Art

  • Kaleidoscope #2 - Beautiful. And ugly. The world is always both. –Ann Aguirre, Horde             As promised, below is the original photo used to create this image. It’s a lichen and moss covered tree trunk and exposed roots from my backyard. Taken on an overcast day with no special lighting or retouching, just […]
  • Clay Butterfly - Week Seven (Day 20) Buy or make some clay and then use it like you never have before. At first, I wasn’t sure what I wanted with this one. I had mental images of a gooey clay blob-berfly, or a bulbous bisque statue like the kind you find ready for paint at the craft store. […]
  • Kaleidoscope #1 - There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness. –Shannon L. Alder   Yes… my very first digital kaleidoscope! Still so very exciting. especially with the “happy accident” of the butterfly shapes emerging in the corners. As promised, below is the original photo used to create this image. It’s my car’s engine, no special lighting […]
  • Auto-motor-putter-fly - Week Six (Day 18) Work with the things you find in your car (or a friend’s car if you don’t have one). The engine’s in the car, right? My Mazda6 never looked so cute! This prompt had me spiraling down the vortex of my detail-oriented, down-in-the-weeds self. I had all kinds of mental images of […]
  • Eye-spy Butterfly - Week Five (Day 17) Make something inspired by and/or that goes over an eye (yours or someone else’s). I had high hopes for this one, as I love all butterflies, but I’m especially fascinated by those with eyespots. The fact that over hundreds of thousands of years these delicate creatures developed coloring that mimics the […]
  • Butterfly on the Water - Week Four: (Day 19) Create something that floats on water. (It doesn’t have to be a boat.) My attempt at a reflection of a butterfly on the water…   **note** (Day 19) is the prompt designation in Noah Scalin’s book, 365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life! I am […]
  • Tater-fly - Week Three: (Day 16) Make a unique print by cutting up a potato or sponge, and use it to stamp on a material of your choice. Here’s my potato stamp butterfly. I took a photo of a potato and created the carved-out stamp part in Photoshop. Below is my take on applying it to a […]
  • A thousand tiny butterflies - Week Two: (Day 14) Make something microscopic. How small can you work? Can you make something that requires a magnifying glass or microscope to see? I could have created a super small butterfly shape on a white background, but it felt like the old polar-bear-in-a-blizzard shtick. So, instead of just one minute butterfly, I decided […]
  • Splash of tea butterfly - Week One: (Day 13) Use tea bags (used or unused) or even just liquid tea (in a cup or not) to create something today. The arrangement of: tea-pot, cup (with tea), saucer, spoon with loose tea and the place-mat were all photographed by me and have not been altered. I added the splash-of-tea butterfly with […]
  • Teacher’s pet Bud-erfly - Day 15 – Make something inspired by an important teacher in your life. Bud Webster was, has been, will always be one of my favorite teachers. He led a writer’s critique group of which I am still a member, even though he’s no longer with us. Bud was genuinely passionate about the written word, brilliant […]
  • My big Christmas project - or, how I spent the month of December… My boyfriend is very hard to shop for. Usually, what he wants he buys for himself and it’s usually something tech and out of my price range. He let me in on a secret though, he likes to receive gifts that are handmade. They’re unique, made with […]
  • Franken-fly monster? - Day 25 – Break something and make something new with the parts. I’m really starting to feel Halloweeny… I “broke” apart several digital butterflies and made a new Frankenstein butterfly with the parts. What’s a lonely monster to do…?  
  • Fresh baked bread and butterflies - Day 24 – Make something that incorporates or is inspired by a smell. Not many things smell better to me than a loaf of bread fresh from the oven. So, with a nod to Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland, I can’t help but submit my version of fresh baked bread and butterflies.
