kDesignationz Feature of the Day, The Extended Forcast!

San Francisco Piers, bridge photography, new moon rising

…a rare clear sky’s viewing of a New Moon rising…

So a suggestion I received not long ago was to create pages or posts featuring the work I do at kDesignationz or KLDesignz… and other up-and-coming spots with more direct links to the actual products themselves. The reason being a somewhat obvious one: people interested in seeing a particular design wouldn’t have to click their way through lots of other ‘stuff’. They can just see that one or two…or fifteen (joking!) items.

With that in mind, I figured I’d start with a recent posting from my kDesignationz spot, ‘A New Moon Rising…’ What you’ll find below are individual links to- you guessed it, individual items. Again, there designs are all based on my previously posted, ‘New Moon Rising…’ photo from a recent post. The only link you won’t find listed below is the one to wall art/ prints. That link you can find in that, ahem, previous post I just mentioned…

First up is the New Moon laptop skin, found here

Next, the New Moon throw pillow, found here

Then there’s the New Moon tote bag, found here

And who wouldn’t want to check out the New Moon studio pouch, found here

After that, you might want to check out the New Moon laptop sleeve, found here

Followed quite closely by the New Moon greeting card, found here

I’ll end this post of links with the New Moon hardcover journal for all the writer out there looking for something to… write in… it’s found here

Now, if you’ve been to my kDesignationz spot or others like it, you know the design choices are basically provided by, in this case, Redbubble. I provide my art and they provide the ‘canvas’ as it were for me to create.

If you’re so inclined, tap a link or two. Even better, let me know what you think because your thoughts are priceless to me… seriously!

K’lee L. © 2015

Creative Comparisons: Making Old Works New Again

A simple idea, borrowed from my last post that dealt with discovering old works and bringing them (back) to light and life. This post slants that concept a little by taking three images I’ve used in previous posts and other works and doing a rework on all three just for the comparison factor.

The three originals come first:

the original is minus pixels!

A Bee finds his flower

working with ways to show the beautiful colors of this parrot 'creatively'!

mirrored image, silhouette, dark, shadows

springtime, bees pollenate flowers, living nature

the colors of a parrot, colors in nature

The changes to these three pieces were never intended to be extreme. I wanted to experiment with old pieces; in this case, pieces I first used when I began this blog. One of the things I like seeing as time goes on is the tools available to create photo and graphic work are constantly changing. Sometimes it’s subtle; a new filter that offers minor color change. Sometimes the tools are major and allow for radical reinventions; double or triple exposure methods that also allow for manipulation of other elements of the work.

Take a look at some of your earlier works. Do you feel like they ‘stand the test of time’, or could you breathe new life into them with some subtle or radical re-imagining?

…the possibilities are meant to be endless in my humble obzervashun!

K’lee L. © 2015

Treasures in the Archives: Rodin on Exhibit in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Art Gallery, Rodin Exhibition

nice to find old gems in the archives! – K’lee L.

I remember this trip clearly, even though it was years ago. I had just moved and made the decision passing through the stress of doing so meant I deserved a vacation! I’d also recently picked up a new camera I’d been itching to get out and use. Vancouver, BC made a lot of sense to me as it’s only a few hours’ flight from San Francisco. It was also summertime so the weather, while cloudy and cool in S.F., was (I hoped!) nice ‘up north’ in Vancouver.

I took this shot on my last of I believe five days. I was right about the temps being warmer, but a ‘bog fire’ the day I arrived, made for gray conditions on days one and two. Things cleared up after that and I got to head out with my snazzy new camera (think ten years ago!) and shoot the sights.

I had actually done a little editing on this shot and set it in a more recent folder so it was easier to find. There are lots of others from that vacation, which may find their way into future posts.

By the way, I didn’t get to check out the exhibit! I not only took this shot on my last day, but hours before heading back to the hotel and on to the airport. At least I got the shot, right?

Vancouver is a great city here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s both a walking city and a very photogenic city. My next visit will be a bit more planned out and hopefully longer in duration. I just hope I don’t have to share my skies with any more bog fire smoke…

K’lee L. © 2015

A Photographic Tribute: The Color Purple, The Artist Eva Marks

sailboats at sea, boats in the harbour, the color purple, water is life

the greatest voyage is the one where we find our true home. -K’lee L.

