Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pretty In Pink


Here's another one of the flowers I planted in my pots in the front yard. I am absolutely mesmerized by how pollen looks close up. The texture is amazing.

Monday, May 25, 2009

A Sailor Remembered


I know Memorial Day means picnics and blue skies for lots of folks, but it never feels that way to me. In most generations, if you have been in the military, then you know someone who has died in the line of duty, be it a friend or someone in your unit or both. So today's photo is one I took at a cemetery in New Orleans, called "A Sailor Remembered." Please go out and have a lovely day, but do remember why today is a holiday and think good thoughts for the families of those who have lost someone fighting for our freedom and the freedom of those who live in countries much less ideal than ours.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

ETSY PLUG - Geninne

I can't remember what prints I saw on another blog that introduced me to the wonderful artist Geninne, but they made me instantly fall in love with her work. The pieces were surely from her collection of birds, all so very pretty and intricate. When I saw this one, I knew I would have to get it for my sister for her new home. She loves music, and purple and blue, and it said her name to me.
Deciding on one for myself was so very difficult, but I arrived at this beautiful yellow bird. I love him and the coral reminds me of the ocean, which I miss. He is perched on my bedside table and I smile every time I see him.

I was pretty sure that I would get this one for my other sister, but again, Geninne has so many beautiful birds, it was had to settle on a single one. So I asked my sister to choose one, and this is what she picked - the very same one that I thought I should have picked. That's cool sister brain waves for you.


I love Geninne's birds because so many of them evoke a feeling for me. The Southwest birds make me think of my parents because they lived in Arizona until shortly before I was born. I love the ship, too, with the octopus on the postcard reminding me of what terrors and wonders so many beheld at sea before we scientifically understood them. The whimsy in Geninne's prints makes me smile, like the scarf on the snowy owl, and the bird behind the sewing machine.

Let me show you more of Geninne's work, lest you think it is all birds. I can't stop looking at these terrarium prints - I think it's because of what you can see below the surface. That's the beauty in all of Geninne's work - her imagination is always showing you more than you would expect.



There is something so pleasing about the 'Pile o Wood' print. I'm very into circles these days and this print really captures their orderly and organic spirit.

In addition to the lovely watercolors, Geninne carves and prints her own stamps. You can watch a video of her carving and it really is so skillful that I am in awe. What she does with paint and brush she can do with carving tools and ink. I love that even with a different media, you could look at these and know they are from Geninne.



Geninne's blog is one that I follow carefully, as you can feel her aesthetic in every post, whether it be photos from her oh so tidy studio or images of unexpected new work or inspiring photos of her beautiful home near Mexico City. I love peeking into what seems to be such a pristine and happy world. Go see it for yourself!
IMAGES: GENINNE

Friday, May 22, 2009

Looking Up


Yesterday the afternoon weather was perfect - in the 70s, with the sun warm on my skin, and a light breeze that made me look up at the rustling leaves.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lilacs



When I lived in Pittsburgh, spring was my favorite season, almost entirely for all the lilacs blooming in the neighborhood. The very largest bush belonged to an elderly gentleman across the street who was nice enough to let me cut several stems so I could enjoy them in my house.
Walking the dogs around the neighborhood lately, I had noticed an abundance of lilac bushes and again it had me desiring my own. I was very surprised, then, when this overgrown tree in my front yard, with Christmas lights from the previous owners still dangling from the branches, began blooming and filling my yard with the heavenly scent of lilacs! I wish I could thank whoever planted this wonderful surprise, but it is so large I know it has been there for decades.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Blue Teapot


I've been wanting to photography my teapots since I unpacked them. I just love the form of a teapot - the shape is so pleasing to my eye, so soothing for what it represents to me. I have been thinking about how to do it, since I am no styling wizard, and as I was rummaging through our book collection this morning I found these two little blue books, and thought they might work. I like the overall effect. Books and tea - what's more perfect than that?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Birds on a Wire



I've had these images for some time, and I've been trying to figure out how I feel about them. Some days I think they are pretty awesome, and other days they seem weak to me. I'd love some feedback, y'all.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Viola


I have always preferred violas, or johnny jump-ups, to pansies and I'm not sure why. They are smaller and more delicate, and I love the extra detail they have near their centers. I just planted some in my flowerpots last week and they are blooming profusely.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

ETSY PLUG - Anomalous Bits

A long time back, I bought a couple of raven pendants from Anomalous Bits and have been pondering just how to use them. After moving and having a place to spread out my beads, I finally figured it out. And simple though it may be, I think it's just perfect.


Anomalous Bits has a quite a varied selection to choose from, and the waterproof plastic pendants really look like antique glass. They are so inexpensive, but they don't look that way. The ink is actually burnt into the plastic, so the images won't scratch off.

Here is a size scale. I don't like big, bulky jewelery, so I think Anomalous Bits' pieces are just right. The plastic is so lightweight, too, you don't even feel like you are wearing anything.


There are earrings, too.
For those of you out there who would like to see your own images on this type of pendant or earring, Anomalous Bits can do that for you! Custom pendants are just $5!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Staring Elk


This is one of the elk at the Game and Fish station on the way to Laramie - you can see the yellow tag in his ear. Most of the animals there ignore you, but this guy couldn't stop staring.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bleeding Heart


One of the best surprises to come up in my yard is a bleeding heart bush. I have always found this to be a spectacular plant but have never owned one. Its blooms are so delicate looking, and so intricate it is hard to do it justice.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Painting - Bandages


I'm excited to share my first in a new line of paintings. After taping and painting more rooms than I can count, it occurred to me to try something similar on canvas, and so Bandages No. 1 was created. I love the crisp, bold lines and that you can see the texture of the canvas against the painted areas. This first one is in chocolate brown and after I make it to town to buy some more canvases, I'll be trying the technique out with lots of other colors.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Featured on Rice Candy


I am really thrilled to tell you all (ok, I'll just say it - y'all) that my 'Daffodil' photo was featured on one of my favorite blogs, Rice Candy, along with several other bold yellow images. This is a blog I visit because I love the selections the author posts - they are varied but all strong and creative images. Thanks so much, Rice Candy!
P.S. - I will be reworking my 'Flowers' collection on my Web site to include new work such as this. I'll let you know when I've got it all together.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My Studio

I finally have some semblance of order in my studio, so I thought I'd share some photos and a bit of the story behind this very important room.


