Could hardly believe it myself, when just the other day while at the market picking up something for this cold I've caught, I saw these wonderfully, cheerful orange tulips! Tulips in November. Wow. How lovely is that?
Monday, November 21, 2011
Abstract Calla Lily
Free and Easy eDition
(Textures by Kim Klassen)
We were given free rein to do as we pleased this week regarding images and texture/s. So I chose to take an image of a calla lily plant that sits on my desk-but that I also almost nearly killed the other day. Oomph! You need to water these things every once in awhile, so it seems, as they are not like the cactus plants I have in sitting on my kitchen countertop-or those diva like orchids I tried to grow once. Ugh! Nope. . . My new little plant was fine for days, and then. . . suddenly, one day. . . not so much. Droopy leaves, wilted flowers, I was so worried. I gave it plenty of sun, at least I remembered to do that part. (Maybe that's what the deal was, too much sun, not enough to drink?) My little plant was parched, seriously parched. I didn't water it because I was treating it like an orchid-which as anyone who has ever owned one of those uppity-high maintenance plants knows - you are not supposed to water them much-if at all. You feed them an ice cube (that's right, one ice cube) every ten days or so-and then you have to feed them special orchid plant food-and talk nicely to them. . . But then no matter what, they still end up dying on you. Doesn't seem right to me, but oh well. . . I'm just thankful my little calla lily survived my stupidity test and is now thriving wonderfully again on my desk. Phew! ;)
Thanks, as always, going out to the lovely artist, Kim Klassen. Her textures make me want to smile out loud every time I use one of them on an image of mine. You rock, Kim!
Happy Tuesday, Everyone!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
(Texture by Kim Klassen)
I've got a thing for fences. And this one in particular I must have taken at least a hundred shots of-so you know what that means, don't you? It means you'll probably see all different kinds of versions of it popping up from time to time-and they'll always be in the abstract form, because like fences, I've got a thing for abstracts, too.
As always, because she is just so incredibly warm and wonderful, I want to thank the lovely Kim Klassen for her use of texture here. This ones called "Phoebe".
Happy Tuesday, Everyone!
Friday, November 11, 2011
My Beautiful Jake The Night Before He Turned Nine
Oh Jakey, my lovely little man, my beautiful Scorpio child, so full of passion and personality. You amaze me daily with your gorgeous heart and melt me with your smile. Oh how I love you little man. My sweet Jake.
You came into the world nine years ago today as an absolutely brilliant child, with your long dark hair, big brown eyes, and an energy so powerful, it took my breath away. Strong. Passionate. And somehow enlightened I sensed, even though you were only just minutes old. I could not stop staring at you, and marveled over how you stared right back at me, with wise knowing eyes, as if you were trying to say to me, "Well, here I am. Are you ready?." And, yes, yes I was. And I was so happy to be holding you in my arms in that moment. So happy, Jakey. :)
You are completely lovely in every way and I am the luckiest mother in the world to be blessed with you, sweet boy.
Thank you for choosing me to help guide you this time around. I am honored by your energy and brilliant presence in my life-and sincerely grateful for you, my beautiful little man.
Happy 9th Birthday, Jake.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
"The Number Two eDition"
This Texture Tuesday Week was all about the number "two". I have to admit at first my mind blanked on the subject, I think it's because I was trying too hard to think about what I could produce two of and make them look really cool in a photograph. And then, as is par for the course, I got distracted with "other" things in my day and had to put my "mind blanking two thoughts" on the back burner for awhile. Such is life... A short while later, as I found myself knee deep in things not related to my love of photography (such is life...), I happened to glance at the clock and it was, yep, you guessed it . . . 2 o'clock.
So there you have it, my contribution for this weeks Texture Tuesday. And it just goes to show you that when you allow yourself the space in which to find the answers, instead of trying to force them, they come to you peacefully and happily. (So I was reminded of a little lesson I've already learned, but it's nice every once in awhile to be reminded of such valuable things.)
Happy Tuesday you guys!
And, thanks (as always!) going out to Kim Klassen for such lovely textures to play with and learn lessons from. :)
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Twenty Photos in Twenty Minutes
One photo every minute for twenty minutes. That was the assignment for Saturday's PhotoSilly Workshop, of which I'm currently taking with Steve and Carla Sonheim. Pretty cool stuff, huh? I must admit to having had a lot fun with this one because I got to document a few minutes worth of goings on in my kitchen/family room, that, normally I would not have taken much notice of-because I'm usually too busy to catch these sort of things, for documentation purposes, or could that somehow also be translated into 'memory creating' purposes? Sounds kind of sad, I know, but its life. We get busy and we don't notice the small things going on around us unless we make ourselves pay attention to them in the moment. This was a good exercise on many levels for me, as it really turned out to be very eye opening as well as inspiring.
The feedback I got from other workshop attendees was really interesting, too-and quite unexpected. Words like warm, peaceful, lovely, and harmony, were used to describe the photographs that I'd taken for my mini collage. Interesting. And after having gone back to look at each photo in the collage again, I did see where all these words could possibly come to mind. It was in fact a peaceful moment in our kitchen/family room yesterday, now that I think of it. It was quiet, creative, warm, and harmonious. Yes. We were all creating something together, though, separately from each other, yet in harmony with each other. My older son was creating something delicious to eat for dessert, while my younger son was quietly absorbed in creating something from his Lego blocks, and I was creating a mini twenty minute documentary photo collage for my workshop exercise - but ended up getting so much more out of the exercise than I would ever have imagined. That's really cool.
Thanks, Steve and Carla Sonheim! I feel a bit more enlightened today from all this. That said, I have no idea how I will recreate the album cover assignment for tomorrow (*Yikes!*), but I really really enjoyed creating this collage for Saturday's assignment.
And, also, I thought it might be worth mentioning to those of you who could use a little 'sillyness' to inspire you, along with some could be eye opening 'Aha' moments, where your photography is concerned-and of whom might also like the chance to meet other creative souls out there-who share your passion for photography and art... sound anything like you? If so, you can check out Steve and Carla Sonheim's workshops here - though, I'm not sure when the next one will begin (the one I'm currently attending is already in full swing), but I image there will be more to follow in the future. I sure hope so, anyway!
Happy Sunday, Everyone. :)
Update: Yes! New Photo Workshops with Steve and Carla Sonheim coming in 2012