magical, mystery land. Who knows where these two rascals might end up…

Once again this was done 100 % on my iPad, but don’t worry, I am still sketching heaps in my journal as well. I actually find it a lot of fun to switch these media any way my mood strikes me.

CreativeTuesdays

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Cheers,

claudia3

 

 

monsters, illustration, drawing

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The evolution from a photo to a watercolor painting

  Welcome to my s~A(R)T~urday linky party – today:  Photo or Painting

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

~ Andy Warhol ~

Photos. I want to post photos, too, not only my paintings as I have done lately. Yet, when I look at my photos I am feeling very uninspired.

It is not that they are bad, far from it. I actually have a few very nice shots both taken with my DSLR and also my iPhone plus action windsurfing shots of the freestyle pros on Bonaire, too. But – I am still lacking inspiration to actually edit them.

Also, I want to write a lot less (!) in my blog posts again. My apologies for my last couple that have been a teensy bit lengthy.

So today I present you a mix of all of it: Short post, photo and drawing – and (the drawing is) definitely not finished yet, but I thought I’d show you a work in progress for once. See for yourself below.

Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

claudia3

 

 

Youp Schmit – worldclass windsurf freestyler (taken with my DSLR + 70-200mm)

Youp windsurf freestyle

First penciled and then inked the picture, added a little monster, too (done on my iPad Pro)

ink, windsurf, freestyle

Then started some coloring fun (iPad Pro)

Partial color surfer

Added the background colors (iPad Pro)

Colored surfer

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Changes should be followed by progress, right?!

  Welcome to my s~A(R)T~urday linky party – today:  Changes & Progress

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

~ Andy Warhol ~

Y
es, they should! And they are – I think – slowly making progress. I initiated changes as promised in my previous post last Saturday. I started with tidying the kitchen. i.e. getting rid of stuff populating counter spaces where it doesn’t belong. Just because something gets used once a week does not mean that it may live out in the open every day. Off into the cabinet you go – toaster oven.

  • When there is cluttered counter-top space – I don’t want to cook.
  • When my email inbox is about to explode – I don’t want to write or photo edit.
  • And when my creative corner is buried in supplies – I don’t want to paint.

Cluttered spaces have this inhibiting effect on me. Do you know what I am talking about? I don’t think I am alone with this.

Seems to me that I have had this forever. And I mean ‘forever’. I can remember this one scene, my dad and I were on vacation together in Denmark. Having just had lunch we were standing in the kitchen, sorting dishes and he asked ‘if we wanted to go for walk on the beach to see if we could find some amber‘ to which I replied – ‘sure, but I first need to finish here in the kitchen‘.

Please don’t ask me why this particular scene stuck in my head for over 25 years, I don’t know. Back then I didn’t think of myself as being particularly tidy. Heck, I know for sure that I still am not.

So, why did I first have to finish a.k.a. cleaning and tidying the kitchen?

  • Maybe I didn’t want the fish bones to smell through the whole house when we returned from the nice sea breeze.
  • Or maybe I didn’t want the bones and left overs to get stuck like a crust on the plates.
  • Or maybe, you know, deep down, I didn’t want to go for a walk on the beach
    • – hahaha – I know, fat chance of that!

Seriously though, I like to think that I wanted to finish the task I was working on first; to give a fresh and clean start to everything that was to follow. Having a clean kitchen equaled a clean mind to enjoy the walk on the beach with my dad. Although, funnily enough, I do not remember this particular walk on the beach with him, yet many others.

This behavior back then is actually in a way exactly what I am doing now. I am cleansing my body, to be able to enjoy more what is to come.

Sounds a little spiritual, huh? Yeah, I thought so. Well, who knows, maybe that is my path, too, I don’t know. For now I am quite happy with what I am doing at this point.

So, what am I doing? Right now it is a body cleanse by eradicating all foods that I may potentially be sensitive to, e.g. gluten and dairy, or possibly had eaten too much of in today’s normal diet, think about sugar for example. Look up Whole30 or Paleo and you will quickly find what I am talking about. Since Monday I have been cutting out carbs, sugar, dairy, soy, legumes to name a few and it has been less challenging than I thought. Of course, I happen to love salad and veggies and they have been a big part of my diet all the time. However, part my previous ‘diet’ was also wine with dinner or our weekly cocktail night with cheese crackers. That, my dear readers, is a whole different story. A no no at least for the next two weeks, well, maybe I’ll extend it to the 30 days, I don’t know yet.

This far I feel great. I know, it has not even been a week, so I won’t call anything a success (or defeat) yet. But some of my observations of this week are that I slept a lot and had a bit more energy and was less ‘moody’. Of course, any or all of this may have also to do with the fact that work-work for once was not as stressful as usual. I don’t know, but I am keeping a close eye on changes and progress and I am writing it in my journal, remember – DayOne.

Still, I readily admit that I am definitely missing my glass of red wine at night. And I am also pretty sure that I will be missing our weekend breakfast English muffins. But it’s o.k. I can do this. And, who would have thought, my husband is actually joining me 90 % of the time. I didn’t ask him to, he volunteered. Thanks for the support, David!

Anyway, that’s it from the food / body front for today.

