Tuesday, January 24, 2012

fighting the gloom



Good morning friends.  I'm so relieved to know that most of you shared my complete horror regarding Picnik's closing.  Several of you gave me some other options...the most recommended was fotoflex.  I fiddled with it and it was simple to use, but lacked Picnik's pizazz.  I'm thinking they will surely introduce a mind blowing substitute.  We'll just have to wait and see. 


 

You'll be proud to know that I edited all the photos in this post with Lightroom.  I still am stumbling through it.  Takes me forever!  Not sure how to add my watermark just yet, but I'm still proud that I tried and it is doable if I just keep practicing.  Here's a helpful link to navigating your way with LR.




So this week has been GLOOMY!  Like no sun anywhere gloomy.  I was at the store yesterday and low and behold there were some TULIPS!  Just what we needed to chase away the clouds.  Is it wrong to be dreaming of Spring already??  Not that the Winter has been bad or anything, but I love color.  Bring on the greens, bring on the chirping birds...the warmth of the sun.  I guess until then tulips will just have to do;)





My little chick has been home with me this week.  She got her first cold of the season.  Poor baby!



Since we've been holed up a little bit I decided I needed to pull out the paints and get crafty.  I love foxes.  Found this gorgeous image on Pinterest and decided to try and paint this little fella.  If you haven't discovered Pinterest you really need to book it right over there and plug in.  It's inspiration overload.  It's a giant virtual pin board that you can gather inspiration from.  I just searched foxes and voila...tons of images to choose from.  If I'm ever lacking creative inspiration I know just where to go.



To see my Pinterest boards click here.


Okay so here are my first strokes.  Looks hideous right??  In the early stages everything looks awful doesn't it??  Nothing really makes since...it's not until the final details are put into place that it resembles anything at all.  That's where patience come in.



It's kind of a weird departure from my normal stuff, but I'm trying new techniques lately.  I'm hoping to branch into prints soon.  My version looks nothing like the photograph...which is a good thing.  It's important to make things your own...to be original.  There's no way I can pull a fox or whatever this creature looks like out of thin air, so I use a photograph, but it became mine in the end.  You should try it too.  Are you fighting some gloom...some Winter blah's??  Get your craft on  OR go buy some tulips;)



***Oh and someone suggested I switch my comments to the pop up box, versus the drop down menu and I think that might have helped.  You may want to try that if you've been having comment problems in Blogger!!***




Have a blessed day.


 

392.  glorious sunshine
393.  taking a nice long walk with my sweet one in JAN
394.  learning something scary and new
395.  painting something fresh and different
396.  blue mason jars and pink tulips...bliss
397.  my vit c gummy vitamins...my sweet for the day;)






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51 comments:

  1. I think your fox turned out better than the picture. I love the color in yours.

    We miss the sun here too. I'm honestly also longing for some real winter days. Everytime we get snow (which has been less than I can count on one hand) it melts before I get WeeMan out to sled and play. I need some snow time - a gorgeous sunny snow day!

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  2. great job working on that light room! I'm soooo tired today. Not sleeping well. ;( But I just love your fox and sweet knick knacks in the top pic. Wait til you hear how I screwed up my homework for this morning. I'm soooo frustrated. Learning something new is hard! Keep up the good work! And I hope your whole family is completely healthy soon!

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  3. Hello darling! I think your fox turned out so darling...you are so talented! I hope your little feels better and the sun some out to warm your bones...I can send some your way this weekend! muwahh!

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  4. Girl. It's gloomy here too. Only we're doing potty training right along with it; Adding to the gloom, I'm certain. But the thought of lessening our diaper bill gives me bright spots of hope!!! Your pictures look perfect. They really do. Lightroom is superb!!! And yeah, I just switched my comments back to a pop up box, to avoid the problems. I think it's much better! I hope your girl feels better fast.

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  5. Ps. Lovin your fox!!! It's just lovely foxy fabulous.

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  6. I like your fox much better than the one on Pinterest~it is more my style. I love Pinterest, I will look for you on there. Wow, in the picture of little Chick, she looks just like her daddy. So sweet.
    I love the tulips, they are one of my favorite flowers.
    I haven't found a bible study group yet but yesterday I found a Women in the Bible one year devotional study book at my local thrift shop! And I ordered the Privilige of Being a Woman. I can't wait until it arrives!

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  7. I like your fox much better than the one on Pinterest~it is more my style. I love Pinterest, I will look for you on there. Wow, in the picture of little Chick, she looks just like her daddy. So sweet.
    I love the tulips, they are one of my favorite flowers.
    I haven't found a bible study group yet but yesterday I found a Women in the Bible one year devotional study book at my local thrift shop! And I ordered the Privilige of Being a Woman. I can't wait until it arrives!

