Saturday, February 27, 2010

ETSY PLUG - The Modern Pet


Today I want to revisit a store I've plugged before.  When I last mentioned The Modern Pet, I noted that I wanted one of these hemp leashes.  Well, now that I've owned one for a while, I just wanted to share how wonderful it is.  Not only is it pretty, but it is soft, so when my big dog pulls, it doesn't cut my hand.  It has gotten softer with age, and appeals to the artsy in me, as the hemp is hand-dyed and hand-printed.  The Modern Pet have incorporated several new designs since I last featured them, so even if you remember them, do go check out their store.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Four Days Of Snow


It's all slushy now, but last weekend it snowed and snowed and snowed (four days in a row).  It was so fresh and pretty that despite the cold, I bundled up and stepped out to try to get some shots.  I didn't even come close to capturing how pretty it was, but I'll keep trying.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day Trip


I'm off today on an unexpected day trip.  See you tommorow!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Little Bear In Falling Snow


My dogs rarely hold still long enough for me to focus, so I had to share this portrait I took of Little Bear over the weekend.  I loved how the falling snow looked against her black and brown coat.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Icy Branches




I woke up yesterday to a wonderland, where everything was encased in ice and glittered in the sun.  It didn't last long, but it was beautiful while it lasted.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Etsy Anniversary Giveaway - CLOSED

Good morning, everyone!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  Mine was covered in snow, though it was beautiful. 

Well, it is February, and that means I've been selling on Etsy another year.  I wanted to celebrate with a giveaway!


An 8x12 matte print of "African Violet" is up for grabs, and shipping will be included for free.  If you'd like to win, just leave a comment telling me which print from my shop is your favorite.  I'll draw a winner next Monday, March 1st.  Good luck, and thanks so much for reading!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

ETSY PLUG - Ahpeele


I'm so very in love with my new silkscreened koi hoodie from Ahpeele, the Etsy shop of Raliegh-based couple AdAm and Hiromi Peele.  It's pronounced “appeal" (and is a combination of their names - so sweet!).








Their store is stocked with so many designs to choose from, and a lot of different styles, too.  I'm most intrigued by the burnout shirts they are offering (as seen in the two examples directly above).  I have some shirts similar to this that I bought from Old Navy last year and they are without a doubt my favorites.  The soft texture and thin fabric is so comfortable, and these burnout tees from Ahpeele look like they would be much the same.


I also love the look of their wraps - so beautiful and unfussy.



Ahpeele has much more than shirts and hoodies, though.  They screenprint on everything from skirts to yoga pants.



They even offer hand-screened prints.  This one, "Swim Into Love," is printed with seven colors on heavyweight acid free vellum.

PHOTOS: AHPEELE

Friday, February 19, 2010

Acorns on Red


Here's another in the series of dry, natural things on the red table.  I was lucky to get these acorns.  They  had stowed away in a crevice of the trailer my inlaws drove here from Virginia, and I was so happy to discover them, as there aren't a whole lot of oak trees around here. 

These prints on red - like Skeleton Leaf and Wheat - are going to be part of a leaves and branches collection that I am putting together and hope to have up in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for new work in my Etsy shop and on my Web site.

Oh, and one more thing - I keep forgetting that February is my Etsyversary!  I'll be back next week with a print giveaway!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Snowy Day


Well, it looks like we are finally catching up to the rest of the country in regards to our snowfall.  This is the view from my studio window.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Book Spectrum


This weekend we finally hung a shelf in my studio and I've been playing around, trying to decide what to display.  I'm so in love with these Reader's Digest Condensed Classics that I may be leaving them up.  The spectrum of colors is just so pretty.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mardi Gras


Happy Mardi Gras! I've never been to Carnivale, but I always liked the spirit of the holiday - a time to let loose and indulge before the sober season of Lent begins.  I can't say I like the extremes it is taken to (but I hear there are family celebrations if you know where to go), but I love the idea of parades, parties, beads, music and cajun/creole food.  I always take this occasion to make something delicious from my Tabasco or Commader's Palace cookbook, and this year is no exception.  Let's hope I can find catfish at the grocery store.  That's a bit of a hit or miss task here in Wyoming.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Grey Horse


No sooner had my husband slowed down our truck and I rolled down the window than this beauty began to walk up to us, hoping for a treat or a nuzzle.

These definitely aren't my usual style, but I didn't have enough time to tweak my settings.  It's a bit of a happy accident, though, I think.  What do you think?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

ETSY PLUG - Cathy Nichols


I chose to share Cathy Nichols this Valentine's Day weekend because she has some of the sweetest works.  They seem so sincere, and not at all saccharine. 


