Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Running Start

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Today's title has nothing to do with art but everything to do with a most excellent seminar I took. We (hubby, dogs and I) have been taking agility classes for several months now, and we're starting to get it! Chris and I are learning how to reward the dogs to get the behaviors we want ("take that jump") and tell them where we're going next. Considering how green we are, the dogs and I did quite well. We've got a lot of work to do on our sit-stays (they sit, briefly, but "stay" ain't happening!), but "toss a cookie and run to get in position" worked well today. I think the instructor was pleasantly surprised...

We don't get a lot of flowers in my neighborhood -- if the deer, gophers or squirrels don't eat them, the frost could kill them, or they're not native enough -- but daffodils are on the list and they do well. I had fun getting "up close and personal" with my macro lens on this one, and then had real fun tossing it in a Photoshop blender! I'm going to print it on photofabric and use it to practice my free-motion stitching. Cheers!


  1. WOW - that looks great! Maybe I should try to learn how to to use Photoshop ... or bribe my DH to do it for me ;-))
    Thanks for sharing,
    Frauke (found you via Marlis' blog!)

  2. It is so much easier to tweak an image in Elements than to rip out lots of free-motion mistakes!