Monday, August 27, 2018

The Perfect Gift

What a gift! 

Client/friend asked for specific colors in a shawl custom designed for a family member and I was able to create it for her. 

When she saw it she said "OMG Perfect!" Hugs for her and hugs for her family member.

A Virtual Hug Coming Your Way

It's warm today but the weather will change and you'll wish you had a warm scarf or shawl that will arrive with my virtual hug. 

Wrap yourself up, feel my virtual hug and yes, go ahead and hug yourself. 

You deserve it. 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

No big box outfits

Tired of wearing the same old big box outfits? 

I invite you to take a look at my "fall line" of unique photography designs. 


What's the Story?

What's the story? 

Why am I designing shawls, scarves and wraps? 

I've given it a lot of thought and it feels like a way to share a virtual hug from me to you. 
Plus, I hope when you wear them you're giving self-love, self-care and of course warmth to yourself. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Fall Line

I was asked when I'd be showing some of my "fall line" of photography designs. 

So I got busy and created new pieces with the fall color palette. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Getting Cool

I'm thinking about a scarf around my shoulders to keep out the cool temps today. 

How about you? 

I invite you to visit my new photography designed shawls, scarfs and beautiful accessories.

BTW, these are created as one of a kind designs for you, not sitting in bulk on a shelf at a big box store or on Amazon. Enjoy reducing textile waste.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Falling In Love

I'm falling in love with the new photo shawls, scarfs and wraps that I've designed from my favorite photographs. 

It's time for you to start shopping for fall and winter textiles that bring joy, comfort and stylist warmth. 

I invite you to take a look. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Rolling Out Image Designs

Slowly rolling out my favorite photographic images on wraps, shawls, tops, leggings, capris, skirts, bags and jewelry. 

I'm in heaven to see these images wrap around you. 

Visit the every-growing collection at www.shopvida.comWendy Blomseth link: 

Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Virtual hugs sent with every photo design

What an fun, creative journey to begin now.
I've been wandering around the world wide web for years looking for places that can make my photography come alive. 

Not so much 2-D work on walls but shawls, scarves, wraps, blankets and more.

I've discovered one source that is presently working for me.

Shop Vida.  My site is

screenshot of landing page

Feeling rejuvenated and falling in love with this new purpose to my photography.

I’m totally loving the opportunity to create textiles that wrap around women that can bring them joy, comfort and warmth aka my virtual hug. 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Honoring Flowers = Becoming Mindful

Have you ever read a new perspective on an art form, to be precise your art form, that keeps you thinking about it days afterward? An idea that makes you look with fresh eyes at your long sought after passion?  

I've photographed over 100 floral still life portraits.  Most of them cut flowers in a beautiful vase placed in dramatic lighting with long shadows. All of them I love, the subject, the process and the final image. However, I keep thinking about this conversation between an art instructor (Julius Weisz) and an art student (Cymbeline) in Europe, circa 1910 in the novel, "Eight Girls Taking Pictures" by Whitney Otto.
"What do you think about photographing flowers?" she asked.
"It depends if you're talking about living flowers or cut flowers."
She was about to ask him about the difference when he said, "One is memento mori, so to speak. Its life is ended, its appearance in rapid decline. As a photographer you have a completely different set of problems to solve when you photograph cut flowers."
"Like this picture with the reflection of the water and the table and wall? she asked. They were looking at de Meyer's hydrangea blossoms.
"Sure, okay. Let's take this picture. There is the problem of the light bouncing on the reflection of the water, the glass the tabletop, and the wall. But any picture could deal with the problem of light. The problem with this picture is greater than that of reflective surfaces--it's one of death. You invite a profound theme into your work when you choose cut flowers. You are talking about mortality and time moving forward. You are saying that everything, everything we see and experience and love happens uniquely and happens only once. When you take a picture of a flower in a glass you are, paradoxically, capturing evanescence. You are also showing the indifference of Nature. There is no mourning in a flower photograph, only a shrugging of the shoulders."
"I think it's beautiful."

Now I am being more mindful of what I'm photographing and how many flowers are dying for my photo still life portraits. I think it's time for something new.