I love the brilliant colors Cathy uses, and the happiness I feel when I look at her art.  That's why I bought one of her prints for my sister, who lives in Florida.  She's got a happy, beachy vibe going on in her home, and I thought "Beach Day" (below) would fit right in.


I love this one, too, called "Sea Dunes."


But "Hello, Spring" is really singing to me, lately, with its promise of verdant days to come.


IMAGES: CATHY NICHOLS

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Little Love


Here's a little love from me to you.  Thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Path We Take


I'm still feeling sort of meditative and contemplative today, yet quiet.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

More Than Can Be Seen


If you read the comments from yesterday's post, then please forgive my repetition, but Andrea of the lovely blog "Fit to be Seen" pulled some even more interesting thoughts from me.

A lot of my deepest thoughts revolve around mortality, and they can be so overwhelming, but my photography helps me take it one day at a time, and helps me stay focused on the positive and the beautiful (which is really endless, when you begin to see it).

I really enjoy macro photography, because my camera can see so much more detail than my weak human eyes, or sometimes it just sees it differently, like in the image above.  There is more beauty in this world than I can possibly see, and that is exciting to me - it holds the promise of so much more than I can imagine.  Whether you apply this idea spiritually or not, isn't the idea encouraging?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Why


I was sitting on the couch a couple of months ago, listening to some new music shortly before bedtime, feeling sort of meditative, when it hit me WHY it is that I take photos.  Sometimes the why of an artistic drive is hard to nail down, and it's easier to just say that I feel compelled to (which I do) but that doesn't really explain it.  It has taken me a while to organize those thoughts, and to write them down, but here they are:

I try my best to live in the present and to see the beauty in every day. To me, this focus is vivid and clear and full of glorious detail. I think in their aesthetic, my photographs reflect these values.
That said, I understand every photograph is of the past.

Not every moment makes for a ‘good’ photo, but because their fleeting nature is always in my mind, I am vigilantly looking for them. I ache to think of these moments as gone, even before they have passed. I want to be able to save them.

I take these photos for myself, in a vain attempt to record these moments so I can savor them later. I share them because what I see around me is painfully beautiful. What else can I do but share? In sharing, somehow, the hopelessness of never being able to seal every sight, touch, and emotion away for later in my inadequate brain, dissipates. All I can save is stored in my photographs. That will have to be enough.

Does anyone else feel this way?  Do any of you have different motivations for creating art?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Rebirth


With the Saints' Super Bowl win fresh in my mind, I wanted to celebrate a bit with some photos I took a few years ago when we were in New Orleans working with Habitat for Humanity.  This house was next door to the new one we were building, having been scorched by the house next door to it that had burned down in the aftermath of Katrina.  I liked these photos a lot, as those purple flowers were thriving despite their surroundings.  I think it is a lovely metaphor for the spirit of the good people of Louisiana.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

ETSY PLUG - Precious Meshes



Some of the most unique things I've found on Etsy are the netted necklaces of Precious Meshes.  Each piece is stitched by hand out of metal, using spools of fine wire and ordinary crochet hooks, for this extraordinary result.  I've never seen this done before - the crocheting of metal around a chandelier crystal.  Isn't it amazing?  I can't wait for some special event to wear it to.



I love the idea behind the birds' nests jewelry.  Emily, of Precious Meshes, says "As real birds do, I started making these nests out of bits I found lying around. I collect all the scraps from my unsuccessful projects and experiments in wire crochet. When there's enough, I crumple up the leftover bits of mesh and bind them tightly together into a nest. Former "mistakes" find new life this way as nesting material- it lets me feel free to try new ideas!"  Well those mistakes make for harmonious, pretty little creations!




In these earrings, pearls are bound together with 14k goldfill wire.

Here is a silver lattice bracelet with a beautiful button closure that seems to strike a chord somewhere between funky and sweet.  Like most of her silver jewelry, you can choose it to be in oxidized or bright silver.


In this "Wisteria Necklace," a cluster of pink pearls blooms on a vine of hand-crocheted fine silver wire, which is suspended by a slender sterling chain.  You can have this design customized with pearls of a different color or with other gemstones. 

IMAGES: PRECIOUS MESHES

Friday, February 5, 2010

Wheat


I loved the "Skeleton Leaf" photo I took last year so much that I wanted to create a few companion pieces.  This is the first (and possibly, only, but we'll see).  These will be part of a larger collection of leaves and branches and dry things, and when I've completed it, this will be in my Etsy shop, for sure.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Rain On My Windshield

So the sunny days came to an end, as I knew they would.  But living somewhere so dry has made me thankful for this, too.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Glendo Reservoir


Here are a couple of photos I meant to share of the Glendo Reservoir that I took back in November.  They aren't particularly stunning, but I loved the undulations of the shore.  Every year, some of the water is released to irrigate crops downstream, and that process results in the pattern you see.