It’s Winter and February all ready!

Happy New Year! New year, new goals. The last few years I have been writing my resolutions down and it’s helping me achieve them instead of previously allowing some of them disappear into the abyss.

Lately, I am photographing with a new camera, new brand. Last year I started doing a lot of manual focus photography and I am starting to prefer this vs. automatic for so many things. With the new camera I am enjoying it even further. I love photography and everything that goes along with it, the art, the technology, the thrill of capturing that moment in time. I miss painting and will get back to that very soon, for now, here is some of the macro photography I have been taking advantage of these cold temperatures to create. These bubbles are amazing to watch form.

Prints are also available.

Longwood Gardens Christmas – Trip One (Slide Show)

Back in June I went to Longwood Gardens for the first time.  I had no idea this wonderful place would inspire me so.  It’s so beautiful and there is so much to see.  I quickly became a member and have been going monthly ever since.  I’ve been preparing myself for the Christmas season since then, I could only imagine how beautiful it would be.  It did not dissappoint!  For me, some of my favorite things to photograph are, flowers, bokeh, long exposure.  They have that and 1000 other things.  It’s just amazing! This is a slide show of just some of the photographs taken on my first Holiday Season trip there.  I will be taking a few more before New Years.  If you have never visited, please do.  I am blessed to be on the same coast as them!

https://www.karenleighstudios.com/longwoodgardens/slideshow

For more information visit: https://longwoodgardens.org/

Christmas and Holiday Art

My Christmas and Holiday Art is now available on my website and in my Etsy store.  I admit, I have spent more time photographing and painting than preparing for this season that honestly has snuck up on me but I did manage to get one of my paintings completed for the start of the season.  The kissing goldens is new this year.  I drew this last year at the end of the season and knew I wanted to complete it for Christmas 2018.  The kissing goldens and all my season artwork is available for purchase here and also on my Etsy Store.  Thank you for supporting a local artist!

Fall Foliage is finally here!

 I am finally painting again.  I almost forgot how but feels good to spend time with my watercolors again.   I have been busy with my flower photography and painting got away from me.  I’ve come to discover that I am not one that does well when staying with any other medium at a time except watercolors.  This includes photography.  I loved pastels and am still going to explore them partially but something about watercolors provides me with such a different experience that I just love.  This girl started in my journal and took a life all her own and I love when that happens.  Fall and winter is my absolute favorite time of the year and our fall foliage is late this year but finally happening and she and the one who painted her is so inspired by this, and all of the beauty that surrounds it.  She was created with  Schminke and Jane Davenports peerless watercolors.

Living in Pastels At The Moment

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

Class by Artist Katrina Koltes – Whispers of Nature

Fall Art found on pinterest by Artist Lenokdih painted by me

Fall is Coming – I’m not Ready

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.