Friday, August 29, 2014

What I do to stir up some creative juices

    I took a trip to Hobby Lobby yesterday. I mean, it was so close to the bank errand that I had to run, and I had a stinkin coupon. Okay, so one thing that I do when I'm in a bit of a rut is to browse Michael's, HL or Joann's. Just to see all the crafts and, well ummm, stuff helps kick my creative mojo into gear.  So I bought a white Faber Castell marker and a banner die cut ( those are expensive so I figured I didn't want to waste my 40% coupon on a marker so that's my reasoning on the die cut. Don't judge. lol) I have to tell you, that my purchases really didn't inspire me to do anything but I did feel happy that I got them. I'm a borderline hoarder.
    Last night, I was lounging and I picked myself up and went into my studio and got out my art journal. Still not feeling inspired, I forced myself to get some paint on the page. I have to say, that it was therapeutic just to swipe the brush across the page. I manage to get a nice smooth background before heading back upstair to tuck in my girl. 
    This morning, I looked at my journal and was happy with the little progress that I had accomplished the night before. I had no idea of what I was going to paint. Usually when I start a page or a canvas I have a pretty good idea of what I'm going to do. Today, I just flew by the seat of my pants. Here are a few photos of what went on today in the studio.



  First two photos I freelensed and the last one was was just a regular shot. I have loved quotes for as long as I can remember. This quote always comes to mind when I think about what I want to achieve.

"Dreams only work if you do."

Keep moving forward even if it's the tiniest step ever!
L

A Session with Horses.

 Just finished up shooting a family session last week. I first have to say that there were horses involved. If you know me, I am a tiny bit fearful of horses. Don't get me wrong, I think they are beautiful creatures and I have been sort of dying to do a shoot with them.
    So these horses could sense my fear. They couldn't take their eyes off me. I tried really hard only to click the shutter button when the shot was there, because they would hear it and flinch. I think they were probably just curious about what I was doing. All in all it was really fun and I had a blast with the Whitten Family.









 

On a side note, the kids started school this past Tuesday! (I'm secretly cheering, "yeah" in my head) I really need to get back to my jewelry making.  Lots of things I need to do.

"It’s Not The Will To Win, But The Will To Prepare To Win That Makes The Difference"               
XOXO,
L

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Exactly.....

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Since I've been trying my hand at freelensing, I have gained a new excitement about photography! Seriously I can't get over how much I love the way  freelensing photography looks. I see a new lens in my future. Have my eye on the Composer Pro 80 Optic Lensbaby. I think I'll feel more comfortable not taking my lenses off. I remember my camera class instructor telling us that Lensbaby lenses were junk, so I never really looked at them. But  I think it's something I want to get, because I LOVE the effect! Okay, here's my project 365 for today, that I took freelensing. (I just converted to black and white.) I'm feeling excited about photography again!


Billy Graham

Happy Tuesday, 
L

Monday, August 18, 2014

Freelensing


    Trying something totally new.  A couple of weeks ago I took a good long, okay maybe not long, look at my project 365. And I asked myself, "am I stretching myself?" I felt myself in a bit of a rut. What does my photos say about me? My photos tell me that, number one, I love faces, plain and simple. Secondly, I love to tell a story with photos. I know that it is kind of hard to do with Project 365, that's the main reason why I like to share albums that tell of a day or memory I'd like to remember. And lastly my photos have been telling me that there's so much more that I want to learn and explore about photography. 





    
I have been trying to take photos of things that I normally don't care to. Maybe because I just don't want to take a pretty photo and call it a day. I have been trying to shoot in impossible light or low lighting. Changing up my usual composing. Breaking the rule of thirds whenever possible.  I've also been trying to find my black and white path. And I've even been trying my hand in freelensing. Okay, I'm not a pro at it by any means, but I LOVE the different effect it gives. So the opposite of the clean edits. But I just find them so much more interesting.  

Don't judge me. Lol! I'm going to figure it out. This is the 5th year of Project 365, and I vow to put in the work. Looking forward to the September Lighting class.

   "Create the things you wish existed."
 and
" Old ways won't open new doors"
It's a two quote posting day. lol


XOXO, 
L