March 27, 2011

Spring is in the Clouds

I've always been fascinated with clouds and since I've started taking my camera everywhere I was so lucky to catch these today. Once I noticed them, my husband was nice enough to bend to my pleading and help me chase them all over town. He was driving.

We were out shopping for laminate flooring for the new studio he's building for me, I can hardly wait.  What a good man. Tomorrow I'll be packing up all my books so we can get started. I say we, I'll be watching. 

I suppose some might say clouds all look the same but I find them very different from one minute to the next. And tracking them trying to find a high spot to shoot them from before they changed was really fun.

I love the contrast of the big blue background and white billows. 

Often by the time we reached the next parking lot, the angle had changed too much to get a good shot. 

Quite a few fine specimens though, I must say. It made me so happy to be able to see them. 

I had a great time directing the tour, yelling out STOP when I could see I was losing one.  

This greyer one was taken at the park after we'd done our shopping just before the sky blended into a solid grey slate. It was the last cloud of the day. Looks a little heavenly with the light peeking in from above. It was quite a heavenly day. Thank you, day. 

March 23, 2011

Still Hunting for Spring Colour

I've been having such fun with my Blogging Your Way course and playing around in the photography classes taught by Leslie Shewring  that I thought I'd continue on with my theme of hunting for Spring colour. I decided to see what kind of colour and fun things were around my town. I've never been much of a photographer and never really thought I had an eye for it but with all the tools available now, it's hard not to be. For instance, there was a distracting tree branch sticking up in the left corner of this picture and I took it out with Photoshop. Just like that--took it out. Amazing! I love this picture. I pass by this bowling alley all the time and never saw it like this before. I've lived here for 20 yrs! 

After our walk we stopped off at the grocery store and right out front I found beautiful lillies. 

Inside, I took a detour on my way to the margarine section to snap these fun jellybeans. This picture was originally very dark and brown looking, til I brightened it up. I'm so proud of myself. I love it because it reminds of when I was little, living in Toronto and my mum bought me a whole big, white paper bag full of them to eat on the streetcar.  

On the way home we stopped so I could capture this great mural painted on the outside of a produce store. I don't know what's been the matter with me. I must've been walking around with my eyes closed. How could you not appreciate that colour?

Here's more of the same mural. One of things I find so fun about this inspiring new hobby is, I can do anything. I lifted out trash off the street and filled in bits of paint that was missing from the mural and it turned out great. 

Finally in my own backyard, I took a picture of my beautiful Bacchus head fountain. He had a bit of dirt on his nose and lip which I removed, but other than that, this is just the way he looks hanging over my garden wondering where all the water is. 

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my little jaunt today. I saw much more than I thought I would. So it looks like I'll be doing a lot more of this hunting and appreciating my very own little town.

March 22, 2011

Hunting for Spring

I'm so jealous of everyone's posts of Spring and I'm longing for some warm weather too. So today when we took Clare for a walk in the woods and I wrapped my scarf around my neck, I wrapped it with a mission... see if I could hunt down some Spring colour.

We saw beautiful snacking deer. Springy, but they're brown.
The closest I came to any real colour was this gorgeous woodpecker.

My flowers aren't up yet so when we got back, I thought I'd improvise and make a few.
Pinwheels are warm and happy, but not quite bright enough for my liking. 

 When paper flowers didn't do it for me, I decided to make a run to my local nursery where I found these basking beauties. Now, that's what I'm talkin' about! COLOUR!

I couldn't resist getting a shot of their cute little sunshiney kitty while I was at it.

And yummy tulips, looking good enough to eat.

 Thank you, day. I send a prayer of gratitude, love and peace to the world. 

March 20, 2011

Living the Dream

Velvet fantasizes about an exciting life as an Easter Bunny.

She longs to move to Easter Island, grow her ears long, run naked on the beach, eat chocolate salad and paint eggs for a living.

March 14, 2011

Florence in Spring

Meet Florence. My daughter named her. These little rabbits just don't seem finished unless they have a name. At first I was naming them in secret thinking people might want to choose their own name (and because I worried they might think me crazy). But I was wrong and naming them has become a request with my customers. What a nice surprise.

 I finished her last night and photographed her this morning. Even though it was raining when I snapped this photo I was still able to use the lessons I learned in class to produce a much brighter image. I think she looks adorable! But I see as I write, the sun has decided to poke its head through the clouds. Grrr.

My friend commented, "They're so cute! How can you stand to part with them?" I don't think I will ever stop loving the bunnies I create, but it gives me such pleasure to know they will bring a smile to someone's face, besides mine.

March 5, 2011

Coral Even Outshines the Flowers

Well, another bunny done. Two down and three to go. A group of five going to my dear friend Lisa, who owns Strung Out On Beads, a lovely bead shop in my town. She's been patiently waiting forever and now that school is over I can devote most of my time to them. Although, I've just started a fabulous  E-course by Decor8 and I love it. 

 The Friday class was on photography, taught by the sweet and talented Leslie Shewring of A Creative Mint. I thought I could compose a pretty picture using some of the techniques I learned by adding some flowers, but little Coral here turned out to be a lot brighter than I thought. I can see I have a long way to go. I better study that class again. 

This rabbit was great fun to make and the funny thing is, none of these little bunnies ever turn out the way I think they're going to.  Always something happens at the end where they sort of pick their own style, demand it even. Stubborn little beasties.