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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Pics I promised

Ok, here are a couple of images my daughter shot prior to receiving her new camera---for some reason I really like the leg photo---it seems timeless, I can see it in black & white, although then you'd lose the red of the purse. I love the colors in the juice mixes, and the perspective on the last photo---enjoy!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Birthday girl

Just a quick shot of what we gave my daughter for her 18th---she'd been borrowing her sister's camera, & our camera for a class she's taking. It's been fun seeing the world thru her eyes lately---some images are really classy, others typical teenager funny faces. I'll try and find some photos to share---if she'll let me!

Monday, December 18, 2006

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Well sorta anyway...Some pics to show we're at least trying!

Have had a crazy busy month---finished a semi-commissioned painting that became our Christmas card which took a lot longer to paint than I expected, then had to photograph it digitally to use for the commission & again for the card---took several attempts before I was satisfied (first image I saw flaws in the painting I had to fix...).

An interruption to our already frenzied month came along on Thursday---a terrific wind & rain storm that pounded the Northwest! Many places in Oregon were without power & had lots of trees down, but our city seemed to be hit especially hard! We luckily only lost power from 7:00-9:45 that night (happy it came back on since I'd cooked a 21 lb. turkey & stuffing the night before---didn't want all that good food to go bad!) Unfortunately 2 of our tall cedars that grow in a line up our driveway broke but fortunately fell into the field next door, not on our house. A third tree had snapped earlier that week---sad to see! Many others in town were not as lucky---a woman from my daughter's high school had 7 fir trees fall around & upon her house & cars :(.

Then we had my daughter's 18th birthday to prepare for---she had another dance party in my husband's shop---Black and White was this theme---surprised how many followed along! Lots of cocktail dresses on the girls, white shirts & black pants on boys (looked like a waiter convention!) tho many wore white tees. My in-laws visited the next day & we all went to our favorite pizza & salad place that night, & Sunday her real birthday we had my parents & brother over for turkey noodle soup, homemade rolls & poppy seed cake!

Happy to see Monday arrive today---time to play a bit of catch-up & get most of our Christmas cards out. Next it's time to go shopping I guess.... can you say procrastination?!

Gotta run.....!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Break time!

It was a busy week last week---lots going on, not a lot of time to be online, hence the lack of posts! A huge highlight occurred this past Saturday---the high school my daughter attends as a senior won the state football championship! We were there in Eugene watching the game, and to say the least, it was a true nail biter! The score at half-time was 0-0, and the opposing team then scored two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter, + their extra points so then we were down 14-0! We finally scored one touchdown that quarter, and another during the 4th quarter to tie up the game which then went into 3 overtimes!! The win could have so easily gone to either team, but our defense was cooking during overtime and we managed to finally score with a 26 yard field goal---phew!! So fun to know a lot of the boys playing, and seeing them not give up---as their coach told them, there are 4 quarters to a game---play all 4 quarters!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Studio Friday color combinations

I've discovered I often work in complimentary color combos---using colors opposite one another on the color wheel---usually in bits or pieces to add spark to a painting. Below are some sections I've removed from past paintings to illustrate this:

When faced with choosing a color for a background I often think of what color the foreground or subject is & choose the cool complimentary as part of the background to help make the subject move forward if that's the effect I'm striving for. A bit more complicated when your foreground or focal point is a cool color---but that's where you can then play with a warmer cool and cold cool!