Tag Archive: green


Instagram a Day: Day 6

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A very wet, rainy December day. It is magic what water can do to objects. How it can transform them from something mundane to something much more interesting. Water droplets in particular can make the world look so different, if you look through them. ūüėČ I really love this photo. I think it is one of my best from this project so far.

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¬†I was watching an old episode of Ghost Hunters that I somehow had never seen, I thought I had seen them all at this point. It was the one were they go to Ireland. In the second half they go to these ruins out in middle of a field somewhere and Grant sitts out there by himself. He starts seeing what to him looks like little figures running all around him and hearing lots of voices. Ireland has a long-standing¬†history of fairy-folk and sometimes I think it might not be a myth. There are other dimensions in the world, science knows this, whose to say there aren’t other creatures in them too and from time to time our dimensions mingle. In my opinion¬†that could even be our own afterlife. Anyway it got me thinking and I had a vision of this photo. I thought maybe I could pull it off. I took¬†some photos of myself with my head tilted the way I had seen it in my vision. Then I went through and pulled up tons of old photos of nature, roots, leaves, flowers, plants, anything that could had nice texture to my photo. There are 5 or 6 bits and pieces taken from other photos that make up this portrait. I am very happy with it. It came out just how I wanted it to, I think making a sketch of it helped. I should do that more often. I didn’t get much feed back on this one and not nearly as much as I had thought. Sometimes making art is like that. You make something you love and no one cares, you make something you hate and 800 people think it’s awesome. Go figure. ūüėČ

“The fairies went from the world, dear, Because men’s hearts grew cold: And only the eyes of children see What is hidden from the old…” ~Kathleen Foyle

One hundred and thirty-nine

My daughter and I took a walk to the shoppette to get a gallon of milk. It was a lovely March morning. We were crossing this field and the green of the grass and the blue of the sky and the white fluffy clouds drew me in. I stopped and took a few shots. A cloud moved away from the sun and the light came down in an angelic angle just as I snapped the shutter. I knew that I had my shot for the day. I love this one.

“Springtime is the land awakening.¬† The March winds are the morning yawn.”¬† ~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard

This was on St. Patrick’s Day.¬†Which makes me realize how behind I am on these blogs;¬†also on my¬†photos. I haven’t been taking one a day. I am having a photographer’s block when it comes to this project. The¬†photos I want to take, take¬†too much time and with a 1 and a half-year¬†old most days there isn’t any time.¬†I’m not giving up though, just trying to trudge through. Anyway, this was St. Patrick’s Day and since we now have 2 young children getting wasted¬†isn’t really an option, so we made mint chocolate chip milkshakes instead. Hey, they are green aren’t they? Not the best pic, I really hate the on-board flash. This one is really more about capturing the moment anyway.

“May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go.” ~Irish Blessing

Like I promised I made some more magnets. I created the design in Photoshop, used only black ink and a little acyclic paint for color. Image transfers are pretty fun, you never really know how they are going to turn out. These three are for sale in my Etsy Shop, along with many other goodies.

One hundred & twelve & thirteen

¬†Both of these photographs were inspired¬†by just looking down. One day I was wearing this necklace, it’s a heathergem. I bought it at a celtic fest a few years back. It is made with old, dried up heather stems. They dye them, compress them, slice it up, polish them and add them to jewelry settings. They are fantastic! Check it out!¬†The next day I was wearing that shirt. My Mom sent it to me and it’s one of my new favs. I don’t get to wear shirts with buttons very often; having a large bosom can be a hinderance too. However, I can wear this shirt, I enjoy¬†the buttons and the color. Overall I am pleased with these two shots. They are simple and elegant.

“Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.”¬† ~Sonja Henie

“Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man – the biography of the man himself cannot be written.” ~Mark Twain

Seventy-eight

Christmas morning with my Christmas socks in front of the Christmas tree with the Christmas presents all around. I have had these socks for a few years now and I always wear them to bed on Christmas night. They are fun. I guess I am into my own sort of traditions.

‚ÄúOne can never have enough socks.”~Dumbledore

Seventy-three

I keep getting futher and further behind on my blogs. I am now on about 109 of my photos and only 73 of my blogs. Ack! I’m starting to forget why I did them. This one was taken from our¬†family Christmas photo (see below). I had been really enjoying the look of the double mirrored image, hence why it showed up again here. It was still Christmas time, obviously, so I went with the red and green combo. One side is negative, one poistive. I don’t really like this one. It was the best I could come up with at the time.

¬†“At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year” ~Thomas Tusser

Family X-mas card photo, I make my own every year.

Thirty-eight

What do you know? Another last-minute¬†shot. The days go by so fast and before I know it it is¬†night and I’m exhausted and haven’t taken any photos. This particular one I was going for some sort of strange position with my hand and arm. A little mystery and some flow to the image. The best part about making this photo was the editing. I don’t even remember all the things I tried, but I keep going until I had the right combination. I think it ended up being 2 or 3 layers of the same image. One with a green gradient, one with a blue, a¬†few lens flares, some grain and texture. Once again my underwater theme seemed to kick in. It was a challenge to create this and I enjoyed it.

“Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.¬† Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.”¬† ~Hans Margolius

Ten

On day ten a sinus infection ran me over like a freight train. I was bad, real bad. I felt like complete excrement. Actually, I still do, haha.

Many, many years ago in a time long forgotten I was a photography major. I was in a class¬†called Location Photography. In this class we got to use fancy flashes loaned to us from the¬†school. One of the items we had to retrieve on our own was a pack of sample filters from a local theater shop. The larger version of these¬†is used to filter stage lights. The sample version, which was handed out for free from the scowling shop owner, because I was only there for the freebies, is a much smaller version of every color you can imagine that just¬†happens to fit on the top of the flash. Back then I only used one of them once, but I held onto them all these years, mainly because all artists are hoarders. The old,”One day I’ll use this” gig, right?

Well one day I did use them and it was day ten! Green is about the sickliest color there is. Not that I have anything against green, actually I rather enjoy it. I found a nice shade of green, pulled it out of the pack, attached it to my own cheap flash and started snapping photos. I didn’t have to try too had to look sick, just kinda lay back and think about how cruddy I was feeling. This was the result. I still feel like this, not quite as bad. I should probably go to the doctor, but whatever, it will go away.

“Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot.”¬† ~Dutch Proverb, sometimes attributed to William C. Hazlitt