Posts Tagged ‘photography’
In The Studio
Despite the excruciating heat and laziness brought on by summer, I have managed a little time in the studio. Painting will always be my first love but recently I’ve been toying with the idea of “mixed media’ing up” a piece of furniture. As coincidence would have it, I found this beauty in my neighbors trash pile! (Oh yes! Wenders went dumpster diving.)
Atop this old school microwave stand is some of the “media” I uesd to create this:
I am still debating on whether I wanted to sell this piece or not. It is being put to good use as a bedside table for the time being. Which is making me lean toward keeping it and making more more more!
p.s. If my neighbor just happens to be reading this, I really did knock on your door to ask if I could. You didn’t answer so…well, you know the rest.
Other fabulous projects going on in the studio are all about photography. Which is leading to many exciting adventures! I LOVE capturing the happiest times and events in peoples lives. I also LOVE LOVE getting paid for it too. Therefore, I occasionally take photographer gigs. Now that Jude is getting older, is weaned and can be away from mommy for more than 5 seconds, I am hoping to take more. Currently, all proceeds are being filtered into the purchasing of more kick ass cameras and camera equipment fund. Please help an addict out and give me a shout for your next wedding, birthday, or exciting event!
Where to find the photographer of awesomeness…
The amazing Wenderflonia team (ok, my awesome Simon) is creating a separate website to exclusively feature my photography, sevices and prints. Wenderflonia.com will be more about the blog and life as an artist in general with links to all the places to find me. I am really excited about this venture and the branching of my Wenderflonia Empire….muahahahaha.
There are other aspects of photography that I am itching for more time to explore as well. The Idea of incorporating photos and mixed media art has been someting I have experimented with lately. Time and inspiration willing I hope to do more.
Love you, mean it,
What a weekend so far! So many plans for a new and improved Wenderflonia are flowing through my head. I feel the creative spark just igniting within. I just wish my time management issues and organizational skills were equally “sparky”. Being a stay at home mom AND trying to build a creative empire is TOUGH! So it goes without saying that my workspace gets a little chaotic at the moment!
I can’t even tell you what is going on in this photo except that it is a big mess!! (You don’t even want to see the table behind it either!) As you can see, there are so many exciting new projects I am working on it is hard to keep them all straight!
One exciting adventure you can look for soon is a new direction I am taking with some of my work. There will be announcements soon about a spinoff of Wenderflonia Studios which will branch out specifically with photography. There will even be a whole seperate store!….Speaking of the Wenderflonia store, that is also about to get a whole new look and home as well….. but that I will save for another day.
In the mean time here is a little taste of what I am working on.
This piece is a limited “Print and Paint” series I am doing on commission. … and that is all the details I can give for now….the sleepless one awakes…. BTW, does anyone have any tips on what to do with an insomniac one year old?!
Love you forever,
Alright, technically it isn’t Sunday anymore but dammit it is the only time I have to blog.
It has really been good to get back into the studio this week! Despite being confined to the house due to ice and snow, I have really felt the inspiration to create. I guess it is that time of year where my need to paint reawakens. That need tends to go dormant during the holiday season until mid January then comes back with a fury… right about now. In order to define myself as an artist I have to accept that I am a victim to these creative and uncreative whims…..awe hell, I resist it all the time, whatever….
SO! What is on the table for today? …..
Chaos! Pure Chaos…. I am not sure I could work on a clean surface…..This was taken at 6:30am this Sunday. I actually got up at 5:30 because the tiny sleepless one decided he needed to be awake….notice the baby monitor in the right corner….he fell back asleep and it seemed logical to just enjoy the quiet while it lasted. Honestly, it is really hard to find time to work in this house. It is filled with life, love and chaos. What it is very rarely filled with are peaceful moments to escape into artful moments. Mind, I wouldn’t change my sweet world for anything else (despite my ocasional breakdowns!). But it is REALLY is hard to find times to escape into my paintings. However, I figure there will be plenty of time for that later. Right now, I really need to enjoy the babyness of my baby and the tenagerness of my teenager and support BFS in all the amazing things he gets up to. In the mean time I will paint when I can paint and dream about a studio in a remote location….
I have several paintings I wish I could reveal, but until all commissions are delivered I must keep them under wraps. I am experimenting with a few new techniques and have much to accomplish before mid-march when I launch a new face and storefront for Wenderflonia (and possibly another branch off that specifically emphasizes my photos). But enough of that, just know there are so many things whirling around in my head at the moment, and I will share in all due time but the mean time I am working, working, working. I feel I should also let you know I have been working to the inspiration of all the Armageddon movies we have in our dvd collection. So far I have watched: Zombieland, Independence Day, 12 Monkeys, Armageddon, Mama Mia (Not sure how that fits), and 2012. Not sure why, but I did. I also just realized that Bruce Willis and Woody Harrelson are in a lot of apocalyptically themed movies.
