Turning 62

Went salmon fishing west of Seattle for the first time.  Caught a 20 pound King salmon in rough, open water.  I didn't puke!

Went salmon fishing west of Seattle for the first time. Caught a 20 pound King salmon in rough, open water. I didn’t puke!

Today is my 62nd Birthday.  It used to seem like that was really old but now that I’m here, I don’t feel that old.  Sure, I can feel a little sluggishness in my muscles, especially after an hour drive in the car.  Sure, I have a few more wrinkles and a little less hair.  And sure, I take naps. But overall, I’m blessed with very good health and a very good life.  It baffles me too, sometimes, but there are things that I am certain that add to the good life I’m enjoying today on my birthday.  I’d like to share what I’ve learned.   Here they are – short and sweet.

Move.

You gotta move.  You cannot become sedentary.  You must turn off the TV. Get off of Facebook.  Get out of the kitchen and move.  Stretch. Exercise. Walk. Dance. Swim. Bend. Reach up high. Get out of the house.  Take the stairs, not the elevator.  You HAVE to move.

Grow.

Grow in every aspect of your life: mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically. Learn new things. Read good books.  Go to night school.  Learn a new language.  Travel to a foreign country. Talk to interesting people. Go to church.  Feed your soul. Meet new people. Consider a different approach to a problem. Get advice.  Take a dance lesson.  Cook a new recipe.  Take a different way home or to work. Watch YouTube to learn how to do a card trick.  Take a flying lesson. Go to a doctor.  Address your health concerns. Continually challenge  yourself with new and different things.  Constantly grow.

Be Kind.

Kindness. It’s a mental attitude.  The other person doesn’t deserve it.  They don’t ask for it and they don’t expect it. Just be kind anyway.  Give generously.  Be patient. Open a door for someone. Smile. When you talk with someone, touch them.  Listen and keep eye contact.  Play with a child. Visit a lonely person.  Pay for someone’s meal at a fast food place.  Wipe down the sink in the public restroom before you leave.  It’s a conscious decision that is counter-culture.  Be kind.

Love.

Be loving.  Be in love. Love something. Love someone. Love God. Love music.  Love even when you aren’t feeling loved.  Love this day. Love this meal.  Love this country. Love and fail, love and fall and love again. Get back on your feet and keep loving.  Love your neighbor.  Find love. Pursue love. Make love.  Give love.  Be love. Love.

Amen!

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Lily No. 1

©kim klassen, handmade texture, photoshop texture, digital texture, personal use only, non-commercial rights,

©kim klassen, handmade texture, photoshop texture, digital texture, personal use only, non-commercial rights,

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Summer Winter

SummerWinter

 

Assignment:  Start with a 15″x7″ canvas. Divide it in half horizontally. Depict opposite seasons Summer and Winter.  Use Photoshop to include a bokkeh effect, textures and a watercolor filter layer.

Credits:

Delta Tug -winter  flic.kr/p/jFfwpe

Bokkeh  flic.kr/p/b1zari

Pixel Dust -Tendrils and Rays backgrounds

 

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Do Good Anyway

DoGoodAnyway

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Charlie Robison at RCC

Charlie Robison at The Redneck Country Club. Houston, Texas

Charlie Robison at The Redneck Country Club. Houston, Texas

I went to see Charlie Robison last night at The Redneck Country Club (RCC).  I’d seen him about 15 years ago and loved him.  Last night, he was even better!

Charlie Robison. July 2015

Charlie Robison. July 2015

Raucous and grubby yet at the same time, smooth and low-key, Charlie ran us through “Barlight” (my favorite) and lots of other great Texas Country/Folk tunes.  Some ballads, some Western 2-stepping dance hall songs and some crazy surprises…like ‘Wooly Bully”.

He said on a whim, he had his hair done up in corn rows because he said, “I don’t give a f*ck!”

It was perhaps the best show I’ve seen all year.  And….he’s a Texas boy, too!

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The Broach

The Broach

The Broach

What if the picture you just took was used merely as part of a larger composition?

That was my intention here.  I have a number of great photos to work with from my recent shoot with DèAnna but I didn’t want to keep repeating the same method of displaying my artwork.  I also wanted to add a three dimensional feel by adding the broach on top of the layers.

The entire image, including the broach was done with Photoshop using various blend modes and texture layers.  I used a Nikon D90 for the image of DèAnna.

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The Setting. The Character. The Situation.

SettingCharacterSituationI was challenged to come up with three separate images, each able to stand alone yet advance the theme: The Setting. The Character. The Dramatic Situation.

I had total freedom to shoot my own images or use stock images, whichever I chose.  I always prefer to be original when I can so I shot and selected 3 images from my latest session with DèAnna.

For easier viewing, I combined the three separate images into one here for illustration.

“The Setting. The Character. The Dramatic Situation.”

Model: DèAnna Duprè.

Shot with a Nikon D90, 18-105mm lens and edited with Photoshop.

 

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