Monthly Archives: August 2010
In tribute to the final days of summer, I though I’d share with you this lovely sunflower, treated with four layers of various free grunge textures found around the web.
We’re getting ready to leave Austria and I’m already getting twinges of that nervous feeling which prevails during the “changeover” days. I refer to it as “The Awkward Time”, when we’re shifting out of the comfort zone we’ve created in our “home” and float in limbo until the next one. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, with all the times I’ve packed the bags and boxes, gotten into the car and left a house for the final time. I’m not.
I live presently in nostalgia for the past and I find myself looking around our “home” and environment knowing it will be the last times, I snap photos even if I know they’re not perfect or artistic, because sometimes I just want to document where we’ve been: a visual journal which travels as a partner to our driving log.
We have so many photos…never printed since we went off film and into digital. Backed up on the hard drive, and over and over again onto DVDs, they can’t even all fit onto my laptop anymore. Yet when I scan thru them in iPhoto I am invariably led back in time: our faces younger, we are thinner or heavier, hair is short or long, it’s summer or winter. We were there, then.
And like a song from days gone by, I know that at a future time these snapped images will bring me reeling back to a moment in time, in my life on the road, making “home” where ever we are.
I’m going to miss the Bregenzerwald architecture: the impressive yet simple wooden homes, covered in scallop-shaped shingles, juxtaposing to the new-build modern wood homes (which I also really love), built with care and the same proportions as their older-generation counterparts.
It’s Tuesday already! So, here I am again with my before and after “Texture Tuesday” post. This shot was taken at the same farm where I saw that amazing pear tree a few weeks ago. The SOOC isn’t so bad, nice enough but with the plain white wall I thought it could still use the “oomph” from Flypaper Textures:
Elysium – Overlay 79% with very soft layer mask
Lamp White Blush – Multply 67%
Cyprus Haze – Hard Light 44%
Peach Blush – Soft Light 100%
Lime Plaster – Soft Light 100%
Muscatel – Multiply 100% with very soft layer mask
Background (Oriiginal photo)
In the middle of Saturday night we had an awesome thunderstorm (I use the word “awe” for a reason): the windows shook, the lightening was blinding and the thunder echoed loudly between the mountain ranges. I put Maya in the kennel with Osky (I’d like to think they were a comfort to each other), as it was all bit scary really.
By Sunday morning the storm was over and friends joined us for a hike. I thought it was just going to be an easy trip up to our “Schnitzel Shack”, but it ended up being an all day hike around the mountain. The views were stunning, we shared laughs over cold beer, got some exercise outside of the gym, and made a memory. It was also good for me to spend a day disconnected from the laptop as I sometimes forget to appreciate details of everyday (I was reminded of this from a really good post written by Melissa).
My body’s a little achy today, but it was worth it. What about you? How was your Sunday?
I’d love to see these little pink guys running around in the snow! Too cute not to share, I saw them in a catalogue for this cool looking hotel in not too far from us, in Switzerland (www.gupf.ch)
And this guy! He has the most intense stare (can you see his yellow and black eyes?) – When I was crouching down to take his picture I thought he was going to head butt me!
In last months’ post “10 Must Have Items for Living on the Road”, I teased you all with number 10: “Little Luxuries”. I thought today was a good day to share with you one of my personal favs: body oil from Santa Maria Novella – totally divine…
A few summers ago when I was in NY, my Mom and I went down to SoHo for one of our “Ladies’ Lunches” and general gad-about. She led me into a store leaving the hot city behind when the door closed and I was transported somewhere else on waves of soft perfume. The store carried many Santa Maria Novella’s products: I was hooked.
So when I was lucky enough to be in Florence earlier this year I made a pilgrimage to the famous store. Once again I was taken away by the heavenly scents. For myself I bought a bottle of the body oil and for the “house” a terracotta-clay pomegranate infused with oil of the famous scent.
If you ever get a chance to buy something (maybe online?), trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
I look forward to posting my “Texture Tuesday” images because I have such fun transforming a plain image into a new story with textures. When I got the hang of utilizing textures I bought a notebook to keep my “recipes” for each image, with the idea of having a starting point to recreate something in the same vein. This week I thought that in addition to showing you the SOOC image, I’d also share with you more of the details.
For this photo of a sun dial which I took in Durnstein on the Danube (albeit nice, but not extraordinary), I used several layers of textures from both sets 1 & 2 from the Flypaper collections.
So, for “Ulitma Hora” here is my “recipe”; I work from the bottom up:
Beowolf – Overlay 55% + Layer Mask
Lost Void (flipped 180 degrees) – Hard Lite 60% + Layer Mask
Nora Batty – Overlay 100%
Lime plaster – Multiply 100% + Layer Mask
Apple Blush – Soft Light 100%
Tarte Tatin – Overlay 100%
I’d love to hear your feedback and if you need any tips, I’d be happy to help! hope you enjoyed this post!
I love bread! All sorts of bread, but particularly the brown, chewy, crusty kinds. Each country has its own varieties, but perhaps the most “famous” is the “baguette” from France. My least favorite bread is in Spain (perdonen mi España).
Our “baguette” days are a few weeks away, so in the meanwhile I’m enjoying Austrian breads and rolls, made with all sorts of seeds, nuts and salt (think: pretzel).
PS – Isn’t the dirndl cute? I’d look ridiculous in one, but the locals wear it with ease and pride.