At the centre of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want ~ Lao Tzu

Saturday, August 24

Focus on Life - Week 34

Finally, Sally Russick's got her website back, after it was horribly hacked - and it's better than ever :)

This week's prompt was to Add Something!

And I knew exactly which photo effect I wanted to play with... Picasa's Pencil Sketch. I've tried several times in the past, but with little success :(

But this photo of Shakespeare's birthplace, taken in Stratford the other weekend, worked really well. I guess it had strong lines to start with!



Click on the sketch to enlarge, and you can really all see the detail!

And here's the original, unedited, photo to compare...



Just scroll down to the previous post to see a few more pics of our fun weekend sans kids - including a rather shiny one of me (FYI - purple velvet isn't the best choice for a wedding outfit - it really bounces back the flash in photos!)







14 comments:

Islandgirl said...

Looks great. I'll have to check out pencil sketch.. it's a neat effect! I visited there in 1969.

Adrienne said...

Wow that is really a great shot to use the pencil effect on!

thewovenspoke said...

Nice shot, good job. I tried the pencil too.

Patty Woodland said...

Very cool. I would love to visit England someday

Shel said...

Sweet - love this! I've gotta try the picassa thing,...especially the pencil sketch!

Mary K. McGraw said...

The pencil sketch effect came out really great on your photo.

Alice said...

Love it, love it, love it! Since I love to sketch this one really caught my eye!

Bonnie said...

The original photo really worked for the Picasso pencil sketch effect. I agree that your image must have strong defined lines in the first place and this one certainly did. Love it!

Beti Horvath said...

that building was made for the sketch effect Great choice!

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Hi Claire, I love the pencil sketch treatment and you have selected the perfect subject for it. I think the edited version speaks more to the place than the actual photo. Love it!

AntiquityTravelers said...

loving this effect! I had never see this pencil effect ..... so cool!

Janet Bocciardi said...

omg - there are so many things you could do with that... I'm thinking hooked rug, loom... very cool!

Courtney said...

Love, love the pencil sketch!!

john-w said...

The building to photo sketch really works well.

I think that it is amazing that you have made such a good recovery from your stroke. I know that I would not contemplate running a shop. I know that my health problems are completely different to yours, and I still managed to do certain art and craft things, but I can do all that from my own home, and if I'm not feeling well one day, then I don't feel pressured to do anything. Wishing you well in your new adventure, John-W #35.