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Duck, Turtle, & Koi

In 2004, I celebrated my 40th birthday with friends and family with a day of festivities at the Seattle Arboretum, the Japanese Garden and finished with dinner at the Queen Anne Sam’s Sushi.

Today’s photo is one of from the pond at the Japanese Garden. The flowers and critters were out in full force that day.

This photo was cropped and color enhanced in the Gimp.


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26 Minutes to Armageddon

Back in 2004, I was working in the South Lake Union area.  Bus commuting from the South Slope of Queen Anne to South Lake Union was ridic (and still is). I won’t go into the silliness of that and leave it as I tried walking to work for a while.  I took the digital camera I had, a Powershot S50.

I like graffiti.  Not tagging mind you, which makes me want to run out, buy spray paint, and tangle around it.

There was someone going around Seattle at this time, spraying small bits of graffiti art. All unsigned, so I attribute it to that most prolific artist: Anonymous.

26 Minutes to Armageddon

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Old Brick Building

Back in 2005, I was a techie/designer with Open Circle Theater.  When the theater was located in the Lake Union area. Back then, that neighborhood was a pretty run-down, semi-industrial area.  The biggest draws were Fred Hutch, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and the Museum of Wooden Boats. Long before the industrial buildings were knocked down for Amazon, the Slut, random biotech firms, etc.

This photo was taken with my Canon Powershot S50 using the black and white setting. The building was next door to the theater. This view is from the alley behind the building. Yes, those are trees growing out of the brick work.

I did 3 layers with this image to deepen the blacks and to sharpen to overall image, layered over the original.


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Atomic Laundry

In 2011, I accompanied my mom to Pasco, WA for total knee replacement surgery. Mom was out for a while post-surgery, so I wandered around the neighborhood with my Canon Rebel.  It was a cloudless October morning. Pasco is part of the Tri-Cities area and is near the Hanford Nuclear plant, so there are lots of atomic-themed shops.

This photo needed minimal processing. I cropped and added a color enhance layer. The sky was fairly blue, but the color enhance pass deepened the ombre look.

Mom’s surgery went very well.


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Hummingbird Nest

Hi ho friends.  I know the posts have been sporadic of late, I’ve been fiddling with the look of this site.  The design upgrade reminded me of a project I’ve had on the back burner for far too long: re-organizing my files. I’ve owned cameras since 1982 and my first digital camera was a gift from Mr. Thompson in 2002.  You’d think that for all the years I’ve taken photographs, that I’d have some brilliant filing scheme.  Oddly enough, I apply my vast organizing skills at work and get home and, well, it’s the last task on the chore list.

It was scanning my paintings and converting them to art prints that finally pushed me over the edge.  Virtually speaking, my files were strewn everywhere.  Duplicates abounded. As with most tedious chores, I put it off as long as humanly possible.

Truthfully, though, I got as far as Stage 1: getting files into a system. I’ve chosen to group by year.  Stage 2 is to make sure files have a name rather than the Canon file convention of IMG_number.  Stage 1 took just long enough that Stage 2 will happen in a month or so. Stage 3 will getting my 35 mm negatives scanned and cataloged.

More photos than I expected had names.  Unfortunately, a large batch of them were taken with my circa 2002 Canon PowerShot S50, which took photos at a whopping 4 megapixels!

I haven’t run prints but I can’t image the images from era will end up as stand alone photo prints. I can see using parts in photo collages, brushes, and filters. The other benefit to this file clean-up is I can reboot my From the Archives series.

First up, this charming humming nest image from 2004.  The original photo was taken by my Powershot, at night.  We were visiting our friends Pat & Lisa one evening. Lisa mentioned the nest and I naturally grabbed my camera to capture it. Using the flash, I knew I’d get only one chance to capture the bird. I’m surprised the photo came out as clear as it did.

The original photo is pretty standard. I cropped it because the bird was so close to the left edge of the frame.  My current process is to work in layers, flatten the final image and export it to jpg for posting. For this photo, I used color enhance, neon, a layer using the airbrush tool and made blobs of green, pink, orange, and white.

I will start a new series soon called Unfinished Paintings, or UFP.  I have a stack of 9×12 watercolor paintings that are in various stages of completion. I’m hoping that scanning and editing the images, plus a post about them will get the creative juices flowing.

What’s on your work table?  Leave a comment and link to your latest project. I’d love to see what you’re up to.

Happy creating!

Hummingbird next @ night
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Women’s March 2017

Hi Ho friends.  I admire people who protest, but it’s not for me.  I have a severe aversion to crowds.  Today’s protest in Seattle had over 120,000 women.  I may be too freaked out by crowds to march, but I still want to show my support and voice my opinion, so I created this gal, who I will call Luci the Virtual Protester.

I used 9″x12″ Canson Marker paper and sketched her in pencil. I colored her with Tombow and Auqa Markers.  I tried blending with one of my water brushes. I don’t recommend it on marker paper – it pills the paper rather badly.  I switched to my Aqua Marker blender, which worked better, but the paper still pulled in toward the center.


I scanned this gal on my Epson flatbed scanner @ 300 dpi and as a .tiff file.  Edited in the GIMP.  As I learned from Tam in her digital dreams class, I create new layers for each adjustment and leave the original layer intact.  The background was done as digital layers using the air brush tool and different default brushes in blues, greens and purples. I adjusted the size way up to 300.  I added a handwriting layer and used the ink brush as the smallest setting.  The writing was black –  I selected the Overlay layer mode. Overall, this is quite a lighter color palette than I normally use, but I really enjoyed making Luci.

