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During January and February  there were these Styrofoam snowflakes hanging on a tree outside the old elementary school here in town. It was really cute. Every time I walked down that way or drove past I thought about getting some pictures when the light was better. One day before they took them down I finally lucked out– it was neither rainy, nor cloudy, nor grey, and the sunlight was hitting them just right.  I snapped these photos with the thought that it would make some nice greeting cards for new years or Christmas next year. The pictures turned out pretty good, and I was able to edit the background , color most of them blue with a lovely feature called tungsten, and then using a long drawn out many layered process in paint.net I was able to change the Styrofoam texture and consistency–making the snowflakes  icy , translucent, and glowing .
snowflakes by Dawna Morton
snowflakes by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

Large blue-tinted snowflakes hang suspended in the air in front of bare tree branches overhanging impressionistic fantasy-like mauve tinted snow flurries in the background.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change.
snowflakeson RedBubble: cards starting at US $1.92,
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snowflakes on zazzle.com snowflakes Posters starting at $9.95, prices subject to change.

snowflake in blue by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue by Dawna Morton ~see it framed
A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue background laced with bare tree branches.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints,custom framing at imagekind:
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change.
snowflake in blue on RedBubble; cards starting at US $1.92,
matted framed or canvas prints, prices subject to change.
snowflake in blue on zazzle.com snowflake Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change.

snowflake in blue 2 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 2 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed
A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue background laced with bare tree branches.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change. 
snowflake in blue 2on RedBubble; cards starting at US $1.92,
matted framed or canvas prints starting US$28.50, prices subject to change.
snowflake in blue on zazzle.com 
snow Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change

snowflakes in blue 3 by Dawna Morton
snowflakes in blue 3 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

Large snowflakes hang suspended in front of  a  blue background interlaced with bare tree branches.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change.
snowflake in blue 3on RedBubble: cards starting at US $1.92,
matted framed or canvas prints  prices subject to change.
snowflake in blue 3 on zazzle.com : winter Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change.

snowflake in blue 4 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 4 by Dawna Morton

A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue background interlaced with bare tree branches and back-lit with an ethereal blue light.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change.
snowflake in blue 4 on RedBubble: cards starting at US $1.92,
matted framed or canvas prints, prices subject to change.
snowflake in blue 4 on zazzle.com: winter Posters
art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change

Christmas snowflake in red and green by Dawna Morton

Christmas snowflake in red and green by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a green background interlaced with bare red tinted tree branches .

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change. 
Christmas snowflake in red and greenon RedBubble; cards starting at US $1.92,
matted framed or canvas prints starting US$28.50, prices subject to change.
Christmas snowflake in red and green on zazzle.com 
christmas Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change

snowflake in blue 6 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 6 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of bare tree branches with a blue background.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change. 
snowflake in blue 6on RedBubble; cards starting at US $1.92,
matted framed or canvas prints starting US$28.50, prices subject to change.
snowflake in blue 6 on zazzle.com 
new years Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change

spring snowflake by Dawna Morton
spring snowflake by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large snowflake with transparent icy edges glows a translucent white in front of a tree with red tinged leaves, one shaped like a bird perched on a branch, and surreal teal and magenta colors in the background–creating a scene reminiscent of one last snowfall before the full onset of spring.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change. 
spring snowflakeon RedBubble; cards starting at US $1.92,
matted framed or canvas prints starting US$28.50, prices subject to change.
spring snowflake on zazzle.com 
spring Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change

snowflake in blue 8 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 8 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large semi-transparent icy snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue forest background with an impressionistic texture resembling large flakes of snow drifting downward through a dark moonlight sky. Abstract semitransparent shapes create an apparition of wood nymphs and sprites in the lower left of this ethereal scene.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change. 
snowflake in blue 8on RedBubble; cards starting at US $1.92,
matted framed or canvas prints starting US$28.50, prices subject to change.
snowflake in blue 8 on zazzle.com 
snowflake Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change

Snowflake in Blue 8 at fineartamerica

Towards then end of this batch of photos  I came across a floral photo on Redbubble I thought was pretty phenomenal, and when I went to look at it closer the photographer in question listed “texture by skeletal mess” and her original photo shown along side it without the texture. The texture, applied in a semi transparent layer  made all the difference between an average good photo and something that really stood out as amazing.  I searched for and found Skeletal Mess on the internet, and while he offers a large number of  really good free textures and some tutorials on how to use them– I wanted  to create and use my own rather than borrowing the work of somebody else. I have had some fun finding things around the house with interesting abstract patterns and textures to get close up shots of.

I incorporated several of these textures into snowflake in blue #8, with some lovely results. Interestingly enough these particular textures are the result of my teenager’s interpretation of my instructions regarding how to clean the iron skillet. Apparently the part about putting a little water in the bottom and boiling it dry really meant to fill the pan up to the brim  and have fun standing there watching the steam clouds while allowing it to boil over and splash all over the stove too. lol. Anyway, either he did not scrub it good enough or there were some minerals in the water and it made this interesting white splotchy pattern along the sides in  addition to the patterns it left all over the stove by the time he was done. My kids were pretty incredulous when I started taking pictures of it. They kept saying, “Mom, why are you standing on top of the stove?!?” the answer of course is that when using my macro lens you have to be a little further away, and it was the only way to get the shots of the patterns on the stove top. I think they thought mom had finally gone loony.

