Saturday, July 28, 2012

Your Sunday Best #28 ~ Farmers Market

I went to Farmer's Market this morning, bright and early, 7 a.m.
I'm taking a tomato, mozzarella and basil salad to a cookout tomorrow evening and
wanted fresh tomatoes, mine are no where near ready to pick ... think maybe mid/late August
but I have tons of basil and the best balsamic vinegar in the world!

loved looking at all the fresh veggies on display

But what REALLY caught my eye
were the flowering artichokes! 

Santa Fe Bandstand ~ Summer Music Festival

I have gone twice now to hear the music on the plaza and
enjoy the sights and sounds of the Santa Fe Bandstand.

On both occasions I have seen a lot of the same people, my sister tells me "their regulars",
but one family in particular has caught my eye!

I just love watching them and think of them as 'Granddad and the three girls'! 
He is so loving and gentle, the girls thoroughly enjoy themselves;
Granddad dances with them every single dance!
The Flip
Sister's Dancing
The Spin
Pooped Out!
 There is a grandmother too, relegated to the sidelines holding all the paraphernalia,
while the girls dance with granddad!

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.
Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.  Alex Haley

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Photo Art Friday ~ Improbable Pairings

Bonnie truly comes up with some great challenges
but this week's prompt had me thinking I just might sit out a week.

But Bonnie posted some of her pieces where she combined photos
which gave me an idea and a place to start!

I combined a photo of a building I took in New Delhi
with a photo of a branding station taken in southeast New Mexico.

The rendering included adding a solid purple overlay, a solid coral overlay,
used a warming filter on the sky, and applied a Topaz oil painting filter,
added two of Bonnie's textures, "Painterly" and "Quartz"
and finished off with a soft burn along the top corners.

I did have one photo, taken a couple of years ago, which is truly an improbable pairing!
Snowfall in Austin
I truly enjoy participating in Bonnie's challenges,
she is a great teacher and motivator
as well as a magnificent digital artist.

Photo Art Friday

Flower Art Friday #14 ~ Red

If you cared to participate, the theme for this weeks 'Flower Art Friday' is red!

A great theme for me!  I love red geraniums and
have them planted all around the patio and yard!

"against the fence, in a line,
were six chipped-enamel slop jars holding brilliant red geraniums..." 
To Kill a Mockingbird


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mandarin Orange Monday ~ Week 2

Lori from LorikArt asked if I'd participate in her "Mandarin Orange Monday",
with the orange being explained as "orangeish".   

From Lori's blog I have learned that she is a retired teacher from Sydney, Australia,
is married, has a son and a grandchild, enjoys Scandinavian crime fiction and is well traveled!

Each Monday Lori has asked that we share your favorite orange digital art,
which will be a challenge as 'orange' is not a predominate color in my life! 

BUT I had something to start with and we'll go from there!

Orange is a power color.
It is one of the healing colors.
It also stimulates enthusiasm and creativity.
Orange means vitality with endurance.

lorik art

{Texture Tuesday} ~ The Outside eDition

This week's Texture Tuesday was to take an image, shot outdoors,
and render it with at least one layer of any of  Kim's textures.
El Rancho/Rendered with "justbe" and "ugglove"
  This is one of a series of photos taken at Golondrinas,
a 200 acre living museum south of Santa Fe. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Favorite Photo Monday ~ July 23

Loved watching the Tlaxcalan Carnaval dancers yesterday,
their magnificent costumes, masks, and
all the marvelous feathers!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Your Sunday Best ~ #27 ~ Tlaxcalan Carnaval

¡Viva Mexico! Celebration
In cooperation with the Mexican Consulate, El Rancho de las Golondrinas,
a living history museum on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe,
celebrated the culture, cuisine and crafts of our colorful neighbor, Mexico.

We went out this morning to watch the Tlaxcalan Carnaval dancers,
enjoy Mexican cuisine, and admire the marvelous crafts of Mexico's indigenous people.

Tlaxcala’s carnival dances date back to the 17th and 18th centuries,
the era of the great haciendas owned by wealthy Spanish landowners.

The dances, with their elaborate costumes and striking masks,
were the common person’s chance to mock the fair-skinned rich,
their alien customs, their music and their lavish lifestyles.