Monday, April 12, 2010

Photo of the Week - "Reflections"

Today's theme had me sweating there for a while.  I have no idea what I was going to shoot...  until the sun came out this morning and the puddles left by our never-ending spring rains were all reflecting a kaleidoscope of images. Ah, I love the sunshine...


This birdbath needs a cleaning desperately, but the green water made a perfect reflecting surface for the honeysuckle vine behind it.   It is marvelous to feel that spring is here at last and that yes, summer IS coming.  Oh, I can almost smell the honeysuckle now!


This photo was a bonus for today - I wanted to play with a backlit image in RAW format in Photoshop Elements, and I didn't even notice my kitty's reflection in the window until after I uploaded the image from my camera. I sometimes wish I were one of my cats... spoiled things, LOL.  This is Mocha, my dainty lady cat.  She is the sweetest thing, and very affectionate.



I have been happily making mud with my watercolors all this week.  I haven't created anything worth photographing, but at least I have learned a lot about what *not* to do.  Lesson #1 - LET THE PAPER DRY BETWEEN LAYERS.  Lesson #2 - do NOT forget Lesson #1.  You would think it would be easy, but it isn't. 

I found a quote I like that keeps me going:  "I am happy to know that I will be a better painter tomorrow for having been an awful painter today."  (Jeanne Carbonetti)   I LOVE it.   In spite of that encouragement however, I picked up some acrylics this morning, just to give my battered self-esteem a boost.  I'll try and post some pics tomorrow.

7 comments:

MaryO said...

I'm looking forward to those pictures of your canvases. But I love that one of your beautiful cat! The reflections are lovely, too.

Jennifer A. said...

That birdbath picture is the perfect therapy for a frazzled brain. Thanks. I needed that.

Serena said...

Wonderful pics, Judi! Great backlit shot! I'm hoping to get on board with the challenge tomorrow....it's been crazy busy here the past couple of weeks.

I totally understand those rules as I'm always breaking them myself. lol

Jennifer Rose said...

thats a great quote :) really nice shot of your cat. and to live the life of a dog or cat....food brought to you, warm space to sleep, toys. what a life :)

BumbleVee said...

What an interesting shot that is

life got in the way yesterday and I'm not even at home...so don't know if I will be able to upload a pic from my sister's computer. But, I'll try later....

Healing Woman said...

We all get so anxious to see that finished product don't we? Instant gratification is what I call it. I have done water colors and you are right. Lesson # 1 is very important. Nice pictures.

Linda Fleming said...

Lovely photos, Judi! What a sweet kitty.