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I have recently started posting t shirts for sale in my Redbubble gallery. It’s not as easy to do as it is in my zazzle gallery, since I had to find, download, and learn how to use a new to me photo/image editing program. Interestingly enough I found the program because of an article on zazzle’s blog about free alternatives to Photoshop. Based on several recommendations there I decided to try out paint.net. I had previously given some thought to trying out gimp, but was unsure of how to install it and get it to work on windows. So far I am enjoying paint.net, and with some patches available for download (the links are available in their forums), I have been able to do everything I have needed.
  I am still interested in getting my hands on one of those Correll paint pads I have heard so much about from other artists in artist magazine’s online art forums though. My one piece of digital art, Aeriel’s Gift, was really fun and exciting to do–but frustrating because doing any detail work was so painstakingly slow and difficult using a mouse. I would like to try doing more things like that in the future.

Here are the  t shirts I have for sale on redbubble so far. They are available on several different styles of  shirt as well as in multiple color choices.

9 X 12″ chalk on paper, 2009, by Dawna Morton. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Done entirely from memory in the space of about an hour, without referencing a photo, this large magenta colored flower sits on a moody background of expressive leaf shapes. in colors of green and purple, with hints of magenta, the foliage fans out around this striking flower like a burst of living flames.

Oil pastel crayon on paper, 9X12″ circa 1992. As Cinderella approaches the stairway to the castle, a glimpse of the prince at the ball is seen through a lighted window. Neither of them knowing what the future hold in store, it is a poignant moment filled with suspense and mystery.

Watercolor on paper, 9×12″, 2008. Along the borders of Gnat Creek Oregon a tiny white wildflower blooms in front of a rock, basking in the summer sunlight. I love the warmth of the sunlight on the mottled looking rock contrasted with the cool purplish shadows and the impressionistic background of lush vegetation.

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    Oil pastel on paper, 9X12″, by Dawna Morton, 2009.
    Done entirely from memory without referencing a photo, this oil pastel drawing of a pink and white speckled stargazer lily on a brown background was completed in about an hour. the diagonal flow of this dynamic flower creates a vibrant energy.

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Dawna’s art on FineArtAmerica

Dawna’s art on Amazon

Visit Dawna’s fan page and become a fan on facebook!

see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
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Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 by Dawna Morton

Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 by Dawna Morton

Looking from Rainier, Oregon across the Columbia river towards Washington is a spectacular view of bright sunlight shining on a layer of dark, moody clouds above a layer of golden morning sky. Beyond the silhouettes of evergreens and small town buildings, the Columbia river shimmers with an amber glow of reflected sunrise as the far bank is obscured in a dark morning mist.

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Sunrise over the Columbia River #2 by Dawna Morton

Nestled among the forest silhouettes, the masonic lodge and a church steeple stand in subdued silence as the golden sunrise lights up the cloudy Oregon sky above the Columbia river.

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Sunrise Over the Columbia River #3 by Dawna Morton

Brilliantly the sun shines from behind darkened clouds in an early morning sky as it rises over the Columbia River. The Masonic Lodge and a church steeple nestle sleepily among the Oregon forest in Rainier, as the river flows shining in the golden sunlight toward the pacific ocean, and the opposite shore of Kelso and Longview, Washington is obscured in a hazy mist.

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Sunrise Over the Columbia River #4 by Dawna Morton

The Columbia River shines radiantly in the sunrise as it flows tranquilly towards the pacific ocean bordered by dark silhouettes of evergreen trees standing like sentinels on the Oregon shore and mist shrouded mountains beyond in Washington.

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Sunrise Over the Columbia River #5 by Dawna Morton

As the sun rises over the Columbia river, a masonic lodge and church steeple rise above the forest of the surrounding hills in Rainier, Oregon. Silvery gray and luminescent white in the early morning light, the clouds blanket the pacific northwest sky.

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The other morning when the sun was shining blindingly through the shades as the sun rose, I peeked out the window at the sunrise and ran for my camera, taking these photos right through the window screen. This left a cross hatch pattern on the photos, and in retrospect I think it would have been better to remove the screen first because it was not possible to edit it out. In a few of them it gives the slight impression of rain though and I like that. I did have to edit out some large and rather unsightly power lines. when my pc crashed recently I was not able to reinstall one of the photo editing programs I used to use (photoimpression5) because the disk had warped. Although I use picassa  for such features at their retouch and some of the effects such as sharpen and soft focus, it does not have a “smudge” feature–which is one of the things I usually used photoimpression5 for. Luckily on Zazzle’s blog they had recently done an article on inexpensive, or free,  alternatives to Adobe’s Photoshop–which I don’t have because it is prohibitively expensive at the moment.  One of the program’s they recommended was Paint.net, so I decided to give it a try. At first I was disappointed because I did not see a smudge feature, but then noticed there are a variety of patches that can be added. One of them included a smudge feature and so far I am very happy with it. On areas like the clouds, the  retouch feature on picassa is pretty good at removing the power lines, but at the edges or near the trees and buildings smudge is essential to remove the dark color of the power lines before using  retouch to smooth things out and in some cases to replace the crosshatch pattern of the screen to make it match the rest of the photo. Then in some of them I liked the soft focus effect to soften out the screen pattern a bit. All in all they are lovely photos.

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