Tuesday, October 20, 2009

layering and annual trips

Finishing the Visual Poetry Online Workshop with Susan Tuttle is like getting to the end of an ice cream cone, and wanting more.
The final week covered texture, including TtV, which stands for "Through the Viewfinder". I had much fun with it. Adding texture. Layering images. This class has indeed peeled back another part of the PSE world for me to see.

"on holiday"
In May of 1996 my daughter and I began taking what we call our annual trip. It has given us the opportunity to travel, and to go on several really fun trips~together. Some have been near. Some far.
This one also included my mother, who came along with us to visit her sister and brother-in-law who live in Tampa, Florida.
My cousin was a gracious host at the beginning of the trip, taking us down to one of the many beaches in the Tampa Bay area. As she and I looked for shells, my daughter relaxed and read.

Later that week we went to Disney, and I must testify that Walt Disney really does know
how to make all your dreams come true.
I don't care how old you are!
Textures credit: Susan Tuttle and les brumes.
"my man"
This layered project began with a picture I snapped earlier this year as he stood outside of my booth on this cold blustery day in March, at Art in the Park in Orange, Texas. In the background stands the W.H. Stark House, found in Stark Park where we set up.
I applied a layer using one of the many sunset pictures I've taken in South Texas on our wild game lease. I did a slight adjustment, but not much more. These two pictures worked perfectly together.
You can see more completed projects from Week 4 below.
"red buds in Ft. Davis"

"remembering granny"

"behind the settee"
This old settee stands behind The Brenham House B&B where my daughter and I stayed on this year's annual trip together. I live close enough to the antique festival to not stay in a nearby hotel or B&B like many people do who attend the festival. But, this was our trip for the year, and I am so glad we did. We loved it. The home was beautiful, the food delicious (served on fine china & crystal), and Susan and James Lopez were wonderful gracious hosts. I highly recommend it.
I promise I will share some of my festival pictures real soon.....


stregata said...

Love what you did with the photos!! Gorgeous!

Cindy said...

I think you were the #1 Visual Poetry graduate...and I was that one who was always late to class! :-) Your pictures are truly an inspiration to me....and must make Susan so proud!!! It looks like you've really built upon the strong foundation in photography that you had already. What amazing layers and textures! Can't wait to see more!!

Riki Schumacher said...

Fabulouso Diane!! The pictures are so cool. Not only do you have an eye for composition, but your decision with textures and hues are fabulous. Just love what you're doing. Big hug.

sharon said...

These are absolutely stunning Diane...you are a star student!! I adore that viewfinder look of the blossom...soooo pretty!

Sharon said...

Oh Diane, is there anything you cannot create? Your pictures are just marvelous! I especially love the settee under the watchful gaze of Victorian ladies. I also see other faces in that photo, or is it my fertile imagination?

It is always a treat to visit your blog, can't wait to see more photos, and your hubby is quite handsome!

Paula In Pinetop said...

That settee is just wonderful.

Meg Wolff said...

What a great idea of a yearly trip with your daughter. I'm inspired. I hope to copy you.

3ove your flowers. I think everything you touch turns beautiful!

Seth said...

Looks like this workshop has been golden!! These photos and the textures are really quite special!!

A bird in the hand said...

Your photos are wonderful! I've been playing with Photoshop Elements but haven't managed anything as good as yours. Love the settee and the "Texas Ranger" ;-)

Colette xoxo

beautifullybrokenme said...

Just gorgeous! You are so very talented!

:-) Molly

Daryl said...

Your photography is nearly as perfect as your jewelry designs ..

Shannon Roberts said...

WOW! You just continue to amaze me with your talent....I'm in awe!!! Love you, your other daughter, Shannon

Diana said...

Great photos, Diane! I am definitely going to have to check out Susan's tutorial. Thank you for sharing.