Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Its noun meaning: vigorous action; effort; capacity for action; capacity for performing work; usable power such as heat or electricity; the resources for producing such power.
I have just come back from my local painting chapters, Old Mill Decorative Painters, annual retreat. We had such fun and laughter was heard throughout the retreat center at any given minute but what I focused in on was the imaginative energy. Whenever you get a roomful of talented people, the ideas and creativity just come pouring out waiting to be captured by any willing party. I love the intensity and almost crave it when at home in my studio so I try to remember the moments and call upon them whenever I need to. It is just a trick for my imagination but one that works very well for me. So, harness the energy whenever you get the chance!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
This is a cheery sight for me because we have them planted around the house and the driveway so we are sure to see them everyday. How can you miss that royal purple with the thinly striped chartreuse leaves? Next to the various shades of brown, the intense bright colors will catch your eye no matter where you are in the yard.
I loved this photo because it looks like the leaf is being unwrapped for the gentle but direct emergence of this little flower. Don't the thin leaves look like they are skillfully arranged around the single blossom as if holding it up like a trophy? Talk about putting something on a pedestal - what exquisiteness!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Now that you have been exposed to flair in a new and hopefully imaginative way, what are you doing to add it to your business practices? I am working on some new designs and trying to give them a certain zip if you will. I feel I have been sticking to the photos a little too much and have lost my creative self a bit. Back to my roots and adding the unexpected. That creativity has gotten me this far and I hope it carries me along in the future. Find your style and don't be afraid to express it! After all, it is what sets us all apart.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
An interesting array of words isn't it? I just loved panache, because of the spelling and it's fun to say. The Queen Anne's Lace is starting to open up releasing that tight birdcage, exposing the buds to more light. You can already see the little blossoms turning white. I like the crown it gives the whole flower head at this point, like tiny jewels waiting to be discovered. The under skirt is falling just a bit, getting closer to the stem to give it a lacy appearance. Change is awesome!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Its noun meaning: ability to appreciate or make good use of something: bent: talent; a unique style.
To say I love Queen Anne's Lace would be an understatement. I love everything about it - the intricate detail of the bud, bloom and seed pod to the strangeness of the presence it has. The tight birdcage holding all the buds and the dramatic skirt of the under carriage, doesn't it look like something from Alice in Wonderland? We have quite a lot of them around the pond and the farms around here and I am always on the lookout for a different version of this plant. This week I will focus on it in its many stages so you can appreciate its unique style. Maybe I'll even make you a lover of this plant as well.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I didn't even notice the bee until I started cropping the photo. It looks like a planned shot with the little bee standing on the edge deciding whether or not to go in for some nectar.
I sometimes feel like that little bee when I'm trying to decide which path to take my business down. I'm working on that right now, to stay where I'm comfortable or jump into another arena and let my creativity soar and reach for new heights. I'm always up for a challenge and usually jump in feet first, thinking about the after effects later. The possibilities in the art world are endless, I'm just wondering which road will be the correct one for myself. To see me write "let my creativity soar" and actually read the words out loud, how can I not take a risk? I'll keep you posted!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I wanted to do another glass piece after the success of Seashells (teaching this at HOOT this year) so went shopping for a glass container. I fell in love with the ruffled edge and knew it would be a challenge to pull off but I think it turned out pretty well! I added a nest, feathers and some eggs but it was missing something. I went to my junk drawer and low and behold, found just the object - a tag with "inspire" on it, perfect. Arranged the still life, took a lot of pictures with various lighting, angles and started drawing. The title reflects the tag and the nested eggs, who wouldn't love this combo?
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The shadows are just so interesting here and make you see more of the flower center than you do. I like the rippled petal and the bees delicate wing shadow. Can you see how much lighter it is in value than the body shadow? An amazing sight I have to admit. The pink was so vibrant because of the nice sunny day that it turned the bees body to a nice rosy orange, incredible. Light and shadows are something I will never get tired of seeing because it varies with each and every object no matter how small. Take some time to follow the sun and see what interesting objects get in its path, the journey will be well worth it!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Its verb meaning: to bring or come to a focus (rays of light); center; to adjust the focus of.
Its noun meaning: a point at which rays (as of light, heat, or sound) meet or diverge or appear to diverge; focal length, central point.
After reading the meaning as "a point which rays meet or diverge," I chose this as an appropriate photo for focus. I love the allium bulb for its great presence in the garden, the wonderful lilac color, the tall straight stem and the great seed pod it leaves behind. It is an addition to the garden that we have in several different places because it creates such a terrific focal point.
Besides the garden focus, I have also been making a business strategy for myself giving me a mental plan if you will. There is a lot to do when you create from home and you always wear many hats so picking and choosing which takes the majority of your time is sometimes a challenge. I'm getting organized and making goal lists to keep me on track during the week, now if only things would go as I planned. Wish me luck and may the creative juices start overflowing!