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On the Hunt 6.9.13

It’s Sunday and Scavenger Hunt time again! This week’s prompts were an interesting bunch: Dishes, Favorite Color, Sunflare, Expression, and Sticky. Without further preamble, here we go.

Dishes:

DSC_1793Mystery Dish

I’m fascinated by this bowl that my sister bought at a rummage sale this spring. It’s about 8 inches across, a bit uneven, crudely hand decorated. It’s old and much used — the blue-green inner glaze is scratched and dull and the top edge is chipped and worn all the way around, as if it had been used for years to hold keys and change. It has no identifying markings on it. It’s probably a souvenir from someone’s trip to Chinatown years ago, but it’s more fun to imagine that it was unearthed on an archeological dig somewhere in far-off Asia.

Favorite Color:

DSC_1743Pretty in Pink

It’s not very sophisticated of me to admit it, but I love pink in all its many incarnations. Cool pink, warm pink, hot pink, these oleanders have it all. I also happen to love oleanders; their sweet scent transports me back to childhood summers. Where I grew up, they were just about the only flowering plant I knew. They’re supposed to be poisonous and we knew better than to put them in our mouths, but that didn’t stop us from playing in and under and around them. I used to weave the leaves into floor mats for fairy houses.

Sunflare:

DSC_1773-2Rim Shot

DSC_1762Little Green Apples

Our apple tree, which earlier in the spring was loaded with blossoms and bees, is now loaded with fruit. It looks like we’ll have a bumper crop along about September. I don’t often go out to deliberately create sunflare, but I had fun playing with my camera and the late afternoon sun under the apple tree for this prompt.

Expression:

DSC_1688What You Lookin’ At?

I don’t know, do birds have expressions? This one sure seemed to. He helped himself to dinner, then sat on the perch for another five minutes, grooming himself and stretching this way and that, before humming off to wherever.

Sticky:

DSC_1638Opal Essence

These sparkling gems are actually drops of pine sap, fallen from a freshly trimmed tree limb. Anyone who has ever gotten this stuff on their hands knows that it is practically the definition of sticky.

And that’s my take on the hunt for this week. Linking with Ashley for Scavenger Hunt Sunday — come along and join in the fun!


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Fun with Photoshop

I have been having the best time! The lovely Kim Klassen offered a free, 10-day mini-Photoshop class and I took her up on her generosity. It’s very, very basic — like how to use layers and layer masks and other such elementary things — but it’s been a revelation to me. And this despite my having used PS (self-taught) for nearly a dozen years at my work.

Somehow I always managed to get the job done, even though I knew I wasn’t really doing it “right.” I know this sounds like a shameless plug for Kim’s classes, but I have been truly impressed. I was learning new stuff from the very first lesson. It’s mostly the same things I was already doing in my own muddling way, but oh, so much easier now.

I’ve even tried textures. And while I still don’t totally get the texture thing, I have to admit it was fun and I can see its occasional usefulness. (I have a friend who’s probably laughing her head off right now. You know who you are.)

Here are a few samples of my “homework”:

I have so much more to learn. But I really enjoy Kim’s teaching style, so I’ve signed up for more. Her voice is calm and somehow comforting, and she makes it all seem so simple. She doesn’t even know me, but she tells me I can do this and I believe her.