Tuesday’s Textures – Tarot Series update

I am sure you are all now familiar with my Tarot series and it is moving along at quite a pace, most of the Major Arcana is now done (still a few tricky ones to do), and I have the Ace, Page, Queen, and King of quite a few of the Minor Arcana. Today I can reveal two more;

King of Wands

The King of Wands

Friendly, Countryman, generally married, honest and conscientious, honest, and may mean news concerning an unexpected heritage. 

Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands

Signifies A Dark Woman, a Countrywoman, friendly, chaste, loving, honorable.

I kind of like how the face each other when put side by side.

~ Julz

In the Studio, with Hayley

After a forced leave of absence due to injury, Hayley was back in the studio last week for the first time, and we were very excited to be back working on our Monochopsis Project; So many wonderful metaphors, quotes, and ideas still to work with;

A Single Candle

A Single Candle

“Look how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness” – Anne Frank

The Stars Make Me Dream

JuliePowell_Stars make me dream

“Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight,. I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight.”  – The Dorling Kindersley Book of Nursery Rhymes

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high. Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle little star.” – Mozart

Vincent’s Stars

Vincents Star

“Starry, Starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the
Darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land.”
~ Don McLean

The Book of Life

JuliePowell_Book of Life

“The world keeps spinning, and the tales keep turning, and people come and people go, but they’re never forgotten. And the one truth we know, it held true one more time… That love, true love, the really, really good kind of love never dies.” – La Muerte (from the movie The Book if Life)

 A Light in the Dark

light in the dark

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –  Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” ― Roy T. Bennett

The images are dark and moody and oft times the message is too, but my wish is that there is some joy and hope to be found in these pieces also.

~ Julz, xox

Share Your World – 18th July, 2017

What is your favorite cheese? Being lactose intolerant, cheese is NOT my friend! However, there have been major improvements in the taste of Lactose-free cheeses. They actually taste better than the packaging these days. I can tolerate a little hard cheese, parmesan for instance. And if I am feeling particularly naughty I love some Edam or Gouda……..just a little.

Are you left or right handed? Right handed, although there is quite a bit I do with my left hand. I believe that spending so much time on a PC and typing has taught my brain that my left hand is actually quite useful and I should use it more often. I still don’t use it for fine motor skills; writing, drawing and such, but holding a cup of coffee, texting and scrolling through my phone.

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either? LOL my mind, my body is so crippled these days. I know I should get fitter and lose weight, but it is painful. I save my energy for trips with my camera and worry about the pain afterward 🙂

Complete this sentence: Hot days are …much better than what we currently have here in Melbourne. In Australia, we have Winter, OK so not like below freezing with snow kind of cold, but I doubt I would cope well with that. Give me warm tropical breezes any day. Mind you once it gets over 36° – 38°C (approx 100°F) hot is just hot and not much good for anything apart from swimming.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

20170716_174752

My new PC, finally after such a long wait it is finally here. I have had to ‘make do’ with what I had or could afford before and it was driving me crazy. This time no settling, I would be overpowered and over capacity for my needs. It’s wonderful and quick and the bonus is it even has a good sound card, so my music sounds better too! I am still putting it through its paces, but so far I am very happy with it.

I have also been finishing off some images I shot with Hayley the other week for our Monachopsis Series, something a little more hopeful and cheerful this time.

 

JuliePowell_Stars make me dream

The Stars Make Me Dream

 

Next week, I have a little project I am working on with a new Hair and Makeup Artist, and she is bringing a model I have not worked with before too, so hopefully, it will be a fun day too. I have been busy doing some behind the scenes prep work on that one.

I hope you have a fantastic week…

~ Julz

 

 

Tuesday’s Textures – July Shift Art

Another month and another ShiftArt.com challenge, spurned on by my Honorable Mention and subsequent video tutorial, I jumped into this month’s effort

Julie Powell_Secrets of Last Summer

Secrets of Last Summer

These are three of the images used to create the final composite, plus of course quite a few bits and pieces from my own collection as well. I really played with various Dodge and Burn layers, as well as using the liquify tool.

Can you spot all the changes and adjustments?

~ Julz

Weekly Photo Challenge – Collage

This week’s WPC calls for a collage, me being the Photoshop nerd and self-proclaimed guru, I went for a Photoshop collage of bits and pieces of old style ephemera.

shoot-for-the-moonmagic-hourold-fasionedJuliePowell_Lady WatercolourJuliePowell_Woman in Bluejuliepowell_renmantswhimsical-angel

I love working with these old style collage, a bit from her a bit from there, scanned in bits of old paper and digitally created a whole new piece; so much fun.

You can always check out more of my work on my website or my Facebook page.

~ Julz

 

Tuesday’s Textures

It seems I have a penchant for metaphors of late, trust me there is a lot more coming. I have been trying to get into more of a story telling role with my images; I mean they do say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Hanging by a thread

Hanging by a thread

Someone said they thought this image was a nightmare, but not really just a metaphor;

Also, hang by a hair. Be in a risky or unstable situation, as in His promotion was hanging by a thread, or With the lead actor sick, the success of our play hung by a hair. This expression, already proverbial in the early 1500s, alludes to Damocles, who vexed King Dionysius with constant flattery.

