One of the great things about having a cell phone is that a camera is always with me. Perhaps not as versatile as my regular camera with it’s interchangeable lenses but the important thing is that it’s there. Whenever I’m walking or wandering about and see amazing pattern or colors I can take them home with me and they end up in my work. Lots of times we might be on a road trip or other planned event and I take my camera and sometimes images happen and sometimes they don’t but my cell is always with me capturing serendipitous unplanned moments of wonder. Here are a few from this summer. Some from Colorado, some from New England, some from walks in the Wissahickon here at home in Philadelphia.
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The textures and colors can keep me busy sketching and drawing for days, weeks, and much longer as my head swims with ideas for paint and fiber translations.
Every year between Christmas and New Years I like to taste the ocean – sort of touching the rest of the world and reminding my self that there’s more to life than the day to day! Not that I mind my day to day—I love my work and I enjoy teaching but by the end of the year I need recharging and there’s nothing like an empty beach – or nearly empty beach with endless waves to do that.
The light keep changing – sparkling off the waves. Almost every image I took had a different feeling.
At first it looked like the beach had very little on it but there are always treasures if you keep looking—this single leaf, a broken shell here, another there. My gift for the day was Orange, orange stones, orange shell bits, stripes and patterns of all sorts! These will show up in studies of stripes, of curves in my little tapestries, perhaps even paintings…they fill my dreams!
More textures and patterns.
It was a beautiful day—not too cold for late Dec. Sun in and out—always changing— clean, crisp fresh air—this will keep me working for a while!
And we like to end this yearly tradition with a crock of chili and a beer at Charlie’s in Somers Point, NJ. Oh, and the ocean tasted salty!
Came back from Maine with lots of rock images which I thought would make good iPhone cases and the like. So… I opened a site at Society6 to showcase the work. Here are a few of the cases. I like the contrast of the rocks and technology.
These were all studies of rocks
These designs and others also come in framed prints and lap-top cases and skins.
They are available with other images at my shop on Society6.
Another Working Vacation. This time a long weekend to Vermont to work on our portfolios.
We stayed at the Maple Leaf Inn in Barnard, VT—a wonderful Inn run by Nancy and Mike Boyle about 10 miles or so from Woodstock, located at the end of a long drive into the woods. Very comfy, great breakfasts, Beckett the guard dog, and terrific hosts made busy days fly by.
Maple Leaf Inn
Very quiet and surrounded by flowers it was perfect for our plans to head in different directions each day.
The clematis was outside the breakfast room window. So pretty
Sunday we headed west and hiked up to photograph.
Looking past my shoes to the mountains from the top of our hike.
And Monday we headed north and hiked down.
Texas Falls in Hancock, VT
(This beautiful area was severely damaged by Hurricane Irene but is now open to hikers once more.)
Lots of good images, lots of sore muscles (the inn’s whirlpool bath was great), and lots to work on now that we are home.
A month ago my husband was hospitalized with a seriously infected knee joint and I spent many hours visiting. These photos were all taken and adjusted with my iPhone and various photo apps. I really don’t like spending time in hospitals even as a visitor, but . . .
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Last fall I drew a pumpkin a day for the month of October. I used my iPad with the app Sketchbook Pro and drew them all with my finger. I have also down loaded their mobile app for my iPhone and have been experimenting with that. I went to a lecture by Dan Marcolina who has done a lot of work with photographs on the iPhone and with different apps to manipulate images. (He has a book on the subject, iPhone Obsessed: Photo editing experiments with Apps.)
Sooooo, I’ve been playing with my phone. In addition to Sketchpook pro which lets one add photos to layers to use with their drawing tools, I’ve downloaded Tiffen’s Photo fx which contains all sorts of filters, grain presets, etc, etc, etc! There are so many other apps but this is where I’ve begun.
Working with iPhone photos and apps.