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  8. Love your little fox ~ betcha he brought some sunshine into your day. I am yearning for spring also Becky even though our winter has not been terrible ~ but it is still winter! Hope the sun comes out today. xo

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  9. I went out searching for color this morning too! it's been down right zapping me of all my energy! I am so upset about picnic too...oh my word how could they abandon us like that!! i was laughing with you about not being tech w/ photoshop...i can't ever get the hang of it! so i'm searching along with you..when you find one shout it out!
    hope your chick is feeling better soon...and your fox is darling!
    here's to fighting the gloom of January,
    xo,
    Lulu

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  10. I am beyond bummed that Picnik is closing shop. I have tried to learn how to use Photoshop, but to no avail. I find it to be very overwhelming. You can google "options for Picnik" and several sites should come up. I have yet to find enough time to take a good look at them, but I still say Picnik is the best. Great job on your fox! I will follow you on Pinterest...such FUN!

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  11. I must say.....I LOVE that little truck, and how you use it in your decorating. If you ever feel the need to part with it, please send it my way. :)
    And the gloom I'm fighting right now is a sinus headache and ear problems. Not fun.
    I might have to just get my some fun flowers!

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  12. I just brought in some vibrant orange tulips to brighten up my desk at work I have no windows, it's just a sea of beige. Wishing you a sunny break in the gloom!

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  13. GREAT job on starting to tackle LR! Your pictures look fab. I hope everyone feels better and sun arrives to bring smiles. :) Adorable fox, too! I am a total Pinterest addict and now must follow your pins, lol.

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  14. Hey Farmgirl, just thought I'd pop in and give you some good news about Picnik...they aren't closing JUST MOVING to Google+. I've loved picnic and use it all the time even subscribed to Picnik Premium. They've even said they will reimburse us in full! I hope this makes you breathe a little easier today, now you'll just have to do a little upgrade(or whatever) to Google+! You can access your photos there and use all the old Picnik magic under "Creative Kit". Have a great day...Love those tulips!!!

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  15. I do the same when I paint! I love having a picture to go by, I always put my spin on it.

    love your painting!

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  16. love that fox against the black, foxy.

    keep creating and stretching!

    michele

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  17. Oh man the gloom is hitting me hard here in the pnw it doesn't help that I have has a horrid head cold but man oh man has the depression sunk in, I have been trying like mad to get out of it but so far no luck.i may head to the grocery store later and try and find me some of those beautiful tulips I love me some fresh flowers:) your fox came out amazing you truly have a gift I can't paint or draw to save my life I have tried so many times but I fail. I wish I had just an ounce of your creatfulness, I hope little chick is feeling better!

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  18. Becky - I love this post. I actually posted your quote on Facebook about things looking hideous in the early stages but it making sense as the final details come in to focus. I really need this reminder right now as my life is in a period of transition in several areas (including a very possible big move for us). Thank you for your words. :)

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  19. I think your fox is lovely...what a creative endeavor...I want to try something like this but that voice in my head always tells me I can't do it...ugh!

    Tulips are my favorite...and daisies:)

    Little girl...get better.

    Have a wonderful day!

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  20. Tulips are my favorite flower. I guess that's my Dutch heritage shining through. The sun is out today. It helps me feel better when the sun shines. I love your house paintings. I think your fox is lovely, but the house paintings move me.

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  21. #398: VACATION plans!!!!!
    Kiss lil chick for me :)

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  22. Foxy lady! See what I did there.... ;)

    Oh how I wish I could just whip up some fabulous canvas with art on it. But I love what you said about making it your own! Uniqueness and authenticity is such a great reminder!

    Hugs and sunshine from me to you. xoxox

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  23. Color and sunshine sure do lift the spirits! Glad you found some sunshine and color, Becky! Hope lil chick is feeling better soon!

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  24. good for you for trying light room! See, everything will be ok! I love spring...was just dreaming about opening the windows and waking to the birds. Soon enough, right? I sure hope. :)

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  25. It's an overcast day here, as well. Nothing brightens up a room quite like pretty flowers. They always cheer me up! Love your painting, you did a great job on it!!

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  26. Your photos look lovely and the tulips are the perfect day brightener. I also like your fox very much and I don't know much about pinterest so I will spend some time exploring over there. Ann

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  27. No it's not too soon to wish for spring...I am soooo ready for birds chirping, flowers blooming, & the sun shining!! Gotta find me some tulips; what a pretty pick-me-up! And I just love your sweet fox:) Wishing little chick well...and, of course, you too Becky!

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  28. Trying not to envy your little truck with the tulips. I will find one someday. :) I'm with you ~ hoping they introduce a fab replacement for picnik. Nice job navigating Lightroom, your pictures look wonderful as always.

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  29. Yay I can now leave a comment:O) Love the fox and Love the tulips!!!:O) Hope your little girl feels better soon:O)

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  30. you fox is fantastic! :)
    and your pictures look divine.
    i, too, had a mini meltdown over picnik.
    eeek! what am i going to do?!
    i have no camera skills AND a dated point and shoot!
    i. NEED. PICNIK.!!! :)
    happy day to you!

