I love to travel and a weekend or two ago, I got to hang out by Deep Creek Lake (Maryland). I strolled by the lake and enjoyed the reflections of the sunshine of the water (when it decided to stop pouring down crazy rain!). But what really caught my attention was the striking colorful beauty of these kayaks! All so clearly lined up awaiting paddlers and summer campers ... The bright orange, red, with a touch of grey ... Aren't they lovely?
As a textile designer and photography lover, I see patterns everywhere. In May 2017 I went on a fun sailing trip down the Chesapeake Bay to Tangier Island in Virginia and learned much about the local soft shell crab culture. I talked to the local watermen, observed their daily routine, and got to see for myself the huge effort that goes into their livelihood. And of course, I snapped photos everywhere I went! The crabs are beautiful in their colors (look at that blue!) and shapes. I hope to return to Tangier Island one day ... to learn even more.
Flowers are the most popular source of inspiration in pretty much any artistic and creative endeavor. They are everywhere; yet they don't stop to amaze anybody who appreciates their intricate beauty. I stumbled upon this treasure on a morning walk. My original photo is this incredibly vivid cone flower. A real charmer. However, I find it so delightful in this black-and-white color scheme. It's like I can appreciate the shape and texture more when color is not at the forefront. And doesn't she look like a ballerina with her puffy skirt?
Nope. I snapped this photo at a modern church building in Rockville, MD. The large windows were made out of stark while wood blocks and as I looked up, I capture somewhat of a magical moment. Or, at least I thought so. Well, no, that is not the moon. It's the chandelier reflecting itself into the darkness of the window panes! I am enjoying this study in shapes. The lines draw your eyes up and down and then you ultimately end up on the organic circle shape to the left. It pays off to look up and let surprise take shape :)
I enjoy art history and every time I get a chance, I rush to an art museum to admire the old masters. One of my favorites is Rembrandt with his moody portraits and impressive landscapes. Not too long ago, I was looking up at the sky and snapped this photo of the clouds above me. The sight reminded me of Rembrandt's landscape paintings in which the clouds and the state of the sky play an essential role in telling the story of the art piece. What do you think? Look below and compare my photo to the painting it reminded me of. And, while we may be separated from Rembrandt by a few centuries, it is obvious that we still share the same admiration for nature.
I am always drawn to flowers and often pause in my tracks to admire a hidden gem, a bloom covered up by leaves just barely peeking through. I do so because I believe there is just so much potential for artist expression! Take a look here. A little bloom bursting with interesting shape and texture and color! I took this photo and then let it sit for a few days to later come back to it and really zoom in on the more abstract aspect of the flower. Et voila! Here we go with a closeup that would make for the most intriguing piece of abstract art!
Tangier Island in Virginia may be one of the most memorable places I have ever visited. I spent two days on a sailboat in the local marina and got to stroll through the streets and visit the beach on an island where time seems to have stopped. Interestingly, one of the most intriguing spots on the island was the marina itself as it had all of these metal pilings covered in rust. And we all know, rust is beautiful. Not convenient but truly beautiful. I glued myself to one of these pilings and took photo after another capturing the stunning patterns and textures created over time. Don't all of the photos below look like outstanding pieces of abstract art?
These photos are on display and available for purchase.
1460 Wallmountables 2017
Opening Reception: July 21, 2017, 7-9pm
Exhibition: July 21 - September 10, 2017
A quick walk on a hot summer morning. Yet, this little one stopped me in my tracks. Such intricate beauty surrounded by prickers that protect its gentle bloom. I took a bunch of close-ups, from a variety of angles. One could almost forget about that walk ...
This stunning cloud brought in a powerful thunder storm, one I will remember. Rain, rain, and more rain. But the lead up to all of this rain was just breath-taking.
These four photos were taken over pretty long period of time. They are all a study in shapes and textures. Color, in this case, steps back as I converted all of the photos into a black-and-white format. Yet, aren't they just full of life? And they may not, at first sight, look like they go together. Two of them are an ode to nature: the outstanding bloom and the strikingly beautiful rain drops that look like they will burst any moment. And then, two of them are an ode to the creations of humans: the stacked metal chairs and the lone fisherman in his small boat making his way through pilings at a local marina.
These photographs are part of a black-and-white photography exhibition called "En Blanc et Noir" organized by the Chesapeake Art Center. The photos are on display at Gallery 90 at the Hospice of the Chesapeake in Pasadena, MD, until September 1, 2017.