Tolkien, artist

Wishing for Spring

 So many of my friends throughout the world are seeing small plants and the first spring flowers poking their way into their gardens and hedgerows. And then there is the snowbelt. Our drifts are up to 10 feet high, our areas where we dump our personal shoveling are more than four feet high, and we are going to get another 1"-2" of snow today. March is generally our snowiest month, but I am hoping beyond hope, that we will have a very mild March.

Snowdrifts Sculpted by Wind

Look at these snowdrifts sculpted by the wind. They
are gloriously beautiful (in a cold way). Surely Spirit has
her/his hand on our world and reminds us through beauty
like this.

Chickie is taking three days of vacation so I'll be short-staffed for three days. Usually it doesn't come that much into play, but I don't get as much tea as I usually would, and I have to work the sales floor more intensively. By the time Sunday will come around I will be a puddle of exhaustion. I'll get my payback when I attend Bead & Button Show in June and my Metal Clay World conference in July. She'll have to work without my backup then. And she'll attend her family reunion in July which will be the next time I'll have to cover for her.  That will be important because they will be celebrating the life of her Aunt who just passed the Circles of the World last week. Her Mom finally managed to get back to town after spending the last few weeks with her twin before she passed and overseeing the family after her death.  Chickie's been horribly sick with a sinus and chest cold, so in some ways I'm glad she will be gone for a few days. I have to remember to disinfect the register keys and the phone when I get into the shop today.

Digital Landscape

This landscape is digitally rendered. I love the
sunbeams coming through the forest leaves.

I spent yesterday working through the first seven chapters of my digital art tutorial. I am absolutely amazed by what can be done digitally, and realize I have a lot of practice to do. I ordered four additional lessons which I hope will work on my version of Photoshop. If not, I'm sure that the principles will work until I can afford a Photoshop upgrade. I really want to bring my pencil work into the computer for colorizing, patterns, and finalization. I've been wanting to learn the process of making digital art for years, and just decided I need to take the bull by the horns and teach myself how to do it. I think it will be very fun.
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It's very cold and grey here, but the Earth knows it is spring, as buds are beginning to crack open.

. I am absolutely amazed by what can be done digitally,

Yes, it amazes me! Love that image too.

Hugs and take care.
Oh, I just love the snowdrift picture! I am not surprised you are a bit sick of winter, it sounds 10 times worse than what we've had, and I can't wait to see spring finally here!
Isn't it an incredible picture? I just love web hunts for the perfect illustrations. Sunshine and shadow can do so many amazing things when wind also comes into the mix. It's lovely to hear from you.

- Erulisse (one L)
You certainly manage to find great pictures for every topic. I hope we can exchange Photoshop tips, it's been a while since I've had time to teach myself some more.

Life is hectic, I haven't been around so much here in LJ lately.

You are very kind. I love working with photographs, just wish I could afford a newer version of Photoshop. But I've been using Photoshop for more than 10 years now, so I'm fairly good at the basics.

I've never done work with digital art, though, and have been wanting to play with it for a long time. Since I work a very long week, my time to play with DA is very limited. I'd love to exchange Photoshop tips and tricks with you any time.

- Erulisse (one L)
I love your pictures!
It is cold here in the UK but the crocus are out and the daffodils are budding and no sign of snow!
I hope spring soon comes to you too.
Thanks for the kind words about the pictures that I manage to find. I only wish I could take credit for the photography, but I just find them in most cases. Very rarely I put up photos of my own, but not as often as I used to.

I love having pictures to go along with my text. To me that is important and a part of the story-telling.

Think spring!

- Erulisse (one L)
The snowdrifts are really striking - and I like the digitally rendered landscape too. Don't work yourself into the ground over the weekend!
I'll try my best. It's always a pain when I just have my Manager to count on because he's not really good on the sales floor so customer interaction usually stays with me for 95% of the time. Thanks for your kind wishes.

- Erulisse (one L)
I guess I shouldn't mention then that it was near 80 today?? *ducks* =D I am so not missing the colder northern winter, and am thoroughly enjoying being able to RIDE in tshirts in late February and March!! Me thinks come July, however, I will be hating Texas weather. ;P

The snow drifts are gorgeous! Good luck on the Photoshop thing. I gave up on that mostly because it's too detail oriented and I'd rather be writing. I CAN illustrate my work, if I had to, I would just rather spend more time with my characters. *glances about the conglomeration of elves taking up residence on my futon* You know, they either won't talk or they all want to talk at once. NOT fair.

Hope you don't burn out too much this weekend! Thinking good thoughts for you. *hugs*