Photography Club

Photography Club

About a year ago I found a really great photography club at Meetup – it’s a social calendar type website where you can find people in your town who share the same interests you do and get together in person.  We meet once a month and always have an “assignment.”  We all take pictures for the assignment then share it at our monthly meet-up.  It’s great to see how different people interpret the same thing.  This month’s assignment was “100 feet from your door.”

If anyone hadn’t noticed, it’s winter outside!  And I hate winter!  So going out into the cold to compose shots and play with my camera was not something I looked forward to.  But I got a few shots of the Christmas lights I have in my yard. Thought I’d share them with you here.

Even though they are dark, I love that the texture in the bark of the tree is so interesting.

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Inspiration – Art Journaling

Inspiration – Art Journaling

I’ve been glued to my computer for the past several days searching out inspirational websites, blogs and art galleries in my quest to be more creative this year. Thankfully I have a little Netbook mini laptop so when I’m out and about away from my creating-space, I can still be inspired by art.  I’m in awe of what I’m finding and my list of “want to try” stuff is growing by leaps and bounds!

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Budding flower – from photowalk at Bay City State Park, Michigan

Today’s Inspiration – Art Journaling
I’ve always wanted to start an art journal – and I have started a couple time, half-heartedly.  But it seems that I have this FEAR of letting go and just creating with abandon.  I guess you could say I like things to be planned out and lined up.  I need to “see” the finished project in my head before I start, so when the idea of an art journal comes into play I realize that much of the control is taken away and I just have to let it happen as it happens.  But I’ve found some inspiration to help me get started:

Samantha Kira — The Journal Girl — She has a beautiful blog about her art journals (and various other creations) and she’s recently been published in the Art Journaling magazine.  I discovered her blog through her videos on YouTube.  Here’s one of her demonstrations on how to create layers of color on an art journal page.  Check out the rest of her videos too – she’s adorable and fun and silly and oh-so inspiring.

Millande — Millande — I’ve just barely scratched the surface with all Millande has to offer.  So far I’ve already fallen in love with this lady from the United Kingdom and just can’t get enough of her drawing, painting and art journaling. I also found her originally on YouTube – you have to watch her series on ZenDoodling 1 2 3 4 – simply amazing and inspiring!  She’s also beginning an art journal project for 2010 and is showing videos of her progress.  She’s also got an art community, but I haven’t explored that yet.

Diana TroutJournal Spilling – I found her book at Barnes & Noble a couple weeks ago while I was still contemplating this whole Create challenge.  I looked through it while I was enjoying my Starbucks, but didn’t buy it then.  Yesterday I went back and bought it.  OMG!  This book is packed with serious inspiration.  I love that she walks you through, step by step, on all the materials, supples and techniques to get started with art journaling. She issues challenges and then tells you how to accomplish them.  So glad I bought this book.  She also has a website that is touted as “bare bones at the moment” – can’t wait to see what else will be added.

YouTube – I did a search for “art journaling” on YouTube and was amazed at what I discovered. Literally thousands of videos from artists all over the world.  Then once you find an artist that intrigues you, check out all their other videos to see what else they show.  And most of these artists have blogs or websites… so then you run over to their site and see what else they are creating.  It’s addicting and amazing and inspiring.  Plus, the great thing about watching someone else create pages in their art journal is that it seems less intimidating in a way.  You see the steps they take and understand how it works and you want to get your paints out and play, play, play!

I’m going to go play now.  I’ll share with you what I create later.

~Pam

Santa Train

Santa Train

Today is New Year’s Eve and I’m hanging out with Grandma tonight.  Tomorrow is our final family Christmas celebration and Grandma wanted to make the little favors for the dinner table.  So together we made some Santa Trains made out of candy.

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Use double-sided tape to hold all the parts together.  Start out with a pack of gun as the base.  Add two mini candy bars taped together to form the engine at the front and a caramel on the back as the base of the smoke stack. A Hershey’s Kiss makes the smoke stack.  Add pepperment candies and mints as wheels.  And a chocolate santa sits in the engineer’s seat front and center.

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Grandma had fun making the Santa Trains.  She was laughing at me for taking pictures of her and the candy.  We didn’t sneak too many “tastes” — gotta make sure the chocolate is good quality, ya know.
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I love my Grandma’s hands.  So much experience and wisdom.  She’s usually got her nails painted all pretty, looks like a manicure is in order for later.

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It didn’t take us too long to finish the whole bunch of them. Just needed 25 so each family member could have one of their own – young and old alike.

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Hydrangea

Hydrangea

For the past several years my passion for photography has grown. This shot of a dried hydrangea in Frankenmuth, Michigan is one of my favorites from this past year.

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