Friday, November 30, 2012

homework :)

quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
for beyond layers class, we had to take the image below, photographed by kim,
and enhance it with a quote and a texture (linda).
these are my favorite assignments, i LOVE them :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

mall parking lots :)

finding beauty is sometimes easier than other times.
but it really is everywhere.



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

tuesday was a lovely day :)

light snow fell all day long...

i worked by my window, so i could watch the birds.
the cats hung out, so did the squirrels...
gotta love a day like tuesday :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

yellow boy saga...

we, like the rest of the northeast, spent a chunk of last weekend cleaning up after hurricane sandy.  as we did that, we kept an eye out for the little yellow cat that we spotted more than a few times since Sandy blew through.
we fed him night and day, worried night and day, as well.
there was another bad storm heading our way this past wednesday and both joey and i wanted this little boy safe and sound for the storm.
so tuesday morning,
i took the serious step of setting the trap. 
i always hate doing this because.
first, it really scares the animal and this guy was already very skittish. 
and second, if it works, what am i going to do with this guy if he gets into the trap?
but the concern about his well-being,
and our ability to weather the worry, won out.
and the trap was set.
less than 15 minutes later, he was caught! 
i brought the squirming hissing ball of yellow fur upstairs to the 'rescue safety zone' - the office bathroom. i foolishly opened the trap to let him out before i removed the stuff fom the counters and shelves. next thing i knew, the yellow boy was jumping 8 ft in the air, like a maniac, trying to find a way out.  he was leaping up the wall, across the room, hanging from the molding and the lip of the mirror. it was a freaking circus. toothbrushes, handsoap, candles, clock - all were flying around the room with the flying wallenda brother in the bathroom. OMG
over the next few hours, i checked on him several times, and could see he was adjusting a little better to his new surroundings. i had put a carrier, litter box and soft pillow along with food in there to ease his adjustment, and tried to leave him alone.  he ate the food, piddled on the pillow, and finally hid in the carrier.
but the acrobatics had ended.
three days later -
he is still in the bathroom, safe and warm.
the snowstorm did its damage, but thankfully, not to the little yellow boy.
what we do with him now is still an unknown. 
but he lets me come in and sit with him.
i sing (very badly) songs to him which he seems to enjoy :) 
his favorite seems to be 'away in a manger'...i think the words speak to his personal story, and his years of laying his sweet head in the hay.  but i could be imagining that.
 we are going to have to figure out
what the longterm plan is for yella fella,
but for now the next step is to attempt to touch him.  
AND for us both, yella boy and me,  to live through the attempt.
wish us luck

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

beyond layers challenge

today, i took some time for me...
it may be just a few hours, but oh what a time its been :)
i rescued the yellow boy outside but that is a story for another time...
and i finally did some homework
the assignment was to all take the same picture, enhance it any way we wanted and add a quote that brings it all together...
here is the original:

and here is my version...

i love seeing what other people do with the same image, it fascinates me.
and it inspires me but i can't look until i do my version, otherwise i lose me in the mix.
i cloned out a seagull to simplify the image,
i added a layer of soft light,
and luminous texture (kim's),
and then added an action from pioneer woman.
it was fun and i am glad to participate again