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.

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…

Karmic Bingo

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Karmic Bingo No. 6 (5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″) – $28. Click here to purchase or view in my Etsy shop.

Once again, music inspires… This mixed media assemblage is made with various found objects and vintage paper on salvaged wood. It is one in a series of six pieces, inspired by a song called “Rise.” The song says more than I ever could, so I’ll just leave you with the lyrics and a link to the song on YouTube…

 

RISE (ft Ursula Rucker & Roy Ayers) by Richard Earnshaw
we are living in perilous times, living with perilous people, doing some… perilous things to one another
the small hand is on. evil and mayhem, the big hand is on. well, that’s your choice.
the big hand can be on fear, and hopelessness
or we can sift through all af this bullshit and uplift …
RISE.
to a higher understanding of why humans choose war… over love. .
RISE
way above.so we can touch back down on God’s brown, green, blue earth …
with tolerance, knowledge, compassion for when other humans hurt…
tolerance, knowledge, compassion for how other folks pray … little different. .
tolerance, knowledge, compassion for how other folks speak a little different.
tolerance, knowledge, compassion for the fact that, we ain’t just a pronoun. . a little itty bitty word
it’s a state of being. .
We.
a collective, a community.
We.
a world community, the human family.
We
sounds corny yeah i know but. we. better start thinking, moving, breathing along these lines or else.
we may not be thinking, moving, breathing for our selves
we may not be thinking, moving breathing. .loving, or even fighting
anymore. .
at all coz it… this thing we call life and living will all be over .
over some land
over some oil
over some commerce
some. sub-human shit so.
uplift. before there will be no more sunshine.
for babies to get brown beneath
so reach high inside for what ever u need
to uplift and. .
RISE
RISE
set that big hand on change and love and all that good stuff and. and…
RISE
RISE!…rise
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The Little Things

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“The Little Things” $110. Click here to view or purchase on Etsy.

This week, for some reason, has felt especially trying. Every day there has been something. It’s that crazy every day life stuff that can wear one down by the time Friday hits. In the midst of it all it’s often difficult to find peace or sanity or humor.

I created this piece of art a few months ago for a show. Yesterday I looked at it and decided to leave it out where I could see it as a reminder of the good stuff. The little things really do make a big difference.

Happy Friday and here’s to a peaceful, fun weekend…

Did Someone Say Paper?

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I love paper. It almost doesn’t matter what kind. My mom has even made up a word for me – she says I am a “paperian.” I have indiscriminately collected writing paper, notebooks and blank journals that I just couldn’t stand to leave behind. But I especially love vintage paper – stamps, receipts, letters, postcards, tickets, maps, sheet music, playbills… It is absolutely fascinating to me. I love the color of old paper and the way the paper feels and the way the ink has faded in places. It ranks right up there with rust in its beauty. But I really love that there is a story behind these items. Each piece makes me wonder about who it belonged to and why it was saved and how it has survived in the world for so long and how far it has traveled to reach me. And when I can actually stand to part with a certain piece of this ephemera, I incorporate it into my art and send it back out into the world so it can continue its wondrous journey…

Happy New Year!

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Where does the time go? Here we are at the beginning of another new year… I hope that 2016 brings us all happiness and health and wealth and wisdom and everything else we may desire.

It amazes me though that 2015 almost seems like a blur, and again I must say, where does the time go? Time is definitely a relative thing, and I love this quote on the subject by Albert Einstein:

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.”

So I guess the most important thing when it comes to time is not to worry about how quickly it passes, but instead to think about how you want to spend it. I think I’d rather sit with a pretty girl…

Happy New Year and here’s to time well spent!

Musical Memories…

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Vintage sheet music for trombone found at Brocante Market! I love using sheet music in my art but this brought back memories… I played the trombone in middle school. I remember lugging that thing around wondering why I had chosen it as my instrument. If I had known then how cool playing the trombone could really be (see Trombone Shorty), I may have continued to play…