Coffee and Paint and Photoshop

I find painting relaxing and want to get back into it.   I have a 20×20 canvas dying to get messed up. I played around with some things I found on the internet and came up with this idea.  I like working out things with Photoshop.  I’ve been around long enough to know that the finished work will not look anything like this.

red black and white coffee

Funiture Design

Quite a while ago I used my tax money to buy a TV.  My previous TV was bought a Goodwill for $9.99.  Now that I had this shiny new black rectangle in my living-room I thought it needed something proper to sit upon.  With the help of my friend Neal, we designed and put together this oval TV stand.  We built it some time on 2010 and I just painted it yesterday.

TV Stand that I designed

Nick’s on Hawthorne

Nick’s is on Hawthorne Street in Portland, Oregon.  I love a good sign.  Portland is filled with wonderful signage, and this one is a favorite.  I just love the font on “Coney Island”.

Nick's on Hawthorne St

Crazy Orange Kitchen

Sometimes I dwell on a little fantasy.  I was thinking of what my dream kitchen would look like and I came up with a color scheme.  Now I may change my mind tomorrow, but right now I am enamored with the color orange.  Orange, White, Yellow and Red are hot kitchen colors.  Click on the image to enlarge it.

orange colors for my kitchen

A cup of Yerba Mate

A cup of yerba mate at Prasad
A cup of yerba mate at Prasad

I actually took the original image with my cell phone.  On a rainy day it is good to drink something warm.  I posted a blog about Prasad where I enjoyed my yerba mate.

Hung Far Low

Hung Far Low in Portland Chinatown

On my birthday in December, I had lunch with a friend in Portland’s Chinatown.  I didn’t go to this particular restaurant, but I could help but to photograph the sign.  For those of you who don’t live in the area… yes, the sign is real.  The sign was recently restored. In the native Cantonese Hung Far sounds like red flower, Low means restaurant or tower.

For this particular design I had fun with the background.  I used the paintbrush to make the diagonal lines.  Then I duplicated the layer and flipped it.  One layer I blurred slightly and the other I embossed a bit.  Of course I played around with Photoshop’s 3-d abilities for the PDX.  It was a fun way to spend the last day of January while I waited for my kale chips to be finished.

Very Orange

Here is a quick image of my business card that I took with my cell phone.  I used my lily as a photo assistant.

orange business card
anaranjado business card

Like I mentioned before, it is not perfect.  I would have shifted the flower over more.  Next time.  I just felt like if I futzed with it one more day I would never get it done.  I like that it is vibrant and friendly.