Photo Adventure – Historic Spanish Point

I recently got to visit Historic Spanish Point with my family. Such a great opportunity to take some photos – of course, when isn’t it a great opportunity to take some photos? I absolutely love having a camera with me, traipsing around looking for that perfect shot, the excitement when I know that I have found it…

My dad was with me that day. I always love to get his take on photography and light and composition. Both my parents are amazingly creative, so I was lucky enough to get it from both sides. My dad has always been an incredible photographer and my favorite room in our house when I was a kid was the dark room. I thought it was the ultimate cool fort and I’d sit in the glow of the red light, checking out the film developing stuff. I remember watching photos be developed – I’d see the image start to come to life in the developing tray and thought it was pure magic.

Photography is a little different now than it was then. The digital age has made film photography sort of a lost art. But there are many good things to be said about being able to edit a photo on a computer.  I’m just always so grateful when I have a chance to grab my camera and snap some photos. The gallery above are some of my favorite images from that day at Historic Spanish Point.

Art Therapy

Color Therapy photo

I looked at the date of my last blog post and couldn’t believe it – April 2, 2019. Almost a year ago – holy crap…  A lot has happened since then, good and not so good. I’ve let the good things lift me up: my wife and cats and our home, family and friends, music, nature… All these things make life so much better and when there are tough times they inevitably carry you through. I have so much to be grateful for.

I’ve been reminded this week that creativity is another one of those things that can keep one calm and grounded during tough times. This week has caused me to get out my coloring book, pens and colored pencils as a means to help de-stress. The current global situation is surreal to say the least. We have to find ways to stay calm, be patient and be kind to one another. Most of all, we need to take care of ourselves so we can stay well and move through the coming weeks as calmly as possible. So do something creative: color, read, draw, write, paint, whatever makes you happy and helps bring you peace.

In the meantime, I’ll be  coloring and sending you all a big prayer for good health and well-being…

At Any Moment…

  
This was one of those pieces that seemed to create itself. I had a general idea and all of the elements came together in a very synchronistic way. It is always so amazing when this happens – the way energy flows effortlessly and the feeling of being a part of something larger than myself… See my Etsy shop for more details, http://www.etsy.com/shop/kerrytopjun

Beginnings… 

  
New goal for the new year = one new piece of art a week. Realistic? We’ll see. But here’s where it begins… #art #mixedmedia #2019 #create #inspiration #color #love #kerrytopjun 

Atomic Holiday Bazaar 2018

AHB 2018

I’ve been working on new art, getting ready for Atomic Holiday Bazaar 2018. It’s Lucky Season 13 and, as always, I can’t wait for this cool event! If you’ve never been, you’re missing out – it’s the perfect place to shop local for yourself or all your favorite people on your holiday gift list. So put it on your calendar now and come see us the second weekend in December, Saturday and Sunday, December 8 + 9!! Hope to see you there!!

For more info: http://www.atomicholidaybazaar.com/

Treasure

  
When I was growing up, I always had a box of stuff. It was a small wooden box and it housed all my treasure: rocks and shells, little animal toys and playing cards, coins and stamps… It made me so happy.  

I still have boxes of stuff, only now I get to use all of it to make art. And it still makes me happy. 

The box in the photo is one of my favorites and houses some of my most favorite stuff. I found it at an artist’s estate sale on Longboat Key. It’s a vintage paintbrush box with a cool metal latch. But my favorite part of it is the image on the inside of the top of the box. It says “Product of Florida,” which is exactly what I am…

Floral Fascination

I was on location at a photo shoot recently and fell in love with the gardens and the flowers in bloom. Nature is such an inspiration for me artistically. Spring and sunlight and water come together and encourage things to grow for no other reason than they simply can. Shape and color and texture emerge as natural works of art. And while there is no rival to the beauty of Nature, it’s always my hope as an artist to bring the right elements together to create beautiful work…