• Sheryl Lyons

St Johns Neighborhood - Portland

For the past eight years, my photography skills have been primarily used for listing photos. But now, with social media offering so many avenues for artistic expression, my photography hobby has been re-awakened. Fortunately for me, I've got two dogs who require miles of walks every week. That gives me plenty of opportunities to take photos around Portland. And the growing ease of Photoshop provides room for even more creativity.

I took this photo of the restaurant on the corner of N Leavitt Ave and N Lombard St in St Johns because I love the colorful benches they've installed on the exterior. It makes the brick building feel like a welcoming neighborhood spot. As of this photo in January 2020, it's a restaurant called Wood Fire Eats.

I've got a color-graded version of my original iPhone photo and my first attempt at a cartoon/painted look. And, of course, I had to make my favorite benches a key feature!