Saturday, January 31, 2009

Oregon Coast

Canvas from an old printing press, trees from Yachats, and a crow photographed this morning on the beach in Seal Rock come together in this photomontage that has a sort of dark and spooky look. The photomontage was finished a month or so ago — all I needed was the bird, who I finally found this morning. ©Carol Leigh

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The D Teem

I began working on this piece last June. And it's now so old I don't remember where I got the various elements. The letter "D" is part of a rusty old sign peeling away from an even rustier metal background. The Teem advertisement came from (I believe) a nursery in San Diego. The rest? A complete mystery! I like the warm tones, the monochromatic look, and the overall grunge. ©Carol Leigh

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Twilight Trees

During a walk around the block, I photographed these trees against a cloudy sky. I then added part of a mural I photographed in Florence, some stars, and created a reflection. In one of my online classes I have a lesson/assignment called "Walk Around the Block." Photographers moan and groan that there's nothing interesting on their block. The point is to look and to see. You can always find SOMETHING! In that one walk around the block the other day, I've now created three decent photographs -- one of the letter "R," another involving the number "2" I found on a telephone pole (below), and now these trees. ©Carol Leigh

Monday, January 26, 2009

French Blue Two

Sometimes these things just come together so easily. I was thinking about an old algebra book and how I'd scanned some of its pages. Aha! Combine it with some cool texturey stuff! But I couldn't find my algebra photos -- they must be in the other computer and I didn't want to start mucking around with all that. I then found a page of French handwriting from 1892. I combined that with some rust and a number "2" I photographed yesterday on a telephone pole. And voila! I love this photomontage. And I believe I have three more versions of it waiting in the wings for me to finalize. How long did this one take to create? Just a few hours (most of which consisted of sitting and staring and thinking). Once I begin selling prints again, this one definitely will be in the mix. Just a quick thought . . . How often do YOU get really excited about what you've created? Doesn't matter if it's a photograph, a cake, a child, or a painting. Creation and the wonderful SURPRISE of creation -- what a fantastic high. Have a great day. ©Carol Leigh

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Totem Cat

I photographed a board covered with peeling paint and staples and combined it with a photo I took in Santa Fe of an ersatz totem pole. I then added some paint and bits of a weathered door, also shot in Santa Fe. ©Carol Leigh

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fire on the River

Trees on a riverbank combine with trees photographed at sunset in this strange photomontage. ©Carol Leigh

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Waterfire Two

A number "2" from a railroad car in Santa Fe, a close-up of a Chinese cabinet taken in Portland, Oregon, and the reflection of sky and orange lights in a stream in Breckenridge, Colorado come together in this fire-like interpretation. A few blue strings running across the top and it's complete. ©Carol Leigh

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Alsea Tree

A tree I photographed this afternoon at the Port of Alsea looks great with some illumination behind it. ©Carol Leigh

Friday, January 2, 2009

Bare Branches

After a day of high (75mph) winds and a lot of rain (3"), I doubt there's a leaf on a tree anywhere this morning. I put together this photomontage of a bare tree on the Oregon coast and a couple of different pieces of rusty metal to represent the last 24 hours. Happy New Year?! ©Carol Leigh