I was well aware for years that I needed my own space, but my husband and I moved so often that I never had a chance to realize that dream. I work primarily as a digital photographer and graphic designer, so I have been able to function as long as I have had a computer, but finding the space to indulge my other creative outlets such as painting and scrapbooking had been difficult. So when we went house hunting last year, having an extra bedroom that would be dedicated to my studio was a requirement. We found the perfect home, and I painted the rooms one by one and then moved into each. I was measuring the extra bedroom that would function as my studio, when I became worried the furniture I had chosen (my grandmother's dining room table which still resides with my parents many states away) wouldn't fit. My husband suggested then that I take the master bedroom for my studio. It WAS a large bedroom, and was bigger than we needed, but I was a little hesitant. After some thinking, I realized I would be cramped in the room I had chosen, so we moved our bedroom to the guest room and then I moved my studio into the master bedroom. It was such a good decision. After all, how much room do you really need to sleep?




While I still haven't had grandma's table shipped to me, I have another dining room table as a placeholder, and it gives me all the room I need to spread out. I love to leave projects out on the table so I can walk away from them and come back later. When I walk back into the room, I often can decide right away if I like what I have, or if I need to rearrange. I also used the table to frame up ten prints for a show, and it was nice to finally enough surface area to do that. It also helped when I spread my prints out to select them for the show - I could see the groupings at full size and rearrange them easily. In this larger room I also had room for two wardrobes we were no longer using. They have amazing pull-out drawers that store all my goods in the best way possible. A shallow drawer is great for all my beads, and others store my yarn and painting supplies. Even the pants hanger is good for storing fabric. In fact it was not until I had moved all the art supplies I own into one space that I had any real idea just how much I owned. As I became interested in new things over the years - beading or scrapbooking or knitting - I amassed more and more stuff. I feel so lucky to have it all in one place now. Just being able to find what I need at any given moment increases my productivity so much. It sounds like such a simple thing, but it is so important.



I love to surround myself with things that make me happy and supply inspiration. I have plenty of wall space for my bulletin boards and I also tack up concert posters and even hung the first thing my mom and I sewed together, a blue sequined prom dress. I have little 'clotheslines' that I hang some of my favorite art on, too. Some may find all the things displayed to be cluttered, but I like to be enveloped with things that make me happy when I am working. As long as my table is free of clutter, it feels like a productive space.


P.S. - The wine bottles are for painting circles - not for drinking while working.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Disposal

I saw this at the lake the other day...sure is a funny way to dispose of something.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Apple Blossoms


I have three pretty little apple trees in my backyard that are beginning to blossom.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Talking and Drinking


My friend Katie has been to Jazz Fest in New Orleans the past two weekends and I am so very jealous. I have always wanted to go and one year we will definitely make it. Anyway, I was thinking about her, and remembered I took this cool shot of her and her neighbors hanging out in the driveway, talking and imbibing when we were visiting with her in Baton Rouge a couple of years ago. I REALLY love this shot but I don't know if you can see the details well this small. It was a slow exposure, so you can see a bit of movement. I love Katie's cool hat paired with flip flops, and the banana trees in the background and the work truck in the driveway. I thought this image conveyed the sense of a relaxed, end-of-the-day conversational moment in a typical Louisiana neighborhood so well.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

ETSY PLUG - Emplorium 51

I'm not sure what about this beautiful, simple work by Emporium 51 caught my fancy, but I found after I hearted it on Etsy, I couldn't stop thinking about it. 'Postclouds' was exactly the sort of thing I wanted to hang in my studio, on my makeshift clothesline art display. I think I feel an emptiness when I look at this image, and I don't mean the sad sort. I mean like how you feel in a zen moment, when you are not thinking about anything at all, really. My head just clears when I look at this beautiful little gem of a photograph. I must confess, though, now that I have it as an ACEO, I want a large version!


I also adore this fabulous image, 'The Sky Is Falling,' from Emporium 51's Etsy store. I don't know if the artist happened upon this exact scene, or if she created this with digital alterations, but I find I don't even care. It's just perfect.


Emporium 51's ballerina images remind me of when I was very young, taking lessons. Though I'm sure my toes never looked that straight.



'Sarah's Collection' are black and white works that remind me a bit of scenes from the move Marie Antoinette. I love the mysterious girl in the ballgown and mask, caught in various moments of what must have been a mischievous evening of fun.



And of course, now that I live in Wyo, I must mention 'Cowboy.' He's got a great 'stach.



I think the Bartholomew B. Wilder images debuted around Easter. Aren't they just delightful?
And do check out Emporium 51's blog to see her newest work.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Toro

Again it is damp and overcast here in Wyoming, so I'll share my last photo from my outings earlier this week. There is a nearby reservoir that you can camp and fish at, and a farmer leases the land for cattle grazing. So I stalked this bull from my Xterra and, using it as cover, got this shot. If you look closely, you can see the stalk of grass he has in his mouth. He seems a doubly appropriate subject since I just finished reading 'The Sun Also Rises,' which takes place during a bullfighting festival in Spain.

This image is now in my "Wyoming" collection on my Web site.