The Weather’s Warm. Must be Time for Pictures!

Like most, I go into hibernation mode in winter. Now that the weather has decided to be cooperative and warm, I’m so excited to be out and be able to take pictures. Yesterday, I went out to a local park and snapped away.  Here are some of the shots I took. If you’d like to see the full set, check it out on Flickr here.

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Everyone has a favorite spring activity. Mine is photography. What’s yours?

Adventures in Acrylic

The art class painting away!

The art class painting away!

Back when I was a kid and classes took a regular trip to the room with paint-splattered tables, I remember loving acrylic paint: the smell, the feel of it messing up my hands, the smoothness with which it colored the canvas.  But I remember the medium not liking me very much.  Even as a wee artist, I knew I didn’t have the best sense of proportion, shading, or dimension, though I couldn’t name these terms yet.

Yesterday, I took an acrylic painting class at Art Uncorkd in Whippany, New Jersey. I walked in and found it was a nice, small gallery space with a custom framing section and plenty of room for a painting class You’re even allowed to bring a snack and some beer/wine if you like!

The class was two hours long, and the instructor was great.  She took us through a step by step process of making our own interpretation of a picture very similar to this painting:Photo Jan 22, 7 13 19 PM

I decided to do something a little different.  I essentially cut the picture in half and only painted the right half (all of those fish were intimidating!).  At first, I thought I messed up right off the bat because my light half circle of water in the middle was not blending in to well with the rest of the color I put down.  But the instructor gave me some tips to smooth it out. The rest of the class and painting all the fishies was a lot of fun!

When I first sat down in front of my blank canvas, I was prepared to create something that, while fun to paint, wouldn’t live up to my perfectionist expectations. But for the first time, I pleasantly surprised myself!  Here is my finished product:

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And here is a group shot of all the participants with the finished pieces:Photo Jan 22, 8 46 19 PM

I’m so happy with my finished piece!  So happy, in fact, that I worked up the nerve to list it in my Etsy shop, Lady Velociraptor.  Check out the listing here.

What is something new (or old) you have tried recently?  Did you like the results?

Early Spring: My Trip to Longwood Gardens

Remember those 500+ shots I mentioned in my “Boot and Blossoms” post?  Here’s a sampling of those pictures:

For the full gallery, check out my Flickr gallery here.

Do you like one or two of these shots enough to hang on your wall?  Some of these pictures are available as prints in my art Etsy store.  Check it out here! (Would you like to purchase a photo that you do not see available as a print?  Send me a message and I’d be happy to create a custom listing for you!)

25 @ 25: Boots and Blossoms

In mid-March I went to the fantabulous Longwood Gardens.  While there I took quite a few pictures (about 500 by the end of the day).  Here is one with my boots near early Spring blossoms.

Wondering what these 25 @ 25 shenanigans are about?  Read the first post here!

Want to see more of the Longwood Gardens pictures?  Check out this post!

25 @ 25: Fallen

Most portraits feature the subject’s face.  If you’ve been following my 25 @ 25 project, you know my self-portraits generally do not feature my face.  (If you’d like to find out the story behind 25 @ 25, check out the first post here)  That trend continues with this post.  I notice that I tend to feature my legs and shoes…we do so much with them!

About two weeks ago, I fell on a gravel path.  Thankfully, no bones were broken, but the fall left a pretty gnarly bruise.  I took a picture of the injury as a reminder that pain is worthy of art.  It’s also a reminder for me to slow down!