I recently started a class for Oil and Soft Pastels. I have never had a interest in this medium but loved the artist and what and how she uses them. When she offered a class, I signed up without hesitation. The class and the creating I have done since then has really surprised me. Not only am I learning so much, I am just astonished that a medium that is so awkward, messy and hard to work with can create such vivid, individual and expressive creations. I am so challenged and inspired, loving and hating all at the same time. This has unexpectedly sent me in a new direction and I’m excited to learn and explore something new! I attempted a face and also a landscape on my own with this medium and here are the results and my first soft pastel paintings! #trysomethingnewstayinspired
Joanna Gaines in this month’s issue of Magnolia Journal said that she believes that we are “made ready” for every season. That article has stayed with me a little going into fall this year. Every year I feel exactly the same, Fall and Winter are my favorite months, and I can’t wait for summer to be over. That changed this year.
I have grown so much this summer and even though I am not ready to say good bye to the flowers, privately I may not but I am ready to say hello to what lies ahead. I haven’t felt it in the air yet, the air is still very hot, but I do I feel like I am being pulled to the beauty that will come in the next few weeks that I know as always, will take my breath away.
The race to finish my summer goals is down to days and determined to finish as much as I can, but even though I don’t want to say good bye to summer for the first time in my life, I agree that I was “made ready” for what lies ahead and am excited.
Follow me on instagram @bloomsandbutterflies.art for all year long because that is how long it will take me to finish what I still have to share 🙂 and on Facebook.
My new Etsy Store opens today, Blooms and Butterflies.Art. Flowers have always been a passion of mine and this summer I wanted to do something different than I have done previously. Back in May I decided to explore further these beautiful creations. I wanted to capture some of what I saw but also take that a step further. Fast forward after this desire made me obsessed and seeking out classes, new gear to achieve what I wanted and trial and error, I managed to capture some of the beauty that is only temporary during this season. I wanted to get even closer to these flowers. The details, the textures and curves, the colors that at times my camera couldn’t handle, it just amazes me. The desire for me to capture these flowers also led me to seek out places that had them available. This has led me to some of the most beautiful places where I have been spending my time, that has inspired me greatly.
I have had my Flower and Butterfly instagram, dedicated to just butterflies and flowers since March, because I probably have the most photographs of these, than any other subject besides my grandchildren…oh and my cats….and my dog, lol. I wanted a outlet dedicated for them. I almost closed this account because I couldn’t keep up with two instagrams and the closer that became, I realized I didn’t want too. I wanted to keep photographing these beautiful flowers and butterflies and share them as long as I could. I am no where near done processing what I have already taken and will most likely still be processing through the winter months. My flower (and hopefully soon) butterfly watercolors will also be added to this store as well.
This store wasn’t planned but now I am happy to have it and have a place exclusively to share my butterfly and Flower art and photography. There will be more added and many things fine tuned but for now the flowers and blooming and I’m excited to go spend more time with them today!
Lately I can’t seem to get enough of flowers. Not just photographing them, but also just being in their presence. My summers are usually all about sunflowers but this year the Dahlias have just over taken me. Recently I met Nina, at Patchwork Dahlias who grows these beautiful flowers! She has such beautiful blooms and provided me with such amazing blooms!!! I was and am so inspired. I wanted to do these flowers justice and took them into the studio and here is a preview of what I am working on. I’ve spent all weekend with these beautiful flowers and have a lot more to share in the future. Fine Art Prints of these and others available soon.
This summer, one of my goals was, and still is, to explore manual focus and photograph differently than I have in the past. I am seeing things so much differently this summer. These flowers were taken this past weekend and I am very proud of them. All of them were done with manual focus. A few of these are actually practice shots taken at my home. I wasn’t even considering using manual focus a year ago, but it’s reawakened my love for photography. A lot of these I am also going to also paint this winter. I have learned over the years to follow my heart. One of the things my heart loves and I enjoy immensely is flowers and butterflies. My heart just lights up when I am near flowers and butterflies. I’m still going through the photographs taken in the last several weeks but these and more are available on my website for purchase. More to come!
These Dahlias and more are available for purchase by going here: Flowers and Butterflies
Recently a few sales came out on Creative Live for classes and they came at the perfect time for me. I was in the middle of acquiring lenses, and selling lenses I no longer used. One of the classes was Creating Painterly Photographs by Kathleen Clemons. I have and love photographing flowers and butterflies, but I have been wanting to explore this further and on a deeper level. Macro photography and still live and painterly seems to be where I am living at the moment and I LOVE it. Kathleen is an amazing flower photographer and the simplicity of her methods are even more amazing:
Here are a few I have taken since the class.
Here is a link to this class if you would like to take it yourself: Click for class
Kathleen uses Lensbaby lenses a lot in her photography, and I almost purchased two of them but in the end couldn’t do it. Soft focus is a challenge for me and while I love the effects that can be created with these lenses, some of the effects I just don’t like at all, but that is just me. I have spent years learning and growing in what I photographs and getting clear sharp focus and struggled in the past with my photographs being too soft. This new way (softer) on purpose is challenging enough for me. It bothered me a great deal not being able to control where my focus was (on the lenses) and where the blur was on those lenses. It’s there, you have to work with it. In saying that, you control where you put the focus and the blur in your pictures but you have no control on the effect for those lenses but it’s in the sense, that is what they are for. For this type of photography and if that is what you want, it’s great but I ended up purchases two lenses and lens filters to go with them and recreated something on my own that I can take off when I don’t want the effect and want sharpness. I will most likely purchase a lensbaby in the future but for now, I love what I am creating without and what I have created on my own. The bokeh that my current lenses produces is so pretty I am going to live there awhile!
Prints are available for purchase on my website.