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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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

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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.

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My New Etsy Store Opens Today – Blooms and Butterflies.Art

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!

Please follow me on my new Etsy Store, Facebook Page and Instagram for almost daily Flower and Butterflies Art and Photography!

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