Saturday, May 19, 2012

changing pace

ah, summer.  when my pace changes, allowing more time to play and process.
learning about light and focus with the camera.
It is finally making sense (big, happy sigh).  Which button does what?  Where is that button? Moving from "point and shoot" to "I want to do this".  I still can't talk the photographers lingo, but I can make my camera do some things instead of being at the whim of "automatic."

Knowing how to change the focus point. 

Under the leaves.
Finding the "ah-ha" moment.

rock focus, spring green

what's your learning?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Newest Obsession - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Read this article about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Paint? No prep work? This has my name written all over it.  AND - a cute shop, in a small warehouse nearby, sells the paint!  The following weekend - I was there, 15 minutes before they opened, waiting in the parking lot. Note: I don't do anything with furniture other than dust it once in a while, so this paint stuff is easy peasy.

French Linen paint color.

Harvest table that my husband and his mom stained years and years and years ago.  Well, maybe not THAT long ago...but pretty darn close.  Those legs belong to my daughter, the "we" part of this post.

Once we saw how easy it was to paint the table, I started looking around for other options.  So, we painted two of these little ragtag tables that have been around for years and look pretty sad.  We also painted an old waste basket and a small wooden step ladder that had once been red, but was very weathered after living outside for years.

These are the brushes we used.  We didn't paint the place where the table leaf lifts up (have no idea what that place is called).  We were worried if we painted it, the leaf wouldn't open properly.  We also left the underside of the table with the original stain.  My daughter said that way we leave the part that her dad and grandmother did and combined it with the part she and I did.  She has already claimed she gets to inherit anything she helps paint.  Hmmm, that could be an issue with the other sisters.

Waxing tools.  The Little Black Chair

Table in the foyer.  I was a bit chicken to rough the table up much.  May go back and remove more paint later.

View with the underside of the table that isn't painted.

The ragtag table looking pretty darned nice.

The confession:  We painted things until we ran out of paint. I have been to the store 3 times in one week to buy more paint - Old White and Arles.  A persistent voice in my head keeps saying "Oh, that would look nice painted." Tomorrow (Mother's Day) my daughters and I will be painting more furniture.

Today I registered for the Annie Sloan paint class.  
Paint me obsessed.

I am not connected with Annie Sloan paints or The Little Black Chair - just an excited customer.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Warm Mother Nature weather
shares a plethora of daffodils
for the passersby.

On a walk
before the sun is up.
With camera, sans tripod.
A bit of blurry - still sharable.

Playing with black and white and THE Light.
Another online class.
Photo Silly Advanced.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pepper Play

In our deep mid-winter,
stalking the produce section,
picking the perfect pepper.
Posing pepper.
Photoshopping pepper.
Play-filled playtime!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Planet Renee

No lives were lost during the filming of this event.

 The plan: Arise before sunrise, drive downtown, shoot some urban landscape.  My buddy, Neva, has been going out with a photography group shooting nature, so I decided to join her - a couple of states and a timezone or two away. As I pulled out of the driveway, I changed my mind about the urban theme and drove to this little pond open space.  Turns out it was the right decision.

 Magnificent goose fight: Territorial argument? Gang fight? Courting?  I have no idea.  It was intense and  went on for a couple of minutes.  Water splashing.  Wings flapping.  Beaks biting. The rest of the flock was honking, beeping, swimming around - going absolutely nuts.

 At one point one of the geese tried to hold the other goose under water.  Or maybe the underwater goose was making a fast getaway?  I don't know about these things.

Yikes.  I stayed in photographer mode and didn't yell or scream and try to break them up.  I only felt a wee bit guilty about letting them duke it out.  Luckily I had set my camera on sport mode so I must have snapped a hundred pictures. Gotta love digital...

Hanging in the hood - you never know.

What's in your neighorhood today?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Draw what you know...

 red bunny

ink bunny

Living smack dab in the middle of suburbia I know the bunnies in my "hood."  Gray brown color, a bit of a white tail, brown eyes, they crouch and hop, hiding under evergreens and low bushes. These guys and gals aren't the sit up and take a look around bunnies.  Here are two from this winter's bunny series.

The photos were taken with my iphone, the ink drawing was processed in instagram - my fav fast photo fix app.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Having a bit of snow...

CHARGE - ing!


contemplating or resting?

Snow here.
of snow

Creating new landscapes and play opportunities.
Oh - and LOTS of shoveling time, too.