Saturday, December 1, 2012

One for the Book

This is for the Hat challenge at Three Muses.
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This one started as something quite different, but when I started to put it together, it went a different direction. I love it when that happens.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012


This is for the Food Word Art challenge at Collage Obsession.

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My immediate food word that came to mind, of course was chocolate. That made me think of those wonderful chocolate letters they give out on Sinterklaas Day in Holland. They were solid chocolate, and big, and oh so wonderful. I think I might have to go on the internet and see if I can order myself one--or maybe get my whole name spelled out.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Rosie's World

This is for the Pink challenge at Take a Word.
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When I think of the color pink, I think of Rosie. She was sweet and pink and white with her little black cap (and tail). Rosie was a truly magical cat. She just had a way about her and everyone loved her. She died more than ten years ago but has never been forgotten. We buried her in the back yard, and I planted pink roses in her honor. My other cat Chip slept on her grave every day.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

If I Were a Butterfly Instead of a Cat

This is for the Animal Magic challenge at Three Muses.
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My cat Winston was kind enough to pose for this one.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

This is for the Night challenge at Collage Obsession.
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I went a little weird with this one.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bird Walk

This is for the Bird challenge at Three Muses.
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I met this bored-looking seagull on the beach the other day. I think he'd be pleased at being included in one of my pieces.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Little Sketchy

My dad had a nasty fall and has been in hospital this past week and I haven't been able to give my creations much attention. So as things calm down again, I'm back on the computer. The first challenge that caught my eye was a challenge called A Little Sketchy over at the Order of the Opus Gluei. Well, you can't get any sketchier than a sketchbook, so I dug out an old one of my own, photographed it, and took it from there.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

And Love Will Steer the Stars

Only old hippies will get this one (and perhaps a few folks born in February). A bit overdone I'm sure, but what the heck? It's what I was feeling at the time...
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The heavenly bodies were all courtesy of NASA, but I made the stars myself.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


This is for the Turquoise challenge at Three Muses.
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Debbie's Note: The eggs were a brown egg from the fridge that I changed the color of and added the veins in another layer. The condensation on the egg outside in the heat made it nice and shiny, and helped with the stone effect.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pick me! Pick me!

This is for the Anthropomorphism challenge at Collage Obsession.

I had fun with this one. I almost named this one High-Five-Biscus, but that would have been way-over-the-top cheesy.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Hey Teacher, Leave Us Kids Alone!

This is for the School Days challenge at Three Muses.
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Children are natural free spirits and much wiser than the adults they eventually become.

Deb's Note: I only noticed, after I posted, a terrible typo which must have occurred when I was in the throes of creativity and had gone a bit dyslexic. I was going to fix it, but decided that this was my inner child struggling with sentence structure.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

When Skies Are Grey

This is for the Gray challenge at Collage Obsession.
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The dove in the picture was a mama dove who nested in our palm tree a few summers ago. The raindrops were once clear marbles. Oh, and yeah, I knitted those fingerless gloves myself.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tropical Storm

We were in the bulls-eye of Isaac for longer than we were comfortable, but decided to drive out to the beach to have a look at the waves. It was so windy, humid and laden with salt spray that my camera coughed, choked and then completely froze up. The pictures were terrible because I couldn't keep the lens clean. The power of a hurricane is tremendous, and I was continually being sand-blasted and pushed around. Our beaches are normally sparkling white, but there was this ugly brown sea-foam everywhere.

This is a very enhanced photo I had managed to take before my camera gave up on me. As an artist, I had to pull out some of the colors I had seen.

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Amazingly, after my Canon Rebel quit, my iPhone was happy to help me take some more shots from the pier. I'll have to post some of those later.

We're in NW Florida, and were happy when Isaac decided to move on westward. Gotta love life in Hurricane Alley...

Saturday, August 25, 2012

If You Believe In Forever

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I love graveyards, especially old ones. Not only are they very peaceful, but they tell stories. I thought I would tell my own story with this one.
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This is the original picture I took this morning.

DEBBIE'S NOTE: I'm submitting this to the Order of the Opus Gluei challenge called Me and My Camera.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012


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There's a statue of a man named Tristan de Luna near the water in downtown Pensacola, FL. Tristan is credited with founding Pensacola. Every American student has learned that St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States, but Pensacolans would argue that point. Before St. Augustine was settled, Tristan and his cohorts settled in Pensacola. A vicious hurricane swept through the area, however, and they gave up and moved on. By the time they came back to re-settle, St. Augustine had been founded.

This picture is not so much about Tristan, though. He was just kind enough to pose for me so I could create this scene. I had a deeper meaning in my mind than that. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Midnight Wanderings

This is for the Footprints challenge at Collage Obsession.

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The sand and shells are local. The footprints are probably mine. (There were other people on the beach that morning.) The moth was photographed at our local butterfly house--under glass.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Take Flight

This is for the Wings challenge at Take a Word. We went to the beach at sunrise a few days ago, and I took hundreds of pictures. The sun came up minutes after we arrived. I did the tourist thing and threw food out for the seagulls. This one rewarded me with a nice pose. The downside, of course, was that I had seagulls following me around long after I ran out of food.
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It took fifteen layers to create this piece. Well, probably more, but I merged a few as I went along.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Strawberries 'n Cream

This is for the Strawberry challenge over at Three Muses.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012


This is two challenges rolled into one: Collage Obsession's Orange challenge, and Take a Word's Butterfly challenge.