As far as my virtual life goes, I have started ‘unsubscribing’ and thus decluttering my inbox(es). I am still reading and commenting on blogs, but not writing here, except for – now. I also started working on my iPhone. Yup, a phone needs to be decluttered, too (nothing is safe in this household anymore!). Have you ever looked at how many apps you have on yours? I did. And I wished I hadn’t. 164 is my current count, what is yours? Time for some tidying, me thinks.

On the art front, I almost don’t want to share what I painted. But I figured we’re friends here, right? So… I have been doing a lot of sketching every evening of the week a little. Just practicing. Sketching faces, hands and figures in different poses. David says I am making a lot of progress, but he is a little biased. I don’t think those sketches are ready for the world to see. But the illustrations below – aren’t those cute kitties? I wanted them a little stylized, kind of the cat I drew here, plus of course the added watercolor. But the first one looks a bit like a gremlin, no? I liked the gremlins movie. Have you seen it?

So, that was my week, pretty much. Now tell (or show) me about yours. And don’t forget to enjoy the weekend. Bike riding season is starting!

Much love,

claudia3

 

 

cat, illustration, watercolor

 

cat, illustration, watercolor

 

 



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Are you making the changes you need?

  Welcome to my s~A(R)T~urday linky party – today:  Changes

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

~ Andy Warhol ~

T
here is truth as I see it. Changes – it may sound harsh, but I believe that they are very necessary in life. Some regard them as bad, I usually welcome them as a new start, a new chance, possibility to grow or leave something behind you don’t need anymore.

Chances are you have been with me for a while and read my musings (or babbling) about my life, my photography, my art.

And I thank you with all my heart for tagging along on my journey!

Now I feel that it is time for a change. Actually, I have felt this for a while, but my problem was and still is that I am not entirely sure in which direction this change will lead my future path.

So, today I am sharing with you a few of the things I have already changed or am in the process of changing. I am going to initiate more change, by cleaning up, de-cluttering

  • my house
    • Today I will be rummaging through our kitchen. Well, that is actually an ‘de-clutter again’. While I am pretty good at not buying too many unnecessary things, stuff still piles up. Fun!
    • I will definitely need to go through my clothes. Oh so many that don’t fit anymore, I don’t like anymore, I have not worn in a year or so – time to part with them.
  • my body
    • for the next two weeks I will go on a cleanse by not eating certain foods e.g. dairy, gluten trying to figure out why ‘normal’ diet changes e.g. no sweets at all, no alcohol at all have no effect on me – at all
    • make more time for meditation and yoga
    • continue exercising at least three times a week for more than 45 minutes
  • my virtual life
    • I have a lot of subscriptions, I am sure you do, too. I actually created my imagesbycw (at) gmail just for that purpose. Time to de-clutter. This means that I will be unsubscribing from… all email subscriptions. Yes, you read that correctly, ALL of them.

Of course, this does not mean that I will not be reading your posts anymore. No, no, no, I will, trust me – we are friends. The only difference is, I will be visiting you through RSS, Feedly is my preferred reader. Don’t you just love their magazine layout?

Like many others did before me, I have also been thinking about taking a blogging break. But – you know what?

  • I don’t want to take a break. I want a change.
  • I do not want to keep on ‘babbling’.
  • I do not want to feel that I have to publish an article, yet nothing to say or show.
  • I need to change this back to ‘I have got something to say, to show – let’s do this!’

And until I figure out which direction this change is going to be, my only 100 % sure-fire article that I will be publishing each week will be this one here: sARTurday.

To mark this change I am sharing with you my ‘inner muse painting’ that I did last weekend. It is painted on aquaboard with acrylics, watercolor and gel pens. And it was such a fun experience, I could hardly stop. Waiting for layers to dry can take way too long, it made me itch to continue. Do you know that feeling I am talking about?

I hope you do. Because that is exactly the feeling that I hope to be getting back for writing on my website, my online world, too.

And now, here’s to the weekend – enjoy it!

Love,

claudia3

 

 

changes, muse, painting, goddess

 



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One good thing

“Every day may not be good… but there’s one good thing in every day!” ~ Alice Morse Earle onegoodthing week #10 I really wanted to do a long – good – post for today, really, my intentions were good. But I did not make them happen. But trust me, there have been a few good things… Click here for the full article

Simple, Funny Digital Drawings seem to be my calling

  Welcome to my s~A(R)T~urday linky party – today:  Digital Drawings “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” ~ Émile Zola ~ Y es, I have been drawing again, a little. Actually, mostly I have been sketching with graphite pencil, practicing faces, bodies and parts in my journal. Some time along… Click here for the full article

Sandhexe or a windsurfing witch

“Every day may not be good… but there’s one good thing in every day!” ~ Alice Morse Earle onegoodthing week #9 Remember how in last week’s #oneGoodThing post I said that there was one more good thing visible in the photo that happened in my life recently? Well, here is its story. But be warned, it is… Click here for the full article

Bonaire Lac Bay

Welcome to my s~A(R)T~urday linky party – today:  Bonaire Lac Bay “Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” ~Jean-Luc Godard ~ What?! I am late again? That seems to become a constant thing around here, huh? I hope you don’t mind too much. Like the past few weeks I… Click here for the full article

Iguana

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