Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Week in Photography & Art

It was a busy week for both Photography and Art!


I have now been published locally, nationally and internationally!
This week I received my copy of Explore Your Somerset Routes from the lovely Natalie who works for the Somerset Heritage Center in Great Britain and puts together their annual guidebook. My image of The Chalice Well in Glastonbury is featured in the guidebook and now millions of travelers will see it as they browse through and plan their holiday!
Since I'm a Anglophile in my heart (I have English ancestors after all!), I'm honored to be included!

Somerset holds a special place in my heart as I spent nearly a week there with my mother during one of my birthdays, which happens to be exactly on the Spring Equinox. I was in Glastonbury and climbed the Tor which has many, many magnetic lay lines running through it. I spent about half an hour alone at the top. Just me, the wind and the incredible amount of energy that surrounds it. It really was a magical time. We stayed in Wells and in addition to Glastonbury, we also toured Cheddar and Wookey Hole, which to my delight we had all to ourselves! If you would like to see all my images from Somerset, click here to be taken to my Flickr set.

This week I had a very special outing to Butterfly World to capture a commissioned image. It was a successful trip and I came home with the perfect capture for the client. I can't share the image quite yet as the client will be giving them as Christmas gifts but as soon as I'm given the okay, I will be making the image available as note cards and will be sure to post it here too! Until then, enjoy this one taken during the outing. I love the colors. And the quote is so true, although I don't get a "true" fall down here.

Autumn is second Spring where every leaf is a flower.
~Albert Camus~

 It was a great week for art too. I almost managed to squeeze art into every day this week. I also enjoyed a Creative Saturday with Martina (Lita took some down time but will be seeing her next weekend for a photo outing) where she worked on a beautiful acrylic painting and I began a large mixed media piece about the Spirit of Adventure.  Here are some of the artful things from this week:
The Elfin Dance

Livin' in a Fishbowl 

This is a Zentangle. Who knew there was an actual word for this art form I've been doing since I was a kid! This is what I do when I want to relax but need to have a pen in my hand at the same time. There is no thinking with this kind of drawing. It's doodling in a mediative state. In other words, very relaxing. I even discovered that they have books for learning how to Zentangle. I had no idea these even existed before this week. I was browsing art books on Amazon and the cover caught my eye. I've put them on my wish list. Of course now I must have one, or two. :)

Mandrake Root
Using re-purposed jars (the one in the pic used to be an Artichoke jar), I made up several of these Harry Potter themed Potion jars. I made a few today for a friend and the one above will be available in my Etsy store just in time for Halloween or the opening next month of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (so excited!) Thanks to Anna at Frosted Petunias for the idea. It's another great way to reduce my contribution to the landfill. :) 

Martina's piece in progress

The colors on Martina's palette 

I now am offering LE Artist Cards of some of my photography and art. You can visit my store at ArtCardsWanted to purchase one or more! Each is numbered, signed and come in a protective sleeve.

This upcoming week I hope to finish the mixed media piece and have a photo outing to catch some Halloween spooks. I will also be posting some new Halloween stock this week up on my Deviant Art site. Thanks for visiting and I hope you all have a wonderfully creative week!


Alex said...

What an accomplishment! You are talented beyond words.
Your mandrake root is too cute. Who would have thought that was once an artichoke jar. Great details.
I'm looking forward to the special capture taken at the butterfly garden.

Laura said...

Aw, Thanks! Isn't the jar great? Fun to do also. The butterfly image is now off to the client so hopefully soon I can post a pic of it!