Taking A Little Break

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John:

A couple of nicely shot photos from New Orleans (and not what you may expect either)…

Originally posted on Unchained Emporium:

This week has been pretty hectic, leaving little time for painting or sketching or jewelry making (though jewelry has taken a back seat lately.) I had every intention to draw something today but I’m swamped. I’m going to have to think up another method of organizing. I definitely need a to-do list…a simple one. Complexity is the usual and I’m trying to simplify things. Anyway, I have one or two more photos I edited from our trip to New Orleans that I can share with you today. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

I snapped this shot of a tiny rose in Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA. I used Pixlr Express to edit it a bit but I really didn't have to do to much to it at all!

I snapped this shot of a tiny rose in Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA. I used Pixlr Express to edit it a bit but I really didn’t have to do to much to it at all!

I snapped this shot of glass shards while we were walking the perimeter of St. Louis Cemetary 1. I used Pixlr Express to edit the shot. I did a lot more with this one than the rose photo. I snapped this shot of glass shards while we were walking the perimeter of St. Louis Cemetary 1. I used Pixlr Express…

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Day 274/1005

365 Project, La Skies, Art, Clouds, Local, Rain, Storm, Storm Chasing
Day 274 of my 365 Project

Day 274 of my 365 Project

There were storms popping on and off all day today. This one was north of town and was pretty epic. I tried to get a panorama but it didn’t come out well. We are suppose to be getting a cold front coming through Thursday night/Friday morning. I’m hoping to get some lightning shots. It’s been too long since I was able to get any.

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More Photos Of New Orleans

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John:

Some nice shots from New Orleans…

Originally posted on Unchained Emporium:

I didn’t have time to create anything today. I didn’t even have time to edit more of the photos I took yesterday so instead, I’ll share some more of the ones I uploaded to my deviantART account. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

When we stopped at St. Louis Cemetary 1, I snapped this shot of a floral medallion adorning the back gate. I wanted to do a dark, grungy, black and white finish on this one but when I bumped up the vibrance, the color variations were so beautiful that I left it alone. I used my cell to snap the shot and Pixlr Express to edit it.

When we stopped at St. Louis Cemetary 1, I snapped this shot of a floral medallion adorning the back gate. I wanted to do a dark, grungy, black and white finish on this one but when I bumped up the vibrance, the color variations were so beautiful that I left it alone. I used my cell to snap the shot and Pixlr Express to edit it.

I love the old buildings in downtown New Orleans! They have such an old world beauty and even after so many years, they are still standing and still useful. I think there's a lesson to be learned there.

I love the old buildings in downtown New Orleans! They have such an old world beauty and even after so many years, they are still standing and still useful. I think there’s a lesson to be learned there.

We passed this sign on our way out of New Orleans. I thought it looked nifty so I snapped a shot with my cell, hoping for the best. I edited it with Pixlr Express. We passed this sign…

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Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana

Art, Black and White, Local
Front of the church

Front of the church

I put my camera on the floor and grabbed a shot

I put my camera on the floor and grabbed a shot

The ceiling of the church

The ceiling of the church

This was one of our few stops in New Orleans yesterday. I really love the look of the church. I could have shot so many pictures but didn’t have time. Maybe next time we are in New Orleans.

Day 273/1004

365 Project, Art, Clouds, La Skies, Local, Sunrays, Sunset
Day 273 of my 365 Project

Day 273 of my 365 Project

This evening on the way to get some groceries at Walmart, I noticed the sun going down behind the clouds. I stopped in the parking lot and grabbed a few shots. I thought it was really cool how the sunrays were shooting out from the clouds.

Tea and Tunes

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John:

Some late night tunes after a long day of driving and touring to and from New Orleans…

Originally posted on Muddled Mawkishness & Murky Musings:

I’m sorry I didn’t have much time today. Between trying to upload my artwork to deviantART and post in my business blog, along with taking care of family things, I just didn’t have a lot of time at the end of my day. I hope you’ll enjoy this long chill mix. I should have more tunes for you tomorrow. Our signal is so much slower at night than it is during the morning hours. It’s rather frustrating and one of the downsides to living in a rural area. Anyway…the music…on with it!

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Lonely rose at the cemetery

Nature, Art, Black and White, Local, Flower
Lonely rose at the cemetery

Lonely rose at the cemetery

When we first arrived at Saint Louis Cemetery 1 and started walking around it, I noticed this rose. I grabbed a couple of shots of it. I don’t do a lot of selective coloring but I felt it was appropriate with this shot. I added a grunge texture and canvas texture for the final effect.

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Today’s Art Challenge: Skyline

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John:

Today’s challenge met quite well today…Some really nice shots

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When I first heard about today’s art challenge, I cringed. We don’t get many opportunities to see a real city skyline. Then I realized it happened to coincide with a trip we needed to make to New Orleans, LA. I was so happy!

…And then I thought about it some more. The nifty thing about this art challenge group on facebook is that the artist has the freedom to choose the interpretation of the theme and the medium they wish to use. This is great for me because it means I’ll get to participate on more days than I would otherwise. I don’t always get to break out the paints. Neither do I always have the time to devote to a detailed pencil sketch.

So the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I didn’t have to do a traditional skyline and since when did I prefer…

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