Thursday, June 30, 2011

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks





I freely admit that I can be quite Tech Challenged and am slow to embrace Technology that I either don't understand or can't figure out without a Mentor.  Thankfully the G-Kids don't mind Mentoring Gramma and because they're Children, the way in which they Teach is basic and patient... I can roll with that! *Winks*

I have been enamored with the fabulous Photo Effects that I witness daily in the Land Of Blog and wanted to learn more about how to tweak my humble amateur Photos into visual delights such as those.  Photo Textures in particular were drawing me in... and yet, I couldn't locate free sites that offered this type of effect that I could play with and learn... until today that is.  I discovered a site called LUNAPIC  that offered a wide variety of Photo Editing that was very user friendly for the Tech Disadvantaged such as myself *winks* and offered Texturing! *excited squeal*

So today I played... and am showing off some of my results that I was quite pleased with... the original Photo will be the one below all the edited versions... what FUN!!!





It is confirmed... you CAN teach an old dog new tricks *Smiles*... just be basic and patient...
We may no longer learn at warp speed all of the new Technology the  younger generation cut their teeth upon and seem to absorb so effortlessly... and don't be surprised if we still enjoy doing some things 'Old School' Style and hold onto the old ways with heavy doses of nostalgia and tenacity *LOL*...






 But learning new things can be a Lifelong enjoyable experience...
It is for me anyway... and it's always nice to hear the G-Kids exclaim, "Good job Gramma..." *Winks*


I've learned that you can never really make mistakes when you are expressing yourself Artistically...


Beautiful 'Accidents' often happen when you're experimenting... and perfecting technique & skills...
Learning... however long it takes... and whatever Method works for YOU...


And the layering of Beauty upon Beauty... Subtly as with this Sandstone Texture that they offered...


Or boldly, as with this Persian Rug Texture I created once I learned what a Clipboard was and how to utilize it to design my own Textures *Winks*...  Well, you KNOW that MY OWN created Textures would not be subtle now didn't you? *LOL*  I don't think I've ever been accused of being subtle as a matter of fact... *Smiles*

And Beauty upon Beauty is something that delights the senses... because my Mantra has always been...
More is never enough... *Winks*


After all, you're never too old to Play and have Fun now are you? *Smiles*
So go ahead, learn something new and have Fun while you're at it my Friends...
Don't be timid... you're only limited by your Imagination you know...
And I've found that to be a truly endless Source... 

Dawn... The Bohemian

*Several of the original Images were Photographed while I was visiting NOT TOO SHABBY*

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Persian Paradise Fantasy & A Birthday


























Every so often I indulge myself in a Persian Paradise Fantasy... one of those "if money were no object" imaginary shopping sprees.  You know the ones... where you could buy the most exquisite of whatever it is that you are strongly attracted to and would build a collection of that thing, YOUR 'thing'... which would rival any Gallery on Earth. *Winks*

For some Women it is Diamonds... for me it would be amazing Antique Persian Carpets & Rugs of the highest calibre, fabulous designs & colors. I'd have them all over the place... the floors... the walls.  Layered incomparable Beauty saturating the senses.  It might not be everyone's 'thing' but it certainly is MY 'thing'.  Well, ONE of them anyway. *Smiles*

When I think of the skill, training and time an Artisan must have to create such Masterpieces it truly blows my mind.  In our mass produced society, to own hand-made works of Art of any kind is indeed a privilege and a Joy.  To own Antique Masterpieces created by Artists that are no longer on this side of Time and Eternity and yet they live on through their Art... pieces that that can be cherished, appreciated and preserved for future generations is an honor.  

I love to look at the myriad of Designs & Colors that the Art of Rug & Carpet making offer... almost like Snowflakes in that each is so unique... to Regions... and to each skillful Artist that imparted a piece of their personality and character into their creations. I can browse a Persian Rug Gallery for as long as I could wander around an Art Gallery... because to me each is a fabulous work of Art. I've always been drawn to Textiles of all sorts, there's something very organic about it to me.

Would I be spoiled for choice if I could afford any that I desired... naturally.
Would I be insatiable... probably... okay, most definitely!!! *LOL*
It would more than likely become a lifelong obsession...
So perhaps its just as well that I'm only doing it on the canvas of my imagination. *Smiles*
But oh, it's SO much fun to pretend and indulge myself in the occassional Persian Paradise Fantasy...
Of epic proportions...
Can you only imagine what my Fantasy Mansion would look like my Friends?! *swoon worthy* 



And since it is The Son's Birthday today... he and I will be out shopping for the perfect electric guitar... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SON!!!  Rock on...

Dawn... The Bohemian

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Audrey's... And Jan Jarres Designs


















I just LOVE discovering delightful new Shops that have a wealth of Treasures waiting to be claimed!  I want to introduce you to one in East Phoenix called AUDREY'S that is part Boutique and part Antique and Found Treasures.  Proprietor Erin is so sweet and personable that you will feel like an old Friend upon meeting her.  She carries some fab items from local Artists... I fell in Love with the Vintage Doorknob/Hardware Clocks... being an Old Door & Harware addict, you knew I would! *Winks*  Gotta save up for one of those for sure...

And while visiting with Erin she introduced me to another amazingly talented local Artist, Jan Jarres of JAN JARRES CREATIVE DESIGN.  Jan has an amazing sense of Style and looks every bit the Artist... her Jewelry Designs and Vintage Bottles and Cross Creations are off the hook... take a peek at a few Sold items she brought in to Erin's Shop this day...





Yep, it's no wonder her pieces sell immediately... I'm adoring that Candelabra... and the fabulous Turquoise creations Jan was wearing that she had made, take my word for it, they were gorgeous!!!  I know, I know, I shouldda asked her to model it all for me... but we were all having such a grand time visiting and getting to know each other that I almost completely forgot about my Blog Photo Op responsibilities to you all... sorry!  Next time, I promise...  In the meantime I cribbed a pix of one of her AMAZING Turquoise Cuffs from her Etsy Shop... sorry, SOLD... but why wouldn't it be... it is a superb piece!!! 

But if you're in the area of North Cave Creek Road in Phoenix, stop by Erin's Shop AUDREY'S... and click on the links above to take you to both Gals sites... introduce yourselves and tell 'em Dawn sent ya...

Dawn... The Bohemian

A life touched by God always ends in touching others. - Erwin McManus

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino (1923-1996)

For creativity to flourish one should try to look at everything as though it were being seen for the first or the last time. - Quote from "A Thousand Paths To Creativity" by David Baird

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