Goosed! Rijksmuseum series 4, give-away, and 5 more author questions

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m going to start using a tripod for my museum photos with a goal of doing a lot better job for you. But check out this magnificent painting at the Rijks:

Goosed

When I was in Amsterdam, I spent a lot of time on the houseboat doing digital painting (using a Bamboo digitizer and the Corel Painting Essentials software that came with it.) Here are the window I gazed out at from the dining room where I worked, my notes on the RGB numbers for the painting I was working on and the life drawing pose from the e-book of poses I bought.

My day of painting my view My day of painting notes on colors My day of painting May 16 2013

Painting, digital or otherwise is what I would call very difficult. (In the department of understatement, that.) I’ve abandoned all hope but my friends gave me a very unique suggestion that I never would have thought of on my own. Do art and piano as a way to relax, have fun and creatively rejuvenate. Instead of having goals. Wow. Okay, after hearing this alternative approach, I must admit, I’m excited to start fiddling around with these things again. I don’t have to achieve anything; I can just enjoy myself.

Here’s an example from a grand master. Check out the eye in this closeup of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch.

The Night Watch detail
The Night Watch detail

I answered questions 15 – 18 today at Long and Short Reviews. What is something you’ve lied about? What are 4 things you couldn’t live without? Which mythological creature are you most like? Create an ice cream flavor. What’s it called? Have fun, and good luck with the raffle!

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Eye candy: Keukenhof Gardens series 16, give-away today and more answers, Long and Short Reviews anniversary party

Entry area 1 Dark purple and others

We’re doing questions 11 – 14 today on Long and Short Reviews. For some reason I didn’t answer the “What physical attribute do you find most sexy and why?” question but there are some fun answers there! And, of course, the raffle. Good luck!

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Life in Paris, giveaway and 20 author questions

Everyday life, Bocce Ball in the Champs de Mars
Everyday life, Bocce Ball in the Champs de Mars
Un chien is a lot like a dog.
Un chien is a lot like a dog.
A tourist (moi) at a cafe before tackling The Louvre
A tourist (moi) at a cafe before tackling The Louvre

Today is day 2 of a promo opportunity over at Long and Short Reviews. I answered these questions: Do you have a tatoo and if so, what? How do you make a tuna sandwich? A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

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A flower macro shot, give-away, and 20 questions

I learned how to turn on macro on my mini camera and it worked! It wasn’t difficult, but for some reason the option to turn it on wasn’t showing as available for a while. Yesterday it was working so I took some shots. But I have a question for you. I usually enhance all my photos because I feel that the camera washes things out. But in the case of flower macros, the photo looks good without enhancement and is pretty true-to-life. So do you think I should enhance them?

Orange flower unenhanced
Orange flower unenhanced
Orange flower enhanced
Orange flower enhanced

I am participating in a promo opportunity over at Long and Short Reviews. Over the next 5 days, I’ll tag this on at the end of my post. There is a big raffle with lots of giveaways and interesting answers from various authors. I answered one of the two questions posted today (Do you ever wish you were somebody else? Who? and Why?). I found the other authors’ answers really interesting, just seeing the spectrum of thoughts, some very creative ones and several who, like me, don’t want to be somebody else. I checked out a few authors who do have that wish and a few who don’t, thinking maybe the ones who are like me write contemporary like me and the ones who do imagine being someone else write speculative fiction. But there’s  no correlation. Anyway, interesting stuff. Check it out and maybe win something!

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