It’s April, and the world is in bloom. I’ve spent the weekend working in my backyard garden trying to get it back in order after it’s been neglected for so long. Winter in California is a holiday compare to other parts of the country , but still it can be cold and wet. During the winter, my garden is best experienced from behind a window in a warm and cozy room. The sunshine this weekend,however, demanded an extended stay outside. So I shot myself outside and hunkered down to do some serious weeding and trimming. A rototiller rejuvenated raised beds with a health dose of organic matter, or in more earthy terms, cow manure. The wild hinter lands are less a jungle and my winter, white skin has the beginning , if not a summer tan, at least a spring one.
If only you are open
And willing to quiet
That ceaseless voice
There’s another voice
To guide you where
Though I’ve been working with PhotoShop for a long while, I’m still amazed with what you can do with it. I generally use it for painting original drawings, but lately I’ve been using it to photo editing. This time my niece-in-law ask me to update a cherished photo of her mom and dad for a Christmas gift. The original image was so dark and dead looking, but PhotoShop brought it back to life. That program and my Wacom tablet are just too cool with work. So much room for creativity!
I’ve been having quite some fun with my new WACOM tablet. It is making editing so much easier. It’s like having my hands back on a brush. I knew the limitations of working with a mouse, yet I didn’t realize how much more control a tablet would actually give me. Navigation within a document is so much easier. There’s some quirky things I’ve got to get use to. It’ just a matter of rethinking how I do certain commands and setting up the tablet to match the way I would use key commands. It’ll take some time, but OH! the results I’ll get
Here I’ve used the tablet to do some photo editing. I couldn’t have done such a great job layering the textures or bringing out the details on the hair if I had to still rely on the mouse. Now I wish I had bought a tablet sooner.
Well,as you can see, I don’t know cat anatomy that well. I’m more of a dog person. The prompt for Illustration Friday, though, was “whiskers.” That makes me think more of cats. Anyway, I just got a new digital Wacom tablet and this is the second image that I’ve painted with it. Needless to say, I’m as happy as a cat with a ball of yarn.
Summer gardening takes some attitude and grit to make things grow. I guess I don’t have this year. By this time in the season my raise beds should be over flowing with squash and cucumber vines. I generally have lush tomato plants that are covered with bright yellow buds and swelling fruit. The bees would be buzzing in and around the plants as I tended their care. But alas, not this year. I’m blaming the weather here in the Bay Area; too many cool, over-cast days. The truth, though, is my attitude for these activities have waned a bit.
My interest have been diverted to the interior of my home. Painters are currently finishing up transforming my dull beige and white walls into sunny yellows and dreamy blues. One room is being painted with a color that is so appropriate for an artist. It’s called Clean Canvas. Doesn’t that just make you want to go and start something new! So in away I guess I am still planting seeds. The kind will burst into new interiors that will feed my need to design a garden of a different sort.