So I guess poor model Ally is literally hanging by a thread with the cheeky Raven setting fire to her rope………..well at least she doesn’t have too far to fall. Perhaps there is something more there with the burning bush as well, I think there was something in there about a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush; except the bird is neither in her hand or the Bush. I know it is meant that it is better to hold onto something one has than to risk losing it by trying to get something better.

I suppose it could relate to if you love something set it free and hope it does not return to bite your ASS! lol

The background of this image is actually an old shell of a house in Silverton, NSW that we visited earlier this year. I knew this shot would eventually become something.

DSC_9418

I hope you have a brilliant week…

~ Julz

 

 

Shift Art – June

Back again, with another Shift Art entry, it is becoming increasingly difficult working with images that are not my own, it seems. But this challenge does push you beyond your creative limits and boundaries……..and that’s a good thing.

June Shift Art_Comp

So taking these four images from the selection on offer, I decided to merge the woman’s face onto the body of the mannequin, quite an effort in itself, the tonal range and colours did not match, just to start. So I embarked on a series of curves adjustment and hue saturation layers to blend it all in, including removing the lime green. I used the dandelion and oil in water as lighting elements really, as well as some other images in my stocks. Changed the lighting, backgrounds and re did her make-up.

One thing that did annoy me was her hair, so I decided to do something about that. Using hair stock by Cindy Grundsten (DeviantArt), I added hair; piece by piece, moved, rotated and warped it all into position, as well as re coloured it.

JuliePowell_Lady in the straw hat_2000

With fingers crossed, I rated another Honorable Mention  and something else good came from it, a few people requested a tutorial on HOW I did the hair, so another tutorial was created by request for ShiftArt.com…………….and THAT is a great thing! If you are a member, go check it out.

~ Julz

 

 

White Cranes

I was working on a Conceptual Portrait recently and I wanted Origami white cranes, I asked many people, but no one I knew, knew how to create them. So I did what any self respecting adult does in 2017 – I googled it. It took awhile to find just the right set of instructions, and to wrap my head around them, but I did get it done.

This is the website I ended up using  20170615_110411

Actually I got kind of good and knocked up lots in a short period of time

IMG_20170615_115428_056

And then what did I do with them?JuliePowell_ White Cranes

DSC_2727

This is very similar to the original image before I added the cranes

I LOVE photoshop…..and I love creative conceptual photography.

~ Julz

 

Conceptual Portraits – Monachopsis

Monachopsis – n. the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place

I cam across this word recently and thought WOW! such a great word, full of meaning to not only myself but I am sure many others. In my own life and when out socialising with others I have this feeling; nagging in the back of my head. I often feel I am sometimes out of time too, but maybe that is me too.

But an idea for a Conceptual Shoot started to form and I had so many ideas; I also had the perfect model in Hayley. As another creative soul she also understood this concept well and was excited about working on the project too.

The Wallflower

As a teenager I felt this, but more so as an adult. If I am at a party or social function where I do not know many people, or it is really crowded, I feel like hiding. Wishing the walls or floor could open up and take me away. Especially if I have said something dumb, this happens all too often; making me quiet and not overly fond of social interactions. Sure I’m fine one on one or with friends, but that is very different.

Wallflower.jpg

Life of the Party

Again mostly due to social anxiety, I often feel blind to the fun and frivolity in social engagements. A bit like those dreams where you are naked and blind and everyone in the room is pointing at you and laughing, but you have no idea what is going on. I have often joked that the dead would probably have more fun than me in these situations. I often feel out of place, especially events like Gallery Openings and meeting new clients.

Life of the party

Waiting to be saved

I guess this image has different meanings to different people, but to me it signifies that person who throws you a life line, engages with you; saves you from yourself and the barren wasteland of unease. This could be a friend or partner who knows you well and offers you a safe harbour. Sometimes it is just the release that is felt once you have managed to remove yourself without making a scene.

Waiting to be saved

Don’t get me wrong, I do go out and I do interact with people. I do go to functions and have lots of fun (especially with smaller groups, where I know everyone), but to most I probably just come across as quiet and shy. I am also guessing from a lot of the people I interact with on this blog; I am not alone.

It has been an interesting journey working on a mini series for this one little word with so much meaning; Monachopsis.

~ Julz

Monday’s Musings

OK So yes this is another scheduled post, I promise the last one for awhile, next week I will be back on deck. Today while you are reading this I am hosting a workshop for my Photoshop Artistry Group big Australian and NZ meet up.

So some exciting news to share; over the past few weeks I have had another image published in Living the Photo Artistic Life, page 99.

JuliePowell_Silence from within

Silence from Within

Was featured in the Gallery of Fine art Spring edition

alice 3

Won a Special Merit for these two images, Light, Space and Time ‘Figurative’ exhibition. So excited first ever Photographic competition! OK So I wasn’t the only one with a Special merit, but still exciting. 🙂

Julie Powell_Quieting the storms from within

JuliePowell_Roses

Roses – Original Photo by Gabriel Olude

And now the highlight of my week……………….drum roll please! I received an email from Photoshop Creative to feature one of my images in their magazine! Woohoo.

longing

Longing for the Fog to Lift

To say I’m buzzing is an understatement, some much as happened in the past few weeks, my head is spinning. Need to get back to earth and buckle down to work! Travel is over and I have lots of raw material to work with, plus I have loads of shoots set up for the month ahead.

Thank you for all of you who cheer me on, it means the world to me my friends 🙂

~ Julz, xo