Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

contrast

I took this the other night, and it is my choice for the weekly photo challenge! I love the edge that glows along the cloud after the sun goes right behind it. If you look really hard, there is a bird flying in the sky.

Not So Usual Sightings

Here is a group of photos that have a couple of things in common, even though at first sight they probably look rather diverse. Obviously they are all taken by me, but they all contain things that are not seen as often as would be nice! They are also all from the last few days. I hope you enjoy the double rainbow, monarch butterfly (in my garden on my milkweed, yea!) a heart-shaped cloud that is in shadow, and a green heron. If you look you might be surprised at what you see!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

 

Shine on

I chose this photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra because as the sun was setting it fell behind a strip of clouds. I was shooting other views and then turned back around and voila! The sun was back out, peeking through a hole in the clouds and the trees. An extra treat for the sunset fan (like me)!

Soft and Sweet

I am swooning~ soft and sweet and floating like my heart~

The Cheese Stands Alone

Argyros

accepted: Digital photo 16×24 ¬©2014 Christie Thomas

This was the only piece accepted at this year’s Ohio State Fair. I am super glad that I got this in, but I was very disappointed that my butterfly print collage didn’t make it. I was joking with a friend that perhaps it wasn’t “dark” enough, and perhaps if the butterflies were bloody the judge might have liked it better. So, after I went through the stages of rejection: disbelief, sadness, confusion, & self doubt, I made it to humor. Then I took it to the frame shop and treated myself to a super kick-ass frame with non reflective glass and everything! Take that fair judge! ūüėČ

"A Mother's Love"

rejected at the fair… 20×30 hand cut linoleum block printed butterflies, chine-colle, watercolor, metallic pigment, watercolor board, rice paper, origami paper, watercolor paper May 2014 ¬©Christie Thomas

Weekly Photo Challenge: Room (II)

looking out my window

Yesterday as I hit my “wall of tired” (I am the damn tired-est person I know) I saw this cool doubling of the tree reflections out my window. So instead of taking a nap (it was rather late in the day for a nap at 7:30pm) I took a couple of photos, took the kids to the pool and knitted a baby hat. Then came home and watched Orange is the New Black. That is a darn good show if I do say so myself. I digress….I used the Colorstrokes program to enhance the photo. That is a really cool photo program to “colorize” photos. What you really do is drag in your photo as a color image, it makes it black and white, then you “paint” over what you want back in color and it reveals the true color. You can also do other things. Here I blurred the black and white part. I like it. This is my view out of my room, while in my room. Part 2 of my Weekly Photo Challenge: Room.¬†

Weekly Photo Challenge: Room

For my weekly photo challenge: Room, I am using photos from a recent school trip to our Columbus Zoo. I love animals and nature. ¬†Zoos make me rather sad. Rarely do I see an animal and think, “Wow, is that a happy animal!” And while they teach us about animals and might bring more awareness to conservation, I can’t help but be sad. There are some horrific zoos in the world and ours is supposed to be one of the best. Still, it is sad. I think if the animals had a choice, they rather be doing what they are supposed to be doing, out in nature. I don’t think they think they have it good and are being protected by poachers or hunters or even their natural predators. I think they think, “Is that all there is….?” I think they think that their room is confining and limited. Imagine if my mother kept me locked in my room (as great as my room was) for my entire life. Not a life at all.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

Kaboom!

I had to look hard for a story telling photo. This is from last 4th of July and thought it was a pretty good story here. Father, son, and friend in an explosive activity!

Want to do the Weekly Photo Challenge? It is fun!

A Mother’s Love

I decided to crank out something made by hand in addition to my photos to submit to the fair. This ended up being a lot more than my original idea, but I guess that is how my artwork usually progresses. Somehow, my idea of wanting a minimalistic piece (kind of like a Japanese print) never stays that way, like it is too simple or I just didn’t work hard enough on it. I think the only reason it stopped here is because the deadline was a few hours away. All the butterflies are linoleum block prints. I cut 6 different plates and used them in a variety of ways. There are printed butterflies on rice paper, watercolor paintings, and chine-coll√©. Some of them were brushed with iridescent powdered pigments before drying. They were all hand cut and glued on top of watercolor on board. It is 20×30″. I am really happy with it. It still needs to be framed. If you are not familiar with chine-coll√©, it is a process in printmaking where additional thinner pieces of paper, sometimes hand cut to fit certain shapes, are added between the plate and the final piece of paper. Glue, paste, flour, or just pressure keep the papers attached.

Oh Mammatus!

Short and sweet: Last night we had a small storm cell go through. My favorite clouds, the mammatus, were spectacular!!! And we saw and heard some big bullfrogs and were graced by many red winged blackbirds and swallows! Glory Be!