Lake Tahoe as a canvas

I think I finally figured out how to work with water as a colored texture. I like the idea of textures, but I wanted the water color. The key was to select just the subject from the photo you want to paste onto the texture. For the pinecone I did this with freehand select using my digital pad and pen. For the bush I used select by color, copy, paste, as many times as I could stand. I was okay with a little bit of an abstract bush. It’s not all filled in, but that allows more water to come through.

The pine cone was very small! I put it on a post to photograph it. I should have changed off my telephoto lens, but I managed to clean up the slight blur on the cone afterwards by using sharpen. The bush is from the East side of the Sierra, growing at around 5,500 feet above sea level. (Lake Tahoe is 6,000.)




A painting from Barker Pass, near Tahoe

This took a few hours. The software wasn’t making a good painting out of one of the wildflowers pictures. Finally I did one on Corel Painting Essentials 3 Defaults, then restored detail to the foreground. The restore detail doesn’t seem to be working right in the other painting types. I thought it was just me, but when, with the defaults setting, restore detail started working as shown in the demo video, I concluded there’s something off with the other programs. Anyway, this is art, so I’m not going to worry about precision. I wanted it kind of loose anyway.

I spent a lot of time in Paris making canvases out of photos. I would run one of the painting programs but stop it before it finished. Then I would smear it and then save it as jpg, then use that as a canvas for a digital painting.

With that in mind, I tried making the painting of the wildflowers and opening that in GIMP. Then I opened another Barker Pass photo, one that had just shale rocks in the foreground. I pasted it and then fiddled with the transparency using Color to Alpha. I have no idea what that means. I didn’t bother to look it up because I like how the visually simple rocks in the foreground let the flowers come through and the flowers look like rain, while the smeary background in the wildflowers picture made for a textured sky.

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Something different

There have been a lot of snow pictures in the blogosphere lately, so here is something from summer. I took this in 2011 near Barker Pass in the high Sierra above Lake Tahoe. That was a very heavy, late winter and the snow persisted through July. The late melt fed the wildflowers into an opus of Nature, like she’d come out to show the competition that we humans can never compete! Oh, the Keukenhof Gardens (see posts under Keukenhof Gardens on my Travel page), arguably come close, but even they can’t cover hundreds of miles with this:


Dinner at Rosie’s Cafe, Tahoe City

This place, once owned by a woman named Rosie, serves wonderful comfort food, has great drinks and serves breakfast lunch and dinner. Before it was Rosie’s, it was a bar called The Hearthstone.

Rosies in Tahoe City

It’s right on the lake. I took this photo from the steps. I cropped out the road and cars in the foreground but otherwise the photo is not enhanced.


Speaking of steps, check out this plaque on Rosie’s:

On This Date

I hope some day you get to stand on those steps youself, if you haven’t already.

Rosie decorated the whole restaurant with a lot of antiques that she collected from little farm houses and antique shops around the country.

Antique skis

Antique bikes

Check out what they use for pulleys on the door:

Door pulleys

And here’s the view from the table at twilight. (Also has no post processing.)

Twilight from the table

I didn’t photograph the food, but it was great. They offer mostly comfort food (fried chicken, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, pot roast) but also light fare (edamame, artichoke hearts, veggie stirfry). I had their  their Bloody Mary and my hubby had the Ultimate Pain Killer. For details on drinks:

And on the food: