Can you tell…

…I did quite a bit of ‘playing’ in Photoshop (TM) with these images?

Hydrangeas with Snow, the First

Hydrangeas with Snow, the First


Hydrangeas with Snow, the Second

Hydrangeas with Snow, the Second

As a young girl, I used to watch with fascination as the colorist in the Photography Studio at a local department store patiently changes a sepia-toned photo into a subtly tinted masterpiece.

Back in the late 1970s, when I was shooting strictly black and white film, I had access to a darkroom, and with a few instructions from my then-boyfriend, I learned to develop the film and sepia-tone the prints.

Consequently, a major purchase was a set of Marshall’s Oil Colors, and I began to tint images, remembering everything I had seen the colorist do.

This was so much easier, and I do not have to breathe in the vapors of ‘the turps’!

Yesterday in Evanston…

…variations in an iced-over street planter.




I love how the 'un-artificially colored' Eucalyptus has faded to a golden beige...or perhaps it was bleached to begin with?

I love how the ‘un-artificially colored’ Eucalyptus has faded to a golden beige…or perhaps it was bleached to begin with?

By the time…

…I shut down last night, I took one long look out the window and said aloud, “There won’t be any snow out of this!”…and I was right (again!  I should have been a weathergirl, in addition to being an artist, yes?)!  There is a meteorologist here (I knew him back when he started out in Milwaukee) who goes absolutely BONKERS when any amount of snow shows up on his very expensive radar equipment.  He predicts and predicts…most of the time he’s WRONG, as he was again re: this HUGE storm that was going to devastate traffic, and, oh, holiday shoppers, too!  Any sane being, checking the radar, then looking out their window, could have seen that the radar was WRONG!

According to this morning’s Chicago Tribune,

First snowstorm of season fails to measure up

Chicago’s first snowstorm of the season fell short of expectations, dumping far less than the 6 inches predicted for some areas and creating little of the havoc that hit the western part of the state and Wisconsin.

But it was still enough — barely — to end the record 290-day string of snowless days. The streak ended around 6:30 p.m. Thursday when a tenth of an inch of snow was recorded at O’Hare International Airport. Another tenth fell before midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

The heaviest accumulation in the Chicago area was 1.2 inches in Grayslake. In Chicago, three-tenths of an inch was recorded at Midway Airport. A few more flurries may fall today before the sky clears.

You can read more here, but it’s not really worth it!

As poor Bob at the Christmas Tree Lot next door has been selling very wet trees in the rain, I thought I’d ‘make’ my own snow, as he still has about 40 trees left…and a little snow would definitely put people more in the mood to purchase their tree!

Some Trees Left-Final