Sunday, June 8, 2014

"... mad for our planet ..."

Translation:   "The future belongs to those who wake up."  ~Clean Energy Guru

I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, 
perversely, with no extraordinary power,
reconstitute the world.
~Adrienne Rich

One man with courage is a majority.
~Andrew Jackson

We must go beautifully and completely mad for our planet
and so become infused with her grace, confidence, wisdom and power ...
so nothing can stop ... us.
~Andrew Harvey

(This photograph was taken while driving along Sherbrooke Street in Montreal, Canada. While I did enhance the photograph in Photoshop, I did not digitally add words to the back of the truck.  The Clean Energy Guru - whoever he or she may be - goes quietly about his/her business sharing the important message that he/she applied to the truck.)

Monday, May 26, 2014

... inner possibility ...

(click on image for a larger view)

(This piece of photo art was made using one of my custom-designed textures, "Yellow Shards", from the texture set "Moonglow Medley".  You can view it here.)

Monday, May 5, 2014

"So It Is With Any Truth"

"The truth you believe in and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new. Make friends with that clinging. Get to know it and it will let go by itself."
~Pema Chodron - When Things Fall Apart

"When you climb up a mountain, each cleft in the face gives you a toehold that enables you to lift yourself higher. But the minute you are higher, the cleft below becomes useless or irrelevant except as a marker. The next, higher place to put your foot is what you must search for now. So it is with any truth. If we cling to it, instead of using it to gain greater enlightenment, we remain in the same place."     
 ~Phyllis Theroux - The Journal Keeper

Thursday, May 1, 2014

... just sitting ...

Just sitting mindfully is enlightenment.  ~Dogen Zenji

Your own consciousness, brilliant, void, 
and one with the Great Body of Radiance,
is not born nor does it die.  It is the unchanging light ...
~Tibetan Book of the Dead

When the human mind is calm and quiet,
like the North Star, not shifting,
the spirit is most open and aware.
For one who see this,
the celestial Tao is within oneself.
~Li Daoqun, Taoist Master

Coming in but not at the gate,
Going out but not by the door,
This body of mine
Is the land of serene light.
~Gyokko, Zen poet

Monday, April 21, 2014

Using Textures To Enhance Your Photographs

Do you use photographs to embellish your blog posts?  Do you tweak them in a photo-editing program before you post them?  Bringing in some light, sharpening the image, increasing or decreasing the saturation are common tweaks.  Another way to enhance your photographs is by adding a texture to it.  I make a lot of textures and share them on my other blog, Pixel Dust Photo Art.

For example, the photo below was a rather dreary one to which I added a texture of my own making, did a Levels Adjustment and added the Photoshop Filter called 'Poster Edges'.  Below this image you will see the original photo.

 (you can click on the image to enlarge)

This photograph is SOOC (straight out of camera).  It was a 'drive-by shooting'.  Yes, it was shot through a dirty car window while driving about 30 mph.  Certainly nothing to write home about.  In fact, before I discovered textures I would have deleted this photo. But take a dreary photograph and add a fine art texture and you can create the transformation you saw in the first image. Magic!

Of course, a great photo does not need any enhancement ... unless you want to make a piece of art from it or create a composite using it.  Then applying a texture to a beautiful photo is one of your options.

Here you see three of my recent mini-set texture creations (four textures per set), the same SOOC photo, the transparent texture or overlay that I added to it and the varied results you can achieve using some of the different blend modes from Photoshop. Don't forget to click on the image to enlarge it.  :)

None of the four examples in the above collage have any other Photoshop manipulations applied at this point.  What you see are the photo, the texture applied and blended at 100% opacity.  The first image in this post is an example of what can be done afterwards with more Photoshop manipulations to further embellish your photo.

If you are interested in experimenting with applying textures or overlays to your photographs, do check out my Mini-Sets Texture Shop at my other blog, Pixel Dust Photo Art.  While you can purchase textures in the shop, I do give out free fine art textures on occasion.  You just have to scroll through the blog and you can download them right there.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Meet Mooji

Meet the loving, non-duality teacher "Mooji".

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Francis Lucille

If you have not yet had the privilege of meeting the brilliant Advaita (non-duality) teacher, Francis Lucille, allow me to introduce you with a few brief videos from Stillness Speaks.  Enjoy.