Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fall in the Park


Well we have finally had a stretch of nice fall weather - not too cold, with loads of sunshine - so I will try to stop grumbling about the changing seasons.  Besides, there are a few good points.  Guernsey State Park never looks prettier than in autumn.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Citrus Slices

You may remember me mentioning this summer that I helped my mom take down her hideous kitchen wallpaper and, after much drywall patching, I also helped her repaint it lime green.  She had asked me for some photographs of something citrusy, so for Mother's Day I sent her the first printing of these.  Now that it is almost her birthday, I am finally getting around to readjusting some of the color and getting test prints.  They just came in the mail yesterday, and I am so pleased with them.  I'll be sending them in black frames to mom in October.  I think she'll be pleased, too.  Here are some closer looks.



This idea has certainly been done before, but I opted to keep a sense of proportion in the size of the fruit, which is something I haven't seen before.  The circles really seemed like they should be bound in a square box, and the result makes for the first square prints that I'll be offering in my Etsy shop.

Monday, September 28, 2009

FEATURED ON: Creative With Clay


Good morning all!  I love waking up to good news.  I'm excited to share that my "Yellow Rose" print has been featured on the Creative With Clay blog.  Fellow Etsy artist  Charan Sachar has a weekly column where she shares eight Etsy items based on a color of the week.  Go check out the other lemon yellow items and to find out how you can get your items featured.  And do go visit her shop whre you can find fun, funky pottery.  Thanks so much, Charan!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

ETSY PLUG - Urban Bead



I saw this pendant in Urban Bead and thought it would be the perfect start to a necklace for my sister who loves all things French.  I bought a ton of blue-green beads from other Etsy sellers (who I'll profile another day) and put it together.  I really liked the results.


There is an amazing selection of pendants at Urban Bead.  They range from classic art pieces, such as Hokusai's "The Great Wave," (one of my favorites) to tatoo style images and maps and illustrations.




Urban Bead also has rings and key chains.


They are currently having a sale - all pendants are $9.99 - so now is a great time to check them out.

IMAGES: URBAN BEAD

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pretty Little Bird


I'm not sure what this pretty little bird is (I have misplaced my Western birds book) but they are all over in the summer, flitting around the dirt roads and singing from perches on fence wire.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

More Poppies



I just cut down my brown poppy stalks and leaves...they really don't last long enough.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cow Skull

We came across this cow skull on the side of one of the dirt roads we take through the mountains to scout for deer.  I've just added this to my Wyoming Collection of photos on my main Web site.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

First Day of Autumn


I hate to admit it, but autumn has arrived, officially.  It certainly feels like it, too.  Since it's too cold to go outside (I'm such a weenie sometimes) here are two images from a fall excursion to Ohio last year.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Poppies

I think you know I'm going to hold on to summer as long as I can.  Here are some gorgeous golden poppies.  They always remind me of California but I found them growing down in Cheyenne.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

ETSY PLUG - Matte Stephens


One of the first artists I took note of when I began to browse Etsy was Matte Stephens. His whimsical work really caught my fancy, and I knew right away I had to have this print, The Giant Suburban Bear Monster." It triggers all sorts of pleasant childhood feelings, conjuring memories of car trips and readings of "Where the Wild Things Are."


I love the midcentury modern feel that Matte's work has. All of his work has sort of a groovy, upbeat vibe that makes it a pleasure to experience, like this one, titled "Dancing."
The people in his paintings live the sort of idyllic life you'd find in a storybook - whether it be reading in the park on a beautiful afternoon or taking the streetcar in New Orleans.
The animals frequently pictured in Matte's paintings are also living a pleasant existence, like The Duke of NY who enjoys bike rides and a good pipe.
The "Rooster School Bus" is another one of those child-like ideas that you can almost remember having, which Matte has painted. In addition to his prints, he has made a few of them into felt sculptures, which are for sale in his Etsy store.

IMAGES: MATTE STEPHENS

Friday, September 18, 2009

Stovepipe


One of our summer projects was to install a cast iron wood stove into the garage. We have lugged it around for our last couple of moves, and finally we found a purpose for it. Bri wants to spend his winter woodworking, but with no heat out there it is unbearably cold. Here is Bri, on the roof, looking down through the stovepipe we just put in.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Meaning of Art

"I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal, the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine. I believe that to be the reason for the very existence of art."