  • Good day, Sunshine! - Day 23 – Interpret your favorite song lyrics. I have a lot of favorite songs. Good Day Sunshine by the Beatles captured my inspiration for this challenge. Good Day Sunshine The Beatles Good day sunshine, good day sunshine, good day sunshine I need to laugh and when the sun is out I’ve got something I […]
  • Fancified butterfly - Day 21 – Take something boring and make it really fancy. I started with a basic (boring) butterfly shape in black and white.   Then I added background layers, lace textures and a string of pearls. Voila, a “fancified” butterfly.
  • Cuts like a butterfly… - Day 20 – Create using only materials you can find in a kitchen. I don’t know if it’s because it’s getting close to Halloween, I have an aptitude for chopping things or I’m feeling a little edgy..but I’m totally feeling the knives for this one.
  • Bucolepidopteous - Day 16 – Invent a new word and illustrate or demonstrate its meaning. Bucolepidopteous – descriptive of a a beautiful pastoral setting filled with butterflies. Taken from bucolic, lepidoptera and beauteous: Bucolic – adjective: of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life. Lepidoptera – is an order of insects that […]
  • Getting my walk on… - Day 18 – Take a walk outdoors and create something using exclusively the materials you find along the way. Just a few of the interesting things I come across on my two block walk from my office to the parking deck: The courtyard in front of the office building…window displays and a leaf print in the concrete, […]
  • Green is the color - Day 17 – Green is the color of so many different things. Use it as your inspiration today. “It isn’t easy being green,” but my little green Kermit butterfly is definitely having fun with this challenge…
  • Steampunkerfly - Day 14 – Combine two things that you don’t usually find together. Things that don’t go together…hmmm…but butterflies go with everything right? Since butterflies are found in nature, I decided to use something that was man-made and ended up with clockworks and gears for a Steampunk inspired butterfly.  
  • Hidden Behind Myself - Day 13 – Recreate a famous work of art in your own way. I was really excited by this challenge and raced through ideas for Van Gogh’s Starry Night and the Birth of Venus. Eventually, I decided on The Son of Man by Rene Magritte, often referred to “Man in the Bowler Hat.” I could […]
  • Butterfly-in-a-box - Day 12 – Make something inside of a box. Oh boy! My Butterfly-of-the-Month Club box just arrived!
  • Getting messy - Day 11 – Make something intentionally messy. Seems like a somewhat difficult challenge since Photoshop is so precise, but you’d be surprised what the smudge tool can do. It’s like finger-painting…  
  • Started, finished – Part 2 - Day 10 – Start something and have someone else finish it for you. Bonus: work with another sprinter to accomplish this. Here is what I gave fellow CreativeSprint-er, Peter Cazacu. I composited two photos from a vacation in Puerto Rico. Well, as you can see, Peter totally rocked this out Trekkie style! I never noticed […]
  • Started, finished – Part 1 - Day 10 – Start something and have someone else finish it for you. Bonus: work with another sprinter to accomplish this. I teamed up with a fellow sprinter, Peter Cazacu. This was interesting, not only because this is the first time I’ve collaborated, but because Peter lives in Romania. What fun! Here is what Peter […]
  • I’ve got a secret… - Day 9 – Share a secret or make something inspired by a secret. Instead of dreaming of mice and birds, looks like my kitty Camilla dreams of butterflies. Aww…  
  • Reduce, Reuse, Re-butterfly? - Day 8 – Come up with a new use for something you would normally discard. I love my colored pencils. I usually sketch out a painting project so I have a road map of sorts before I get started. So, I have lots of pencil shavings and decided to incorporate them into today’s challenge.
  • Home Sweet Home - Day 7 – Make something that represents the town, city, state or country you call home. Even though I live in Richmond, Virginia, my home, my heart will always be in the mountains. I often miss the woods and the winding roads. May parents still live in the Christiansburg area and the mountain photo was […]
  • Butterfly Messages - Day 6 – Deliver a message to someone in an unusual way. This message is for all the wishers and dreamers  out there… May all your butterfly dreams come true!  
