Monday, December 16, 2013


Just popping in to again wish each of you a very happy holiday season!  May all your preparations unfold smoothly and may you each find a little time to rest, reflect and count your blessings.  (Even in the midst of difficult times, there are blessings to be found.)

One blessing that is high on my list is the connections made with so many like-minded photo artists during 2013.  Your creativity and generosity truly touch my heart.  May our interest in making art from our photographs continue to bring us together in 2014!

Here are a couple of pieces of photo art made from one photograph of a poinsettia.

This version had a levels adjustment, was sharpened, the filter 'poster edges' applied and text inserted using the font 'Papyrus'.  I always make a couple of calendars each year using my photo art creations and this image is found in one of them for the month of December, 2014.

The recipe for this second version is as follows:

*  levels adjustment
*  gradient adjustment using soft pinks and greens
*  sharpened
*  run through Rad Lab using stylets 'Oh Snap', 'Vario-Tone', 'EZ-Burn' and 'Rusty Cage' and reduced the overall 'strength' of the Rusty Cage stylet by 15%.
*  reduced the opacity of the whole Rad Lab application by 20%
*  merged layers
*  duplicated resulting layer
*  applied Filter>Artistic>Poster Edges, adjusting sliders to 0, 0, and 3. Reduced opacity of the   poster edges to 85%.
*  applied text using 2Peas Gift font

I like both versions, but probably favor the second.  Since I made it just a few minutes ago, it does not appear in my second calendar.  Oh well, maybe for one of my 2015 calendars!

If you have a moment in your busy schedule, please mark down the date for our first Photo Art Friday in 2014.  It is January 3rd to 5th.  Early birds will find the doors open to our virtual art gallery on Thursday, Jan. 2nd!  Looking forward to seeing you then.  (Scroll down to the previous post to see what the optional theme is for the 01/14 edition of Photo Art Friday.)

P.S.  Did you sign up for the Photoshop Artistry course?  I did and am really happy with it!  You log in and watch as many of the instructive videos as you please - whenever you please.  Can't get more convenient than that!


  1. Merry Christmas to you Bonnie. Thank you for all the wonderful art, textures, inspiration and encouragement. These two poinsettias are so beautiful and a lovely change from the traditional red. I have a plan for 2014 to help me remember the dates for the gallery :)

  2. Merry Christmas Bonnie . . . your link-up is my all-time favourite and has stretched and challenged me like no other. Counting my connection to you as a huge blessing this year. It was quite a tough one and my blogging suffered quite a lot but I always managed to hang something in your wonderful gallery, All the best in 2014.

  3. Beautiful photos - i prefer the first image! Merry Christmas to you too - have a great one

  4. Bonnie i hope that you also have a wonderful and family filled Christmas. Think of you often. I totally love the first image on the poinsettas. Just gorgeous! Blessings to you from Texas

  5. Beautiful Bonnie! I hope you have a wonderful and very Merry Christmas too!

  6. Bonnie,
    The second picture is my favorite! I like your thoughts on photography as art and a way to share the beauty around us. Editing pictures is also an art form in itself.

    Blessings to you and your family this Holiday Season!

  7. Wishing you a loving and warm Christmas with loved ones, peace in your heart and inspiration in your soul for the year ahead.


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