Spring is coming and flowers are begging for a portrait. I painted this water colour a few years back. It started out as a drawing lesson for myself one afternoon which then turned into a painting lesson. I ponder whether I could ever do it again? It's so loose... the freedom I feel when I look at it makes me happy.
It's funny when you rifle through your old work for inspiration. When something catches your eye and you wonder how did I do it? What frame of mind was I in? Where is that courage now that I need it, I think, as I look at my lovely new paint brushes and paints? I stare blankly at the vast whiteness of the beautiful paper I received from my sister for Christmas, that calls me out as a coward, dares me to splotch colour on it's face, betting I never will.
Here's a snippet of a new display I designed for the market at Krause Berry Farms. It's my rendition of The Nutcracker and my two coworkers helped me build it. I would never have thought of putting lights under her skirt, thank you Anne! And thank you Maureen for all your gentle care and input, mechanical and otherwise! Couldn't have done it without you.
This delightful ballerina dress was worn by Emily A. who works in the winery, when she danced in a recital as a mere wisp of a girl some years ago. She must have been a sight to behold.
I got lucky with the sun streaming in through the window, which doesn't hurt either.
I bought myself a gorgeous 50mm f/1.4 lens and it's a little different from the one that came with my camera. This one's a prime lens and the other wasn't. It's taking some getting used to but I love it, and it's making my photography learning process very enticing.
For this shoot I'm claiming artistic license.
All these photos have been lightened somewhat during editing, but I feel like the tones are the same so combining two displays for this post seemed okay. The candles actually belong in the honey display across the aisle from The Nutcracker.
Cotton ball garlands for your holiday entertaining.
Squatty candles. Much prettiness happening here with their little bee shapes.
Three little nutcracker soldiers standing at attention. Totally says Christmas!
Silver and gold,
Silver and gold.
Ev'ryone wishes for
Silver and gold.
Pillar candles. They smell amazing. I find myself doing a lot of dusting in this area, lately.
Meant to Bee fun!
I just adore the Christmas tree candles, but I don't think I'd have the heart to light them, if they were mine.
It's been a long time since I've been able to take some time for myself. My move is finally finished and I feel like I can breathe again.
We were in our house for almost 30 years and it was a phenomenal task getting out of there. Talk about downsizing. Oy!
There's still unpacking to do and a full time job to get to, but at least I'm settled. Mind you, I've forgotten everything I've learned in my photography class and will have to start from the bottom again. Almost couldn't figure out how to post my photo on Instagram, that's how behind I am.
Took this shot on my tiny condo balcony for Kim Klassen's prompt called, Gather. I found these lovely acorns and leaves on one of our evening walks with little Clare. She's quite enjoying condo life and the role of city doggie. Funny, all that worry for nothing.