Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary Summer

Shed no tear!  O shed no tear!

The flower will bloom another year.

Weep no more!  O weep no more!

Young buds sleep in the root's white core.

John Keats

Even more temporary than the flowers that bloom are the hues of Autumn.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Autumn Glow

My favorite time of the year.  I once saw a tree actually appear to glow from a distance but I had a witness with me as we drove towards it he turned to me and said “did you just see what I did?”

Sort of like this:

The following are some fall colors with enhanced contrast, lighting and other effects.

Enjoy the following autumn colors.  Beauty is so fleeting on earth.

Daily Prompt: Tree

There are many different kinds of trees.  Family trees, shoe trees and actually two kinds of those now.  There are tree diagrams and also the kinds of trees that I think of right away when I see the word tree.

Coming soon to a woods near you!

Found out one of my Great Uncles was actually great in that he started a business and became Mayor of a town in Canada

Found out one of my Great Uncles was actually great in that he started a business and became Mayor of a town in Canada

Many years ago people spent most of their time outdoors. Supposedly there were way more miracles and prayers answered back in that time and it is my personal conviction that the trees helped spread the prayers where they needed to be heard across the lands. I believe we still have a lot to learn about these beautiful creations.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

Spring Maple Leaves

Spring Maple Leaves

Fall Maple Leaves

Fall Maple Leaves

Fair Sky

Fair Sky

Stormy Sky

Stormy Sky

Local Heavy Metal Band Blacksmith

The Beatles

The Beatles

Contrasts

Glue Gun Art

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I was fooling around with a glue gun tracing the leaf transfers that I adhered on canvas with acrylic medium.  Canvas painted a very dark blue with the idea to manipulate pictures of leaves I had taken and scanned in the fall.

I thought about how the blowing leaves do not float down perfectly in the sky, but swirl and twirl all over the place before they land.  First using Microsoft PhotoDraw, Distort Effect Twirl and fine tuning or adjusting the setting or the amount of the twirl of the leaf I applied it to each leaf separately to create the desired effect.

I verified the size leaves needed for the canvas size of 16 x 20.  Wishing to show the effect of blowing leaves, but totally experimenting because I had not done these techniques before, I printed some of the leaves on regular printer paper, some on transfer paper and some on tracing paper just to see the finished look after fusing them to the canvas.  I carefully cut each leaf out and auditioned them around for a while until I was satisfied.  After the Liquitex Matte Medium dried thoroughly, I painted over each of the leaves with various shades of metallic harvest colors, enhancing the original color of the actual leaves.  The actual transfer paper had the most pronounced leaf veins show through the paint, followed by the ones I printed on high quality printer paper.  I actually preferred the effect that the tracing paper leaves had after painted.  The base is so thin that the canvas outline came through in spots giving it a more textured appearance, which I preferred.

Looked boring so I decided to jazz it up by outlining it with a glue gun, painting over the glue ridges with the same shades of metallic paint and once completely dried, used metallic rub in a lighter shade of gold over the leaves and some of the canvas leaving streaks, enhancing the idea of blowing wind.

It’s ok, still have a lot to learn, but practice makes perfect.  Please see the following slide show for more details.

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The next gallery shows a few shots from some other collages I’m working on including one created for Christmas to reflect all the freaking snow we keep having this year!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

The color of Autumn is my hue.  So much of my decorating uses it.

The color of Autumn is my hue. So much of my decorating uses it.

You can see part of my door wreath behind the glass with the glue stains from the city warning me about the leaf bags I left in front of my house.  Nazis!

You can see part of my door wreath behind the glass with the glue stains from the city warning me about the leaf bags I left in front of my house. Nazis!

Made arrangement with container from yard sale, silk flowers and branches from my yard.

Made arrangement with container from yard sale, silk flowers and branches from my yard.

Wacky clay pumpkin and scarecrow dangle from a hutch a friend of mine made.

Wacky clay pumpkin and scarecrow dangle from a hutch a friend of mine made.

Another view of hutch shows a pumpkin and part of my mixed media art using masks.

Another view of hutch shows a pumpkin and part of my mixed media art using masks.

Fall decor used throughout my home.

Fall decor used throughout my home.

Decorated a cheap glass plate with leaf transfers and silk leaves.  The background is yellow tissue paper.

Decorated a cheap glass plate with leaf transfers and silk leaves. The background is yellow tissue paper.

I love to hang garlands of leaves.

I love to hang garlands of leaves.

Beaded pumpkin for my dresser.

Beaded pumpkin for my dresser.

I purchased the two end pictures to go with the cross I painted years ago.  Makes a nice set.

I purchased the two end pictures to go with the cross I painted years ago. Makes a nice set.

Getting ready to bead using harvest colors and natural stones.

Getting ready to bead using harvest colors and natural stones.

Impending Autumn

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I love the falling leaves with all the beautiful colors, no matter how fleeting.  I cringe when I see very windy days coming up when checking out the 10 day weather forecast.  I know that one very windy day, can turn the vibrant, ready leaves still on the trees into colorful, moving carpets.

Most if not all shots taken in Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton Michigan.

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