2015 Calendar

November 16, 2014 at 10:08 am (Calendar, Family, Photography) (, , , , , )

My calendar this year combines photos from the fifties by my father with lessons I learned from my mother in a hopefully heart-warming montage each month. Below is the holiday greeting that explains it!

This calendar, if printed, is 4.6 X 5.4 in., designed to fit into a CD-style easel case. To download the calendar for viewing or printing, click the cover image below. (3/29/15: The calendar now contains a critical correction to the December page!)

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Happy Holidays! 

’Tis the time I begin to reflect on my year
With the idea of sending out holiday cheer.
But instead of the usual daily banalities,
It seems recent months dealt out harsher realities.

Family and friends who are with us no more;
Politics, mayhem, pandemics, and war.
“To hell in a handbasket,” my mother would say,
And think I, as I hear world news every day.

This season of global and personal drama
Has me thinking back to my Papa and Mama,
To my youth, to a seemingly simpler era—
A black-and-white time when the rules appeared clearer.

Please indulge me this moment of further reflection.
While subjecting my past to a closer inspection,
I’ve combined my father’s mid-century photos
With my mother’s advice, her warnings, her mottoes.

This calendar sports quite a personal feel
But I hope the result has some global appeal.
Month after month, please just know what I mean—
I wish you a fabulous twenty-fifteen!

Calendar Image Credits:
Featured photography: Robert Scott Taylor
Background notebook: © iStockphoto.com/AndrisTkachenko
Paper stack: JupiterImages/Milos Luzanin
Cover illustrations blatantly stolen from the internet (with thanks)
Camera: eofdreams.com
Typewriter: Ceridwen Hazelchild Design
Images not mentioned are royalty-free or public-domain sources.

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More Photoshop

October 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm (Photo Gallery) (, , , , , , )

First, I must apologize for neglecting my blog all summer. I guess I just like to play outside too much to sit in front of the computer long enough for blog maintenance! Last spring, I took a semester-long Photoshop class at Oakton College (ART 257), 16 weeks of excellent instruction and inspiration (thanks to teacher Jody Lepinot). You’ve already seen the first half of my work from the class in the gallery below. Here are the remaining images created for the final critiques.

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Photoshop Composites

March 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm (Photo Gallery) (, , , , , , )

This gallery features digital photo compositions from my current class on advanced masking and compositing in Photoshop. My goals include sorting my plethora of photos, both digital and vast collections of old family photos, and documenting collections (both virtual and physical). Some of my inspiration comes from the styles of Maggie Taylor and Martina Lopez.

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