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Originally I had started a different butterfly picture, but it didn't go well, and in the end I disliked it so much I abandoned it. Then I found the orange challenge, and started that one, and before I knew it, the butterfly appeared in it.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

On the Beach

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This one is being submitted to the Three Muses challenge, which is windows and doors.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Paper Mountains Majesty

Today was another experimental day. This time the mountains are made from tissue paper. It would have been easier if it wasn't so breezy outside. I had tape it down to keep it blowing away. This was another fun project.
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Maybe a few of you will see the little pun in this.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Silky Mountains

This was a fun experiment. The mountains were made from a silk scarf (a pink one) and the foreground is from a crumpled sheet of paper. The globes were made from one clear marble.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Under the Sea

Inspiration Avenue are having a Swirl challenge this week. Shells are my favorite swirly things.

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I had to grow extra hands to pull this one off.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

And I Dreamed I Was Flying

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I was just thinking about how this piece came out to be a bit of a mess, when I noticed that this week's theme at Take a Word is Messy. So, there you have it--instant submission...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Where Do We Go At Night?

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I had a little fun today. I got myself a nifty little remote shutter release for my camera, because it's not easy taking pictures of your own hands with a large camera. So, I realized that I could now take pictures of my feet too. Yup! Those are my tootsies...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


This is for the Alone challenge at Three Muses.
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The crow was kind enough to pose for me the other day on a dead branch.

I hope I didn't confuse too many people today when I redecorated my blog. I was in the mood for a change.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Long and Winding Road

This is for the Maps challenge at Collage Obsession. I almost didn't have anything to submit, as I'd originally started with a disaster which included a cheesy pirate map that was going absolutely nowhere. I had to abandon ship on that one (haw, haw), and got a new idea this morning.
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I should start a separate blog called Debbie's Bloopers, and feature all my failed and abandoned pictures.

I scanned a map and gave it some perspective. To add the road, I had to create one in Illustrator and then also give it some perspective. The two rows of mountains are from one mountain picture, and one of them was distorted beyond recognition.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Guess Who....?

Inspiration Avenue's challenge for this week is Fly. I happened to step out onto my back deck a few months ago and discovered two flies--well, being flies. (Actually, it looked like the one was playing guess who with the other.) I took some pictures. So, when I found a challenge called "Fly", I couldn't resist.

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I probably spent less time than normal cleaning up the picture, because flies are just not pretty close up. I think I may have thrown up a little in my mouth while putting this one together. Ugh! I can't look anymore...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Happy Hour

If you're not hungry enough for the Blue Plate Special, the place next door is having Happy Hour.
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Blue Plate Special

This is for the Blue challenge at Take a Word. I just adore my cobalt blue plates.
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Birds of a Feather

I got a little bit ahead of myself on this one, as the challenge hasn't started yet, but I'd seen at the Three Muses blog. It was actually a sneak preview for the upcoming challenge, but I ran with the idea and created the picture below. I don't participate in all challenges, as sometimes I just can't seem to get the right ideas, or sometimes I start and the whole thing falls flat, and I abandon it. Anyhow, I hope I can remember to link it when their next challenge is finally announced.

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I was just about to explain the picture, but decided that it's always best if the viewer draws his/her own conclusions.

All the elements are from my photos, including the cooperative mockingbirds. (Actually, it's only two birds.)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Midnight Tea

This is for the Teapot Challenge at Inspiration Avenue.
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There is just no telling what can happen at a midnight tea party.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Anywhere But Here

The Sepia Challenge at Sunday Postcard Art caught my eye today. Their criteria is that it must be 4x6 inches, and the original actually is that size, but I do like to resize for the web. The aspect ratio is still the same. I had to throw a little color in there.
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This turned out to be a postcard within a postcard within a postcard. Have you ever wanted to be somewhere else? The little sepia postcard in the middle is where I'd love to be. The postcard with the beach scene is where I am. All you inland and cold-climate folk are probably wondering why someone living in a warm climate with snow-white beaches would want to be elsewhere, but I truly prefer to be in the mountains and gladly trade in the snow-white beaches for some real snow.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Night and Day

This is for the Frames Challenge over at Three Muses.
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I made the frame in Photoshop, because I didn't feel like dragging a frame outside into the heat to photograph it.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cappuccino Sea

Does anyone else love coffee as much as I do? I've always had a fascination with sea foam. It was only a matter of time before I made the association with cappuccino foam. Imagine how heavenly a sea of coffee would smell...
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Note: I've just submitted this one to the Three Muses Challenge

Monday, June 18, 2012

Mint Chocolate Chip

This is for the Summer of Color: Mint Chocolate Chip challenge.
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What better way to spend a hot summer's night than in a sea of mint chocolate chip ice cream?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Pearls of Wisdom

This is for the Ocean challenge at So Artful Challenges.
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The beach, pearls, hand, and book are all my own images. I made a moon brush to create the moon.

This is the original photo of the beach:

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