--- Michael Jackson, 1993




I was watching Oprah yesterday while dusting the living room and she was reviewing an interview she had done with Michael Jackson in 1993. While his music never really moved me personally, I am well aware that it affected millions around the world, and I have always thought it was sad that he never had much of a childhood and tried so hard to make up for it later in life. After doing the Moonwalk for Oprah on a stage in his Neverland home, he sat down and she asked him what he hoped he was accomplishing in life, and he said the above. I thought it was a really insightful sentiment, one that put words to a feeling I feel when I see/hear/experience art that moves me. I love to capture, with my camera, the fleeting beauty of life, and that is such a human impulse - to want to hold the divine and covet it. It's a bit selfish, until you set it free for others to experience. That marriage - of selfish human impulse and the divine beauty of this life - well that's the best definition of art I've ever come across.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Daisy Petals


Just one more from my new collection of flower photos, up on my Web site and on Etsy.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

NEW FLOWER COLLECTION


My new collection of flower photographs is now up at my Web site. I weeded out quite a few images (pun intended) and added many more recent ones. I now feel each photo gives you a more intimate look at the subject than you would normally see - a glimpse into each little universe that is an iris, or a crocus, or a tulip. They will all be available in my Etsy shop by the end of today.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Dandelion



How fleeting summer is! I never liked winter when I lived in South Carolina, but now that I'm in Wyoming I positively lament the pass into autumn, as it is a very short season and pretty much means winter will be here in another month. Hopefully these dandelion images will help me think pretty thoughts on my blue days. They'll be available in my Etsy shop tomorrow.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Peace Lily


Here's another in the soon-to-be-released flowers collection, Peace Lily.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Alstroemeria


I'm nearly done gathering and editing my new flower collection. It's going to be the best one yet. I've been more stringent than ever as far as what to include. I'm just waiting on some test prints and then I'll have it up for you all to see. Here's a sneak peek at some Alstroemeria photos.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Misty Mountains


The layers of trees and rises look so pretty when the mountains are misty.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Guard Horse


We were driving through the Laramie Peak area, and along the dirt roads you frequently have to cross cattle guards. These usually indicate the beginning of private property - normally a cattle ranch - though the roads are still public. This horse was standing right on the cattle guard, seeming to watch who was coming in and out.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Another Wyoming Adventure


Yesterday I joined my husband in driving around the backroads, looking for public parcels of land that he could hunt on, with an eye out for the deer and elk. It started to drizzle and this rainbow appeared. We drove in the direction of its source, and just when it looked like we might find it, the entire rainbow shifted about 30 degrees and was pointing straight into the mountain. We didn't find a pot of gold, but we did later find a buck that was on public land, where Bri had a tag, who stood right there as we parked the truck. Bri ended up getting him, and so I was along for my first deer hunt. Stalking him was exciting and he was a majestic thing to behold when we found him in a stand of aspens. Hunting, however, is not my thing (I teared up a bit when we found him) and I have always known that. But I was glad to witness my husband get his first deer with a bow and thankful for the meat the deer was going to provide us with. It continued to be an adventure of a day, as we spotted hundreds of elk grazing when we drove out at dusk. I've never seen elk, in a huge herd like that, outside of the Yellowstone/Teton area. It was simply amazing (but too dark for photos). Then a tire blew when we were getting close to the highway. That was not amazing, but the speed at which my husband changed it out was. All in all it was an adventure of a day, but then again this is Wyoming, and I really shouldn't expect any less.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

ETSY PLUG - Dwell In Style


When I was in Pittsburgh last weekend, my friends took me to a little art festival over in Shadyside. I love those sorts of events - not only because I could peruse the art stalls all day - but because it's a nice way to enjoy beautiful weather and it makes for great conversation. When I saw the above print in one vendor's space, I recognized it immediately. One of the first pieces of art I ever bought from Etsy was "Moonlit Pods," and I still think it is striking every time I see it.

My friends' baby was starting to get a little fussy, so I didn't stop to introduce myself, but I did have a gander to see what was new since I had last checked out Annie Swincinski's shop, Dwell in Style. I was delighted to find those beautiful pods again, but with a new background. The pleasing, organic shape of those pods had caught my a few years ago, and the 'windy' pattern adds a whole new feeling.


My new favorite is "Windy Flock." Those birds really do look like they are aloft in the breeze.


Then there are "Windy Ginkgos" for an even more complex effect.



The prints at Dwell in Style are offered framed in silver with generous white mats.



I also love Dwell in Style's designs hand printed on pillows. "Wind Power" is in rust-colored suede.



"The Wren" is printed on 100% black linen.



"Pebbles" is printed on a linen look-alike fabric, made of cotton and polyester. I think all the pillows at Dwell in Style are gorgeous, but this one is my favorite. It's got sort of an updated mid-century vibe, don't you think?
IMAGES: DWELL IN STYLE