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Near Big South Fork SWF + CTST Vol. 5

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Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! This is the 3rd week that I’ve shared Skywatch Friday/Celebrate The Small Things on Thursday.  How is it working for ya? Do you like that I broke up my regular Friday posting to making it more digestible?

I haven’t taken many photos since December with the holidays winding down, the cold weather, and DH’s work schedule.  This isn’t a bad thing. It forces me to look through my archived photos of those not-so-purrfect pictures to run them through a bit photo-editing to share.

In today’s Skywatch Friday I’m pulling out a few images from a day trip to the Big South Fork area of Tennessee from 2011.  These are off the beaten path and honestly, I can’t recall more precisely where we were when I snapped these shots with my Canon SD880 point n’ shoot camera. This is what I had before getting a big girl camera (Nikon D7000).

Looking back, I remember it being a rainy, cool April day.  Given that it’s winter I felt this photo needs a B&W touch to trigger a bit of chill down your spine.

We wandered up a gravel road where it came to an end.  This pond looked inviting but the sprinkles kept me inside the car.  The sky was rather bland, so in the Affinity photo editing program, I used the haze remover to make the sky more dramatic.

Later, I decided the little pond needed some friends (I’m sounding a bit like the painter, Ross, now aren’t I?).  I borrowed some free brushes Brusheezy and placed a family to the right of the picture and a woman with a child (silhouette needed to be a bit darker) in the left center of the pond.

When we got close to the main road again we noticed a hawk flying over a field and it landed on a tree limb.  It was really hard to distinguish it from its surrounding, so I used the depth of field feature in Affinity to make the hawk more prominent for the viewer.

Can you see him?  On Wednesday I shared more shots from this day taken of a WWII hero’s home if you’re interested in taking that tour.

Today, I’m celebrating like I do every day, I Celebrate The Small Things in life.

I’m celebrating… the feeling I get with art. I don’t consider myself an artist but I love creating and dabbling with simple sketches and using my Prismacolor pencils is totally uplifting for the mood. I doodled four designs to use for this Valentine’s Day greetings I will share with my children and DH.  I plan to create a special pre-Valentine post with ideas and will include my drawings. 🙂 Also, I’m celebrating getting my exercise time on the elliptical to an hour each day and maxed the resistance for an intense workout. It’s good to be active again!

What are you celebrating?

Please joining CTST’s host Lexa and others to see what they are celebrating this week!

 

 

I will wind things down today with a new meme I thought I’d try hosted by Wandering through the Shelves. The rules are simple. I am to share 3 to 5 movie picks based on a weekly theme and tell ya why.  The category is “Movies About Artists (Painters)”.

I thought it interesting the movie prompt today is about artists and my CTST segment I celebrate my wannabe artist side. 🙂  In all honesty, these sorts of movies wouldn’t be my first pick but I certainly am not opposed to watching them especially if the mood hits me just right. The below list of flicks I haven’t seen but work purrfect for today’s theme choice.

 

 

The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) Charlton Heston portrays the biography of Michael D’Angelo’s facing his doubts and struggles painting the Sistine Chapel upon the behest of Pope Julius II.


A friend recommended this film after I shared A Picture of a Painting last year and if it should ever make its way to Netflix or Amazon Prime then I will watch it. I love old movies!

Frida is the Mexican self-portraitist who survived a near-fatal bus crash when she was 18.  The story revolves around her injuries, art success, and volatile marriage with artist Diego Rivera. Frida is currently available on Netflix, so I watched it mainly because of this prompt. It was interesting to see how this woman lived. She was a bit progressive for a woman of that era. Wikipedia describes her as a feminist and the movie eludes to this fact.  Her dreams gave birth to her folk art style paintings which tell of her life’s struggles and it’s a bit too abstract for my taste. I prefer realistic art. I enjoyed the movie but I doubt if I will watch it again.

 

Big Eyes is a drama based on the 1950s success of paintings by Margaret Keane, whose husband claimed credit and the legal battle to remove her husband as the creator and to gain recognition for her work.

 

The story where the underdog rises to the top in the end, is my kind of flick, especially one that’s been mistreated or misrepresented as Keane.  This along makes it a good reason to see and when it shows up on Netflix then I’m gonna catch it.

Have you seen these movie picks?  Can you think of or have you seen any movies about artists?

Tomorrow, I invite you to join me for some social media fun and your weekly dose of laughter with Friday Sillies.

 

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The Christmas Inn Day/Night SWF Views + CTST Vol. 3

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Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! In December I showed you a photo-edited night shot of The Christmas Inn.  This is really a beautiful place.  The display in front of the inn is gorgeous. Do you see the polar bears and swan?  I shot the above picture the day after Christmas when we were in the Smoky’s.  The shot isn’t the best as it’s taken through my car window as we passed.

What I hadn’t realized until I altered the exposure on a few of my night shots that you can see the polar bear.

If you didn’t know what it is or have poor eyesight then the polar bear looks like a bright white light on these images.  Photo editing is such a God send for all photographers but especially amateurs, like me, who can’t part with their work because it’s not completely a lost cause. 🙂

I’ll be sharing today’s pix with my fellow photo enthusiasts at Skywatch Friday and you’re invited to join the fun.