  • Hidden Butterflies - Day 5 – Camouflage something. Ever play hidden object? No? Well, here’s your chance. I’ve hidden five butterflies in this image. Can you find them all? I tried not to make them too obvious, but maybe they’re too hard to find. You be the judge… If you need a hint, here’s another version with the […]
  • Clear to partly cloudy - Day 4 – Create something inspired by the weather outside today. The Weather Channel is forecasting sunny with a high of 75* with a few afternoon clouds. So, in other words a beautiful early fall day.  
  • Twinkle, twinkle little butterfly - Day 3 – Use a nursery rhyme or other children’s song as your source material today. I was all about the stars growing up, From Twinkle to Star Light, Star Bright, I wished and sang and wished some more. I don’t remember exactly what I wished for, but I remember looking up at the stars […]
  • Butterfly my name - Day 2 – Use your name as inspiration for what you create. A most literal interpretation, to be sure…keepin’ it real, simple.    
  • In the palm of my hand - Day 1 – Make something that fits in the palm of your hand using only the materials in your immediate environment. So, just in case you don;t know. I’m rejoining the CreativeSprint community for the month of October. Our goal, to do something creative every day for thirty days. I’ve chosen Photoshop as my medium […]
  • Wet-dry butterfly - My attempt to create water droplets from scratch in Photoshop and contrasting with a desert butterfly for fun. CreativeSprint – final countdown!
  • Juxtaposed Butterfly - Working out selecting images with shapes in Photoshop. CreativeSprnt countdown – starts tomorrow… Save
  • Gradient Butterfly - Playing with shapes, layers and gradient fills. CreativeSprint – 1 day to go…
  • Butterfly Cutouts - Another attempt to sharpen my Photoshop skills. CreativeSprint countdown – 2 days to go…
  • Butterfly Collage - CreativeSprint is starting back up October 1. I’ve decided to use Photoshop as my medium for this challenge, with the theme still being butterflies (of course). So, I’ll be playing around a bit trying to sharpen my rudimentary PS skills, and hopefully posting a bit more often. Here’s a little something that came as a […]
  • Getting my #CreateSprint on…again - Well, I wasn’t sure if I would do this again as I currently find myself trying to keep up with my Butterfly-a-Week personal challenge. The more I looked at the email in my inbox, though, the more it called to me. I had so much fun creating things, posting them and looking at what everyone […]
  • Money, like time, flies… - Week Six: (Day 15) What can you do with just a dollar? Use a dollar bill as your medium or inspiration today. Going for a simple one this week…  
  • Hidden Butterfly - Week Five: (Day 12) Camouflage…Create or alter something so that it disappears into its background. First of all, so sorry about the HUGE time gap between posts. My life got a bit chaotic (as life sometimes does) and I’m returning to a sense of normalcy now. That being said, I decided to approach this challenge […]
  • The prettiest meal of the day… - Week Four: (Day 9) Make something with your breakfast before you eat it. Oh, to play with one’s food (and not get scolded for it). The hardest part was being hungry while I worked… The best part was enjoying my artwork on a new level – in my belly!
  • Pages of a Book-er-fly - Week Three: (Day 8) Transform an old book into something new by cutting, folding, gluing and so on. So, I absolutely needed a book that I don’t care about. All the books I own are ones I want to keep. So, it’s off to a thrift store…thank you 2nd and Charles for your free book […]
  • Butterfly Stencil - Week two: (Day 7) Today, make a stencil and use it in your work. Of course, this will be a butterfly stencil. Ooh…I just realized this is the perfect project to try out the xActo set I just bought. Oh boy, oh boy! And, what better way to commemorate a new sketchbook?     
