Tuesday, September 7, 2010

summer shots

I can't believe it's been almost six months since my last post. But when I think about all that's happened, it feels even longer. First, Raymond and I bought a house here in Seattle that needed a good bit of work. (Maybe taking a kitchen down to the studs qualifies as more than a "bit" of work...) So doing all that took an amazing amount of energy. And then I applied for a six-week intensive class (called the EDGE Program) for artists through The Artist Trust that I half-hoped I wouldn't get accepted into, simply because the summer was already packed. But thankfully, I did get in and the class rocked. Was soooo worth it. I used the time to reinvent my business but more importantly, to reinvent myself as an artist. More to come in that vein soon.

But for now, I wanted to share a few of my favorite images from the summer. (I honestly can't say if I would have even been inspired to pick up the camera if not for the EDGE class. The other thirteen artists in the class were inspiring for me as well. I had strayed so far from my art making...)

These lovely rocks were submerged by the waters flowing into Snow Lake, which after hiking for two hours, was a welcome temperature for the feet. But not for long. I am repeatedly drawn to water as a subject, or as a filter for a subject, like it is here. It has a very transformative effect physically, as well as symbolically.

I call this image "moon rock" for obvious reasons. I wasn't setting out to make this rock look lunar, but in playing with the focus, that's what happened. I'd like to see this huge on a wall.

There is a Japanese word for these circles of light -- it's "bokeh." If I tell you where I shot this it may ruin some of the romance and magic of the image...

All right, I'll tell you -- it was the sun coming through the screen on the window. I did quite a number of these that I will post as a series when I get my site redone.

The site redo is now fall's project. The house is about 85% done, and we'll keep chipping away. But the kids are going back to school and I am going back to work. It feels great. It was a needed sabbatical, and I'm happy to be back in sharing mode with you all.

More when I get the site done! Thanks for your support.