PhotoShop Play and A Fun New Game

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by J. Daniel Beaudry

Tree, gather up my thoughts
like the clouds in your branches.
Draw up my soul
like the waters in your root.

In the arteries of your trunk

bring me together.
Through your leaves
breathe out the sky.

I have been thoroughly enjoying my new PhotoShop journey with Kim Klassen's lessons. I find her instruction videos so easy to follow and I've been able to take lots of notes for future reference. It really is a matter of 'everything's easy when you know how"! I'm learning a lot and have no fear of the program anymore! I just love experimenting. Endless options - that's a fun thing!

This has always been a favorite photograph of mine. I dubbed these the 'guardian trees' when I took the photo in Tokyo years ago. I've used it often in a variety of ways. I like what I was able to with it  this time using some of what I've learned about PhotoShop.

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As far as the new game I've found - this is it! Haikubes. I found it in our local bookstore last week and decided not to spend the money, but after a week of mulling it over - and still being intrigued - I decided to splurge and get them. I love Haiku as an art form anyway and the way the cubes are set up I think that they're also a really good "prompt" tool for art journaling.  There are some colored kubes that "set the scene" so-to-speak. They say things like "a vision for", "my family", "a dream about" etc. So you can roll the colored kubes first and then use the word kubes to construct a haiku - or a prompt - from the words that you choose. I really am enjoying this simple creative tool. I'm glad that gave in and bought them.  They are designed by Forrest-Pruzan for Chronicle Books. Try them - you'll like them!


  1. Can't wait to see/hear more about your Photoshop adventures; makes me really want to get back to the art of it!

  2. That is a great photo-I love trees. Have fun with your cubes.

  3. I've been reading backwards.

    This looks like such a fun game. And your photoshop work is so nice! I loved your mother's day post. My mom passed away on Mother's Day. It was difficult.

    I hope you are well! Time for more reading.


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