I’m taking this wonderful online class with Kim Klassen, called Beyond Beyond. Well, it isn’t so much a class as a creativity kickstarter. She mixes instruction and tips in Lightroom and Photoshop with huge dollops of inspiration, ideas and encouragement.
It has been so heartening to meet throngs of people (mainly but not exclusively women) across Canada and the United States (and even further afield) who share my passionate interest in image-making. We have formed a lovely supportive online community and share our work freely on Facebook and Flickr and other social media sites. Daily, I am amazed at their artistry and creations.
Today, our challenge is to take one of Kim’s images and make it our own with the addition of her textures and other Lightroom and Photoshop techniques.
In my version, I cropped the image square because I love curvy lines within squares. I used a layer of Kim’s “zuzu” texture and a desaturated layer of “-43″. Then I added some lighting and blur effects and masked them off the bowl and pine cones.
I added the Annie Dillard quote (Jenna Sue font) and curved it to suggest a smile. The quote reminds me to spend our days mindfully. Time is as much of a treasure as money. And neither will be there forever. It is up to each of us to figure out how best to spend them.