Friday, April 10, 2009

busy times


good friday has arrived and it couldn't have come at a better time. i'm worn out. this is the busy season at my work with new fashions being developed, line reviews at retailers, tons of new car seats to be photographed and lots of new packaging to be developed. i feel as if i'm meeting myself coming and going. so after a very long day at work it's so nice to hide away in my art room for a bit, puttering in photoshop and letting the creative juices flow. the above photo is of a flowering tree across the street. i love it's delicate, thin petals and the sparseness of the blooms on the limbs.



this quirky photo is of jenna, kyley and caysey holding onto the clothesline at my folks house. they are the cutest little models and so cooperative about posing for all my silly ideas!



mama and papa duck returned this week as they do each year, landing in the back yard and eventually making their way to the east side of the house. mama has taken up residence behind the asiatic day lillies where she will lay her eggs and be our constant neighbor for the next few weeks. someone at work asked me how i know that it is the exact same pair of ducks each year. i told him it's just my belief. how could it not be the same pair? they do the exact same ritual each year and she nests in the exact same spot. i actually find it rather romantic, don't you?


and finally, this is jenna digging for worms in the back yard. i'm not sure how the idea of digging with my bitty shovel came into her head but once it had she was all over grandpa like a wet blanket to get the shovel out for her. she was quite the trooper and dug way longer than any of us would have imagined she could. she was a bit dismayed when grandpa said they were moving the dirt across the yard to our flower bed. she didn't want to separate the worms in the wheelbarrow from their family in the dirt pile. grandpa reassured her that all the dirt was being moved so eventually they would all be together. she's such a dear heart and she never fails to make us laugh and smile at what she says.

time to jump in the shower and head to indiana. i'm taking megan, jenna and ben out to lunch and then visiting my parents. i bought a gingerbread-type bunny house for jenna and i to decorate together. what fun!

take care my friends and have a wonderful easter weekend!

16 comments:

dyanna said...

I like your blog.I'm waiting for your new posts.

cindy : quaint said...

have a wonderful easter!

Almost Precious said...

Love this post. Your photos are truly imaginative and the one with the children holding onto the clothesline is adorable...what a sweet piece of art !
Anna

Shannon said...

o my... the pic of the kids hanging on the clothesline is ADORABLE! I love the processing you did! I love to play with those applications in photoshop as well... but usually don't have time to get pics past lightroom and a bit of cropping and changing of tones! O well! Summer is coming soon... leaving me 2 months to do what I want to do! :)

Shana said...

I can't believe the same ducks arrive each year. That is amazing - and yes, very romantical. :)

Have fun in Indiana and have a very Happy Easter!

Jackie said...

I have really enjoyed catching up on all the posts I missed because I've been busy too. I can't quite work out what your 'day job' is that exhausts you so comprehensively.
I don't know how you have time for any art.

lori vliegen said...

love your photos...especially the clothesline!! what a fun idea (you always have those!)! enjoy some down time with your family...and have a very happy Easter!!
:)

willow said...

Have a wonderful, relaxing Easter weekend, Julie!

Carol B. said...

Julie, I see how you post and separate your photos and writing. Were you showing off after you saw I couldn't do it? LOL! Only kidding. Thank you sooo much for taking the time to show me how to do that. I can't wait to try it. I'll also have to learn photoshop one day because the work you do is gorgeous.
Happy Easter weekend to your and your family!
Love,
Carol B.

Sylvia K said...

Love your post! and your photos! Love the children and the clothesline, very creative! Hope you have a marvelous Easter!

Artist Unplugged said...

Awwwww, what lovely photos....the ducks are so cute and the granddaughter tale is cuter. Glad you are going to enjoy a break. Happy Easter!

steviewren said...

Happy Easter Julie! I love seeing your piddles in the art room. I do the same thing...playing with photos and scans to see what I can come up with.

It's nice that you have willing models. Mine aren't so willing. Therefore most of my pictures are of a foot or arm as the rest of the body has already left the frame.

XUE said...

Happy Easter Julie!

Megan Coyle said...

have a wonderful easter! and I love the picture of the flower at the top of your post-it's beautiful.

Fannie said...

enjoyed your post. thanks for sharing. happy easter to you and your family.

kgworden said...

When I lived in Idaho there were a pair of ducks who used to spend a few days in our pool every spring... I used to worry about the bromine in the water, but it didn't seem to bother them... Happy Easter, (and I think I need the photo/text separating lesson too)