One of my faves…

Posting one of our favourite photos is pretty popular this time of the year, but I’m going to post one of my favourite subject: Millie-mou! She’s small and quite obliging in her own sleepy, lazy little way and she is quite simply adorable (if you can’t smell her breath… yuck!) for a Yorkie cross.

I used Friday as my texture – thanks Kim (Klassen)… Joining in with The Creative Exchange for this year – new beginnings! 🙂

You are so boo-tiful!

I am enjoying a very loving relationship with my DD’s new kitten – Boo – at the moment, as he doesn’t live here and I can see him grow via the photos she takes with her Blackberry! I then demand those and set to work playing around with them…

It may have started life as a blurry, not so great image, but I love how it has transformed into such an adorable image, right? Ah… the magic of Kim Klassen’s textures and some judicious blending of layers with Photoshop!

I used Zuzu and Edward from the 12 days of textures that Kim is giving us each day in the run up to Christmas. What a generous gift indeed!

Oh and the font? Adorable… yep, that’s what it’s called – so apt!! ♥

On a commercial note, I do have a Custom Pet Portrait service, available through my Etsy shop. Happy Holidays!! 🙂


Today I am so grateful for the love that abounds here in our home. I see so much transformation appearing before my eyes and such joy as we approach the silly season, that I am almost tempted to believe!! However, I have noticed these changes over the past couple of weeks and I think I have an inkling as to why…

This is for Bonnie’s PAF – my first time there! She’s so generous with her textures, advice and tips, take a look. And, thanks to my co-conspirator Johanna for leading me into her orbit (again!)…

Textures – Linen Blind & Artist (definition), varying blend modes, mostly at 100%, and I erased degrees of the textures from her lovely face and “sleeve” (that’s the tattoo for those who don’t know!) ♥

NB: I wonder if anyone remembers the movie “Shine”, where Geoffrey Rush plays a gifted pianist who cracks under pressure? I adore that film and never tire of the bittersweet inspirational tale.


Haiku my Heart

My daughter, about to turn 17, spent an impromptu 5 days in London this past week, for the first time, with a friend who’s 19 and knowledgeable! She called home every night, her tweets were enthusiastic and I think she found her inner “City-chick”! My girl can’t wait to go back – all she needs is work…

London’s lights beckon

The times they are a-changin’

As you seek new life


You had a brief taste

Excitement, temptations, fun…

Spread your wings and fly!

For Haiku my Heart Friday, hosted by Rebecca of Recuerda mi Corazon – where we meet and share our love of haiku and images. ♥

Tintagel 2009

I “borrowed” one of Nick’s lanscapes for this week’s Texture Tuesday…

Here are this week’s TT challenge details.

  • the number 2. Put your twist on the number 2, and use at least one layer of any of my textures.
These are two hills that greet you on the way down to the historic village of Tintagel in Cornwall and here’s how I achieved the grungey look with Kim’s newest texture ‘Phoebe’ and one of my faves, ‘the_ladder’:
That doesn’t really show you much, but I used mainly soft light and colour burn for my blending modes… at 100%.
Join us or browse the great entries always to be found at Texture Tuesday! ♥


This is a photo of a friend’s dog who roams the countryside all over the complex where we have fished in the past. She doesn’t normally have much to do with me but I guess back in January this year, we were both so cold, and there was so little happening, she decided to sit on my lap for a while… I give you Mooha:

Thanks to Kim Klassen’s mini e-course, I learnt how to convert photos to black and white, with some soft vintage tints about them…

For Take a Word – “black & white” – this week. See all the contributors HERE.  ♥

Circles and squares…

For the Three Muses “Circles and squares” this week, I had some fun creating a cat and a house. I managed to write out the formula for it too!!!

Of course, it could be house cat, but I thought Cathouse was more fun! It’s amazing where these prompts take us, isn’t it? To see all the creations for this week’s theme, just go HERE.

Background & texture – Shadowhouse Creations on Flickr

Curiously spooky…!!

The theme “Things that go bump in the night…” is what it’s all about at SPA today! Here’s my entry:

All the elements I used here are from Tangie Baxter’s 4th anniversary sale grab bag! I thought it would be a great place to start for practising with elements created by someone else. And it was lots of fun. It’s so interesting, applying blending modes and effects to different elements and making them your own…

Not sure how cool it is though, that I have no wish to pick up a paintbrush and get messy myself though – but, on the plus side, I have more time for play! 😉

Three Muses – Moon

I have written that I have been taking Raw Art Journalling  – working through Quinn MacDonald’s book – and also Shwe Khit’s Sweetened Simplicity digital art course. Up till now, I haven’t really shown any of my coursework from Shwe’s site. If you’ve clicked on her button in my sidebar, you’ll know how talented an artist Shwe is – both in traditional and mixed media and also she’s a phenomenal digital artist. She taught me to create this…

I am so proud of  this painting! It makes me happy to think that I learnt to create this in a few weeks, using just a computer, Photoshop and a mouse… If I can do it, anyone can!

I never really understood the fascination of digital artwork to its fullest extent, nor did I appreciate the pleasure of being able to continually tweak a face, or a shadow, until you are satisfied that it’s “just right”! But now I do and I take my hat off to digital artists – *bows*.

So, this is my entry to The Three Muses challenge this week – Moon.

Now I’m away to continue creating a Merqueen who is lurking in a folder, patiently awaiting me and my mouse!! 😉

The Love eDition – {Texture Tuesday}

I am so enjoying my new childhood status – it’s so full of adventures! Last night I finished my 2nd digital painting from Shwe’s online class and today I’m participating in Texture Tuesday again! Wow! There’s so much to learn and explore in this digital landscape – I am well and truly hooked!

This photos is taken on our mobile phones, in the toilets at a big supermarket. My DD, Amber, and I had been out for the day in June, on a “Thelma & Louise” style road trip! By the time we got to the facilities, it felt like that, honestly!! We had a really good day and I think it’s absolutely perfect for the Love eDition this week at Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday.

Today I wrote down what I did… 😉

Used Kim’s Fall_in texture twice – multiply at 78% opacity; soft light at 78% opacity

I did my usual drop shadow and emboss with a few tweaks for both sets of text, reducing the opacity for my signature to 28%, and for the byline to 85%. The hearts came from the shapes box, and I just added a little light and shade to them! It makes me happy… 🙂

If you want to learn more cool techniques and stuff, like me, then Kim has a Skinny mini e-course that’s free to join right now. Click HERE to go check it out!

[Bearing in  mind that this was a low-res phone pic to start with, I am really impressed with how soft Kim’s texture has made it. ]