Monday, June 04, 2018

Photoshopping The Grandkids

It's funny how things get started. We were watching our grandson Ian a few weeks ago while his mom ran some errands. She had put out a box of Legos and said, "Have fun!" So, we did. Roger built something and decided to put a little plastic Yoda in it. I said, "Hey it looks like Yoda is meditating." Ian said, "We meditate at school," then proceeded to sit cross-legged on the floor, hands in that classic meditation position, eyes closed. I loved it! A few weeks later both grandkids came to visit. I mentioned to their mom how much I loved seeing Ian meditating. Delilah shouted, "We meditate at my school too." Then she, Ian and Roger sat on the floor together and meditated. I couldn't resist taking their photos. But when I downloaded the pics, I didn't like the light in the living room or the crayons and kid books strewn about on the floor. So, this is what I did...
 ...I photoshopped them meditating on top of the earth with the moon in the background. It was a fun way to spend a foggy cloudy day. The perfect cosmic diversion.

Then the grandkids came by for another visit just the other day. We were hanging around, drawing pictures and looking at rocks, when I remembered the photo I had made of them. So I grabbed the computer and said, "Hey kids, take a look at this." Well, they loved it and immediately wanted me to photoshop them into other scenes.

Delilah posed like this and wanted it to be on strawberry ice cream...

...and Ian posed and wanted to be on a penquin.
They thought I could do it just like that while they waited. I had to tell them it takes a bit of time to make this happen. But I did get to it a few days later and made these. Delilah wants to also be put on a rose, and Ian wants to be in a tractor. I'll do it for them because that's what crazy grandmas do. They photoshop the grandkids into scenes they love. I also hope it will teach them to question the validity of images they see. Because I know they know these moments never happened in real life... or did they?

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  1. Oh, the three of them meditating as the world turns is wonderful!

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    1. isabelita-- That one is my favorite. It was so much fun to do.

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  2. We didn't meditate at school though we spent a lot of time sitting cross-legged on the floor - a well-known ploy to get children to stay still! I can't imagine my Granny doing photoshopping either!

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    1. John-- Interesting that you sat cross-legged on the floor too. We had some time in school where we laid on the floor on little blankets we brought from home. I can't remember what they called this "recess" period. I love that kids are meditating these days.

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  3. Wow! Your expanding creative energy is powerful and joyful. Heartening to know that your grandkids have learned to meditate in school and to see the beautiful image you created with that thought in mind. Love their requests for more images and your images in response to their requests!

    Energy is eternal delight (William Blake)

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    1. am-- Yes, their meditation absolutely inspired me. I wish we had meditated in school. I just heard about my cousin's 4 year old grandson who goes to school in New Jersey does yoga there! Wow, things have changed. Glad you liked these images.

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  4. Ha! That's hilarious! And your Photoshopping skills are great -- I'm not sure I'd know how to make images like these. It's an interesting point that this may teach them to question the validity of images they see.

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    1. Steve-- I think it's pretty funny too. When I was the advisor to the students who published the campus newspapers and poetry journals at the university, I had to pick up some Photoshopping skills so I could help them. It's grand fun.

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  5. Oh my, what a magical post! What an absolutely fun idea! Your grandkids are so cute, and so joyful. I love this!

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    1. 37paddington-- So glad you liked this. I would've never guessed that I would have young people in my life who would call me "grandma"-- but my beautiful step-daughters gave me this gift.

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  6. Such fun! It isn't every grandma who can put her grandkids on top of the world! :)

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  7. The didgital grandparents have arrived. Great stuff!

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  8. Love it though I have not been able to master photoshop

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    1. Bill-- It takes some time to figure out what to do, but it is really fun. Youtube has some helpful videos too. Good luck with it!

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