Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

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At the Search Dog Foundation in Santa Paula CA, dogs train to sharpen their skills to rescue people. You will find the dogs training atop rubble piles, waiting atop a rock for the next command or in the agility training tent working on balance and foot placement. This is only a small sample of the areas they learn to rescue people

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry On Top

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rocks on beachBreaking the rules, the focus point is in the center. The space to the left gives room for the viewer to imagine the wave creeping up to the rocks and leaving the gifts it carries. A rock pointing to the focal point brings the viewer back into the photo were the portion of a plant is left draped over the rock. The cherry on top.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Details

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detail of tree barkWhen doing a painting it is often a good idea  to study the details to make magic happen. The tree from a distance seems to be gray, but when looked at closer the other colors seen bring light and shadow. Texture is created and interest added with the reddish brown shades you see in the closeup of the bark. Daniel Smith Quinacridone Sienna watercolor might be a good one to use to add a spark to a watercolor painting of this tree.