Cropped it down to 4:5 ration so it would print as an 8×10.

The my-body-my-choice-tenukihandcrafts is a pdf file.

In case you’re wondering, that’s what the L stands for.

While Luci is not the first piece of political art I’ve created, she is the first released to the world.

You don’t have to hit the streets to make your voice heard. Be yourself.

Much love to you, my friends.

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Digital Photo Madness

Originally published on my blogger blog on 07/17/14. Moved here as part of the 2016 Blog Thread Separation project.

I picked up several Stampington publications with their recent sale, including the Spring 2012 Somerset Digital Studio. I stopped on page 22, with Susan Tuttle’s article on iPhonography.

Needless to say, I have gone quite mad playing with various apps. Here are a few of my creations, featuring my Dollshe Bernard, Ethan. His faceup and outfit are by me. Expect more of this sort of thing.

I used Aviary and Pixl-r-matic to edit these images.

Happy crafting.


digitizedginger imhound lysander

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September Moonrise

Hi ho lovelies.

I’ve been pretty good for the past couple months of scheduling weekly fresh posts.  My next blog goal is to refine by type of posts (my current classes, planner updates, photography, etc.) on a regular schedule.  I just need an afternoon to sit down with the planner and plot it out – I probably should schedule that 😉

Here is an edited (and hopefully improved) version of the sunset and moon rise photo I posted on 9/13.  The image was shot with my cell phone and enhanced in Gimp with filters and blurring on the two figures.


I’m already dreaming of blog plans for 2017, so if there is something specific you’d like to see more of, please leave a comment.

Happy fall (or spring, for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere!)

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Rin & Soah

Hi ho, my lovelies.

Looking through my doll photos recently, I found an old favorite.  It’s a sweet photo of two of my smiling dolls: B&G Rin, called Hiro and Elfdoll Smiling Soah, called Ginger.

When I first got into the bjd world, I wasn’t very interested in editing a photo to make the dolls look more real by smudging out the joints.  I mention it because I also didn’t have the skillset to made other corrections, like “erase” stray hairs, fix cracks in the face-up, and what have you.

However, I’m beginning to use my doll photos in my mixed media art and leveled up my GIMP skills, so editing the doll photos opens up some new art possibilities. Tonight, I spent as much time as I had patience for tonight fixing Hiro’s hair by smudging it out.   His wig has always been a flyaway mess. I took about a billion photos before I read S Dink’s trick for wigs: she spritzes them with water.  Brilliant.  I’ll have to try it during my next shoot.

Anywho, this photo involves four layers: plasma, my own boccea type filter, and 2 copies of the photo – the original and a version that I Oilified, Clothified, and Cartooned.  I fiddled with adjusting the layers, flattened it and here it is.


I may be sharing a table with a co-worker for the Swedish Arts Bazaar, if the stars line up and the group organizing it puts us down for a 6′ table.  Stay tuned for deets.

Happy creating!

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Pebble Girl




The Gimp-speriments continue. I have a pebbly obsession. I like them. Fortunately, I can now virtually pick them up with my camera. And merge them with one of my journal pages. I like the pebble texture. It almost looks like it’s the paper.

What are your experiments? Leave me a comment and tell me what you’re working on.

Fly, be free, my lovelies.


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Another Digital Buddha


I’m still learning about all the Gimp tools and what they do.  To be honest, I’m not making a scientific study of photography, the physics, or stuff like that. I’m just interested in composition and what I like.  I approach photography more like painting, kinda silly, but there it is.

I merged a couple of my favorite, though flawed photos.  The actual Buddha photo is kinda icky. The Buddha is overexposed and has a deep shadow on the left. The paper lantern photo shows the stage ceiling and all the unattractive stage light equipment. Fixing the exposure on both photos has proven problematic in the past. I made this image by duplicating layers, cutting out parts of the image and then adjusting each layer before merging them into a single layer jpg.

I’d say it’s the closest I’ve gotten to creating something digitally that looks like one of my mixed media paintings. I’m happy to have finally made use of this photo and that I now have enough photo editing skill to salvage some of my other favorite, flawed photos.

Fly, be free, my pretties.

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Ello in the Sun


Hi my lovelies.

Today was my monthly massage with Sami, I’m extra spacey afterwards so I usually walk. It was a beautiful, if very warm day so I took my Canon Rebel with wide angle lens and Ellowyne.

This is the Canon entry level wide angle lens, which according to the reviews, is perfectly serviceable for it’s price, about $150.  I certainly have no complaints.

I meandered back home in about 1.5 hours. It’s a 25 minute walk if I take the least hilly, most direct route around 10th West. Sami works at the spa on Gilman.  When I go the long way home, I walk up Gilman (steep!) and along 7th West, which has a great viewpoint of Elliot Bay.  There happened to be a wedding party taking photos at the spot. I was tempted to pose Ello in front of the party. Not photo bomb them per se but I would have been conspicuous holding her up in front the group to get her in scale.  She wasn’t dressed for a wedding party, so we went on our way.

I did some photo manipulation in the GIMP: I smudged her shoulder joints and hair line to make them less obvious and dodged her eyes to get them a bit more depth.  It was an experiment to see if I could remove joint lines and make it look ok.  It was rather time-consuming, so I didn’t do as great a job as I could, but I’m pretty pleased with the results for the amount of time I spent on the tasks.

I took other non-Ello photos as well, so you may expect to see those in future posts.

Fly, be free, my pretties.