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waterlogged vs. waterlogued

February 19, 2014

apparently i took my resolution to spend less time online to heart…

i have actually been up to quite a lot lately,

it just hasn’t been documented in this blog.

this is a placeholder post until i can collect my thoughts

enough to actually tell a cohesive story about anything.

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as for the title of this post,

you may recall the flood that we (and much of colorado)

experienced in september of last year.

personally we fared very well, but the aftereffects

continue to plague the region.

our road is still closed to the north due to the bridge being out.

our beautiful greenway trail is an abysmal mess.

they are predicting that it will be three years

before the trail is restored.

as an avid trail walker/biker/photographer

this is sad news.

good news is that golden ponds has reopened.

the devastation to the trees along the creek is horrifying,

as is the fact that after being closed to foot traffic for the past five months

the beavers felt comfortable moving in and taking down

the strong, young trees that managed to survive the impact.

oy.

i’m waiting to see what magic nature can display in recovering

from this onslaught come spring.

i’m counting on her.

this, combined with the foot of snow which preceded our deep freeze

that has now melted into boot-sucking mud,

explains the waterlogged portion.

waterlogued refers to my new iPhone app.

i’m taking an online art class with misty mawn

(and YES do sign up for it–  it’s fabulous and we are in week 5 of 12

but it is online and active until april 2015 so you can not lose!!!!)

and she shared this app in the photography portion of the class.

as irony would have it, when i tried to download the app

i discovered that my iphone lacked sufficient space

to do the upgrade to OS 7 required by the app,

necessitating the dumping of 1,000 images from

my camera roll to accomplish this feat.

done.

after downloading the app, of course,

i regretted the loss of some of those images to work with.

i was limited to the 1,500 still remaining…

do not tsk at this dilemma–

a false sense of urgency often compels us to work with haste.

i am now emailing myself old photos to get them

back on my phone.

so, here are some of the photos i worked

and can i just tell you that seeing these enlarged on my computer

was another whole course in watercolor technique????

Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue

these photos of rose were taken right after she arrived here last spring.

Painted in Waterlogue

a window covering taken during our last stay at the sea ranch.

Painted in Waterlogue

golden ponds during more halcyon days.

Painted in Waterlogue

dishtowel hanging by the kitchen window at the old house.

Painted in Waterlogue

a swallowtail butterfly that kept landing on the wet grass when we first irrigated last summer.

ironically, the butterfly was brilliant yellow which did not get picked up by the waterlogue app.

Painted in Waterlogue

flowers outside the window.

Painted in Waterlogue

the little lily pond at charleston farmhouse in sussex.

Painted in Waterlogue

addie and meadbh.

Painted in Waterlogue

a milkweed pod.

Painted in Waterlogue

bird nest in skull over the barn door at the old stables.

Painted in Waterlogue

beads and knitting on the studio table.

Painted in Waterlogue

kitchen cabinet.

the next image is one that i did on a very dreary, cold, and icy winter day.

i used the 2DXP double exposure app,

and combined a photo of the icicles and snowy trees outside my studio window

with a photo from my last trip to the monterey bay.

it seemed a perfect expression of my attachment to the two places

that i call “home”.

reflections

the waterlogue app really didn’t do this one justice,

although that’s not really fair since the image had already been altered.

Painted in Waterlogue

that’s a little sampler of recent activity.

the knitting needles have also been flying–

i have a new creation that i’ll be sharing here soon.

i’m pretty excited about it.

i’m doing well on my goal of reading classic literature in 2014:

finished charles dicken’s great expectations as well as jane austen’s emma

and am now working on george elliot’s the mill on the floss.

others in the lineup include anna karenina, little dorrit,

our mutual friend, the age of innocence, women in love, and pride and prejudice.

i am on instagram as sassysistersink and also on pinterest as onesassymama.

(i said i was spending less time online,

LESS being the operative word…)

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do tell–  what have you been up to?!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2014 2:01 am

    That app looks fun! So many of those shots could be made into cards. I’m signed up for a sketching class beginning in six weeks and we’re about to get a new camera – a DSLR – that I will have to learn. There’s another art/journal class waiting in the wings, too… So sorry to hear the road and trails around you won’t be open any time soon. Any studio progress to report?

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      February 20, 2014 2:37 am

      oh, that app IS fun! i love the idea of making them into cards! as with any of the photo apps, it’s trial and error to determine exactly what type of photo content lends itself to alteration. this one works best if there are strong colors and lines. as for cameras, i have several but still end up using my iPhone most of the time because it’s the one that is always with me! nothing new on the barn studio until spring when it warms up a bit more, but the inside studio is DONE– as in: a place for everything and everything in its place!! i love it and am keeping pretty busy in there!

  2. February 20, 2014 10:39 am

    wow. those images!

    just like you, i have been spending less time “online” and more time reading actual books, writing letters, writing in a journal, and knitting. “friends” tell me “i miss your presence” but i’m still *here*….i’m just not *THERE*, if you know what i mean.

    sending love and starlight to you and my four-legged gypsy friends….

    x+o

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      February 20, 2014 5:54 pm

      i am so glad to see you *here*!! while i have been busy and productive with my time it’s a bit of a conundrum for me as i tend to be a hermit since i retired and i really like my online community. like everything else, it comes down to a question of balance– using the internet purposefully and not getting caught up in mindless surfing.
      that said, your presence here is always a blessing!
      xoxo

  3. February 21, 2014 3:56 pm

    These paintings are fantastic! All of them. I especially like the skull on the barn.
    Watercolor is the most difficult to grasp, I think. I’ve tried and and it’s tricky! You’ve done a beautiful job, Janet.
    It feels good to be productive and creative offline. I’m not surfing the web so much either these days. Instead, I’m daydreaming about real surfing. You know, the kind with a board. It’s my typical winter pastime, while sitting by the fire!
    Happy to hear of all your busyness. Knitting and reading and mucking stalls, and she still has time for Pinterest. How does she do it!!?? 😉
    It was fun being here today.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      February 21, 2014 10:25 pm

      oh, lynn! i’d so love to take credit for these as my own watercolors, but they are altered on my phone! the app does all the work. watercolor is, however, on my list of to-do’s as things roll out before me. i have more things on that crazy list than you can imagine! sometimes i am very purposeful about my approach, and other times, well… i get distracted by something new and off i go!!
      so very glad you were here today! maybe some day we’ll go out into the wilds on a photo shoot together!

  4. February 22, 2014 1:49 pm

    Oh, now I get it.
    It’s an App.
    Forgive me, for I don’t comprehend things right away. Hehe.
    Still, they are lovely, and I bet you COULD paint like that!
    And this summer, let’s go find some wild to shoot with our cameras!

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