Thursday, May 18, 2017

Unexpected Gifts

One of the unexpected gifts of paintings is that I now have artist friends around the globe, hailing from such locations as Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Michigan, Oregon, Massachusetts, California, Washington, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Manitoba, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, Scotland, England, Denmark, Sweden, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, and Israel, to name a few.

On my birthday, Arizona artist Sheila Delgado, whose art and photo editing capabilities I've admired since September 2015, surprised me with the unexpected gift of a clean-up of the photo I posted last Friday—which was a photo of a photo of a photo from a decades-old album! She brightened the white borders, evened out the dark border, fixed the deckle edging on the top border, and got rid of the stain on the ceiling.

Awesome!

Thank you, Sheila!

Before and after:

   


Artist Carol Edan, who lives in Israel, and whose sketches first caught my eye in January of this year, surprised me with the unexpected gift of a card through the mail, a card that happened to arrive in timely fashion for my birthday, even though she had no idea of my birthday.

Awesome!

Thank you, Carol!

a Carol Edan original





5 comments:

  1. LOVE, love, love Carol's card to you! So cheerful and full of her signature texture :) Oh! I just found a half an abstract face! Eyelashes, stern red mouth, and a fascinator hat! Enchanting! I think she is on her way to a party :)
    So glad you like the photo fix Dotty :) To me, old photos like this are history to be treasured. I couldn't resist. Such a surprise to see it here again, and I am glad it was a surprise for you as well :) Enjoy my friend!

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    1. Good morning, Sheila! I see the abstract face, too! Could be a New Yorker cover : )

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  2. Happy birthday!!!! Unexpected gifts are the best! These two are amazing....in the abstract I see a map with places to visit on an anticipated journey.

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes, Jen. This morning's unexpected gift is a little tryst with my hubby—we're leaving our respective workplaces midmorning for a cuppa at the beach.

      Yes to abstract maps with places to visit!

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