I'm pretty sure the idea of Third Thursday is to choose a skill, creative avenue, or interest you'd like to enhance or explore and focus on that for the month and then check in. Being somewhat of a maverick, I didn't do that, but I'm checking in anyway. Brenda likes me, she'll let it slide. She's a self proclaimed rule follower and I'm a self proclaimed not rule follower. We are those opposites attracting one another. If my post falls out of the linky, you'll know I pushed too far beyond the attraction. ; )
What I've done to remain in the ballpark of the rules is go thru my images to see what I've been up to, even if I'm not aware of it. Maybe I've been on a creative avenue and I don't even know it. Boo-yah.
I've never been able to jump with both feet into the whole texture "thing". It never really felt like me. I respect the work that goes into it, and the dainty rural scenes or flower essences or treatments of antiques ....but when I try them on for size, they rarely feel like me.
I have a nice assortment of textures thanks to Kim Klassen. She is sort of "Queen of Textures", and I thank her for those she provides....but I wander thru them wondering what I should pick. If I'm being honest (and I am) a lot of times I use textures just to cover up what I think is a sub par image. Waa, waa, waa....the cat has slipped out of the texture bag.
BUT, I've been using them more lately and they have felt like they fit a bit better.
I've found some textures on Flickr. They are a little edgier, a bit less flowery and my interest has notched up a few steps. The image above has a texture by Joe's Sistah. I like it.
Here's another one. I like it, I don't love it, but....it was fun to put together, and yes I was trying to rescue a sub par image. I do think it helped.
Something else I've been doing without being intentional is using a duotone finish on images. Again, I think this comes out of messing with images I'm not satisfied with, or maybe it's trying to catch a mood, but at this juncture, they appeal to me. Maybe it's just a phase and I'll grow out of it.
The other day it snowed ALL day. I decided being in was better than out and thought I'd play with some moody selfies. This is a little on the yucky side of moody...I pushed it I guess. But like the other two images, the colorization is placed against a BW process. No texture on this one. Just a touch of cat hair here and there.
So see, I even surprised myself about how creative I've
Thanks for stopping by for my ramble. My hard drive has DIED! It is a wake up call to my addiction to all things internet. I'm borrowing a computer for today, but will likely be without one until early next week. If I don't visit, that's likely the reason. A little iPhone can only fill in here and there. I feel relieved that I have an external HD that has been backing up my files. I can't imagine the instant crash into complete depression if I hadn't bought one. If you haven't.....take my friendly advice. It's like buying a $150 insurance policy. Think it thru.