Flowers and Classes

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.

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Art Journal Sunday

Completed another portrait in my art journal a few days ago.  I’ve really been working on my drawing, proportions and also my watercolor painting of faces and that was this girls only purpose.  The techniques I learned for this girl are new for me and challenging but closer to what I have been chasing and where I want to go .  Watercolors are so challenging but so amazing to me.  You can do so many different things and different techniques and I am enjoying learning and painting and discovering what I can do with them.  I have already drawn a few more since learning these new skills and will continue to paint and stay here.  I feel comfortable here and going to stay here awhile.

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Watercolor Dreams Class Lesson 1

One of my resolutions for 2018 is to challenge myself artistically.  I see things and have a vision usually of how I want them to be, but a lot of times I get carried away.  I love mixed media and creating something out of multiple things but I also love a much softer, or romantic look.  I have accumulated so many art supplies and have been working with so many different mediums in my mixed media projects, when I saw this class offered, as soon as I saw this lesson I had to sign up.  This is by artist Katrina Koltes and the class is called Watercolor Dreams.  I am so proud of this Butterfly Girl.  Drawing completed by me, no tracing involved and only a few colors of watercolor.

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