Experiences of a late-comer to the agility competition scene -- our training, trials, life-style changes/challenges, RV adventures, and observations on the sport, the people, and dogs involved in it. Begun July 17, 2010.
I spent my Labor Day watching gusts of wind whipping the treetops and raindrops around, the dark dank sky eerily reminiscent of Hurricanes Katrina and Gustov, which made me feel jittery all day. I had to coax the dogs outside to pee. To take my mind off, I played with Photoshop, trying my hand using the "watercolor filter" on a photo of Mikki (recently taken, last post) that I think captures the "essense of Papillon" - alert, petite, cute, dainty, feisty, loyal, big ears, long tongue, eager to participate in "whatever" at all times. All in all, I'm very satisfied with the results. From the original photo on the right, I futzed around and got the simulated watercolor effect on the left. I had to black out a bit of shirt bling, a bit of neck and a bit of fence, and smudge a few places for the 5" x 5" closeup on black background, which gives it that 3D effect. It came out so good I plan to frame it and give to Madalyn for Mikki's 1st birthday, coming up in November. It printed out beautifully on my HP DeskJet1220 printer.
Don't know why, sometimes a painting can convey more "essence" than a photo. This one certainly does. Is there any doubt why we call these dogs "butterflies"?
Good lord, sitting around these past few weeks due to all this rain, smog, etc., I've put on 7 lbs! My dogs have gained weight, too. We've got to get back to practicing. Rain, rain go away.
Upwards and onward!
P.S. Next day, I tried my hand watercolor filtering a photo of my friend Mike's dog, and sure enough, even without the black background, the 3D effect can be clearly seen. Original is on the right, "watercolored" on the left, where it looks like Teds could walk out of the photo at any moment! Neat! Sometimes a painted image has far more "presence" than a realistic photo!