Inside Out – New Perspective

Summer trips took us coast to coast  this summer. Always a sucker for a good flower photo I tried something new this year looking from the inside of the plant out…a bit tricky when thorns are involved!

 

Virginia Knock-Out RosesIMG_0515

 

California Figs & Succulents

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California Columbine

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Pennsylvania Peionies

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New York Million Bells

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North Carolina Smoke Plant

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A Year of Painting – Half full

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am participating in an online course by Alena Hennessy called A Year of Painting. I thought that since June marks our half way through the year mark I would do a gallary of my paintings.

Alena has done a great job of inspiring, pacing and opening up the class up creatively to new ideas and for me new mediums and surfaces. I have enjoyed the intuitive approach she presents and her supportive nature.

Here are my samples from the past six months…

 

1)  IntentionsIMG_3333

2)   playing with ink & paintIMG_0552

 

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3)   masking

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4)  soul collageIMG_3561

 

 

5)   magic facesIMG_3583

 

6)   glitter love bombIMG_0550

7)   botanical beautyIMG_0363

 

8)   animal spirit guideIMG_0601

 

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust

 

 

 

 

BlueBlueBlue!

I am continuing a study of color that started last month with a pop of red.

 

This time it I am feeling blue!

 

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One of my all time favorite colors…I love everything from the sea to the sky.P1000015

looking up has always been fun to find the blue blanket that wraps around usIMG_1291 IMG_1292

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blue accents are always alluringIMG_1299 IMG_4072 IMG_1053IMG_2298

from nature to architecture blue is always a calming but dramatic touchIMG_0482 IMG_0481 P1000909 IMG_1306 P1000538 IMG_4243

 

go and be blue!

Chihuly in the Desert

A recent trip to Scottsdale, AZ gave me the opportunity to see this amazing Chihuly exhibit.

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The Desert Botanical Gardens of Phoenix did not disappoint!

The glass installments were amazing untoo themselves in daylight -seeing how they interacted with the desert environment …   IMG_4473      IMG_0276  …entangled with cactus and contrasted against the mountains and blue sky …IMG_0285

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But to stay till dusk and see them illuminated was spectacular!IMG_0296The scenes were transformed into a magical surreal world that amazed at every turn.IMG_4562 IMG_4561IMG_4547

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We took a break at the gardens restaurant …IMG_0290 …not a Chihuly but fun in its own special way   :D

The Desert Delights Abound!IMG_4496 IMG_4495 IMG_4492

A Night of Art and Charity

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I will be participating in an art show here in Northern Virginia and would love to get the word out to the community that this event is happening. It is a night filled with art from 7pm – 10pm you can take in a juried art exhibit (purchase the art!), poetry reading storytelling and theatrical perfomers ….and there’s wine!

It all supports the Fairfax County organization:  Our Daily Bread, which provides help to struggling residents int he Fairfax County area.

It will be May 2, 7-10pm at  the Sherwood Center in Fairfax City

http://www.odbfairfax.org/sites/default/files/documents/30thAnnivCallforArtistsExtend3-25-14.pdf

A little Pop of Red!

  Just thought I’d have a little fun with looking at color and start off  with Red – the color of love, passion, and in the Chineses culture – happiness.

  Red – the color of love, passion, and in the Chineses culture – happiness.

I’ve always gone with the rule of everything needs a little pop of red somewhere!

 I was inspired by this photo that I found on my favorite music blog….;). and this started the blog rolling!Bonaroo http://trackunknown.com/

Bonaroo

http://trackunknown.com/

 then I found a two others – Thanks to Shannon for sharing! 

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Milk Music Photo by Shannon Murphy Track:UnknownBlog

Yeah Yeah Yeah Photo courtesy of Track:UnknownBlog

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Photo courtesy of Track:UnknownBlog

 

 

Then I searched through my own photos and here’s what I collected:

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artist : Mann Ray 1941

artist : Mann Ray 1941

Go Look for your Pop of Red!!!!

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