Lines of Inspiration

While at Descanso Gardens a few weeks ago, I walked under this willow tree and was surrounded by lines and contrast.  photograph of weeping willow tree by Janell MithaniAs I slowly turned in a circle while looking up, It made me think about how lines create form and interest, inspiring me to explore lines in different ways when I paint.  When I sketch, I am very conscious of line, but when I move to the medium of paint, I find that I think in terms of color and shape.

My first thoughts are towards my liner brush, (one of my most favorite tools,) but I want to look at new ways to emphasize line.  I am going to see how I can use some of my other brushes in a different manner to create “lines” in my next painting.

It’s amazing how nature inspires us in so many different ways!

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

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In Order To Reach The Destination You Have to Start The Journey ~Omaste Witkowski

Abstract Art by Omaste Witkowski


Today’s layer is #3. At this point I have my background design and my black and white illustration. I have the design as the bottom layer, then the b&w picture and now I start removing spaces to show the design underneath. I use the “magic wand” tool in Photoshop to select the areas of white that I want to remove. This leaves the black as a border and whatever is beneath what I have removed will show through. There is no real rhyme or reason as to how I craft the image at this point. I am “feeling” what the image wants to be. I believe that every picture tells a story and I am listening to the universe and trying to be true to the untold story emerging 🙂
Removing puzzle pieces to find the image rather than adding them…..

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Niagara Falls I Did Go!

Highway to 5th Heaven

Hubby and I just returned from Niagara Falls, Canada, about one hour ago from this writing.  I planned extensively for this trip all week long, so I would leave nothing to chance and still … things went wrong. I was a bundle of nerves for one.  At first when we finally arrived at the Falls, the railing was too high in order for my tripod to be used and as I stood there trying to figure what in heck to do …

That is when the sun began to come a bit, and it was on the spot I decided to use my ND400 filter instead of my CP filter that I had on my 70-300mm lens.  Folks, I did not want to use my ND400 filter because it is so darn difficult to use.  I returned to an indoor location and put my ND400 filter on and just about…

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Boulder Reservoir Flatirons Reflections CO BW Art Print

Striking Photography by Bo

Boulder Reservoir Flatirons Reflections CO BW Art Print

Scenic black and white winter season view from Boulder Reservoir in northeast Boulder County of the Colorado Rocky Mountains Front Range with freshly dusted with snow covering the Flatirons, Boulder, Colorado, with a mirror like reflection in the water.

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