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  31. Well, those 1st two pics of the tulips are telling the gloom to take a hike!!! They are gorgeous....let me know if you hear of a better picnik/fotoflex replacement. *sad face*

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  32. I know what you mean about Picnik. Foto Flexer is sort of okay but without flair. I love using the drop shadow framing option on Picnik and found a separate, easy (hooray!) little site for it: Dropshadow.net. That's all it does. Don't like having to piece together elements from Picnik. At least we have till April 19. Love your photos and your fox, by the way!!!

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  33. Think I need to get some tulips. It has been so dreary and gloomy here and I need sunshine and a spark of color. I'm ready for spring too!

    Love your fox and am envious of anyone who has artistic ability. I'm just not blessed in that area but I sure do appreciate it.

    Happy week my dear!

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  34. oh those tulips! so sunshine-y!

    i've been running ragged, but i promise... those paints will emerge soon... :)

    hope little chick is feeling better... nothing worse than a winter cold. unless, of course, mama is making hot chocolate and chicken noodle soup. :)

    xo

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  35. You are so talented - I am liking the look of your fox!!
    The tulip pics are just what I needed to see right about now.
    xo

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  36. the mere fact that you can even TRY and tackle a painting is amazing enough for me.
    My mother was a beautiful painter, and even sold some of her oils, but I certainly DID NOT get any of her talent.
    I need some tulips........ahhhhh

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  37. i adore tulips. and your photos are incredible friend... you are so gifted. i love that, in spite of the gloom, you are pulling out the paints and bringing color to the world. love you.

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  38. I love the fox and the tulips...Both are awesome! I'm sad about picnik too.

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  39. Picnik has closed?! But I only used it a few days ago. What am I going to do now???
    Love your pics. You rock the Lightroom!
    Love Ky x

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  40. Okay, let's see if I can leave a comment now :)

    *First of all....you are darling and precious and talented and worthy.

    *Secondly, your Little Chick is SO cute....even in this "sick" picture :)

    *And lastly (but not "final"ly....because I will always have more to say), you will find your groove with the whole editing photos thing....looks like you already are. These photos are BEAUTIFUL and colorful and cheery!

    No gloom here :)

    p.s. YAAAYYY!!! I can leave a really long comment again.....um, hope that's a good thing?

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  41. lightroom is freakingly awesome. i hope you never go back! :)

    love all the gloom-fighting going over at your place. i think we shall join you. :)

    love you, my becks.

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  42. fighting gloom too... will call you in a few and hope we can talk but I know you're doing your hair.

    love the fox and LOVE the idea of using lightroom... you'll have to give me the specifics on what to get and where to get it.

    Talk soon.

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  43. love your pictures...sorry you're fighting the gloom....the weather has been milder her for the past two days...blue skies were welcomed after a weekend of RAIN.

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  44. I love tulips and primroses during the month of January ... a lovely promise of spring to come.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  45. Dear Becky,
    first of all, I love your blog and you honesty. There are not many christian blog I read, but I love your one and it inspires me!
    I'm working as an autoditakt professional photographer and I'm only using lightroom, no photoshop. Lightroom is an amazing programm and it gives you (nearly) all you need. I use it since last year and yes, it is a lot of work to get into it (thanks to my husband who is a great help because I hate new programms) and there are good tools to learn. I would recommand to buy video tutorials for lightroom. That is such a great help. Lucky for us we could borrow them from the library. You also have the chance to take your pics in RAW and later convert them into JPEG. Your photos remain a higher quality because the loose a lot of quality when you work on them - not that much in RAW. RAW is like a negativ and you can change still alot.
    If you have any questions, just ask please,
    Greetings from Germany,
    Lea

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  46. YAY for sticking with and figuring out Lightroom! If I lived closer I would totally come over for a lesson...or two! Your photos look great! I love tulips this time of year - so they aren't from the garden, but they let me know that Spring isn't that far away. My hubby brought some home the other day - so lovely! :)

    Ohh I checked out your home pics on the blog you were guesting on, very nice. I really liked that barn painting of yours!! I think it is my favourite one to date!!!! Super nice...oh and the cows on the mantle, perfect! ;) lol!

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  47. I think your pics look great edited in LR! The watermark is a quick one - once you put it on once, you can make it do it every time! And I agree, when it gets gloomy or I start getting cabin fever, I either craft something or paint a room. My husband much prefers me to craft something... ;)

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  48. i too am bummed at piknic's news. what now?! what else will give me just the right amount of wrinkle removage and make me insta thin? going to go check out fotoflex now. have lightroom. ehhh. not excited about that.

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  49. maybe this post might help in the photo editing transition?

    http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2012/01/picnik-aftermath-making-pinteresting-labels/

    you would not believe how amazing the weather is here these days - we're talking 40's + and sunshine!

    hoping the sun finds you as well, dearie - loved your feature at heathers recently btw. :)

    oxox,
    h

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