Thanks for visiting my blog! MudBay Musings chronicles creative journeys, with inspiration and humor I find along the way... including my mother's and my artwork, stories, local bird life and garden favorites...
all of which I hope will bring a smile to your heart.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Gothic Arches Challenge - Little Boys

For this challenge, I began with a photo of my grandmother Virginia's Uncle Joe. I've always loved this photo of him as A Little Gardener, with his tiny wheelbarrow. I added the Hens & Chickens, arch and colorization with Photoshop Elements. I think he would be pleased that his wheelbarrow is no longer empty!

(For a copy of the original photo and more vintage images, click here. )

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Brand New Blog !!!

After eighty MudBay Musings posts, I've embarked on a new venture - MudBay Images.

This new blog is dedicated to original and vintage images, for you to download and use in your digital and mixed-media artwork. I'm very excited about sharing some of my favorite images with you. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Altered Legacy

After scanning in some family Tintypes and Ambrotypes, I decided these folks could use a digital "pick-me-up!" I used the Tintypes shown, an altered frame from an Ambrotype, a 1792 farm sale document, and clip art (made into brushes in Photoshop Elements).

Unfortunately, there were no identifying names on these pictures; they are from the McEwen/Stewart and Irons/McCrory branches of the family. The top tintype is quite large (8 in.), and the picture appears to have been taken in a barn. If you look closely, you can see the earlier farm sale document in the background.
(08/11/09: added links to new blog for downloading above images)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Gothic Arches Challenge - Edgar Allan Poe

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered - not a feather then he fluttered -
Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before -
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.'
Then the bird said, `Nevermore.'

(Excerpt from The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe)
Digital collage created from original photos of American crow, archway at Hatley Castle (Victoria, B.C.) and top of entranceway at Empress Hotel (Victoria, B.C.).

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Gothic Arches Challenge - Vintage Toys

This week's Gothic Arches challenge is: "Toys - vintage or favorite from childhood."

I've always loved this picture of my grandmother, Virginia (1913) . I wonder, what would it have been like to join Virginia for Tea?