Around these parts, the third week of August sees the return of vacationing families from sunny shores or cool green mountains. Though most schools won’t begin until the Tuesday after Labor Day, children’s attendance mandates this homecoming and marks the unofficial end of summer. Whether the new routine will be welcomed or not, lives will revolve around preseason fall sports camps until classes begin.
I recall hours spent on the sidelines of a practice field as my son and his fellow Western Wildcats went through their football drills. As he grew older, I didn’t feel compelled to hang around at practice, but in the early years I wanted to remain close by in case of injury. A few of my fellow moms became my football posse as we sat through hours of practices swapping recipes for make-ahead dinners and secrets for getting grass stains out of our players’ practice pants.
More often, though, wannabe coaches took their sons to practice, and I’d be the lone mom in my camp chair. In the days before tablets and laptops, I’d always bring books and magazines to keep me company. How much more productive I would have been with today’s technology and creative apps.
If the the magic of iCloud had existed then, I could have organized all of my pictures as Lisa Burlee showed us here. In the process, I might have found a picture to use for Christmas cards and then actually ordered online, all from the comfort of my portable throne. Even better, I could have gotten creative with some of those pictures using Waterlogue or my latest favorite app, Brushstroke. While Waterlogue’s creations live better within technology, Brushstroke results can be printed on canvas or paper for home decor and meaningful gifts.
When Ellen saw one of my favorite Brushstroke creations,
a picture of our Westie that I gave to our daughter for graduation and is now gracing her bachlorette pad, she couldn’t believe that it came from an app. Brushstroke gives you so many options for turning your photo into a piece of art. As a wannabe artist of limited skill, transforming this photo
into the canvas above brings almost immediate gratification.
Recently I’ve been playing with this sunrise shot
that I took at dNz‘s river house a few weeks ago. I can make it look like a classic landscape,
give it a more abstract or minimalist look,
go bright and colorful like her guest house
or embrace Van Gogh.
Once I decide on the final look, Brushstroke lets me choose a size and framing style then order it straight from the app. The prices are reasonable, as is the turn-around time.
Brushstroke generally works best for landscape or other photos without faces. I do love the idea of a backshot of children walking into the ocean, though. This shot
from Shine Your Light was my first introduction to the Brushstroke app (thanks, Lisa Scibilia), and I’ve been meaning to comb through old photos to look for a similar picture from vacations of the past.
Knowing the Brushstroke app exists may influence the pictures you choose to take on your next getaway. Then when you find yourself with forced time on your hands (whether on the sidelines or waiting for your tires to be changed like I am doing as I draft this post), you’ll have a subject for passing your time creatively with Brushstroke. You may even get a Christmas present made. Don’t you just love technology that delivers delight from any spot with an internet connection?
August 18, 2015