Computer Art: My First Tries

This is my response to the Daily Post’s Daily Prompt:  Aesthetic Hello Readers. For about ten years I have wanted one of those “bamboo thingies” to play artist on my computer with. I’m an artist who has felt so very left behind. This year I hit the jackpot. I now have a Wacom med. tablet and Corel Painter and an annual membership to Adobe for the works. On top of all this, I have a new camera. (Better late than never!) So I’m pretty excited. What you are about to see are my very first tries…to see and check out … Continue reading Computer Art: My First Tries

Night Shift

We’re camped at a place called Graves Creek. It’s midnight. The lantern glow and diminishing campfire flames, the nearby rush of river with rising shadows of mountains I can barely discern above silhouetted tree tops, and the oxygen-rich air of this rain-forest valley conspire to keep me awake by offering me an experience too wonderful to miss should I sleep. A Lunar moth with a body the size of cigar, its wings spanning at least six inches, flutters, heavily, to the lantern light.  It bounces against the lantern base, bumps the cedar tree, and then, with wobbling flight, continues its … Continue reading Night Shift

Letter to Donald Trump for Help in Fleshing Out a Character within My Fiction Novel

November 15, 2016 Note to readers: the following letter was originally written in August 2014. It has nothing to do with current politics. It was never mailed. You are welcome to share your thoughts on my questions. I’ve spent 2 1/2 Nanowrimos on this fiction novel so far. I wasn’t able to participate this November and sorely miss the opportunity. But I do want to thank all the writers over there for their help during previous years. Here was/is my “working title and cover.” It’s just something, you know, something. I kept this letter to Donald Trump within my notes because … Continue reading Letter to Donald Trump for Help in Fleshing Out a Character within My Fiction Novel

Gawdawful Creepy

Is it more frightening to hear something you cannot identify or to see something—a threat— you hadn’t realized existed? Would you rather be confronted by: A pack of Dire-wolves or grizzly bears? Angry Sasquatches or armed intruders? A huge Star-ship blasting beams of light towards earth in search of unwary humans or standing within a forest of brittle trees during a major windstorm? Yes, those are all threats you can see. But what about those sounds heard in the dead of night and in daylight hours that you cannot readily identify ? I’ve experienced a few of those and here are a couple of the … Continue reading Gawdawful Creepy

DEVELOPING YOUR EYE: Water

October 2016 Assignment: How will you interpret today’s theme? I love water, fresh, clean, water. I love the spring rush, the new buds and that time of year following the dead of winter when I breathe air fragrant with sap on the rise in the rain forest valleys. Revival. I love the smell of brine and taste of salt and capturing moments of time in the sand along the Salish Sea in the summer. I love the winds and moods of winter, the power of deep mystery upon fresh water lakes within the rain forest.   And fall water flow full … Continue reading DEVELOPING YOUR EYE: Water

Day Four: A Story in a Single Image

October 2016 The assignment:  Images — including photographs and works of art — can also be starting points for stories, essays, poems, and personal musings. Use one of the images above as the creative spark for today’s post — use it as the setting for a poem, write about how it makes you feel, or describe a memory it conjures. Anyone who knows me knows which photo I chose. 1,0000 Years  Young growth forest of pecker poles, branches high and thin Allows grass and seedlings to flourish Yet no bird’s song I hear within Still, I allow my eyes to graze … Continue reading Day Four: A Story in a Single Image

Developing Your Eye: Photography Day 1

Today’s assignment is: What does home look like to you? I am so non-mechanical that cameras are hard for me to understand. We recently had to purchase a new “family” camera because  of a sort of funny incident. We had our two granddaughters up here for the month of July and the younger one had a birthday during that month. Well, while they were here I had t hem working on a scrapbook about t he things they were doing while with grandma and grandpa and so there were a ready supply of poster paper, fancy schmancy scissors, photos printed … Continue reading Developing Your Eye: Photography Day 1