Friday, April 26, 2013

Word and Insect of the Day

Two B's. To Be. Or not. ©Carol Leigh

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Munch Screams Pontiac

Today I found this orb (click to enlarge) I created some time ago and realized how it made me think of the painter Munch's "The Scream." Ha! ©Carol Leigh

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Train Art

Well, the alleged "goal" was to get some plants for the yard. But when I saw the trains, well, you know how that goes! Perfect weather, perfect companion, perfect subject matter. And we did eventually get the plants — three perfect azalea bushes. A good day. Maybe even perfect. ©Carol Leigh

Monday, April 22, 2013

Latest work(s): "Red Canyons" and "TW"

I took a photo of scratched metal a few years ago and I find it's a "go-to" element in a lot of my photomontages where I want to add lines and texture. Both of these montages incorporate that same metal photograph. (Diane M., it's the background in that flower photo you have of mine.)

These two images are completely different, but I like the similar textures they have. The top photo contains just one photograph (my photo of the scratched metal); I drew the other elements. The bottom photo incorporates perhaps three photographs: a railroad car, a container, and (again) my favorite piece of metal. ©Carol Leigh

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Latest work: "San Andreas Fault"

Invariably, what I set out to create turns out nothing like I thought it would be, which is the delightful thing about what I do. If I knew what I was going to make, there'd be no point in making it. (Which may or may not make sense.) In this case I combined my photos of texture on the side of a fishing boat, a reflection in the water, a photo I took of someone's calligraphy practice, and more to create this image that makes me think of faults, earthquakes, epicenters, etc. I've been re-reading a book called Assembling California by John McPhee, and so I've got geology on my mind, apparently. ©Carol Leigh

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Good to know . . . ©Carol Leigh

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Five Facts About Reading

Fact 1: Reading can make you a better conversationalist.
Fact 2: Neighbours will never complain that your book is too loud.
Fact 3: Knowledge by osmosis has not yet been perfected. You’d better read.
Fact 4: Books have stopped bullets - reading might save your life.
Fact 5: Dinosaurs didn’t read. Look what happened to them.
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Carol Leigh

Latest work: "Heading West"

I photographed an old leather book cover, burned paper, handmade papers, paint, folded papers, more book covers, and combined all those photos to create this landscape-ish image. I'm particularly fond of the "mountains" and the golden color and texture of the "sky." ©Carol Leigh

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Latest work: "Approaching Spring"

A tree against a concrete wall offers a little promise of spring. (Click to enlarge.) ©Carol Leigh

Monday, April 15, 2013

A few days in Portland

I spent a few days in Portland attending a Photoshop seminar as well as visiting a couple of art supply places. During seminar breaks and an early-morning walk around downtown, I shot a few quick images.

I like the contrast of stark metal with the softer rose in the center in the first photo. Spring has truly sprung as you can see in the second shot.

The top of a light post stands out nicely against the brick background building, and an unknown person glowers above a little cafe. Finally, just had to take a photo of the windows and curved architectural elements in the Convention Center.

What you don't see is what a wonderful dinner I had with Linda and Hugh H. at The Fishwife restaurant. Fantastic food with terrific people. Thank you both!

©Carol Leigh

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

2.5 Pairs of Pears

I've been working my older photos, working with new techniques, new materials, new inspiration, and then uploading the results to Fine Art America where, to my delight, sales continue to come in. Here's a selection of pears I uploaded this week . . . ©Carol Leigh

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A bit of yellow . . .

Lots of heavy rain and strong winds these past few days, so a bit of yellow is quite welcome right now. I've been rummaging around in old files, doing some spring cleaning, and gathered together these four: A Peterbilt emblem found on an old bus in central California, a cute little dog face on a train car in Oregon, steps leading upward found on a railroad car in Jamestown, California, and a "DANGER POISON" label on a train car, again in Oregon. Wishing you all a bit of yellow (and no poison) in your life today. ©Carol Leigh

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Latest work: "Amoy"

Photos I've taken of stained papers, calligraphy, decorative papers, paste, letters, envelopes, stamps, and more come together in this piece. (Click to enlarge.) ©Carol Leigh

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Latest work: "On the Marks"

What appeals to me are the dusty blue, indigo, sepia, and black colors. I also like the simple composition and the way the more organic, rounded elements contrast with the severe lines and forms of the overall construction. Whew! Do I sound pretentious, or what?! Bottom line, this was a fun piece to make and I am fond of its overall weirdness. ©Carol Leigh

Monday, April 1, 2013

Kohaku chameleonii

I was lucky to photograph this rare form of koi, which changes color to blend in with its background. This red and white koi, known as "kohaku," has almost finished its transformation. Without the last remaining spot of red, you'd never know the koi was there. ©Carol Leigh