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Kathy’s “Fairy Path”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Above and Beyond


Kathy Evans submitted her “Fairy Path” to the art shows in Taunton and Pembroke. Both were in agreement that this image was special!

The Taunton Art Association awarded it Second Place while the Pembroke Art Festival decided it warranted an Honorable Mention.




Congratulations, Kathy on a most interesting and magical image! 

(I was waiting for the White Rabbit to pop out!)


Denise’s, “Applying Texture Overlays”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Uncategorized

 Here is Denise’s technique about her “Creative Florals


 Applying Texture Overlays 

1. Open image in Photoshop or PSE (version 9 or higher to be able to work with layers) 

2. Process as you normally would for proper exposure and crop image to your liking 

3. Use additional plugin software such as NIK and/or Topaz Simplify filters to optimize the image and merge layers when done 

4. Open texture file to use with (flower) photo 

       (note the texture image will open in a new window) 

5. Go to ‘Select All’ > ‘edit’ > ‘copy’ 

6. Then with flower image selected, go to ‘edit > paste’ to copy the texture image onto the flower 

Alternatively – with both images displayed side by side on screen and with the move tool selected, hold shift key down as you click on the texture, and drag it onto the other image. This will center the texture directly over the image 

7. Go to ‘edit’ > ‘transform’ > ‘scale’ to adjust the placement of the texture over the flower, dragging the handles from the texture to the corners of the flower image if necessary 

8. Hit ‘enter’ to commit the change 

9. From the layers panel, cycle through the blend modes to see which one appeals to you most for use with your selected image 

(hint: hold down the shift key + right arrow key to cycle through the blend modes quickly) 

(hint 2: for flowers shot against a white background, the ‘multiply’ or ‘darken’ blend mode works best) 

10. With the texture layer selected, adjust the opacity to your liking 

11. Create a layer mask on the texture layer by clicking on the layer mask icon at the bottom of the layers panel 

12. From your tools panel, make sure the colors are set to black/white 

(hint: black conceals, white reveals) 

13. Select a soft brush with values set at 100% opacity and 10-25% flow 

(hint: use the left/right bracket keys to change the size of the brush) 

14. With black selected, begin painting over the area of the image where you want to remove some of the texture. If you remove too much of the texture, simply change from black to white and paint the texture back in 

15. Repeat steps 4 thru 14 if you wish to apply a second texture with a different blend mode 

16. Create a clipping mask on the texture layer if you would like to make any adjustments to it. For example, you may want to adjust the hue or saturation of the texture to better complement the colors on your image. 

a. To create a clipping mask, with the texture layer selected, choose what adjustment you want to make (ie hue/saturation). Select the 3rd button from the bottom left – that creates the clipping mask and changes will only apply to that particular layer – not the entire image) 

17. Merge all the layers when you are finished with applying textures 

18. Apply finishing touches with additional plugin software by creating a duplicate layer (ctrl+j) 

19. Flatten image and save file. 

20. Close without saving any changes you made to your original texture files- otherwise you will overwrite the original. 


Denise Duhamel

Check out her amazing “Creative Florals” at



October / November Challenge – “Places of Worship”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Monthly Challenge

For the next two months the challenge will be to capture a place of worship – church, chapel, synagogue, temple, wherever people gather to worship. Growing up in Dorchester some of my friends used, “Joseph’s Donut Shop,”as their preferred place to hang during the Sunday Mass. Those of us who did go would share the priest’s sermon and the church bulletin with them. Sorry, no breakfast nooks or other such places will be accepted! 


1. Joe’s “Guardian Angel Cathedral, Las Vegas” 

Guardian Angel Cathedral, LV












2. Stephanie’s “Cross of St. Joseph’s Church

Stephanie Spyropoulos St Josephs cross










3. Jac’s “Eaton, NH Spiritual Setting

Eaton NH










4. Phil H.’s “Dove from Above

Dove From Above












5. Ron’s “United Parish of Carver

United Parish of Carver














6. Ellen’s “Portiuncula Chapel”

Porticunula Chapel













7. Lynne’s “Peace Abbey

Peace Abbey













8. Phil N.’s “Long Plain Meetinghouse











9. JIm’s “Earth, Sky & Water, Falmouth

Place of Worship (1 of 1)






 10. Jeff W.’s “Fall in the Cemetery”

fall in the cemetery










11.  Mariann’s “Buddhist Thai Temple

Buddhist Thai Temple