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/

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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!

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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.

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