All Things Inspired By Desert Living & Loving ~ Big Bend Country, Far West Texas ~ Graphic Designs

A Peak Inside My Graphic World

Just like in Wizard of Oz – no “wizard” behind this curtain.
Just me behind my laptop, playing with my graphic images. . .

Click image to see Amazon listing for this Sony W800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera (Black).

Click image to see Amazon listing for this
Sony W800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera (Black).

I do not have a background in graphic design or photography. I have never taken a class – I have taken classes in *oye* too many, many other things but funnily enough not in this! I think overall pursuing those degrees and attaining them did build my confidence and most importantly my ability to convince my husband that I can do it as well. *wink*wink*
I do love reading what people do that I admire and try to practice a little of what they can impart. Nature photography is a wondrous curve though. Art in any form is based on an individual’s unique scope and inspiring perspective. I realized long ago that I do not have that depth of vision. So, I do crafts and I enjoy it just the same.

So, when it comes to photography what can I do? I take a lot of pictures. In this incredible digital age we are in, I can totally do that! I remember a time where every snap was a dollar amount. So, you would cringe when someone moved. You took your film to the drug store and if half of the images were successful, then it was a good roll. Now, I can click to my hearts content and go home and delete, delete, delete – save – delete, delete, . . . You get the picture.

Take as many angles as possible, take close-ups, expand your scope. Just click, click, and click. Then you go home, attach the camera to your laptop and load in the midst of the chaos of home life.
I wait until late at night to open that folder and click on the thumbnails for the preview . . . And honestly, its disappointment rather than amazement. I am amazed at my pictures if my dogs or children are the subject matters – they are incredibly photogenic beings, objectively speaking, you know! My nature photography is a whole another ballgame.
More like, “What was I thinking?”
So, when people are so kind enough to say, “You take beautiful pictures.” That means so much, but it is all honesty not modesty when I want to add a whole paragraph of explanation to the pictures they are remarking upon.
And here’s why:

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So, I sat on this image for a little while and before I paired it off with a popular little bird, Rock Dove aka Pidgeon. So altogether this graphic is a total of (4) images: sky, mountain/landscape, dove, and rocks that it sits on.

Dove Desert Wing Card by

Dove Desert Wing Card by

I have my fun. I am a bit of a contrasting color lover.

The next share is from my logo image. The original image came from a picture of the unpaved, dirt road to our ranch.

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And then of course it doesn’t take much to make a greeting card option. Just had to wait for a pretty windless, sunshine-y day to take the snapshot out in our wild “backyard.”

So, altogether this image was really only the alteration of the one original image with the addition of a frame detail and the title “Welcome Home.” I know the sentiment may be too personal, but it is my first steps in designing for the general public. There are adjustments to be made, but you always have to follow your heart first and foremost. It’s more fun that way anyhow.

Welcome Home card by on Etsy

Welcome Home card by on Etsy

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my graphic world.

We are our harshest critics, but you can always help me with that side. I believe that it will only help me get better. I just want to one day do the desert justice. There are so many photographers that have been inspired by the desert. Take a gander at my Facebook Feed, Instagram, and Twitter. It is an amazing place to learn and it really is no wonder that I just had to *snap*snap* – you cannot help it. The moments are just too beautiful. You feel compelled to capture and share it.


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