Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Inside St. John's

The Cathedral of St. John in Savannah, Ga. is one of the most beautiful places of worship in the world. My favorite spot inside the sanctuary is the tabernacle, a little alcove off to the side of the main altar.

To take a virtual tour of the cathedral, go to their web site here.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Where I'll Be Walking

My favorite pier on Tybee Island.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Where I am Right Now

And I'm going to kiss my guy right by the fountain for luck.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

White Bird

Friday, July 27, 2012


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Whale of a Shot

I'm unplugging and heading out of town today, so if you post any comments they probably won't show up until I get back to approve them. In the meantime, I've scheduled something to automatically publish every day while I'm away.

This is the first and probably only time I'll ever get a decent shot of orca in motion. They're big and gorgeous but Lord they're fast.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I couldn't resist taking a snap of this little guy; he had the sweetest face.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

To Reiterate

I've been getting a few e-mails about this, so I'm going to use today's post to revisit some pics while I explain my policy on others making use of my photos.

First, where you are: PBWindow is an amateur photoblog featuring the original work of Yours Truly, Lynn Viehl.

Over on the sidebar there I've stated my policy about use of my images, which in a nutshell is this: you can borrow any of mine and use any of them for educational or non-profit purposes. This includes featuring them as part of a post on your weblog or website news page, posting on sites like Pinterest and Facebook, etc.

If you do use one of my images a credit link back to PBWindow would be nice. It is not, however, mandatory. If you'd rather not give me credit for my work I'm not going to yell at you, send you a takedown notice or otherwise harrass you. I might think you're an ingrate but that's all.

To find a specific type of image to use, click on the appropriate tag on LABELS section on the sidebar. I take photos of Nature, critters, art and quilts, mostly, and occasionally some of the lovely, strange or funny things I see out in the world.

I post my photos for free on the internet for the enjoyment of others, and as such I expect them to remain free. You do NOT have the right to use my images in any endeavor to generate profit of any kind for yourself or others. What this means is that I don't allow people to sell or resell my images as part of any commercial project (like a self-published e-book.) This also includes any effort to fundraise for charity purposes.

What you MAY use my images for: promotional items, giveaway items, free e-books, amateur online web sites or pages, or basically any project that doesn't involve a monetary exchange.

If you're still not sure if the use you have planned is acceptable to me, you're always welcome to send a query by e-mail to LynnViehl@aol.com and ask. Put PBWindow Image Use in the subject line if you would so I know what it's about, and I'll respond as soon as possible.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ceiling Fish

This is a bit blurry but I'm posting it for the Doubting Thomas who questioned an overhead aquarium I wrote into one of my novels. Please note that I took this shot while I was completely dry and standing under these fish.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Two Birds

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Big Birds

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

More on Yupo

Metallic watercolor, probably my best work on Yupo to date. As a painting surface it's practically demonic, but I love the way the paint flows over it too much to give it up.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


It was nice to see this at the Independence Day parade this year, although I doubt anyone under the age of fifty realized what it means, or from what it was quoted.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Garden Gate

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fire Fountain

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Burning Down the House

Metallic watercolor on Yupo.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wishing You

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Hockey Puck

I'm going to highjack today's post so I can explain a technique and show some pics to my gild sisters (and if you're curious, the project is the fruit book I mentioned over on my author blog here.)

I bought the orange for my book project from JoAnn's for $1.99, but you can probably find some at a thrift shop for less. In her article Katherine noted that some fake fruit will have a weighted core and to cut carefully when bisecting. Which is what I did, and sure enough:

It's a cement or mortar plug, roughly the size of a marshmallow. You don't want to hit this with a knife or cutting blade, so I suggest you first probe your piece with long needle or a hat pin to check for a similar hockey puck. Then cut along the outsides the way you would when you're pitting a peach, until you can pry the sides apart:

One you've pitted the puck, you can fill the void with scrap Styrofoam. I used torn bits, covered them with tacky glue and then covered them with a thin piece of Styrofoam to hold them in place while they dried (takes about 24 hours.) This gives you a solid, stable surface to which you can attach the end papers of your accordion pages.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Grass Between Friends

The storms last week have resulted in a bumper crop of new grass, and the unusually cool nights have killed off a lot of the summer bugs, the combination of which has made our neighboring ponies very happy.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Ink on Yupo

In the July/August '12 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors artist Cathy Taylor published a workshop on painting on Yupo (polypropylene watercolor paper) with alcohol-based ink. I had a couple of bottles of colored Adirondack ink on hand, so I decided to give it a go.

Any watercolor artist will tell you that Yupo is a maddening surface to paint on (it does not absorb anything, paint pretty much goes wherever it wants, and the piece dries at the rate of evaporation.) It's also terribly addictive because it is such a challenge.

Alcohol-based ink behaves very differently from paint, dries quickly and does all sorts of strange stuff on Yupo. From the moment I dropped the first splotch on ink on my paper I was entranced.

This was my first attempt, and I simply dropped beads of ink onto the page in a circular pattern to see how they would blend.

With my second try I began tipping the surface and running the different colors together. The flow and the blends were amazing. Then I dripped some beads of ink on top of the flows to see what would happen.

I'm tempted now to fill a fine-nibbed fountain pen with the ink and use it to sketch something on Yupo. Will post more photos as I see what happens.