Monday, December 31, 2012

Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday a Day Late......

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Portrait Class - Session 2

These photographs were taken of a model during the second session of a class on portrait photography using window lighting.   Your comments and constructive criticisms are welcome!




Monday, December 24, 2012

Quote of the Week - Merry Christmas


In a stable 
In a manger 
In the cold winter's air 
In the arms of his mother 
A child's lying there 

In a city 
In a village 
Though the years have gone by 
The child still remains 
With the dream still close by 

And each year on this night that child reawakens 
And each year on this night that hope rebegins 
That the dream he has offered might one day be taken 

For the sake of our brother 
For the child who's forgotten 
For the dream that is still lying there 

O' come all ye faithful 
Joyful and triumphant 
O' come ye, o' come ye 
To Bethlehem 
Come and adore him 
Born the king of angels 

O' come let us adore him 
O' come let us adore him 
O' come let us adore him 
Christ the lord 

In a stable 
In a manger 
In the cold winter's air 
In the arms of his mother a child's lying there

~ The Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Friday, December 21, 2012

Another Day

All the talk has been about the end of the world - the zombie apocalypse - the burning comets - and yet here we are, still.  Another day has broken on the horizon and we are still here to see it.  But I find myself wondering.  What if it really had been the end of the world as we know it?  What if a cataclysmic event tumbled our world into a completely unfamiliar state?  How would you have responded?  How would I have responded?

We take so much of our surroundings for granted.  The beautiful sky - the strong and enduring evergreens - the people that live within our personal realms and we claim to love.  I challenge everyone who reads this, be it today or next year, to look around you.  What do you see?  Who can you touch? Take it all in - cloak yourself in the beauty and love.  And be grateful for what is in our world.  You never know when it will be gone.  Embrace it while you can.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Quote of the Week

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better.  It's not."

Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Sunday, December 9, 2012

New Winter Cards for Sale!

Three brand new cards for sale with a winter theme.  Each one is blank inside to write your own note - Mix and match them to create a gift of stationary!  And there will be three new cards added each week until the end of December - don't miss them!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In Honor of All Veterans - active and inactive

Thank you to all our military for the service you provide this country.  It is greatly appreciated.

This photo is to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to this country and as a prayer to keep all the others safe.

Thank you.

Please tell us a story of a veteran close to your heart. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

My Visit to PAWS Animal Shelter

Although this shelter is primarily cats, they take on orphans of any kinds - including mice, possums, squirrels and more.  Wild animals are released back into the wild after they are weaned and domestic animals are found homes.  They do not kill any animals!  You can check them out on facebook by clicking HERE.

Great idea for a bed!
Shelving form Ikea becomes "bunk" beds
this fellow is George.  He has cerebral palsy, but doesn't know he's any different than the others - and a lover!!! Oh my he cuddles!

a Mona Lisa smile

Grocho Marx

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Dad

Life has been up and down the last few weeks.  I lost my desire to be creative.  My muse has been silent.

My dad was an amazing man.  He was a simple man.  A man of few words.  But I learned to be honest, giving and kind from him.  I learned that creativity is a blessing to be nurtured and that art, of any kind, is beautiful and personal.  And I loved him with all my heart.

On October 10 dad had a heart attack and on October 13 he died.  At 56 I was suddenly reduced to a four year old child, completely consumed with the loss of my daddy.  Lost, in pain and confused.  We knew he wasn't well.  We knew his time was soon.  I thought I was prepared.  But I wasn't.  And now, nearly a month later, I'm still trying to move forward, one step at a time.

I'm feeling my muse trying to speak to me - telling me to get out and look at the world.  See the things that dad found so beautiful - the fall colored leaves, the misty mornings, the warmth of the sun.  I'm slowly pulling the curtain back - and just when I think its clear to come out, it hits me again.

But I will survive. Dad taught me that.  Life does go on.  So today I will go out and look at the world.  I will see the things he loved and I will smile.  Welcome back my muse.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

First Practice Photo Shoot

I want to start my own child portrait business.  I've taken some great shots of my nieces, but I need experience with other children - on the spot skill that gives me the confidence that I can get some shots people will want to buy.

With the help of some friends I have some times scheduled to photograph their children.  Here are the results of the first shoot.  Note: it helps to have such adorable subjects!