Becoming Mindful, #0712, June 2018 

How about if I literally frame the flowers to hold them sacred and do them no harm?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Same Picture, Different Frames

“I am impressed with what happens when someone stays in the same place and you took the same picture over and over and it would be different, every single frame.” 
                                                                                Annie Leibovitz 

I personally love this challenge to have a subject that is photographed over several days and be challenged to fall in love with it anew each time.

I think it is time to create a new series.

The weather report predicts 12 - 16 inches of snow coming our way so I'll go to the local flower shop and buy a bouquet that I can photograph over the weekend.

Bring it on!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

#9 Tulip Series 2018

#9 Tulip Series 2018 
 And in the end, the tulip stems lose their strength, the petals fall and the series ends.

#8 Tulips Series 2018

#8 Tulips Series 2018 
Oh, black and white imagery, how I still do love thee.

I fell in love with black and white film photography back in 1976 when I discovered and fell madly in love with the work of Edward Weston  (1886 - 1958).

Even though I'm photographing 100% digital image capture and 95% color these days I'd like to think I will always see images as though I'm creating for black and white film developing.

#7 Tulips Series 2018

#7 Tulips Series 2018 for Scott W. 
Thanks to the creative adjustments one can make with photo apps on our mobile devices a portrait that was perfect in its original form can be adjusted and customized to convey a different mood and message within a matter of minutes.

While continuing to enjoy the pleasure of my creative moment I read on social media that the father of a friend of mine (Scott) had passed away unexpectedly, less than a year after he had lost his mother and his precious dog Lucy.

I felt compelled to take this portrait and adjust it so it felt more translucent, less substantive, more mysterious and ghost-like.  I added a few words and sent the message with sincere condolences to Scott and his family.

#6 Tulips Series 2018

#6 Tulips Series 2018 
Words cannot describe the magical discovery of new spring light coming in from a south window that has been dark for months.  It is nothing less than magical.

A magnetic force pulled me toward the window to admire the light, feel the warmth of the sunlight and notice the shadows coming through the sheer curtains. 

The light felt fresh and new while conversely, you could see that the tulips were starting to lower their stems, losing their strength and beginning to let go of a petal or two when they were moved, less than gently.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

#5 Tulips Series 2018

#5 Tulips Series 2018 

Before running off to work these tulips forced me to stop and admire the soft morning light and the sweet shades of gray embracing them, from curtains on the left and right and the shadow falling behind them on the wall.

Who could resist?

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

#4 Tulips Series 2018

#4 Tulips Series 2018 

I arrived home from work and saw that there was enough late afternoon light to create this still life before it was too late and the light would be gone.

Quickly pulled a pashima shawl off a chair and some poetry books off a nearby shelf and created this portrait. 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

#3 Tulips Series 2018

#3 Tulips Series 2018

Simple. Quiet. Elegance. Black. White. Gray. Light. Shadow. Texture. 

All this spoke to me in a matter of seconds and prompted me to create this still life.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

#2 Tulips Series 2018

#2 Tulips Series 2018

#1 of Tulips series

#1 of Tulips Series 2018 
What does a good photographer (me) do when guests arrive with beautiful tulips wrapped in a ribbon? 

She invites the friend's daughter, Audrey to help her pick out a pretty vase, arrange the flowers (quickly) and finally to create a still life portrait of the flowers together on the iphone.

And so began a week long connection with these beautiful tulips as the flowers changed, aged and eventually dropped their petals. Bittersweet friendship that ended too soon.

Gifted Tulips Inspired a Video and 7 Days of Images

On the eve of Easter 2018 dear friends of ours arrived with a sweet bouquet of tulips.  Strangely, this year I had intentionally chosen not to buy tulips and simply bought a mixed assortment of flowers with gerber daisies and more.

Little did I know that those tulips and I were going to have a deep connection over the next seven days that resulted in some of my best images thus far in 2018 and creation of a short video:

"One Subject
Photographed Over Seven Days"

Photos to follow in chronological order.

Hands Are Full

  petrichor   heavy in the air   fills our hands