Wood as a tool for creativity is quite fascinating. There is so much one can do with a chunk of wood. I am a big fan of textures and seeing how a similar shape (for instance, of wood) can create very different feel in an art piece. I snapped these photos on Tangier Island, VA, a few months ago. The left photo tells a story of passing time and of harsh weather making its mark on the surface of these wood planks. The photo on the right is proper, clean, and well-maintained. It tells a story of somebody taking the time to paint it, to make it pretty. Which story are you drawn to?
... on a cornflower. Isn't she lovely? I have a passion for flowers and this yellow beauty surely drew my attention during an evening walk through my neighborhood. There is both humility to this flower and an outrages boastfulness. Yet, ultimately, it's all about the perfect balance of shape and color.
You know when you go for a hike and then spend more time photographic things than hiking ... Oh my, forests are just full of so much beauty! I could not resist and get on my knees for this photo to capture the tender beauty of this moss and mushrooms growing on a fallen tree trunk. I am reminded of apartment buildings and find it quite delightful to think of all of the life that blossoms in this lovely natural environment.
I love camping and snapped this extreme close-up of fire flames not too long ago. The more I look at this photo, the more I am reminded of modern and contemporary art and the obsession to study color and shape and texture. I am loving the almost neon-like hues of the colors and the jagged edges as colors interact with each other. Thoughts?
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!