Art in Still Life

Art enables us to find ourselves
and lose ourselves at the same time.

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It’s winter here in NJ and we are expecting snow by tomorrow morning.  Winter is my least favorite season, after Christmas the scenery is very plain and gray, such a let down after seeing so many beautiful lights for weeks.  Even with the snow, it’s a very drab time of year.  So, to brighten my day I bought some daisies, daisies are such happy flowers for me and always brighten my mood.  I played around with arranging these very happy daisies and my newest addition, my teapot.  I’ve been looking everywhere for just the perfect teapot, and I believe I found it.  Along with the newest addition, is a very old teacup.  This teacup was given to my daughter (by me) for her 10th birthday.  Double digits is a huge event in a little girl’s life.  She had this amazing tea party, where all of the little girls dressed up and had tea and cookies.  It was nearly 15 years ago and I still remember how sweet they all were and oh how fashionable too!

This particular photograph was taken at 6:00 in the evening, with the sun already down and no natural light to be found, I was forced to use artificial lighting.  Not my favorite kind of lighting, but when you get home and it’s already dark you aren’t left with much of a choice.  However, I try to make the photographs shot in studio lighting look as natural as possible.  I also have found, that I like the mixture of patterns in my designs.  Time was, that everything had to match, but today, photographers and artists alike, are mixing their favorite items with each other.  For me, this brings meaning to many aspects of my photograph.  Incorporating items that have special memories and adding new items which will make new memories is a recipe for a very special photograph.

So, if you find yourself feeling a bit down because you too live in the East where the weather is not sunny and warm, find an item that makes you happy (even if it’s daisies) and surround yourself with it.  You will be very happy you did.  To see more of my work, please visit my website.

Until next time …Deb

Do you ever find that you have no creativity in you? That is the way I’ve been feeling the past few days. We took a little break over the holidays from the blog and then getting back into it has been a challenge. 🙂

Sitting at my daughter’s house, watching my grandchildren, I began to look around for something to create art with. Not being in my own home also makes being artful hard. But then I found this vase, and I love the view off her back patio, especially this time of year when the tree is bare and the light finds its way through the branches in a much easier way. The slated railing also adds interest to this already eye catching background.

Sometimes finding your creativity in the moment, requires just taking a moment … a moment to ponder and to breathe …

Once it’s there, there is a feeling of peace and satisfaction that comes over you like a gentle wave washing over your feet.

Camera settings: 28-75mm lens at 57 mm, with the exposure at 1/45 sec at f/2.8, ISO 1000.

Thanks for looking and listening. To see more of my work you can click here.


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