I didn’t realize it until I looked at the picture on my computer and realized they are not just a solid gold/yellow/tan, but have a pattern!
So I’m at ch 23 on Red Wolf today, still proofing/editing, still haven’t finished it, but now I have the books: Wolf Fever and Seduced by the Wolf to proof too. That includes their new novellas also. *sigh* One is due Jun 18, the other Jun 19, and Red Wolf, Jul 1. Still trying to finish up Red Wolf.
Little one will be here soon, so off to work!
It’s going to be in the mid to high 90s for us, walked early this morning, and the heat index is around 100. Hot. Yesterday, I think it was around 96, 101 heat index. Picked up pool wristband, they’re setting limits on how many can swim, so we’ll see.
There are tons of ways to create a clipping mask in Photoshop. In the giraffe picture, I used a mask and the backround was a texture from Pixabay. The giraffe picture was mine.
In the Hairy Woodpecker picture, I used an Oscraps mask and a painted texture behind it. I put my picture on top of the mask, and clipped it to it. The mask revealed some of the background of the picture in spots that made it look like paint splatter. Then the bottom (base) layer shows through behind it. I wanted something that was light to emphasize the bird, so I picked a light texture for the background. And then I used an Oscraps frame to frame it.
Okay, I’m off like a herd of turtles, as my dad would say when we were going off to do something as a family and he was always ready to go, but then he had to wait on the rest of us. Still working on Red Wolf. Moved a section to another part of the book, then figured that didn’t work and moved it back and had to change things all over again. sigh.
Have a super wonderful day! It’s Wednesday! Woohoo!
I was at the kids’ house yesterday having fun, taking pictures of the wildlife–a dragonfly, a red ladybug, a Cuban anole, a skipper butterfly on a sunflower and guess what I found? A gray ladybug. And yes, they’re really a good little ladybug!
Four different kinds of woodpeckers were at the feeder yesterday. The redheaded woodpecker, hairy woodpecker (which I’ve never seen at the feeders before), and the red-bellied woodpecker. I missed catching the pileated (Woody Woodpecker). Camera was in the wrong place and by the time I got set up, he was gone.
Also, a baby blue jay and baby robin! A baby squirrel too and a ladybug, but will show it off tomorrow.
Working on edits on Red Wolf. Moving things around. Deleting, adding, have added 3,000 words.
I always get up early, but 4:30 is a little early now when I don’t have to get up that early for little one. But my daughter wanted to go to the hardware store and a garden center on a Saturday before the heat and crowds came, so at 5:30, we were out and about.
So we got to see the sunrise before the hardware store opened, picked up mulch, which I just put down before it gets much hotter, and of course need more.
But neither of us have very big cars, so we can’t get all that much and we both needed some. Stores were all empty and that was great!
It was fun though. We haven’t been able to do this since last year. We always go together once or twice during the spring or summer.
I’m busy trying to revise Red Wolf and still trying to finish it. I changed a few things and that meant major rewrites and moving sections all around. What a job. lol But someone’s got to do it. And it always means it’s better.
Have a super safe day! I’m home and staying there now!!!
It always gets away from me. I think sometimes that maybe it would be best to just have…grass.
But taking pictures of tons of grass would be downright…boring.
Okay, little one will be here any second. I was out weeding like crazy and cutting back some rosebush branches that were dead.
And I was using the Wacom to paint a tulip, first lesson. I am so bad with the Wacom, it’s like being a toddler and learning how to draw with a crayon. So trying to learn a painting skill with it on top of that makes it doubly bad. I was doing better on a bottle, lemon, and pear with the mouse. I did them with the pen also. But I’m sure as I get more used to it–practice does make things better!–I will get better at it.
The pen doesn’t want to curve when I want to curve. It wants to squiggle.
This is the first lesson in painting color onto blown-out highlights in Beyond the Brushes. We haven’t gotten the training in edges yet. I have 3 other practice pictures to work on after this. But I’m also going to pull up the first 3 pictures of the bottle, lemon, and pear and redo them to get more practice in. My Wacom wouldn’t work yesterday so I gave up on it and just worked on Red Wolf. I had worked on that all day, but was taking a break from that to paint the picture.
They show people doing beautiful pictures with people and pets. The fur critters is what I want to do.
Went to the grocery store yesterday, and was glad to see that most people were distancing and wearing masks. This woman came up to me and said, “Ma’am. Ma’am.” And I looked up from peering at the meats to see my daughter in a mask. lol We’d had the same idea.
This is an image I shot of a viaduct in Glenfinnan and I did catch some shots of rainbows and fogbows while I was there. But in this shot, we finally had a little bit of a clearing in the skies. We were rained on while waiting for the Harry Potter train to come!
Okay, I’m off to the grocery store. It’s been about 2 weeks. Hope you all have a great day.
Playing around with the Chalk Version in Topaz Studio.
Yesterday, little one and I had fun making an angel food cake, making eggs that she didn’t want until I sat down to eat mine and then she wanted one. So I gave her that one and I made another for me and she wanted it. I ate mine and made her another one. I showed her how I made spaghetti.
On our trips outside, we found a ladybug and a BABY ladybug and a beautiful blue dragonfly, lots of monarchs and bad milkweed bugs. She’s learned that blue jays are blue jays. She recognizes bluebirds. We’re working on woodpeckers, robins, mockingbirds, and cardinals, instead of just birds.
She helped me with the laundry, washing windows, vacuuming and washing wood trim. It was a good day. lol
We painted toenails and did numbers and read books, did pre-school workbooks and practiced saying the letter S–she loses the s on snack, snake, and squirrel.
We had fun!
But it’s back to a wild day of edits and writing on Red Wolf!
Have a super safe day. Distance and masks. Save lives.
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Hope you enjoy! Little one is coming and I’ve got to post about the new release and get ready for her. It’s been storming, yay! Love the rain, and I’ve been weeding in between storms. Cooler, instead of 100 degree index factor, and wetter so easier to pull up weeds. I was going to make a quick walk to the mailbox today, but it’s raining!
Have a super, great day, stay safe, and read about the billionaire wolves to get away from it all!