Retirement equals time to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop elements program for my photographs

I love doing photography and art.  These two combine when you can be creative using a photo editing program like Adobe Photoshop elements . When I was working there was not much extra time to learn and experiment with this program but now…retirement means time! So here is an artistic photo that I created by blending a photo I took here in Popotla fishing village and a textured paper that I had in my photo stash.     Here are the 2 photos I used;  P1200078This is the photograph of a boat on the shore.  Not the greatest photo ; over exposed on the top.df-rd_all-washed-up_paper38x10This is the paper I used to layer over the photo of the boat.  Then I used the Overlay blending tool in the elements program and adjusted the opacity to make  this photograph.fishing boat overlay 5x7 copyThis is the result; a subtle but interesting textured photograph.  I love retirement.  Blending layers is the lesson for tonight.

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grunge Mixed media collage inspired by the artist Finnabair of my Aunt Marge my heroine

I love Finnabair’s work ( here is a link to one of her youtube videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca9CUbyN5Vk) and so I tried my hand at this grunge style mixed media collage with the subject of my Aunt Marge.  She grew up in the depression and was a young woman in WWII.  She came from a very poor family and graduated from UC Berkley with a BS.  She was a wonderful wife and mother and hostess.  My father ( her brother) was famous for calling about 5 hours from her house and announcing that we would be arriving soon.  She never looked flustered by this and always welcomed us even at midnight!  I loved her and she was my model of how to be a successful woman even when life makes it hard for you.  Hope you enjoy this collage.ImageImage In this corner I put in objects that related to her life;  airplane, bike, children, school items.

Mixed media collage scrapbook page my grandmother and her two sisters around 1924

Worked on this last night.  This is my grandmother and her two sisters.  It is a sweet time when they were young and the world had not made its imprint on them yet.  My grandmother is Elizabeth.  I used stencils , flowres, crystals and sprays to make this layout.Image

Happy dance; Catherine from ShadowDogDesigns has featured my photograph of Zebra butts on her blog

zebrabuts closeupNetI am very grateful for the support.  http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog_post/ShadowDogDesigns/15392/fabulous_friday_finds_on_artfire_20  Plese look at her artfire studio;    http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/ShadowDogDesigns