Sunday, May 21, 2017

Walk Into The Picture #7 - Bridal Wreath

Bridal Wreath, May 2017

Walk into the picture and enjoy all the delicacies of this floral arrangement.

I hope you treasure the fragile little bridal wreath stems.  They were trimmed today to make room for the peonies that were trying to grow below them in their shadow.  While I love the bridal wreath flowers I love the peonies more because they are so fragrant and colorful but have a short season.

Touch the tiny yellow buds and purple buds that are lovely accent colors that were picked specifically to add color to this floral arrangement.

Does that happen to you in your life?  Do you pick and choose and assemble things together so they'll be picture perfect, or at least a good fit?   Sit by this flower arrangement and remember a thing that has been sacrificed for a greater good.

Enjoy this moment of mindfulness.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Walk Into The Picture #6 Cookies, Coffee and Comfort

Cookies, Coffee and Comfort
Walk into the picture and look at the beautiful table setting.  Isn't it inviting?

What are you drawn to first?  Do you want to enjoy the fresh coffee?  Do you want to nibble on the fresh out of the oven cookies?  How about flipping through the pages of the books?  Or do you simply want to get comfortable in a chair close by and let your full senses take in the whole scene, the sights, the smells, the touch and yes, of course, eventually the taste?

I invite you to take it all in and make the selections as you wish.  

Enjoy this moment of mindfulness.


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Still Life For Cats

Still Life for Cats, May 2017
While my cat Sallie was feeling ill this weekend I created this still life portrait. 

Note the two ceramic cats, water to drink, treats and cat books. 

BTW, she's at the vet hospital getting fluids and more. Remaining optimistic until proven otherwise!!!

In case you are interested, I am available for commissioned work to create a still life for your special person, animal or special occasion.  

Secondly, this image is available for purchase at:
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/still-life-for-cats-wendy-blomseth.html


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Walk Into The Picture #5

Sit, Sip and Smell,  May 2017
Walk into the picture and smell the lilacs.  They are so irresistible aren't they?  In the spring when the flowers are blooming and the air is sweet and fragrant it's almost impossible not to harvest the flowers in the yard, isn't it?

 If you examine closely you'll see three different types of lilacs that have subtle differences, one from the other. The bleeding hearts are always so delicate that you may be afraid to touch them, so be gentle.

Can you help us name the little yellow buds?  My husband thinks they're yarrow but the pictures I see on the web don't match with yarrow.  We've been gifted with them for the first time this year.  Don't know where they came from or how long they're staying but I love them.  And given the decision to pull them or let them flourish, I opted for let them be.

Look at the three books from which you can choose, "Still Life," "Poem A Day," and "Michelangelo's Notebook."   Choose the one that calls to you.  Or, bring your own book and help yourself to the chilled glass of white wine.  Pearls always make any occasion better, in my opinion. You can pass or play.

I invite you to find a comfortable spot to sit and sip and smell the flowers.  Enjoy this moment of mindfulness.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Walk Into The Picture #4

May 2005, Lilacs for My Mother
Spring Lilacs will always remind me of my mother, Eunice.  She had several wide and tall lilac bushes in our backyard, in an area called "the North 40" even though it wasn't in the north boundary of our yard.  I think it was just a farm term she or my father had heard at one time and liked the sound of it.

In the spring we always monitored the blooming cycle of the lilacs in the North 40.

So I invite you to walk into the picture of these lilacs.  Of course you have to smell the lilacs because there isn't a better smell in the spring time.  Touch the tiny petals and notice the graduated shade of the color purple.  Some will appear darker, some lighter if they're affected by the sunshine.  That morning eastern light gives it a beautiful glow.

The vase is very special, too, because it is a collectors item from the Red Wing Pottery Company from Red Wing, MN.  People that collect these, love them.

Lastly, the little table stand was actually crafted by my husband's late father, Carl whom I never met unfortunately because he passed on before we ever met.

What do you think of when you see this image?  Does it remind you of anyone? Or, are you simply a fan of spring lilacs also?

However it calls to you, look at the still life portrait but feel the love of someone else and call it by their name as you enjoy the sight and smell of these spring lilacs.





Sunday, May 7, 2017

Walk Into the Picture #3

Just For You, May 2015 
Walk into the picture and feel the warm sunshine.  It's been a full day for you and this is your time.  Just for you, you've poured a glass of chilled white wine so you can decompress a bit.

Come closer and touch the fragile petals of the flowers.  Smell each bud and notice the different unique smells of each one.  Which flower is your favorite today?  Does that gerber daisy in the center call to you?  Just enjoy it for a few moments.  Don't think about anything else.

Pull up a chair in sun, if you wish, or just on the edge.  Put your feet up and take a break.

This is your moment of mindfulness.  Enjoy!

"Just For You" still life image available for purchase at https://fineartamerica.com/featured/just-for-you-wendy-blomseth.html?newartwork=true





Friday, May 5, 2017

Walk Into The Picture #2

From My Garden, May 5, 2016
Walk Into The Picture and you'll want to smell the freshly cut lilacs and touch the fragile, delicate petals of the bleeding heart plant that grows in our  urban garden in Minneapolis, MN.

You will doubt me and say you don't believe it when I tell you that the sheer veil is my actual wedding veil from 9/6/99. I use it almost every time I'm photographing at my home studio because it allows me to diffuse the intensity of the strong western light that we get on bright sunny afternoons.

You'll wonder how old the silver tray is and the story behind the acquisition of the silver urn.

I imagine you'll love the still life and want to sit down next to it with a glass of champagne or possibly fresh tea and biscuits.  Early in the morning you could look at it while stretching, doing yoga or writing in your journal.

Enjoy this moment of mindfulness with the flowers from my garden.








Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"Walk Into the Picture" #1

Life changes.  Goals change.  Your brand changes, hopefully, over time as you change, learn, grow.

I'd like to more intentionally and strategically share some of the photographic images I've created in the past and new ones as I create them.

Since I've been told numerous times that my photos "make me want to walk into them" those are the images that I will focus on.  Besides, for years my Instagram name has been @wendywalks.  So I'll leverage my pre-existing brand and deepen the experience. Play to your strengths, right?

The series name is a work in progress but let's start with

"Walk Into the Picture"
    Fine Art Photography
by
Wendy Blomseth
 
Why: I wish to share with a larger community my passion for photography that reveal a special memory for me, the photographer, or a "public" variation of an image made for a client's purpose, both with a universal appeal that "makes you want to walk into them."

When: Scheduled weekly on Wednesday's, at the minimum, possibly more as creativity strikes.
Where:  Social media platforms:  blog WendyHBlomseth.com, Facebook and Twitter, occasionally at LinkedIn if it seems appropriate to that community.

What's for sale? Some will qualify as limited editions for sale, some not, but the details will be shared as appropriate.

For the launch, I'm sharing a favorite image that Mark Roberts, master photographer and one of my photography mentors loves.

Come Into The Woods With Me, May 2016.

Available for purchase from my new account at Fine Art America. 
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Loving Me Some Roses

Loving Me Some Roses, April 2017 
I brought home this bouquet after visiting with a friend on a rainy Sunday morning.

Originally my intention was to gift the bouquet to her and keep it at her house but she said she'd be traveling during the week and wouldn't be able to enjoy it.  "Take it home," she insisted.

I felt sad that the flowers wouldn't have a new admirer but also happy that I could bring it home because I certainly would admire it.

Even though there still was no sunlight coming in through any windows I gave this a try because I couldn't leave it ignored.

I'm at the stage now that I must attend to my bouquets and give them my love and attention.  

Of course I know they're not humans, but they are in my care and I feel a connection to them, like a person when they're with me.

So I thought making a still life of them was a way to treasure the memory of our time together.


Surprise on A Rainy Sunday

Surprise on A Rainy Sunday,  April 2017 

Life is full of surprises and Sunday was one of those days.

To brighten up a cloudy, rainy, April day I arrived at my friends' house with a vase filled with flowers to cheer us both up.

I was open to allowing for the time to collaborate on art exhibition ideas but also to surprise her with creating a still life portrait, if it seemed "right" during our time together.

Even though we both saw that there was no ray of sun light anywhere she was open to me rearranging her living room furniture so I could make this portrait, which I brightened up in post production.  When you've got rain, you've got to make your own rainbow of color.

But what surprised me is she asked me to create second still life portrait that would be a gift for her uncle who was recovering from a stroke.  She added a very personal item that she said was perfect for him. Simple. Elegant. Personal.

This is when my purpose feels deeper and meaningful.

I get to create what people want to give to someone who needs an art piece that is soulful and healing.
Thank you.
Namaste.





Saturday, April 29, 2017

Images for Altered Esthetics group exhibitions

Sunflowers Still Life

Tulips Still Life

Urban Garden Still Life

Standish Avenue Peonies

Spring Daffodils

Spring Daffodils 2017

Spring Daffodils 2017 

Summer Sunflowers 2015


Tulips 2015


Standish Avenue Peonies

Standish Avenue Peonies

Urban Flower Garden 2017

Urban Flower Garden 2017

Spring Tulips 2017


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Roses and Wine

Roses and Wine, #2253, April 2017 

How lovely when a friend brings a bottle of wine to share with our dinner together and to add the perfect addition to this still life portrait.

Roses

Roses,  #2177,  April 2017 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sweets

Sweets, #2034,  April 2017 
Sweets for my sweet sister who not only is a very sweet and kind person but also an excellent baker who brought a delicious blueberry cake for Easter dinner.

Pomegranate



Inspiration comes from many sources.  This still life is inspired by a poem I discovered at www.poets.org.  I invite you to read the poem and see which elements I brought into this still life.

"POMEGRANATE by Kevin Pilkington ....
A woman walks by the bench I’m sitting on
with her dog that looks part Lab, part Buick,
stops and asks if I would like to dance.
I smile, tell her of course I do. We decide
on a waltz that she begins to hum.
We spin and sway across the street in between
parked cars and I can tell she realizes
she chose a man who understands the rhythm
of sand, the boundaries of thought. We glide
and Fred and Ginger might come to mind or
a breeze filled with the scent of flowers of your choice.
Coffee stops flowing as a waitress stares out the window
of a diner while I lead my partner back across the street.
When we come to the end of our dance,
we compliment each other and to repay the favor
I tell her to be careful since the world comes to an end
three blocks to the east of where we stand. Then
I remind her as long as there is a ’59 Cadillac parked
somewhere in a backyard between here and Boise
she will dance again.
As she leaves content with her dog, its tail wagging
like gossip, I am convinced now more than ever
that I once held hundreds of roses in my hands
the first time I cut open a pomegranate. "

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Photo Art Calendars

2017 Photo Art Calendars

2017 Photo Art Calendars - Still time to purchase photo art calendars. You've seen, and hopefully loved, many of the still life photos by Wendy H Blomseth Fine Art Photography. Now you can have them as mini-masterpieces of your very own. Contact me today at wendyhblomseth@gmail.com

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year Still Life

New Year Still Life #1087, 2017
"Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream."                                                                                                       Josephine Nuese  
My husband and I often talk about winter dreams and summer wishes, or vice versa.  In fact today's gardening topic was about composting. Not an exciting topic for the new year but typical of January dreams of warm summer days working in the gardens.