Friday, September 23, 2016

Macro Lens + Flowers = Perfect Match

Flowers are one of my favorite photography subjects, and when you thrown a macro lens in the mix, it's downright magical.

I bought some cleomes last year and the self-seeded this year, so I got to enjoy them yet again. They are cool and weird and just plain beautiful.

I even managed to (kind of) catch a spider with its prey. Circle of life, yo.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


I picked up some absolutely gorgeous flowers at a road-side vegetable stand and had to get some reference photos for future paintings, they're just too pretty. And also because FLOWERS. Zinnias make me dreamy sigh. I just love them.

I also managed to attract some attention, and had a few live models join the photo session.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

It's been a while.

I've never been a fan of the excuses-why-I've-been-away posts so I'm just going to skip that. I hope to post here more regularly, so in the mean time, please enjoy this photos from today's visit to Wellfield Botanic Gardens, of which I've become a recent member. It was so beautiful today that I just had to take a few minutes and fill my soul and camera with nature.

white anemone

wellfield waterfall 092015

wellfield waterfall 092015


pink anemone-side

log fungus

log fungus-end

lavender wellfield 092015

hydrangea closeup 092015

coral bells-bee

coral bells foliage

Bridge wellfield 092015 v2

Saturday, December 13, 2014

"Moonlight" - 18" x 18" Acrylic Painting Progress

swan head detail WM

Here are some in progress photos of my latest piece, "Moonlight" which I started on September 28, 2014 and finished on November 27, 2014.

I didn't have an agenda for this piece as far as the subject when I started, but I did want to stick with a limited color palette. I tend to thrown a lot of color on my pieces (which I love, obviously) but this was a way to challenge myself and see what would come.

swan paint palette WM
My limited palette

About halfway through, I walked into my art room with the lights off, so the only light coming in was pre-sunrise glow. It was then that I saw the swan and I went from there.

I'm thrilled with the results. This is 18" x 18" piece on 2" deep canvas with sides painted red. That doesn't show up in these images, but it adds a nice finishing touch.


This is when I saw the swan and decided the direction to take it.

moonlight_2 detail1

moonlight_2 detail2

moonlight_2 detail3

After I decided on the swan, I got started on the body and other details. 

I created more contrast, added more branch imagery and played with movement and flow.

The finished piece with refined details and repeating dot pattern

I hope you enjoyed seeing my process with this piece. I'm smitten with it and look forward to more limited palette painting.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Trouble Posting to Instagram on 3G/4G?

Since I didn't find my solution anywhere online, and I can't possibly be the only one with this issue (OK, that last part might not be true - I'm a smart phone newbie), I thought I'd share my problem AND my solution.

You see, I recently acquired my first smart phone a month or so ago, and I was all excited to Post On Instagram! Upload to Facebook! Without Needing Wi-Fi! But the first time I tried, it wouldn't work. I tried repeatedly, getting more and more frustrated (and draining the CRAP out of my battery), but no luck.

I did some searches for the posting (and battery draining) issues, but still didn't get my solution. I could post fine on wi-fi, but not on 3G. I tried again today and still no luck, with posting or finding a solution.


I realized that, DUH, Instagram needs access to my Photos and my Photos weren't set up on cellular data. Once I toggled to switch on, BLAMO! It worked.

So if you're a late bloomer like I am, you might find this helpful.

Go to Settings > Cellular

and scroll to the bottom where is shows all of the things that can use cellular data.

Make sure both your Instagram app and Photo folder are toggled to green and you're set.

I hope this helps the overly frustrated, how-does-this-new-fangled-gadget-work person like me!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Leaves - Free Images

 Leaves 1 (direct link to Dropbox file)

How's it going, fabulous peeps? I went for a walk yesterday as it was finally decent enough to do so. I saw so many beautiful leaves and I just couldn’t help picking some up along the way. I wondered how they would scan, and the answer is, they look AWESOME! I just had to share them with you. I’ve made them transparent PNG files, so you can layer them on othe backgrounds, or if you want to get fancy, you can pull individual leaves out using Photoshop or equivalent.

Leaves 2 (direct link to Dropbox file)

Use these however you want. GO NUTS. And feel free to put links in the comments so we can see your fab creations. Just be forewarned - these are large images (about 11MB each).

Happy Fall!

p.s. Check out Flickr for a few individual images.
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