  • Paper Butterfly - Week One: (Day 3) Make something out of paper, but don’t use scissors or glue or draw on it. What now? (And no, you don’t have to know origami to do this.) So initially, I considered tearing paper into little bits and arranging them. But, I seem to have a psychotic aversion to creating something […]
  • Butterfly of the Week - CreativeSprint inspired me to get started on a creative journey. My friends inspired me to keep going. So, I purchased Noah Scalin’s most recent book, 365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life! I’m also giving myself some flexibility and challenging myself to one creative project a week. So, this […]
  • Thank you CreativeSprint - This was a wonderful experience for me. So much so, that I can’t wait for the fall to try it again. Hopefully by then, I’ll have enough rudimentary skills and photographic archives to use Photoshop as my medium. So here goes my list of lessons learned: Sometimes the first idea is the best one. It […]
  • Messages - CreativeSprint – Day 14: Create something inspired by an email, text or other message that you receive today. I get a daily newsletter from Today called “Stuff We Love,” and in today’s Today email I found this article about a t-shirt for travelers. It’s covered with icons and all you have to do is point […]
  • Take your butterfly to work day - CreativeSprint – Day 24: Take something that you made with you wherever you go, today. Take pictures of it in different places or with different people throughout the day. Meet Marizza, my prototype butter-fleur. There were some bright spots to our day together, but mostly she watched me work at my computer and answer the […]
  • Candy Crush Butterfly - CreativeSprint – Day 18: Break something and make something new with the parts. I decided to break some hard candies a la Candy Crush with my trusty hammer. I wanted this to be something I could keep, so I glued the candy to a piece of cardboard… I didn’t count on the candy dissolving into […]
  • Photograph - CreativeSprint – Day 11: Make something inspired by the last song or piece of music you listened to. The first song I heard when turning on the radio at work was Photograph by Ed Sheeran. The lyric, “Keep me inside the pocket of your ripped jeans” was my inspiration here. The irony, it’s a photograph […]
  • Butterfly chain - CreativeSprint – Day 25: Teach us how to do something. REFLECTION: What was your favorite day of CreativeSprint so far and why? How to make a butterfly paper chain, step by step. Step 1 – Choose a piece of paper and fold it, accordion-style. (Hint: Be sure to make the folds even and four layers […]
  • Today in history - CreativeSprint – Day 26: Take your inspiration from something that happened today in history. REFLECTION Did you notice anything unusual or surprising about yourself or your work during Creative Sprint? My first stop was Wikipedia. Unfortunately, it appeared to be all bad news: wars breaking out, natural disasters, the rise of the Nazi party, blech. […]
  • Gnorw, drawkcab, nwod-edispu - CreativeSprint – Day 21: Do something intentionally wrong today. Upside-down, backward, wrong…so many choices. Since my theme for this challenge is butterflies, I couldn’t let this get ugly. I purchased a masquerade mask base, but instead of decorating the front like you’re supposed to, I decorated the inside. And, instead of wearing on my face, […]
  • Using my left hand… - CreativeSprint – Day 15: Work with your non-dominant hand. If you are usually right-handed use your left, if you are left-handed use your right. If you are ambidextrous use your nose 😉 Since I knew this would come out looking like my eight-year-old self did it, I chose a pre-printed wooden masquerade mask from the children’s […]
  • You make my heart smile - CreativeSprint – Day 20: Find a creative way to give someone a compliment. Nothing says “you’re special” like a pop-up card! I’ve always felt pop-ups are wonderfully magical and have always wanted an excuse to learn how to make them. Wish granted… Save
  • Butterfly in the water… - CreativeSprint – Day 10: Use water as your medium or inspiration, today. Okay, so this one took a while, mostly because I had an idea of what I wanted to do (take paper butterflies to a lake or stream and photograph them on the water) and I just couldn’t get myself to the location I […]
