What’s On Your Desktop?

Sorry it’s been awhile since I have posted.  I’m sure many of you know how life can intrude into one’s creative free time.  I have been revamping my free digital wallpaper site and trying to create some new wide-screen wallpapers for your viewing pleasure.  If you have some time, check it out and give your desktop a facelift – ThemeScape Wallpaper & Themes.

Here are just a few of the new wallpapers added in the last few weeks.  If you want to be notified when new wallpaper is available, be sure to sign up for the Update List – your email will never be shared with anyone else.

Mystic City

Foggy Bridge

Fairy Dust




Poster Ninja

A busy summer has taken its toll on my desire to create.  For me that’s the meaning of frustration, but I did have some short breaks to create a few posters for some contests.  Sadly none of them won, but the process was rewarding.  It gave me the chance to spend more time working in Illustrator where I need more practice.  Anyway, here are a few of the results of my efforts.  Would love to hear some feedback.  Many thanks to FaeStock at Deviant Art for the use of her models as inspiration for my vector art in the Rise Above posters.  Hope you are all having a great summer.

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Inspired By Music

Every September, the city of Oak Harbor has a 3 day music festival.  I was inspired by some color brushes and things I downloaded this last week and a poster idea I saw so went to town on this one.  It’s not the official poster for the event – not sure how I would make that happen – but if anyone knows give me a shout.  Would love to see it up in living color instead of just on my computer screen.



Breakfast At Tiffany’s

I’ve always loved movie posters and thought it would be fun to do one.  I decided on Breakfast At Tiffany’s because I loved Audrey Hepburn.  The color choice wasn’t difficult – used Tiffany blue for the background.  I wanted to go simple so constructed the image of Holly Golightly using the pen tool in Photoshop.  That created a vector that I could adjust to any size without sacrificing quality.  I finished off the background with some texture to give it personality and it was done.  Hope you like it.


Tiffany's Poster

Photoshop Actions


Been trying to learn how to make my own Photoshop actions.  Besides saving time when repeating tasks, it’s a great way to catalog that cool effect you did to the family picture last week.  I have always hated it when I can’t remember how I did something – actions give you the whole series of activities involved in the outcome.  You can go back any time and look at the layers panel and see how you made it happen.

This is a cute picture of sweet little Bailey.  She was part of a litter of 5 puppies we had at Cedarcroft Pond this past October.  If you’re interested in Dachshunds and what they do, check out their website here.  If you are a Photoshop geek and want a copy of the action, let me know.  The whole process produces a black & white sketch, but you can turn that layer off to keep the color and adjust things to your liking.  Keep creating and follow us on Facebook.