Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 10 on 10: Dandelions

Spring means lots of dandelions and dandelions are my favorite. I used to have a vegetable garden, but gave up on it after a couple of years, so when it started growing dandelions, I told my husband I was keeping them and he is forbidden from mowing or weed whacking them :)

So here are 10 pictures of dandelions and dandelion seeds for the May 10 on 10 blog circle.
















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Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 10 on 10: Foggy Indiana Mornings

In Indiana, we had an exceptionally warm winter and back in February, we had a few balmy, foggy mornings. Although, I missed having snow during the winter, I did enjoy photographing on foggy mornings at a couple of local parks. 













The warm, humid weather also brought spider webs (a lot earlier than they should have been there), which were fun to photograph as well:







It is no surprise that the weather in Indiana has gone back and forth from cold (freezing or below) to quite warm  (mid 70s) this Spring, but now it looks like Spring is starting in full swing and summer is just around the corner. I have a feeling it will be a hot one.

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This is part of the 10 on 10 blog circle. Please take a look at the next post in the circle from talented photographer Kristina Rust.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March 10 on 10: Taking up Painting

Last fall, I was finding myself itching to try something new. I still love photography, but wanted to get into some other creative pursuit and, at first, I had toyed with the idea of starting to make metal sculptures because that was something I had never done before and it just seems cool, but the cost of entry into something like that is high and daunting and I don't know where I would put the welding equipment! Then I shifted to acrylic painting--much easier to try without a huge investment.

What I like is abstract, so I also figured I didn't really have to know how to draw (good thing, since i don't).

I have not done a lot of work yet and not too much that I am really, really pleased with but I am okay with some of them.

I have approached it without much structure at all. I just started and quickly realized how easy it is to mess up a painting . . . the difficult part is going too far which I keep doing . . . eventually, a painting just loses its way with too much touching and manipulation. But it is hard to know when to stop.

The good thing about acrylic paint, though, is it's easy to just cover over a canvas. I have done that a lot. Many of the canvases have 4 to 5 layers of false starts (or finishes).

I also found myself taking macro photographs of the paintings--sometimes panning over the painting or taking a close-up shot of a small section of the painting--and digitally manipulating it to get a result that I liked a lot better than the painting.

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Here are two examples of one of the first pieces I did (neither exists as a painting any longer no because they were not worth saving). I panned over these and changed them up in post-processing (including adding texture layers) to make them look like this.






Here is one where the image started out as a macro photograph of a small section of the painting that I also manipulated heavily in Lightroom and Photoshop.


In this one there are several digital layers of different images of the painting to make it look like this. (Again, the painting is gone from the physical world).


The next six are ones that actually stayed as paintings and more or less looks like this in real life, but most have many, many layers underneath of something I did not like at all :)













And sometimes I like to take the color version and turn it black and white and then wonder if I should just do a black and white painting, but I have not tried that yet.



I don't know what I am doing really and I am fully aware of that. At this point, I cannot replicate any of my results--good or bad--but I think it is fun. There are times when I get frustrated because of my lack of knowledge and there are times when I just think I am being dumb because there is really no reason for me to paint. All I am doing is piling up finished (for now) paintings in my breezeway and I don't know what I am going to do with them. But sometimes I just have to take a deep breath and decide that if it is fun and I get messy hands, it is fine to keep painting--this doesn't HAVE to mean anything at all.

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This is part of the 10 on 10 blog circle. Please follow the circle starting with Katrina Kennedy.

(Next month, I will get back to photographs).

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

November 10 on 10: Obviously, a Difficult Day . . .

I am struggling today as I know many are, so I just cannot say much.

Here are images from the last month: 













and a little light:


This is part of the 10 on 10 post, please follow the circle, starting with the lovely Kim. Her work is sure to inspire.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

October 10 on 10: Autumn in the Adirondacks


This month's 10 on 10 blog post was rather easy to put together because I just got back from a 5 day trip to my house in the Adirondacks. Kim Bajorek joined me for the trip and we stayed very busy but also had a lot of fun. 

When we first got there, I was a little worried that the colors were not at peak, but as we drove from the Albany airport north to Raquette Lake, the colors improved. The also improved as the days went by. 

The weather also ended up being pretty perfect for photographing. There was little sun, but the overcast days allowed us to photograph the whole day long. 



Kim had been there once before, three years ago. That time we mostly stayed around Raquette Lake, but time, we took a few trips a little further away, including one trip up to Lake Placid (in a round about way), which is 1.5 hours away. It took all day, though, since we stopped many spots along the way.

One of the stops was to an unnamed pond which had low clouds resting on the mountains and lots of fall colors.


We also made our way to a waterfall called Split Rock Falls, which I had never been to before:


As we were driving to get to Lake Placid, we passed by this famous barn that I have seen in many, many photographs before, but never had the chance to photograph myself. There were many other photographers there as well. This barn is abandoned and will not be restored. I think it will only have a few years left until it falls down, so I am glad I had the chance to get there at least once. I might go back again, though, now that I know exactly where it is and also know that it is an easy place to photograph because there is parking right nearby. 

I'll bet it would look great in the winter with snow in the background.


I also had fun with the reflections for abstracts . . .




. . . as well as more standard landscape shots:







The only thing missing was the foggy mornings that I am used to having up there both in the summer and the fall, but the last morning, I got my wish with a beautiful misty dawn:


I am hoping for another trip at the same time next year. All my 10 on 10 friends are invited :)

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