Friday, October 25, 2013

Learning Lightroom 4


I found out that one can take free on-line education courses through the Edmonton Public Library so I signed up. Presently I am learning Lightroom 4 which I purchased last winter and never got around to understanding how it worked. Well I must say I am well on my way to learning it though with the  finger dislocation (twice) which still gives me problems though the swelling has receded, then our thanksgiving feast as well as an art exhibition last weekend I got a bit behind; two weeks in fact, just enough so that If I am stuck on a problem I cannot get help for it as one must request within 2 weeks for each module. I still have 4 classes to go though the final exam is posted already. I was having trouble with today's module and finally gave up and will have to skip to the next module later today to at least try and catch up enough to get in questions if I so need. It's difficult when one gets behind as there is a lot to learn. On top of it all I had signed up for another course which started last week so now I'm 2 weeks behind in it as well as modules are posted each wednesday and friday, sheesh. I really do love it and even if I don't "get" it all I am learning a lot about how to edit and fix photos. I have some photos that my husband took this summer of my nephews wedding that I am editing which I will  further manipulate in photoshop to make a small album for my sister. I take good bird shots but lousy people shots hence hubby having to shoot the family gatherings.

Well blogger is doing weird things to me once again; telling me I am signed out from another location and making it difficult to continue so shall say adios for today.

"Roses from my sweetie"

Thursday, October 10, 2013

3 year project coming to a close

I have been working for three years on an undisclosed project which has been accepted into an Exhibition at the Gallery of St Albert for march-april of 1014. I am pretty excited as it has an ecological theme around birds, or lack thereof. Anyhow I am going to keep you all in suspense till the unveiling in the new year. What I will say is its sculptural rather than paintings and I will post images once the show is up, so stay tuned. Presently I am working on handmade plinths for some of the pieces as there is a certain way I wish some to be viewed rather than on gallery style stands.

So with that being said I am also in the thinking and planning stage of a new possibly three year project, this one though will not be so secretive and as I may well be venturing into totally new to me media that I believe it may be fun to document my progress and or frustrations through the blog. So once again stay tuned as there is more to come...

Enjoy your weekend. These two are safe as its turkey time again. 
Happy thanksgiving one and all.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

recumbent bikes

I watched a fella ride one similar to the above around Cross Lake campsite late summer and it got me to thinking that maybe, just maybe I could ride again as it looks like the pedal pressure is not on the knees and it has back support which I need for my condition, mmmm possibilities are arising. Also with a recumbent there will be no strain on my neck.

With sadness I gave away my upright antique pedal bike eight years ago due severe dislocations and pain in my knees so seeing this bike gave me inspiration and best of all is hubby said he would get a bike and ride if a recumbent bike will work for me, Yes!!!

So... Last night I did a little research and found that Bently Cycle sell recumbents, hence another excited resounding Yes emitted from my gaping mouth as Bently is only about an hour and a half drive from here. It seems like a fall picnic is in order for this weekend, do a little birding and check out the only store in Alberta online that I could find selling recumbents and go try a few out. http://www.bentleycycle.net/recumbenttadpoletrikes.htm

I posted the link as I swiped the photos from it to show what I am excited about, and hey I don't believe they would mind as its extra advertising for them. The baby below is quite pricy for this disabled wild bird but it has shocks for a smoother ride which with my condition is a good, no a great idea, and hey if it gets me out riding the trails then whoo-hoo its all good. Just wish we were not going into fall right now, but then if I get one then maybe the snow will not come till january, now wouldn't that be great. Ahh, yes the proverbial dreamer.
Enjoy your day as I head back to dreaming of free-rolling the terrain once again.
Hugs!