Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thank You From the Bottom of My "Textured" Heart


Just as I was uploading this image I received an email from Kim Klassen sharing 3 new textures with us.  Today I am focusing on those that share their talents so willingly, especially Kim.  I began following Kim shortly after I joined my first Tracey Clark "Picture Classes" I am guessing 4 or 5 years ago.  Kim was one of the many participants that added her photos to the class, I immediately fell in love with her "style" of adding textures to a photo.  I just thought they were so "cool" and ofcourse wanted to know more and more about this new addition to photography.

Over the years Kim has shared 100's of textures that she creates, most of them are FREE, has shared her knowledge of how to work with textures on her website and created classes that are filled with her knowledge of photography, Photoshop, PSE, Lightroom and her work process. She is constantly giving away her time and her talents to us out here in the blogland/internet world.  She continues her generosity even with her husband's illness which has been a life-changing experience for her, her husband, John and their family.

I even had the privilege of meeting and spending time with Kim last year in Palm Springs for a 4 day Tracey Clark event, bringing together photographers from all over, spending time together, learning & playing together.  And yes, she is as nice, caring & loving as you would expect.  Soft spoken, unassuming and so very lovely.  So, today I am grateful to Kim Klassen, an amazing, gifted and generous person.  Thank you from the bottom of my little "textured" heart!!


Until next time.....

29 comments:

  1. I will add my voice to yours Deanna she is an inspiration.

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  2. Beautiful image and quote; fitting to honor Kim; she is an inspiration!

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  3. Yes, she is wonderful! I purchased her Waterfront Collection today to show support for her during John's illness. Perhaps these beautiful textures will break my artistic block!

    Your title reminds me of a recent thank you note from a friend who underwent serious heart surgery. She signed it "from the bottom of my refurbished heart!"

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  4. Yes Kim has been a source of inspiration in so many more ways than one!

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  5. although i don't do textures, her name is synonymous with them. bless her.

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  6. Deanna, this was a beautiful tribute to Kim! She will love it.

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  7. I couldn't agree more - a beautiful tribute, Deanna! :)
    Lovely image and quote as well. Happy day! xo

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  8. I can't change a word you said. She inspires me more than words can say and I can honestly say I've learned more about editing photos from Kim Klassen than all other teachers combined. Love the quote, too. In fact, it's going on my quote doc, right now.

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  9. Hi Deanna. I don,t know Nything about textures where to get them, how to use them, really anything,, Any suggestion. is there a web site of Kim,s I could look up?

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  10. I agree that there are so many fine people blogging out there. It is so nice when they are generous like Kim. What a nice tribute!

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  11. Such a wonderful tribute for a creative and caring person.

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  12. What a wonderful post Deanna!!! and Kim is definitely a person to be grateful for! So much of what I know is straight from her classes and the "kitchen'.She has also been such an inspiration going through her recent travails, which are not over yet. great post. Also, ;that is an amazing photo of ???? what is that. It is just gorgeous.

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  13. I honestly don't know how she does it all-she makes it seem effortless-when I know she had her days. Beautiful, grateful post today and love your shot

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  14. This is a lovely tribute, Deanna. I am not familiar with Kim's work, but I will make myself familiar! I've never tried textures, but seeing the beautiful work you and others make with them, I think I will give it a try.

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  15. Such nice thoughts on the gratitude you have for your friend, Deanna. I don't edit my photos, so I am not familiar with her work, but I have heard so many bloggers express how grateful they are to her and her work. I do love your photography and so I am grateful for her, too. xo Karen

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  16. Kim is the best! I would never be where I am at today without her wonderful teaching skills.

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  17. PS are you starting a second blog??? I see it on your google profile

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  18. The colors in your photo are so rich and lovely! And yes, I can echo what you say about Kim. I've taken her classes and enjoy her textures she freely shares with us. She has influenced and encouraged me so much! Your post is a lovely tribute to her!

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  19. She is insanely talented and generous! I have benefited from her expertise, as you and many others have. Although I don't use textures much, I appreciate the artistic value it adds to a photo. :)

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  20. I agree - very generous and talented lady. Lovely tribute Deanna.

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  21. Totally agreeing, Deanna! Love your image, also!!

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  22. Beautiful post and I love that image! the image, the wording...perfection.

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  23. What a beautiful post, Deanna - and you are so right!
    I'm also grateful for you being here, sharing your wonderful photos and stories, that make me laugh and cry, I always enjoy coming to your blog, Deanna!

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  24. A beautiful tribute to a very talented and generous lady. - Loving the image you used, (I know you love your berries and so do I.).

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  25. Perfectly and beautifully said!!

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  26. Your words, what a tribute... Kim is remarkable. I love her generous heart, and her work, well breathtaking.

    Your shot this week... one word, LOVE!

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