Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Red, White, Blue

Red, White, Blue Still Life,  2017
Fourth of July weekend created only the briefest window of time to make a still life due to home improvement projects. This is not your traditional red, white and blue but those colors are represented here nonetheless.

It was inspired by the beautiful silver set that was a wedding gift for my husband's parents, circa 1931.  It had been buried away in a large china cabinet for years and came to light (literally) during our home improvement project.  I set it up in my studio space and grabbed the vase (made by Nelson McCoy Pottery Co. in the 1940's)  that was on the dining room table waiting for flowers.

Thank you's to my neighbor Lauri who shared her hydrangeas that contributed the finishing touch to this red, white and blue still life.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017


Memories, Still Life #3160

I invite you to walk in to the picture created specifically for a special man who is one of a kind.  So what better way to remember him than to create a still life fine art photograph that is as unique as he is.

A brown background is warm, loving and masculine surrounding the collection of memorabilia that was borrowed from shelves in his artist's studio.  Do you see the artist's business card that reveals his current talents?  Conversely, several other items take you down the memory lane of his youth, from his military dog tags to bullets and shotgun shells.  The cloissone decorated liquer carafe is empty of fluid but full of memories of a friend, now deceased and a symbol of much younger years.  The tiny little brown bear holding a camera has duo meanings: his bear totem and his life as a photographer.

Pick up the stack of books and skim through the titles so you have a small inkling of what he's passionate about.  The titles reveal his love of travel, road trips, cooking and gardening including raising roses, which is why the roses in the vase are significant.

It's lovely that this has been created now while the giver and the recipient are alive, healthy and happy.

Treasure all of the moments with your loved one when you're together in spirit or in person.

The heart hath its own memory, like the mind,
And in it are enshrined
The precious keepsakes, into which are wrought
The giver's loving thought.
                                                             Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Orange Lilies in June

Orange Lilies in June #3326
Beautiful orange lilies that grow in a south Minneapolis MN garden. 
Freshly clipped and immediately transferred to this elegant green ceramic vase. 
Simple Elegance.

Thank you to two of my neighbors who grow these wild lilies and share with us all.  

I had just finished a 250 mile drive, spending the better part of my day in the car.  As soon as I got home I caught sight of these lilies and knew I had to quickly walk down the street to clip them, put them in vase and photograph them.

The afternoon light was extremely harsh so I used my two light diffusing fabrics, my wedding veil and my patterned scarf.  I can see both of them when I know what I'm looking for.  

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White Wildflowers in June

White Wildflowers #3307

Sweet white wildflowers that grow in south Minneapolis MN gardens are best when picked and immediately photographed before the petals start to fall. 

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Urban Wildflowers

Urban Wildflowers  #3303 
June wildflowers that grow in south Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
Freshly picked from the garden and photographed within minutes. 
Simple Elegance.

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