Fairy series... why? I have no idea why - I have never been the dress up girl! But when I was with the wonderful Julianne Jonker
studying in May I found myself drawn to her magical closet of fairy outfits... I had totally ignored them four years ago. This time it was a magnetic pull.
I wondered why... and now I think some light has been shed. When I first met my husband it was a magical time in New Zealand, where in the woods when it rains the greens are so vibrant, the moss glows and the feeling of magic permeates the air. We used to joke about pixies in the woods and the magic of the elves. I was a huge fan of Lord of the Rings!!
Anyway the symbolism of the fairy folk - the magic of the ways all intrigues me. But really the essence behind the pull is the excitement of a new journey, the vision of where I can go and the magic of a new beginning. Enjoy!!
Here is a sweet girl who modeled for us on the bridge in Julianne's yard.
This shows the power of vision. This would be my disenchanted fairy!! Sometimes the new way is not always easy. This was the image straight out of camera (SOCC) but I knew where I wanted to go....
When you get to study with an artist like Julianne - other amazingly talented people also go. So this workshop was a great in connecting with others and learning from them. Al DaValle
kindly showed me some new tricks in Lightroom and this is the image after his tweaks... He had no clue why I wanted to keep going with this... but sometimes its all about the idea in your head and just playing...
Here is the final image, inspired by the wonderful work of Kamil Vojnar
The final piece was printed on Japanese rice paper and mounted to a wood board which I then textured and overlayed.... but I can't implant that to a website - basically its this with more!!
So thank you for your time and joining on the pursuit of new visions. Have a wonderful day - Crackle
I can not believe it is already July... in fact almost July 4th. So wishing you all a very Happy and Safe Independence day.
Even though I was not born American (though I am now a citizen!!) The holiday always strikes a cord with me, as it was on July 4, that I board a plane in London to leave on a year's travel around the world. Who would have guessed that I would just keep going and home would become a number of places! Best of all is the one in the Last Best Place, Montana! And this marks year 25 of travel.
This is definitely a great state to celebrate independence day - though stay safe and no fireworks due to the fire restrictions this year!
If you have a senior in 2015-2016 its time to start thinking about their senior pictures.
We can do them at the lake
On location in Missoula
Capture your moments in a way that is true to you
But mostly I want to create portraits that reflect who you are, and that you have a fun time creating them.
Enjoy the fun time with family this weekend,
And celebrate the joy of every moment
And soak up the magnificent vistas of this place we call home.
OMG I just looked it has been since October that I have appeared on my own blog... how lame is that... I do know that I declared a void of social media and websites for the first quarter of this year, but apparently I have been more errant in my ways than I wanted to admit.
So now I am re-emerging from the worm hole!! HELLO WORLD!!! I have been in deep thought of direction to take my photography. The studio is listed for sale
and this is freeing up my mind.
So a large part of this first part of the year has seen me pursuing my passion for fine art. I began the year just by cleaning house. Then I was lucky enough to go to California and study again with the wonderful Joyce Wilson
. This is the fourth time I have spent time with Joyce and it was more than wonderful. We played with alternative processes and I found my spark for passion and enthusiasm for play reignite.
My total passion is now creating images that look totally old school. The process is called Photogravure - basically your take your image and then create a digital negative. From here you transfer your image to a metal plate which you then ink and then place the ink plate with a fine art paper on top in a press and roll the press over it... then the image transfers - its totally magic and I love it!!! So anyone wanting to gift me a press - please feel free!!! Here is an example of the Photogravure process.
Here is the finished image, however shown here you can't see the cool indent from the press and the finished framed image is impactful and beautiful... ah makes my heart sing!!
Another playful thing is Encaustics... By adding pigment to wax which you warm you can basically paint on your medium of choice. This creates images of depth and luminosity - its so much fun!! Here is an example from that venture... more drying here in my house as I type.
So Art is becoming a more integral part of my ongoing business. Creating unique pieces of finished art has always been a goal of mine for each client. But I am now looking for ways to further create art from the heart for your home that is totally a more artistic process.
So we have our very own elf workshop here in Missoula. If you ever go to Noteworthy right on Higgins by the Wilma, you may be unaware that there is a huge amount of magic going on downstairs. Amy and Taylor have some great old old school printing presses and all kinds of cool things and this is where the magic happens. This is where they design, create and make hand made cards, invitations, menus, anything you can imagine you may want that involves paper and a press.
Whats more they are up for as an American Made Finalist with Martha Stewart - so give our hometown ladies some love and HEAD ON OVER AND VOTE!!!
So here is a short video of the happy elves at work
Thanks to senior portraits for Olivia Valentine earlier in the year I got to meet her sister the lovely Victoria. We did some simple headshots for her entry to Miss Montana.
I am delighted to say that yesterday Victoria was Crowned Miss Montana 2014, Congratulations Victoria! You can see her win here