The one thing I do know for absolute certain is that there better be no more snow days! I love love love my boys but a week stuck in the house has left my floors in desperate need of mopping and no one will sit still long enough for me to do that. Also, Parker needs a more formal education than learning how to create a bobsled runway out of the driveway…..although he was really good at it.
Full of love and ready for an adventure,
It was a beautiful spring day (except for the winds), so I spent a little time checking on all the growing and goings on outside. PCH was outside as well, playing in the water. Give this kid a water hose and he is literally entertained for hours. He was busy arranging rocks and putting the hose on them making fountains. I, of course got the camera and captured the moment.
Watching my normally moody preteen jump with abandon really reminded me to appreciate how fortunate we have been in life. We have been blessed with freedom and the ability to express joy. I pray his world stays that way forever. In the mean time, we shall splash away, and cherish the good times.
It really has been a busy few weeks. I’m not even sure if I have managed to accomplish anything besides mismanaged multitasking. Och, well. Despite this, I am still trying to click away with the camera. I think my photography skills are improving, or should that be my photo SHOP skills?! Since amateur is the key word in my photographic title, it isn’t too much of a heartbreak if I can’t quite get that expert shot. Today’s photographs are ones that I find interesting, not necessarily because of the skill and quality, but because of the grit or contradiction they represent. Feel free to comment on the photos below and let me know how much of my BS you buy.
It is always fun to find two things that contradict each other and make them be together. It is like forcing the eye to accept differences. It is my belief that if the world had less contradictions it would be more tolerant. Artistically, this is my favorite concept. Therefore, put the things that don’t belong until they match.
This was taken through an old window, frosted with age, out at the Farm. It gives the photo a timeless quality. I like how the light plays off the faucet and dripping water. I get a sense of sadness or loneliness viewed from the outside.
I haven’ posted a picture of the day in a while, so I felt it was time to delve through the pics and deliver some photographic goodness. P was the judge and jury tonight and, little did he know, he chose the photo that HE actually took! I’d forgotten I had this pic. Normally, I would have erased ANY close-up pictures of myself, but for some odd reason I like it. Despite looking old and haggard, I think the composition is great. P has a wonderful eye and one of these days….next week sometime…I will post a :”P’s Pictures of Awsumness Blog”. So without further ado…..
Black and White is Happy
by the Parkenator
The rest, the runners up, are my work. I especially love this shot of my niece. Everyone loves pictures of babies, right? This picture could have gone a little portraity on me, but looking from the perspective of her big O’ bald head just seems soft, and innocent. I was afraid the camera’s shutter click would wake her, and ruin my shot and my peace and quiet. I was absolutely right, and was lucky the first one was a good one.
I couldn’t post a picture of the day without including a pretty flower.
I was, once again, playing around with some lighting effects. Shockingly, I had white tulips on hands (cuz they’re not one of my favorites or anything). So I thought, “How about absence of color, color?”. I think it turned out nice. I really am wanting to improve my macro shooting. So if anyone has any suggestions, hints, tips, anything….lemme know.
To me, photography isn’t necessary the image itself but the emotion each image creates. Sure, some of the images can be a little generic. I mean, how many gnarly trees can one see before it’s just a tree? Nope, trees are like people. Each are different. Each one reflects the mood in which he is surrounded. My trees were having a meet-up along an old fence. The fence kept noting in particular in or out, but these old men trees were keeping watch.
Hmmmm… I wonder if I have an obsession with flowers.
So what is better than one TwoLip?……TU TwoLips!
I’m doing pretty good in not letting the camera pick my settings for me. No Auto for me! Therefore, lots and lots of practice is needed. So, today’s photo challenge was to play around with light sources. Practicing with light was a very important lesson. I experimented with natural light, flash, and some seriously powerful construction lamps. I was totally pleased with the results and had a serious problem picking the day’s winner.
Obviously there are runners up!
Maybe it is just the subject matter, but today’s shots, in my opinion, turned out fantabulistikly, and I so felt the passion. I’m finding that the ol’ intuition is comming back as well……..maybe.
This is such a great picture and I can’t even claim it as my own. However, since it was shot using my camera, I’m posting it on my site. Way to capture Tasha’s loving adoration for you Simon! I just love her expression. This is definitely the clear winner.
T-Dawg: by Simon
Following the theme of nosy perspectives, I added a few runners-up from a set that I took today. I had a great time clicking away at my noisy, nosy cows, and I think they actually had a better time posing for the camera than I had taking the photographs! It seemed that the lower or higher I positioned myself, the more curious they became. Clearly to them, the camera was a magic food dispensing device. Never-the-less, I found their expressions absolutely hysterical, yet very majestic in their Cowishness. +10 for the Moo Cows!
To See More Moo Cows: http://picasaweb.google.com/wenderflonium/MooCows#