Saturday, January 20, 2018

Caturday Art - Night Time Relaxing.

This week the Caturday art is taken from a photo of the boys relaxing outdoors in the evening.

This is the original.

This one I used Lunapic and remembered again to make a note of what I had done.
First was the Devilish filter which I adjusted to 23%. I couldn't have them being too devilish after all!
Then I used Sunshine at 35% to bring out the colour. I had to use Landscape, I don't know why but I always do, but kept it to 25%. I finished with the floating effect at 25%. Then I added a bevelled edge and then a steel border.

This one I used Dreamscope "Summer Solstice" effect. I wish they would give the ability to adjust the result.

You can see more art with Athena, the Cat Goddess.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Caturday Art - Boys in the Field.

This week I have once again been playing around with various effects of the same photo.

This is the original photo.

This one is the Landscape filter from Dreamscope. It is okay, but I would prefer if I could adjust the effect myself.

This one is done with Lunapic. I remembered to take note of what I had done this time.
I started with "scribble" reduced to 35%, then I added "sunshine" at 55%, then red blush" at 30%. I couldn't leave out my favourite filter so added "landscape" at 35%.

This is the same as the last picture, but I added the frame from Pizap.

This one is also Lunapic. I used "fairy" reduced to 40% and then "sunshine" at 33%. I then added Lunapic's bevelled glass frame.

Visit Athena, the Cat Goddess to see more Caturday Art.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Caturday Art - Boys in a Window.

I am taking part in the Caturday Art this week with four versions of the same photo. Two are with Lunapic, and two with Dreamscope.

This is the Moonshine render from Dreamscope.

This is Rugged, also from Dreamscope.

I did this one a few months back with Lunapic and used a basic Lunapic frame for it.

This is also done with Lunapic using several different filters to varying degrees, but of course I had to add about 25% of my favourite Landscape filter to finish it.

This is the original photo.
I have been trying Dreamscope lately but have found the end results are much smaller than they were previously. Probably because they want me to buy the paid for version, but I can't see the point in paying $9.99 a month for something I won't use very often.
I prefer Lunapic because you can adjust how much filter you use and add as many as you want...and it's free!

You can see more art with Athena, the Cat Goddess.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Caturday Art - Resting, and more Christmas Cards.

I am taking part in the Caturday Art this week and you can see more by visiting Athena the Cat Goddess.

My art this week is using my favourite editor, Lunapic.
I also had a surprise when I went to give Dreamscope another try. I usually get tired of waiting for the pictures to render, but when I went back a few days ago I found 2 pictures I had given up on several weeks ago.
They are also taken from the same photo that I used for the Lunapic version.

This was using the Autumn effect.

This one used the Forest effect. I think the boys blend too much with the background in this version.

I had thought that once I left the site the pictures would be discarded, but apparently not.

I have also received some more snail mail Christmas cards over the last 2 days which I have posted below and will also add to my Christmas Day post.
Thank you to everyone who sent us cards. All of our ecards are on the ecard page below our header. Thank you for all of those too.

Cathy Keisha      Celestial Kitties.
Savannah's Pawtracks
Fur Everywhere.
The Island Cats.
Tripper, Homer, Banzai and Reno.

Monday, December 25, 2017

A merry Christmas to All, and our Christmas Cards 2017.

     Merry Christmas to All!

This card is from 2012, the last Christmas that both boys were still with us.

Thank you to everyone who has sent e cards which can be seen on the 2016 - 2017 e card page by clicking here, or on the last link beneath the banner.

The snail mail cards have been scanned and are below.
Thank you to all who exchanged with us.
Basil and the Hoard           Madi and Mom.
The Swiss Cats    Manx Mnews
Four Legged Furballs
15 and Meowing.
Forty Paws.. Dash Kitten Crew.
Chirpy cats
Cats of the Wildcat Woods.
Ducky,  Tommy and Teaghan
Friends furever  Catio Tales.

Mark's Mews, Random Felines
Peaches and Paprika.
The Poupounette
Timmy Tomcat and Family.
Tessie pino,  Marvelous Marv.
Conny's Cats
Laila and Minchie
Four Crazy Cats
Angel, Max and Kirby
Speedy,                        Dora
Three Chatty Cats
Teddy and angel Sammy.   The Kitties Blue.
Tazo (The Furkids)
The Pawesome Cats.
Cathy Keisha      Celestial Kitties.
Savannah's Pawtracks
Fur Everywhere.
The Island Cats.
Tripper, Homer, Banzai and Reno.
The Critters in the Cottage.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Caturday Art - Trouble Brewing.

The picture below the header is my Christmas e card to all of you. If you have not received it by email and you would like it, please take it from there.

This week I have once again used Lunapic, but for a change I have not added the Landscape filter to it.
The original photo was taken when I was weeding the border for the summer bedding plants. The boys loved to play in freshly dug earth.
Usually it was Eric who would pounce on Flynn, but here Flynn is about to take advantage that Eric is looking the opposite way.
Click on the picture to enlarge.

You can see more art with Athena.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Health Update.

I haven't updated for a while because until now I have had no news to tell.
I went for another CT scan a week ago on Friday, Then a full blood panel last Monday.
Yesterday (Monday) I went back for my results.

All of the blood results were good, but the best was the result from the CT scan. last time my oncologist had said there was very slight shrinkage of 2 tumours and the others had remained the same.
This time he said there was noticeable shrinkage in all of the tumours.
As you can imagine, this is a huge relief for Ivor and myself. It will make our Christmas so much better.

Many of you keep asking how I am and tell me I am in your thoughts. Both Ivor and I really appreciate it and thank you for your thoughts.

I have another CT scan in 3 months time and hopefully that will be as good or better.

I can't do a post without a photo so I dug out an old funny one. My head is in there somewhere beneath Eric!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Memories - Outdoor Togetherness.

The boys always loved their walks together in the fields.

It was fun to explore.

Comparing notes.

Checking hedges......

and mouse holes.

Keeping watch for intruders.

Perimeter patrol.

There was always chance to rest afterwards.

But they still kept a lookout.

Time to enjoy some sun.

A bit more relaxation....

and time to discuss the days events.

Heading back home. The path you can see them following was made by their constant use of it.

Last check for intruders.

A quick rest on the blocks.....

then time for a leisurely bath.

Then another rest after a hard day's patrol.