Cyber Monday 40% off

Hi!

Just thought I’d remind you all again that on my Imagekind site you will receive 40% off your entire purchase today!

Here’s a sample of some of the photographs and posters for sale in my galleries:

collage for blog

I think there’s something for everybody in those galleries, so give the gift of art this holiday season (preferably one of my photographs, of course! hehe!)

Click the link below (or in the right hand column) to shop my online galleries ~ did I mention you will save 40% off your entire purchase? (oh, I did? well, it’s a great deal!)

www.artbycarol.imagekind.com

Use code CYBER40 to receive this awesome savings!

Please feel free to share this blog post with your friends and family so they can take advantage of this offer, too.

And thank you, all of you, for your continued support!

Well… what are you waiting for? Click on the link & shop now!

(thanks!)

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More editing fun

Yep. Found another fun editing tool.

This one plays with the photographs pixels.

I’ve found in playing with this that I like them more abstract so you can only kind of tell what the subject of the photograph is, but also that they look really different at different sizes.

I found this to be a bit of a drawback, but of course it didn’t keep me from playing and sharing!

me and my daisies!

me and my daisies!

this would make a cool paper collage...

this would make a cool paper collage… lots of glue…

So that’s what I’ve been doing on this cool and cloudy Monday. Fun!

Hope you’re having a great start to your week!

Please check out my earlier post https://artbycarolcook.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/remember-our-heroes-at-christmas/ ~ it’ll feel great when you remember to send a card to an active Military member this year!

Also, don’t forget if you’re local, the Opening Reception of the Small Works Show at Chait Galleries Downtown (Iowa City) is this Friday evening! Hope to see some of you there!

Painter

Whew! I’ve been busy today!

I’m taking a break from painting.

Yep. An actual painting.

On a canvas and everything!

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I am creating a painting for a long-time friend for her upcoming wedding. The fun part is that the painting itself is a collaboration of sorts with those who will be attending.

I won’t give away more than that… suffice it to say it’s a great idea and an honor to be a part of it!

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to share the inspiration for the piece or the actual painting until (at the very least) it is in the hands of the bride and groom. You’ll just have to wait.

But it’s really good if I do say so myself!

Bob Ross

I love going for walks this time of year… when the leaves are all changing colors.

It’s truly beautiful.

It also makes me think of the painter Bob Ross (if you don’t remember him, you will when you see the pictures below!)

Anyway, as I walk I look at the trees and I can see him in front of that empty canvas and how he turned globs of color into amazing paintings.

He was so incredibly talented.

I decided to search his name online and some images came up that literally (yes, I used that correctly!) made me laugh out loud.

And I share them with you, now:

can you be anything but calm when watching Bob Ross???

can you be anything but calm when watching Bob Ross?

Happy trees are a given!

of course he did!

of course he did!

I shared the one above with a friend and she replied “…actually, I believe it was Burnt Umber” ~ now that’s funny!

brilliant!

brilliant!

Here’s something I doubt you know about Bob Ross (I didn’t until today!):
He enlisted in the US Air Force at age 17. Having held military positions that required him to be, in his own words, “mean” and “tough,” “the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work,” Ross decided that if he ever moved on from the military, “it wasn’t going to be that way any more,” vowing “never to scream again.”

The last episode of his show, The Joy of Painting, was filmed in 1994 (obviously, you can still watch them on tv and online.) While his legacy and paintings live happily on, he passed away in 1995.

I still happily watch his show from time to time and sit quietly amazed and inspired at his talent.

Again, none of these are my images. I did not see who to give credit to from the search, but kudos to the clever minds that came up with these memes. Thanks for the chuckles.

Not always behind the lens

We’ve been busy on the computer today.

I say “we” because you all know that Louden is always right here to help me out.

“Help” being subjective, of course!

hmmm... is it right or left click to eat that bird?

hmmm… is it right or left click to eat that bird?

Anyway…

even with the furry assist, I got more photographs edited, 3 for a local juried show that I’m really excited to be entering!

I’ll keep you all posted on that. If my photographs are chosen, they will be showing in a gallery for most of November and December. Cool!!

And there are some that I sold that I’ll be getting back from the printers soon, too!

Yes. I take care to ensure quality and have my photographs professionally printed… and printed locally.  Going that extra step is one I happily take!

I’m also stretching another creative muscle and creating a business website for a long-time friend. What I’ve found out so far is:  Lots to learn, lots to do, lots to be excited about!

Wow! How’s that for a Monday?!?!

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Exactly!

Photowalk 20

Today’s photowalk is brought to you by the letters “U” and “P”

Yep…

Up!

Sometimes the photowalks aren’t about a specific destination. Sometimes they’re about a theme.

Sunny Day...

solar flare through the leaves

(of course, I totally love the solar flare!)

clouds relflecting the sunset...

clouds reflecting the sunset

And there’s always something to be found on/around the pergola:

Mourning Doves nesting atop the pergola

Mourning Doves nesting

They both were giving me the stink-eye for getting so close, too!

There are seemingly unlimited ‘themes’ to choose from when I do my photowalks. I have a list that I add to regularly and I don’t necessarily cross anything off that list even though I’ve featured it here.

I also have some ongoing themes, too – like ones that take a specific subject through the seasons, or the alphabet/numbers.

And of course, there are more states to explore!

But today, I simply looked up.

Ladybug?

Sometimes I head out with my camera with a specific “assignment” in mind ~ flowers, a specific color, shadows, up, down, cat, etc. (you get the idea!)

And then there are times that what I find and photograph, I didn’t even imagine ahead of time.

Remember a little while ago I posted the door decor “Lips with fruit mustache”? (if you missed it, the post is called “Door Decor” and it’s my July 31st post)

Who (besides that homeowner) would’ve thought that up?! (it was cool lookin’ though!)

Along those lines, may I introduce you to “M’Lady Bug”

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You have to know I absolutely love this… truly! Kudos to the originator!

What’s not to love?! It’s PHantastic (shout out, sisters!)

I want it for my yard!

It wasn’t for sale though (can you say craft project??)

I also admit that once I saw the fruit mustache lips, I decided that an ongoing photowalk subject for me is “Surprising or Unexpected Residential Decor” ~ so break out your strangest lawn ornaments world, I’m coming to photograph them!!