Aside from celebrating photo editing programs, my list of Celebrate The Small Things include…

  • I’m celebrating that DD#1 finally got a new phone. The other night, I got a call from an unknown number but thankfully the caller left a message and as it turned out DD#1 finally got a new phone. Hooray! 🙂
  • I’m celebrating DH new work schedule having every other Friday off and this will be his first, so I’m anxious for the weather to coöperate with the hopes of doing something fun with my sweetie-pie!
  • I’m celebrating the continuation and good progress of fixing broken links and grammar in old blog posts. It’s slow going but I’m getting a little done each day.

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa for details!

Tomorrow, I invite you to join me for some social media fun and your weekly dose of laughter with Friday Sillies.

 

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A Merry Christmas Greeting #WW

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Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs!  Last December, DH and I ventured to one of our favorite mountain communities Bryson City, North Carolina, home of the Smoky Mountain Railway.  I’ve shared other photos over the years and you may recall this is one of the locations where you can board the Polar Express.  I snapped a close up of a tree ornament in this fabulously holiday decked town.  It was rather plain but I saw a photo-editing potential waiting to happen and so with Pixelmator I jazzed it so I could send you A Merry Christmas Greeting!

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Pop back tomorrow to learn the outcome of My December #BoTB showdown.  Also, for another peek through my lens join me for my newest edition of Skywatch Friday and get in on the Friday social media action. Have a fototastic day!

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King Kong Lives in Tennessee

I’m delighted you decided to join me for another edition of Not-So-Wordless Wednesday!

You’re not having déjà vu, kittens and dawgs. I shared a similar picture in 2013, here. At the time I took this picture, I was recovering from intestinal surgery and not up to handling my big girl camera (Nikon D7000) and decided to go light-weight with my Canon Elph S110 point n’ shoot instead. It does a fabulous job.

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This is a really cool image and I thought it would fun to monkey around (pun intended) with it in Pixelmator.

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In the above image I decreased the saturation to nearly B&W leaving a hint of color in the stars and with the below image I bumped the saturation level all the way up giving it a near comic strip appeal.

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I think I prefer the second picture creation. It seems more interesting than the first. Do you like one more than the other?

When you think King Kong, you think Fay Wray? I do as well as the classic 1933 production. Since the first King Kong film was made, others followed. In fact in 1986 the movie King Kong Lives was partially filmed near Knoxville. I tried to get on as an extra. I remember going early on a Saturday morning with a former co-worker, Connie Ramsey, along with hundreds of locals sharing the same hopes of being picked. I was not one of the lucky ones. I didn’t know the name of the movie at the time or who the stars were, or filming location until now. This is what I found out. Linda Hamilton starred in the movie (to see the full cast, visit IMDb) and scenes filmed in these Tennessee communities: Fall Creek Falls State Park, Wears Valley and Sevier County, and Lake City (this is a YouTube film clip).

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In case you missed the mews I’m working on my site, repairing broken links and videos while summer blog traffic is slow. What this means is I’m minimizing my content by combining posts that are very similar such as (Not-so) Wordless Wednesday and Skywatch Friday.

Be sure to join me for Friday Sillies and more Friday fun! Have a fototastic day!

Skywatch Friday Waterfalls on Canvas

It’s Friday, kittens and dawgs! Punxsutawney Phil calls for an early spring. Did you know the cute over-sized rodent is right about half the time? That’s about as good as you get with a toss of a coin. Our temps were spring-like (upper 60s to low 70s) and mostly cloudy earlier in the week, but the last two days it’s been cooler and sunnier. Winter isn’t over. We still have six more weeks of it regardless of Phil’s prediction.

You didn’t stop in for a weather report, so let’s move on. I continue to scour my photo archives to see what new masterpieces I can create. In January of last year I shared the below waterfall, here and when I went through my pictures I found a similar photo I liked better to try with a new app on my iPad to generate this oil painting.

Brushstroke app

In the Brushstroke app, I used Fulton paint pallet on Cold Press canvas, then I increased the color density before adding my personal signature. This program compresses the images more than I like, but I easily resolved that issue by bumping up the resolution quality in Pixelmator. Despite Brushstroke’s flaw, I enjoyed playing with the app and look to more opportunities to use it.

Dabbling with photo-editing that creates artwork sorta brings out my inner poet self…sometimes. Below are my inspired words.

The Master Artist
©2016 Cathy Kennedy

The canvas lay barren
A void to form
Until the Master Artist
Stretched forth His hand
Every brushstroke
meticulously placed
A labor of love
Reflected His grace
With its completion
He did smile my work is done
With one last touch
He placed man
Upon the canvas
that we call earth

 

~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~

I’m sharing my photo-art up with the SWF team today and tomorrow on s-A(R)T-urday.  Now, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I celebrate….

  • trading our 401K funds out for new ones. The stock market is doing miserably and ours have suffered horribly. Our goal is to be comfortable, not wealthy or poverty-stricken, in our retirement. It may not be the golden years we hoped for, if things don’t get better.
  • getting our 2015 taxes done. What should be a simple job is always difficult even when you use TurboTax Deluxe 2015 – Mac Download. The program isn’t at fault; it’s the government to blame! *smack forehead*
  • getting a more together feeling about what I’m doing and the direction to go in the blogging community. This is something I never got a real grip on until now. It’ll continue as a work-in-progress phase, but I have  a certain confidence now.

 

What are you celebrating!

Let’s begin by celebrating Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration to boot!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back Monday for a two-for-one special with Feb. 1st BoTB results and dancing with the 4M crew. If you haven’t cast your vote yet, then I invite you do it now by clicking here to not miss out on the fun!

 

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