The solar eclipse we had recently felt very powerful to me. I feel like it was trying to relay with it’s energy for us to pay attention. It seems like the eclipse started a wave of natural disasters and other things happening that we should take a serious look at. I think we are needing to take a look at our humanity, the way we treat others and our earth. I don’t think there’s any question that our earth is angry right now, but many of us are not paying attention. It’s time….
Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
In abstract painting that is a bit more challenging. I always figured that most of my paintings are inspired by nature, and I knew that once I saw the beauty in Yellowstone National Park, I wanted to include those colors in my paintings. When I created my last few paintings in my Cosmos Series, I used colors I had seen in Yellowstone. I had not looked at my paintings & photos together until just now, and I was moved by how they looked side by side!
This is truly nature’s abstract art! The colors are so vibrant and almost do not seem real! Below are my Yellowstone inspired paintings in my Cosmos Series. They are in the order they were created. You can see how they evolved the more paintings I created!
Just got back from a trip to Yellowstone, and had a fabulous time taking photos. Unfortunately it was smokey a lot of the time, which interfered with scenic shots. But, I did have a great time taking photos of other things.
The boiling mud was my favorite! Love taking drops of photos, but the mud is so thick that the bubbles & drops seem to move in slow motion. The spot was at the Dragon’s Mouth Spring which is fascinating!
I think sometimes I am just drawn to see if I can capture something specific in a photograph. If it seems difficult it just makes me try to figure out how to do it.
The other night it was raining really hard, and the drive at our apartment complex had water rushing over it. I really wanted to capture that so I could share it. I didn’t really feel like going out in the rain and covering up the camera, so I set up the tripod right inside my window and I pretty much just did a long exposure.
Ok, so everyone is doing it!!! I had to too!!! How could I let the Super Moon pass me by without getting a photo! I have photographed the moon before several times, but it’s always a challenge. Here it it, from in between cloud cover. May take another one later when the moon is more “white”.
Well, I thought it was time for me to write a post, and when I pulled my blog up I could not believe it’s been that long! I guess I do have a few excuses, I have been pretty busy. But that has not stopped me before.
One major thing was my move! I have not decided if I love or hate moving. I don’t like all the work involved and the hassle involved in moving, but I love the change, the “new”, the “starting fresh” part of it. Lot’s of great things about my new place. #1 cheaper, #2 walking distance to my art studio, #3 free cable & #4 direct route to work. So it’s definitely a good thing.
Another major “distraction” was SXSW. I volunteered again to work SXSW EDU & SXSW Interactive. I love it! I actually took vacation time to do it and it was lots of work, but ended up getting in to see Bruce Springsteen in concert! I was right by the stage, and it was an amazing concert! We also made it to Rachael Ray’s free breakfast! (but never got near the food! my friend waited 2 hrs!). Here’s a few photos taken with my phone camera. Boy I wished I could have had my big camera there! 🙂
I got a bit of painting done in February (one day I actually painted 5 minutes!). I submitted a piece to the #TwitterArtExhibit in Norway! The exhibit is a fundraiser organized my artist David Sandum. This is the 2nd year he has done it and it sounded fun! Plus I love the idea that I will have a small piece of art in Norway!
I also did a couple of paintings for the Arthouse 5X7 fundraiser, which I got to participate in last year and was fascinating. If you happen to be in Austin and want to check it out, they will be having 2 events next week, the 5X7 Splurge & the 5X7 Social. Look at their website for details.
Now I have no excuse to just get busy with my art. I am a few minutes away from the studio, and I will be participating in the West Austin Studio Tour in May. So I have lots to get ready for. This is the first time I really get to participate with my studio in the tour! I am very excited.
I will get back to posting more regularly. I have a lot of art “business” to take care of, so I will share some info!
I was in Wyoming a couple of weeks ago, with a gorgeous full moon. The view was breathtaking, and there was no way I could capture it in a photo, but I tried. Also my attempt at a star trail shot (not a very good one!)
Here’s a few of my night shots.
For more of my Wyoming photos, check out my Facebook Page!
I was out in the Texas Hill Country last week at an Art Workshop. I came across this cactus with these beautiful blossoms! They just jumped out! I took this with my phone camera. I decided not to take my Canon, because I wanted to concentrate on painting, and not photographing! (But I could not help myself with this one!).
My husband called me to step outside because I just had to photograph this Praying Mantis! It was just standing on the table I think posing for a picture! 🙂
I used my 50mm lens for this one at f/1.6
I realized a couple of days ago that I forgot to take a look at my lightning photos from a few weeks ago. I was quite disappointed in most of them, but I guess it’s all about the learning process. This I think is the best one out of the bunch. My problem with most of them was that they were out of focus! (Grrr) Oh well, I will work at it next time.