It's Monday. Labor Day here in the States. A national holiday, and here I am, you know, laboring. Sigh. I'm at work even as I type, but one advantage to working on a holiday is that I get so much done so much faster than during regular working hours. Quite a bit of what I do when I'm at work is of the hurry-up-and-wait variety, and I found myself with some time to kill earlier this morning. Did I catch up on my reading of the latest scientific papers? Did I plan my experiments for the next week or so? Noooooo! I made this page! Well, I had to, you see. It's for a friend (uh huh--who hasn't used that excuse before!), to show her what Photoshop can do. Last weekend she and I spent a few hours at an art and wine festival at one of the local cities. This city prides itself on not just having an art and wine festival, as so many cities do; this city has a Fine Arts Festival. How hoity toity! Smile No fuzzy lamb's wool slippers, no oak carving boards, no $5.00 earrings. Instead, there are modern art sculptures and oil paintings, and all of it is expensive. By "expensive" I mean seriously out of my price range, although most of the art work was truly beautiful. However, in looking at it, all I could think of was, "Wow! What a cool idea for a layout!" and I remember that Kristen (zannella1108) had said the same thing in this thread about her Emmy-watching experience! This hobby has so completely changed how I see things! So where was I going with this? Oh of the things we saw was a very pretty painting of a lone bird looking up at a single tree, the tree all decked out in its autumn finery. The artist had added some texture to the canvas in places, giving it a lovely 3-D look. I liked it so much that for a brief instant I entertained buying it...and then I looked at the price. $2100.00 for a 2' x 1' canvas. Not to take anything away from the artist, but ouch! I commented to my friend that I could probably make something very similar using Photoshop and she snorted. She actually snorted!! Well, that was a dare if I ever heard one, and so here we are. Out of respect for the artist and not wanting to completely plagiarize, I didn't reproduce her painting exactly (the artist didn't have the advantage of Anna and Katie's cool papers, for example! Smile ), but enough so that my friend would recognize the inspiration behind my page. I emailed this to my friend earlier today, and she was suitably impressed, although she won't be paying me $2100.00 for it. Smile

My timer just went off, so on to the next step in today's experiment. I am bound and determined to get a ton of work done this week, because come he*l or high water, I am going to be at the chat fest next Saturday!

Anna Aspnes
Autumnal Page Set
DifferentStrokes No. 01 Brush Set
Dripped Stains No. 05 Brush Set
Textured Overlays No. 02 12x12
Distressed Overlays No. 03 12x12

Cassie Jones
How'd They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows

Pattie Knox
Felt Board Friends: Tweethearts

Katie Pertiet
l'Automne Kit
New Growth Brushes and Stamps No. 06 Mega Pack
Lifted Leaves No. 01

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