Inspired By Kathy Womack

NancyWineBeads2LOWNancy had been searching for a picture to put on one of her walls and couldn’t find what she was looking for.  She’s a big fan of Kathy Womack and has several of her paintings in her home.  I suggested that we take our inspiration from Kathy’s Woman and Wine series and do a portrait of Nancy with that as our theme.  I needed to work on my newly acquired Photoshop skills so it was a perfect project.

After doing our shoot in Nancy’s house, I worked on retouching and embellishing our portrait.  While I was cropping the picture, I kept coming up with a big red area in the top left part of the image.  With a little imagination, I grabbed a couple clips of Kathy Womack’s paintings, pasted them around Nancy’s hat and my problem was solved.

Nancy loved it when she saw it.  But I hesitated to publish or print the picture until I had asked permission from the artist herself.  Kathy Womack looked at my final image and gave a very gracious approval of my work.

Thank you Kathy and Nancy for making this such a fun project!

Please visit Kathy Womack‘s webpage.


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Joan Rasmussen

Rasmussen1I had a handful of favorite artists at Houston’s  Bayou City Art Festival this year.  Joan Rasmussen was one of them.

She creates sculptures out of found objects by adding correctly proportioned heads, arms and legs.  Some of her art is made using boxes with a door or drawer that invite you to open them gently to find little surprises inside.  The hidden contents all relate back to the title of the piece.  For example, one piece that she had on display was called “Picasso and Matisse”.  Inside it’s little drawers were pieces of colored chalk, colored pencils and other little object that artists use to make their art.

Another figure was made from croquet balls and it’s holder.  Another piece revealed little birdies and tiny eggs nested in a dozen little holes of an old wooden box.

eb3ad2dd587673b40a78cc114d7a0c86soloistJoan stood by as we peeked inside the wooden boxes and explored each of her pieces of art.  I think she had just as much fun as we did, watching our surprised expressions as we explored her clever artwork.  I only wish I had more pictures to share of her work.  Sadly, her website is not extensive.  Her travel schedule is up to date though so search her out and go see her.  You’ll love meeting her and seeing her art.

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At The Art Show

Bayou City Art Festival. Houston, Texas. iPhone5

Bayou City Art Festival. Houston, Texas. iPhone5

“The friendliest people and the prettiest women you’ve ever seen”- Jerry Jeff Walker

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Shine On


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Luis and Marta dance Milonga

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Mayan Virgins or Carlos

Food Truck. Houston, Texas.iPhone5

Food Truck. Houston, Texas.iPhone5

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Nancy In Blue



This self-assigned project was designed to advance my Photoshop skills.  I wanted to create a shot that was a bit more graphic in nature and used colors to help evoke the mood.  I wanted to move from a literal photograph toward a more interpretive image. While I’m quite happy with the results, I’m even happier with the big smile I got from Nancy when I showed her the results.

Nancy was so fun to work with on this project.  She  provided the wardrobe and the gorgeous looks.  I clicked the camera.

Photo shoot: Nikon D90. One Broncolor Flash unit with white umbrella. 1 hour

Photoshop: 3-4 hours working mainly with Retouching Techniques, Layer Masks, Filter Gallery and Hue/Saturation levels.

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