I wanted to find an image this morning that reminded me of an artist I discovered here on the WP some time ago. Her name is Eva Marks. If you’ve never seen her extraordinary fashion illustration work or photography work, well, let me help you out with this link

I only recently learned Eva is moving through challenging times, times which have caused her to take a break from blogging to focus on the wellness of her being.

My hope and prayer for Eva is that she will sail the seas of these turbulent times and eventually find her way back to shore and back to the expression of her creative spirit in whichever way seems appropriate for her.

In getting to know a bit about Eva, I learned the color purple is a favorite of hers, so I dedicate the above color and image, a sailboat navigating calm waters, to this dynamic, brilliantly creative force of nature.

This one’s for you, Eva.

K’lee L.

KLDesignz, Feature of the Day: ‘Of Stillness and Light’

ships silhouetted on the sea, the calming effects of sunset light on water

thankful for small moments of stillness and light… K’lee L.

It was the rare late afternoon transforming itself into evening as  I hung out at the beach with a few friends visiting from Sweden. Ivaan does serious photography work there and wanted to scout out a few locations for a wedding shoot he’d be doing here in San Francisco in a few days later.

Luckily, I decided at the last minute to bring along my camera too as the weather was in cooperation mode. The image I’ve used here (photo made into graphics!) for these pieces happened as the sun went down. I’ve named it, ‘Of Stillness and Light’ well, because of the obvious cool light happening, but also because of the tanker on the horizon, silently drifting past the face of the setting sun in silhouette… impressed just about all present!

Glad I had the camera…

You can, if you feel inclined to do so, check out some of the early pieces I’ve made for KLDesignz, my Zazzle spot. We now have the option to link to entire ‘collections’, groupings of items with the same theme. There are currently fifteen or sixteen pieces in this ‘Of Stillness and Light’ collection. More than a few, not mindbogglingly overwhelming. More to come likely!

K’lee L. © 2015

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Existence Of God!!

K'lee L.:

I thank first Santosh Namby for posting this amazing parable on the argument for and against the existence of God on his blog. I then thank ‘LifeMyntras’ for making it available for both myself and Santosh to find! This definitely bought a smile to my face!

Originally posted on "LifeMyntras" By Damini Shah:

Something interesting regarding those who believe and those who don’t believe in God ! Very interesting. It stimulates our lateral thinking :

This lovely parable is from “Your Sacred Self” by Dr. Wayne Dyer.
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies…

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Ocean Photography: Proud, Defiant, Immortalized in Stone?

stone sculptures, San Francisco's Ocean Beach

proud, defiant, immortalized in stone?

Mine is the type of imagination which begins to construct, imagine, and/or create seemingly of its own volition and without other areas of my mind’s involvement. Such was the case the morning I pointed my trusty Fujifilm camera at this rock jutting out of the surf at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.

I’d seen the rock formations before, but for whatever the reason, I’d never noticed the face before.  Note: If you can’t see it, picture a somewhat serious-looking male face belonging to a man lying on his back while looking up at the sky.

As far as my overactive imagination goes, I immediately envisioned some ancient man, cursed or blessed with the kind of immortality bequeathed when one is changed into stone!

Throughout the mythologies of many of the world’s cultures there are stories of man interacting with the gods. Sometimes these interactions prove beneficial, other times not so much. I suppose there’s a story brewing up in me somewhere. I catch glimpses occasionally while looking at this shot. Perhaps I’ll take my writing utensils back to the ocean and sit near this sculpture one morning so as to coax the story out. If I am so blessed, it just may find it’s way onto the pages of this blog?

…we’ll see

K’lee L. © 2015

KLDesignz Feature of the Day, Mission to Mars: The Hydration Factor

Water is important to us humans. We’re composed of mostly water so staying hydrated, it’s a big deal. With that fact in mind, I found myself revisiting my ‘Mission to Mars’ motif and thought: ‘Why not create a few bottles and mugs?’ No, I don’t really think it out to myself like that, but I guess I could, right?

The melding of these two concepts yielded the following pieces over at KLDesignz, my Zazzle spot.

I don’t suppose I’m any closer to having the guys and gals at NASA call me with an offer for the next mission to Mars, BUT if they did… I’m sort of ready!

Here are the first five ‘Mission to Mars’ drink-able ideas I came up with:

As always, even comments go a long way, so feel free to leave yours (if you’re so inclined) as you make your way around the WP galaxy!

K’lee L. copyright 2015