Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Orange you glad THAT's over!

I am beginning to have a suspicion that August has it out for me.  Last year at this time, as we were getting ready to take my older daughter off to college, I was stopped in my tracks with a ruptured appendix.  This year, we had a close run-in with Hurricane Irene.  Whether or not my daughter made it back to school became a race between a complicated balance of factors:  the time the school allowed students to check in, how long it would take us to drive there and back, and when the storm was scheduled to hit Connecticut...

She made it back just fine, and we all came through without major damage, thank God!  We did lose power, though, and then our backup generator failed.  The repairman actually made matters worse by frying some major electrical circuits -- but all that pales in comparison to what happened to so many others.  My thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost so much in this storm!


My internet returned today, so I have to celebrate by joining in the fun over at Kim Klassen's cafe!  Click here to see some seriously gorgeous images.... The theme today is the color orange!  The color is certainly perfect for this season, although there are no leaves even remotely that color around here yet.  It's also one of my favorite colors:  I love to use it with hot pink and purple.... but more on that another day!  



These are raw fibers, no textures added....
I've been working with silks and wools lately -- can't wait to finish my project so I can show you!
OK, here are my "official" oranges:
I used Kim's "Chamomile" (overlay @ 100%), "Drop Cloth" (soft light @ 34%), and "Canvas Back Magic" (difference @ 100%) 
"Silence" (overlay @38%) and "Canvas Back Magic" (soft light @30%)
I couldn't resist adding this fly -- I didn't texturize him, though.
Speaking of critters, I found a lot of them recently.  They aren't orange, but they are fun to look at!
"Canvas Back Magic" (soft light @25%), "Canvas Back" (overlay @49%)

"Silence" (overlay @100%), "Canvas Back Magic" (overlay @38%), "Canvas Back" (overlay @55%)

"Silence" (overlay @78%) and "Mayzee" (overlay @42%)
Well, maybe the bee counts as "orange".....

I'll sign off with one more image.  This is my youngest daughter, Sam, who just painted a portrait of her grandfather.  She is an amazing artist, and wants nothing more than to be finished with high school and happily established in art school, where she can paint all day and all night.  (Patience, grasshopper.)
In the meantime, she has decided that she will set up shop as a freelance portrait painter here in our town....
I bet she will have a waiting list very soon!

20 comments:

Nadege, said...

Very talented family. I love the colored threads and that little flower. Nice post.

Ruth said...

love them all! Especially the pans! Glad you're ok, it's nearly September :)

Evelyn said...

I love all your "orange" images ~ they're beautiful! And you daughter is very talented indeed!

Teresa said...

So glad you got through the storm ok and hope the muscle pull heals soon.
Your images are beautiful . . .I love the compositions particularly the orange pans and your texture work fits so well with them all . . .beautiful work.
Your daughter's talent looks amazing I wish her every success. Best wishes, Teresa x

Barb said...

I especially love the bee on the coneflower!

deb duty said...

Love all the little critters you captured. Your daughter is very talented. I wish her lots of success with her new venture.

sabrina sane said...

Love your series- I did one, too. The copper pots and great textures are my favorite, but the shot of the bee is amazing.

Sivinden said...

Lovely collection of pictures. Your "official oranges" are so well edited.

tiarastantrums said...

love the copper pots

Pat said...

Great collection of oranges this week - you did great work here!

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

All your images for today's TT are amazing but I think my faves are the fibers! I love fibers, ribbon, yarns etc. Your daughter has such a bright future ahead--what talent!

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

HI Kathleen,
I'm stopping in again to let you know the flowers/leaves in my photos were the original colors. No alteration except to bump up the saturation a bit.
The flowers are bougainvillea but I had never seen any that color, usually fuschia. The leaves were gigantic croton plants that were extremely vivid and beautiful.

Miriam said...

I love the pans! I have the same ones but never gave them a thought.!! and the fibres are simply beautiful. What a talented daughter you have. thank you so much for visiting me.

Victoria said...

Talent runs in the family I see! Your photos are always so lovely, (the pan is great and so is the fly!) And your daughter is going to go places with her gift of painting!

johanna said...

i love all your array of photos!

urban muser said...

these are all great shots! glad you made it through the storm with minimal damage.

Marilyn said...

Thank you for the lovely photos and sharing of your "recipes". Your work is lovely and so expressive.

yvette said...

Some great little critters! I love the copper pots with some great technique with the textures!Glad you and the family are safe!

Magic Gypsy said...

Great orange photos and wonderful critters!

hannah said...

Hi Kathleen.
What a great collection of colours, especially the shades of orange. that copper pan has given you some joy.