Spend the afternoon…

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I’m taking this wonderful online class with Kim Klassen, called Beyond Beyond. Well, it isn’t so much a class as a creativity kickstarter. She mixes instruction and tips in Lightroom and Photoshop with huge dollops of inspiration, ideas and encouragement.

It has been so heartening to meet throngs of people (mainly but not exclusively women) across Canada and the United States (and even further afield) who share my passionate interest in image-making. We have formed a lovely supportive online community and share our work freely on Facebook and Flickr and other social media sites. Daily, I am amazed at their artistry and creations.

Today, our challenge is to take one of Kim’s images and make it our own with the addition of her textures and other Lightroom and Photoshop techniques.

In my version, I cropped the image square because I love curvy lines within squares. I used a layer of Kim’s “zuzu” texture and a desaturated layer of “-43”. Then I added some lighting and blur effects and masked them off the bowl and pine cones.

I added the Annie Dillard quote (Jenna Sue font) and curved it to suggest a smile. The quote reminds me to spend our days mindfully. Time is as much of a treasure as money. And neither will be there forever. It is up to each of us to figure out how best to spend them.

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Traveling to imaginary worlds…

I think it was Susan Sontag who said: “I haven’t been everywhere yet, but it’s on my list.”

I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled a fair bit in my life — to southeast Asia, parts of Europe and Africa, Ireland, England and all over the Caribbean — but I still have a long, long list of places I want to visit before I kick the bucket.

Let’s see, there’s Iceland, Scotland, Wales, some of the islands around England, beautiful Vancouver Island, San Francisco, Norway, Oregon, more of the Canadian North, and that’s just the beginning….

So while I figure out how and when I’m going to accomplish all that, but I also like to immerse myself in blogs that feature places on my list and do a bit of dreaming.

And not only is it fun to travel for real, and vicariously online, I also enjoy taking trips and flights of fancy in my imagination. Here’s a recent voyage I took with the help of Photoshop.

I combined two very different photos here into a composite to create this postcard of an imaginary place. If you click on the image you’ll see which photos I used. I used textures from Kim Klassen to create the vintage look.

How about you? Where has your imagination dreamed up  lately? What wonderful places do you think I should I add to my list?

Sharing with Texture Tuedays: the Dream Edition. Why not come on over and share some dreams?