Sunday, October 14, 2012

Day Trip Down To Winona

The Hubs and I decided to take a day trip last Friday to take in some more fall color and just enjoy the day.  We ran across a curious thing.  It was like a little community of floating houses on the Mississippi River at Winona, called Latch Island.  You can tell that there's been a drought.  Many of the little houses had rain barrels, but they appeared to be empty.  We aren't sure if these are just weekend cabins, or if people stay year round~if so I think it could be really cold.  Anyway, I thought it was strange enough to take some images.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Taylor's Falls, Autumn 2012

I've had a chance to spend a little time painting from some of the images I took last week at Taylors Falls.  It's so beautiful this time of year, and I hope to get down to the Lake Pepin area next weekend, if the wind doesn't blow all the leaves off the trees.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Week 4, Open Studio at Digital Art Academy

This is the 4th and final painting for class at Digital Art Academy.  All painted in Photoshop CS6 with the Art History Brush. Original image taken this past week at Taylors Falls, MN, where we have beautiful fall colors right now!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week 3, Open Studio at Digital Art Academy

Week 3 at Digital Art Academy taught me how to record my brush strokes in Corel Painter, and how to play them back.  Very fun class.
Have a great day!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Week 2, Open Studio at Digital Art Academy

The second week was a continuation of working in impressionism, again using many textures, overlays and papers.  I had a lot of problems with my program, Corel Painter, in that it kept crashing, so I had to finish in Photoshop.  This painting is from an image of my granddaughter at her birthday party.  Here she is.
Hope you had a great weekend.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Open Studio at Digital Art Academy

I've started a new class at Digital Art Academy.  Women and Impressionism.  What we learned in our first week, was how to add seamless watercolor paper patterns using one of David Gell's brushes in Corel Painter 12.  We also learned how to add textures and papers to our paintings by using a lot of layers--not the usual cloning methods I would have used in earlier versions.  This was my fist.
Have a great evening!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Man and his Fish

I've been away from the blog world for a awhile.  My hard drive crashed and had to be replaced.  Getting my computer back up and running was and still is a gruesome task.  Shortly before the mishap, however, I finished a painting for my husband of his fishing buddy, which will be given to him at the next fishing trip.
Have a nice day.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Minnehaha Falls

Believe it or not, we have our very own Falls here in Minneapolis.  Here's a few pics from our recent hike from the Falls to the Mississippi and the Lock and Dam.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Boating on the St. Croix River

Here it is half of August gone and I've not posted.  It seems that if I have no pictures to post, I don't bother to blog at all. Probably because I don't have anything to say, but, oh well.

Last weekend we went boating on the St. Croix River--our first time ever. Unlike the Mississippi, the St. Croix is very clean and doesn't seem to have suffered from the same drought conditions that the Mississippi has.  Not sure why, it's just so.  The boats on the St. Croix are yacht like and house boat size.  They park on the along the little islands where their inhabitants play all day.  Here are some photos.  I wanted to try out the oil filter on the new upgrade, Photoshop CS6.  In addition, I used Topaz Simplify and Topaz Adjust.
Paddle Boats getting ready to tour the river.
Big boats!
Wish I lived there!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Bayfield, Wisconsin Fishing Boat

Time to get back to watercolors.  This is a fishing boat we saw in Bayfield, Wisconsin. A sweet little coastal town right on Lake Superior.  You can take the ferry over to Madeleine Island, which is where all the rich people go--similar to the Hamptons.  Anyway, here's the result.
Have a wonderful, peaceful evening.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Photo's from the Upper Peninsula travels

On our second day in the UP, we decided to travel from Silver City (where we stayed) to the tip of the finger to Copper Harbor.  We first made a stop in Ontonagon and took pictures of the lighthouse.  This used to be a ship repair port, so the ships would come into the canal and dock.
Next, we drove south to the Old Victoria Historic Townsite along the Victoria River.  They weren't open for tours yet that day, but I did spend a lot of time thinking about what life was about during the olden days.  This little town would have been in the middle of nowhere.

Then we headed up the coast to Eagle Harbor, and stopped at Jacobs Falls.  The coastline on the north side of the finger was absolutely stunning.
From there, on to Copper harbor and the Fort Wilkins State Park and Lighthouse.

Have a wonderful day!