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Dream weavers

Posted: February 11, 2017 in Art
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Each January when I visit Arizona, my parents and I enjoy going to the two tent shows that run for several months in the Scottsdale area. Each of the hundred or so artists have to be at their exhibit area for the duration of the shows, quite a commitment in both time and expense, as most of the artists aren’t from the area.  Whenever possible, the artists are at work, which is also interesting.

At The Celebration of Fine Art, one of the first displays you come to if you go clockwise, is that of Montana Blue Heron, weavers extraordinaire!  Every year, I (metaphorically) drool at the colors and shapes that this husband and wife team create.  I asked Marilyn about working together.  She said they gather willow and dogwood, she does the dying, and starts each project.  But then she tends to look towards the next thing, while her husband works on the middle of the piece, which she then finishes.  You can read more about the process in the “About Us” section of their website.  However it works, the results are stunning!

Marilyn was nice enough to say I was welcome to take photos, so I can share three of my favorites from this year’s show. If you enjoy there work, there’s a contact form on the site and I’m sure they’d love to hear from you.  If you do comment, please tell them you saw it here.

© janet m. webb 2017

© janet m. webb 2017

© janet m. webb 2017

Some days you just need to close your eyes, feel the sun on your face, and relax.
Saturday is an excellent day for all of these.
Enjoy the day.

© janet m. webb 2016

Life Imitates Art” is the Weekly Photo Challenge theme at WordPress.  I can tell we’ve used up the obvious a/o easy themes!  But with a little help from my editing friends, I’ve become Impressionist for a Day, offering this tribute to Monet and his beautiful lilies.

© janet m. webb 2016

It’s the final week of 2015 and as it’s also a fourth Monday, that means it’s time at Sally’s for Challenger’s Choice.  My choice is street art from the subway in Philadelphia.  It’s not what we usually think of as street art–art done directly on a building or other place.  But someone created this ad, so it is art, subway art in this case  At any rate, just enjoy.

If you like to take photos with a non-traditional camera, such as a phone or an iPad, we’d love to have you join in.  Or we welcome you to just take a look at what everyone else is doing. Sally also has links each week to photography sites, so pop over for a look.

I hope your 2015 was wonderful, but either way, I pray you have a 2016 filled with blessings and thanks so much for spending time on my blog.  I always appreciate you and your comments.

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After a break for travel and fun, Sally’s back with her weekly mobile photo challenge, open to anyone taking shots with non-traditional cameras.  These days, a phone may be the “traditional” camera, but in this case, any device not sold as a camera would qualify.  Sally, I hope you enjoyed your much-deserved break, but I did miss having a set challenge last Monday.  However, I not only survived, but had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  What I really wonder is this?  How can it already by the end of November???  At least now I can officially be excited about getting ready for Christmas.  🙂

On to the editing.  In the pair of photos of the leaf with frost, the first shot is the original and all the editing I’ve done is the frame.  I didn’t even enhance the color, which I would normally have done.  The second is edited with DistressedFX, then framed in Picasa.

copyright janet m. webb 2015

copyright janet m. webb 2015

The first of the following set of three is the original and the next two are done in Glaze.  I still find the iPhone too small for me to feel comfortable editing on it, so I do the editing on my iPad, then send the photos to my laptop.  It’s fun to play around with editing, that’s for sure, but there are so many options and combinations that it could occupy me forever.

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I went for just a bit of Impressionism here, but much more out there for the second.

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Duplos and Legos are some of the best toys ever made…for children and adults.  When our girls were little, we had a friend, a lovely Turkish woman, who came over once a week.  She and I would have tea and chocolate when the girls took their naps, but when they were up, she often joined them in creating Duplo/Lego masterpieces.  (And were we sad when they finally gave up napping!!)

Morton Arboretum, a jewel in the Chicago suburbs, currently features “Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks by Sean Kenney.”

464,770 LEGO® bricks + 4,170 hours of creativity =
13 larger-than-life displays inspired by nature!
A Chicago-area exclusive: July 17 through November 1.

Recently, we wandered the section of the gardens where the various creations were presented.  Here’s a sample of what we saw.

Legos copyright janet m. webb 2015 (more…)

I hope you didn’t expect to see the Chippendales or some hunky athletes who are sculpted!  These beauties are from a sculpture garden in Skokie, Illinois, but I’m not sure you’d like to have them in your yard.  However, they more than qualify for the Oddball Photo Challenge, making them beautiful in my eyes.

For the next week, I’ll have very little internet, so apologies in advance for lack of communication and reading.  I appreciate your understanding!

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