  • Newsworthy butterfly - Day 19: Scan a newspaper or newsite and make something inspired by today’s headlines. During the daylight hours, I work at a newspaper. Problem is, I’m not a news person. I don’t watch the news and I try not to read the news, it’s just too sad, depressing and infuriating. So, I decided to make some […]
  • Makes me smile - Creative Sprint – Day 16 Create something that makes you laugh out loud. I don’t think I have an extraordinary sense of humor, although people tend to think I’m funny when I’m completely serious. I can get my boyfriend laughing, but I think he’s biased. So, I decided to create something that makes me smile […]
  • It’s in the bag - CreativeSprint – Day 12 Work with only what you find in your pockets or bag, today. My purse may look small but it holds a ton of crap. Good news for this challenge! Despite the urge to use my shoulder bag which has a rainbow assortment of PaperMate Flairs, I challenged myself to use the […]
  • National Butterfly Appreciation Day! - CreativeSprint – Day 9 Make up your own new holiday and show us how to celebrate it. Well…that would be Butterfly Appreciation Day of course! I had fun looking into all the national celebration days out there, and there are tons! To celebrate Butterfly Appreciation Day you can plant a butterfly garden, visit a butterfly […]
  • Butterfly face - CreativeSrpint – Day 8 Make something while you are in the bathroom or with materials found in the bathroom, today. My first thought with this one was, eeeww…. Then I rolled my eyes at myself and chided, “It’s while you’re in the bathroom Denise, not while you’re going to the bathroom.” So, shaking those image […]
  • Cat-terfly? - CreativeSprint – Day 7 Observe a pet or watch a video of your favorite animal. Make something inspired by it. My favorite animals include: butterflies (obviously, right?), cats, horses, frogs and turtles. Since I have a plethora of cat pics, I decided to create a photo collage butterfly for today’s challenge. If you’re curious, and […]
  • Berry good butterfly - CreativeSprint – Day 6 Look in your kitchen or a grocery store for inspiration. Work with the first fruit or vegetable to catch your eye (canned or frozen counts!) I’ve always loved how eating a plate of fresh berries leaves wonderful, watercolor-like stains on my paper plate. So today, my butterfly is berry delicious.   […]
  • Color Collector - CreativeSprint – Day 5 Work with a collection of your own or borrow one. I don’t really have a collection, so I decided to work with something I have a lot of…art supplies! I can’t seem to pass up a new box of crayons or a package of bright markers. I might be an addict. […]
  • A walk in the park - CreativeSprint – Day 4 Take a 5 minute walk with no set destination. Make something with whatever materials you can find where you’ve ended up. Leave it for someone else to find but don’t forget to document it first! I met up with my workout buddy after work and we walked from 2nd & Franklin […]
  • That’s my name - CreativeSprint – Day 3 Make something inspired by your own name. For those of you who don’t know, my name is Denise. Thoughts on wordplay: Denise, derived from Dionysus, the Greek god of wine – still-life with wine and cheese, use wine to paint a butterfly… Den-ise – ice – butterfly ice sculpture, ice cubes arranged […]
  • Rain on my windowpane… - or, how I imagine my cat sees the world. I’ve always loved raindrops on glass. It transforms this ordinary scene into a vision of mystery, of sorrow, of yearning.
  • Infinite double-vision - There’s something about the infinite reflections of facing mirrors that fascinates me. It’s like unfolding space into alternate dimensions, gateways to other worlds where infinite versions of ourselves are living and working and playing…and blogging. Sometimes the elevator roulette gives me access to the freight elevator and since it has mirrored doors on both sides […]
  • Ooh, pretty… - As part of moving in with my boyfriend last month, I cleaned out the kitchen cupboards, I came across this dainty little pitcher made of beveled glass. Zooming in on this treasure with a backdrop of a colorful scarf creates a kaleidoscopic effect. Just lovely.
