Friday, November 20, 2015

New Painting

"Revival" / $400 (SOLD)

12 x 16
Acrylic on canvas
A lively abstract under a satin finish 

This is my first painting in over a year. The artist in me happily took a back seat while I focused on education and a new endeavor, but the personal challenges I faced in October meant it was time for a creative revival. I felt renewed the moment this painting was finished, and its energy went to work immediately... it already has a home. :)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Real Estate Photo Shoot

It's great when you can combine your talents within a single profession which is what happened this past week... I was offered my first property (a small condo) shoot for MLS purposes. I've done multiple property shoots in the past, but I was really excited about this opportunity given I just started my new career as a real estate broker.

My approach is different than typical property photo companies in that I don't use a wide angle lens. While I understand why that type of lens is commonplace (and at times absolutely necessary), my goal with this shoot was no different than any other... to create an accurate depiction of the subject matter using the same lens I always use, combined with an editing style that brings each image to the next level.

This was a north facing unit which meant finding and creating light throughout the property... I was really pleased with the end result as was the fellow agent who was my client. This shoot involved teamwork and creative input from each us, making it a positive and rewarding experience. And best of all... the seller loves the images which is a great feeling, because I put my heart into everything I do.

View the Monaco Place shoot image gallery here

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Maternity Photo Shoot

Earlier this month I was offered a last minute opportunity for a maternity shoot. I only had one day open the week I was contacted, so we did the shoot just three days before the scheduled delivery of her twins. We hadn't met before and didn't have time to meet in advance, but it was a relaxed and fun shoot. We kept it casual and shot in and around her home... I was grateful that she trusted me and felt comfortable with my approach. The results were beautiful, but it helped that she was amazingly photogenic. Here are a few of my favorites images:


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ArtReach Dine & D'art 2015

This marks the third year I've happily donated one of my paintings to this wonderful organization. They offer amazing programs, and it's been an honor to participate. The VIP Preview Party was held last week, and the Dine & D'art event has typically been held in the spring but will take place in September. The good news is that we won't have to worry about snow this year. :)

Date:  Saturday, September 26th
Time:  6:30 - 10:30pm
Location:  Vehicle Vault, Parker, CO

12" x 16"
Mixed media on canvas

Celebration is a captivating blend of acrylics, sparkling enamel, and Champagne metal caps. 
Related link: Dine & D'art 2014

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Bookmobile and a Finished Short Story

The Bookmobile is one of my happy childhood memories. I remember how it felt to watch it roll into the neighborhood community center parking lot at the bottom of the hill. Even though those memories are forty years old, I can still see and smell the inside of the bus as if it were yesterday. Books brought me joy and, whether they were my own or from a library, some of my favorites growing up include Little Bunny Follows His Nose, The Little Prince, The Velveteen Rabbit, Winnie-the-Pooh, The Calculating Cat Returns, Charlotte's Web, The Halloween Tree, When The Tripods Came, and my absolute favorite: A Wrinkle in Time.

Sadly, even though reading inspired me and a friend enough to open our own book share library out of the basement, I lost interest in my love of reading as I grew older and life became more chaotic. 

Thankfully, in December of last year, I made the decision to start reading again. Since then, I've finished fifteen books and started a new one last night. These past few months have been a constant reminder that reading ignites our imaginations and, depending on the books selected, is one of the best tools to assist us in personal growth and the advancement of our own evolution.

One of the self-help books I read last month helped me narrow the focus of my passions. To my surprise, one of things that came out of that process was my desire to be writer. I was encouraged by several teachers in college to continue writing, but my lack of confidence closed the door on that dream long ago. Thankfully, my new perspective nudged me to revisit and finish a short story that I started 16 years ago. I can proudly say that the sense of accomplishment that came from completing it means as much as the content itself. While it's only a short story, it represents an extension of myself that holds great meaning. 

The target audience for this short story, which I'm considering making a series, is for young readers but is a heartwarming read that has the capacity to appeal to all ages. It's the story of bringing my first pet home.  

Do you have a secret passion that was swept under the rug? If so, would you choose to revisit it if you came to realize it was still close to your heart after nearly two decades? Feel free to share your comments and experiences below! 

"Loving Libbey - The Greatest Day" is available at the Kindle Store on Amazon for just $1.99. Thank you... Enjoy! Xo

Belle (also features in the story), me, and Libbey in 1979