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Finally, a Photo!

Posted in photo effects, photo manipulation, Photoshopped with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2012 by madelincwolf

Well, I fell off the radar for awhile  due to what I assumed was a problem with my aging Mac.  My Photoshop CS kept quitting on me and I was unable to save any editing that I had done (Photoshop 7 has a program error and won’t even open). Bummer, big time.  I did some research on the issue and have done what I could within the limits of what I have to work with.  No disk came with this computer when I bought it at the Used Computer Store, here in Berkeley.  What was I thinking, you might ask?  Getting a computer for less than it would cost to fix the old one.  So, I ran the disk utility program Verify,and it said my hard disk seemed to be OK.  I verified my permissions and a bunch needed fixing;I fixed them. I desperately wanted to try a Kim Klassen texture, to play with the photo.   Rather than tempt fate, the only thing I did was resize the photo. Joy of joys, I didn’t lose it!

It was taken near my studio at Urban Adamah, a garden that raises vegetables and a few chickens, had summer classes for kids, and gives the food away to those who need it.  I could barely see the flower on the screen due to the sunlight ( I have a Kodak Z1485 ) and didn’t even see the bee loaded with pollen.  It’s fairly sharp, too.  Who knew?


The Battle is Over

Posted in End of Life, photo manipulation, Photoshopped, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 3, 2012 by madelincwolf

On August 1 at 6:25 pm, my dear husband Doug passed away from cancer after a long fight.  His passing was peaceful.  He just stopped breathing. The word surreal comes to mind when I think of his last few days. The five hour seizure on Saturday was the final blow that he could not recover from.  I have so many feelings inside, sorrow, relief, and still some anger.  I had a long time to process the fact that he was going to die.  I felt myself pulling away in spite of my love for him. I don’t think that he truly believed it.  His sons are having a hard time expressing their grief.  He had many friends who loved him and will have a hard time dealing with his loss.   There will be a celebration of his life next month, most likely.

On a technical note:  This is a scan of my favorite photo of him.  I tried for 2+ hours to clean up the imperfections in the photo and succeeded!  Twice Photoshop crapped out when I tried to save my edits.  Probably something I did wrong, but it’s pretty hard to freeze a MAC, at least in my experience.  I wanted the perfect photo.  Of course we are all here on this earth with our imperfections.  Doug was no exception.  So, I am going to forgive myself for not having the perfect photo of him to share with you.

Rest in peace, my beloved.

Fabulous Friday Finds!

Posted in Features, photo effects, photo manipulation, Photoshopped, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 26, 2012 by madelincwolf

Here is the first installment of my new feature, Fabulous Friday Finds.  Each Friday I will post a picture of something I have found on the street, in recycle bins, in one of my stashes, you get the picture.  Then, once a month (all I can handle at the moment) I will post what I have made with my finds.

Today’s find is two different fibers found on the street.  The grey one is linen and the gold one is most likely spun flax.  It has a straw-like quality. I am excited by the many possible uses of these fibers!

Have you found something wonderful that you just couldn’t help picking up?  Leave a comment with a link and show us what you got.  (Someday when I have the time I will do the linky thing so your pix will be visible here.)

I used the blur filter in Photoshop and then used the brush tool to reveal the fibers.  Some of the background shows in a couple of places.  Oh well, I’ll get better at this as time goes on.  Have a great day!

Taking a class

Posted in Classes, photo manipulation with tags , , , on June 27, 2012 by madelincwolf

I am taking an online class called Behind the Scenes given by Kim Klassen and Xanthe Berkeley.  It’s about blogging and finding your passion and along the way we will learn some techniques as well.  There are so many talented people “out there!”  I have been browsing the blogs of a number of the students in the class and find that they are really wonderful, well thought out and visually a feast!  The class is full.   I tried putting a button here so you could find out about the class, but failed.   Looks like I have to figure something else out.  All my widgets are used up, so I can’t put it on the sidebar.  Oh, bother!

Now, go make some art!



Posted in photo effects, photo manipulation, Photoshopped with tags , , , , on January 26, 2011 by madelincwolf

I can’t believe how fast this month is speeding by.  I am going to have to figure out how to slow things down!  Would that I could.  Today, I finally managed to get into the studio for about 3 hours.  It felt foreign to me to be there away from my Honey.  I am not so worried about his being home alone any more.  I know that he will take it easy.  I have been so used to being his caregiver that I  am having a difficult time adjusting to the fact that I need to be in my studio for more than 3 hours in a day.  I want to.  I have to get back on the money-making horse and give it a ride.  My own art making has had to take a back seat to everything else that has been going on.  Today, I remedied that.  Last week I took some pictures and have been playing around in Photoshop using some of the things that I learned in Kim Klassen’s Skinny Mini Photoshop class ( have to check if this is the correct title and give you all a link) as well as one of her textures(Live, Laugh,love, I think).  Anyway, here it is.  Click for a larger view.


Rose Unrestrained

My Last Cup of Tea

Posted in Challenges, photo effects, photo manipulation, Photoshopped with tags , , , , , on October 4, 2010 by madelincwolf

My Last Cup of Tea

This is my last image from the “My Cup of Tea” ALN challenge.  In this one I used the Curves adjustment to change the colors.  It is quite striking.  I have been enjoying my adventures in Photoshop.  I have also been creating some textures of my own and used the one I made from gluing my dried tea bags to watercolor paper on this photo as well.  I believe that I am ready to move on to other photos.  Four manipulations of this image is quite enough.

Next up is the October ALN challenge, Dia de Los Muertos… Day of the Dead.

My Third Cup of Tea

Posted in photo effects, photo manipulation, Photoshopped with tags , , , , , , on September 11, 2010 by madelincwolf

So, my third picture has been altered in a way that gives a vignette-like feeling.  I altered the saturation of the books as well.  I really enjoyed working with one photo to make several versions of the image.  I have not started with the tea bags yet.  I need to glue them down to paper, probably water color paper.  Fortunately, I still have more month left.  I am really happy that I have these in reserve in case I don’t have time to finish the new project.  I usually wait until the last minute to work on the challenges.  Not this time!