  • POP… - …goes spring! We’re riding the weather roller coaster here in Virginia. Daily highs of 55* slowly climb to highs near 80*, then a front rolls through and we’re back in the 50’s. So, I live for those blissful 75* days. Our state capital is decked out in red, white and blue landscaping. So very bright […]
  • Sharper in black and white - What I love best about Richmond architecture is the juxtaposition of  old and new living side-by-side in harmony. My favorite example of this is the Old City Hall building. It’s High Victorian Gothic design contrasts beautifully with the modern glass buildings surrounding it. And in color, which do you think is better?   Save
  • The butterfly princess and the seed - CreativeSprint  – Day 2 Author Hans Christian Anderson was born on this day in 1805. Make something inspired by a children’s fable or fairy tale. My first inspiration was the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” and since my theme for this challenge is butterflies (my blog is My Dreaming Butterfly after all) I […]
  • In the palm of my hand - CreativeSpint – Day 1: Create something that can fit in the palm of your hand, using materials in your immediate environment. So, I was at work when the assignment came and used post-its, paperclips, tape and highlighters. Voila, une papillon de papier… Save
  • Warmth… - Playing with the different settings on my camera to capture the candlelight…I found portrait mode, museum/gallery mode and fireworks mode worked best. Save
  • Nature, the ultimate artist - I’ve always been fascinated by the wondrous beauty found in nature; the play of sunlight through leaves, the swirl of a river around stones, the ever-changing clouds in the sky. On my twice-daily walks from my parking deck to my office, I pass this tree. It fascinates me, because it’s bark cracks and peels off […]
  • Big… - Alas, I’ve been away for a while and I’m a bit behind…okay, a lot behind. *ack* Preparing to move, actually moving and now recovering (and unpacking) from the move has taken three weeks of hard labor. I’ve been telling friends and family that I’m completely moved out of my old apartment but I’m far from […]
  • CreativeSprint - Have you heard about this? I’m a fan of the Skull-a-day author Noah Scalin. He was a panelist for a James River Writers seminar where he introduced his book “Unstuck” in 2011. Since then I’ve been on the lookout for a smaller, more doable challenge and when I saw this 30-day sprint mentioned in the […]
  • Tango, it’s all about the connection… - I recently attended a 20’s inspired tango event, Flappers & Philosophers Milonga, at the John Marshall Hotel. When learning to dance the Argentine Tango, almost every instructor would say, “It’s all about the connection.” This dance is often referred to as the walking embrace. Partners lean in towards each other, the woman often close enough […]
  • Gallery – Walkies in Richmond - Save
  • Alone by choice…solitude -   “Solitude: Being alone without any regrets, sadness, or depression. Not to be confused with ‘loneliness,’ where you are by yourself but long for the companionship of others.” – The Urban Dictionary           I am an only child. I grew up alone, but I wasn’t lonely. I actually preferred being alone, […]
  • Birdie in the sun Bliss is… - …a cat in the sun. Free of an ego, animals just live in the moment. I took these photos a few years ago and I still get a wave of gooey-ness in my belly when I see these pictures. It’s as if their bliss is washing over me and I’m there in the sun with […]
  • Water - So, I’m starting enjoy walking around on my lunch hour taking photos. Maybe three weeks of photo-blogging will result in a new healthy habit. It’s funny how I’m finding the best pictures on my way back to the office. This one has a wonderful contrast of the rustic-feeling wooden dock and the industrial city skyline. […]
  • Cobblestone Street - Checking out the streets of Richmond, VA at lunchtime today. Not a lot of people out and about even though the weather was gorgeous. At the very least, I’m glad I got to enjoy it. Save
  • Home is where… - …the books, wine, cats are. My home is in flux now. I’m moving in with my boyfriend at the end of this month. My apartment is becoming less and less home, but my boyfriend’s house hasn’t quite become home yet. So, how does one define home when it’s in transition? What does home really mean? […]
  • Chakra Healing Heart - I created this piece for my dad. In my Reiki studies and reading about energy healing, I learned that when the kundalini energy rising through the chakras encounters a closed or blocked chakra, it can manifest as health issues in the physical body. Men in particular tend to have blocked heart chakras from a lifetime […]
  • Secret - I have a secret, it whispers in my mind. If you look closely, you’ll see it in my eyes.   Save
  • Healing Waters - I created this piece for my mom. (Aww…) She has very high energy, almost akin to perpetual motion. She’s always on the go, doing for others to the point she has very little time for herself. So, I wanted to give her a respite, a cool, calm sanctuary to bring her Aries energy in check […]