I have always been facinated by the dragonfly. They are colorful and fast but more importantly a symbol of peace and prosperity. Some years ago I was able to get a shot of one of these special creatures.
While he nestled quietly on top of an unopened day lilly, all seemed to be right in his world. Yes, this was shot with a film camera. A Canon AE1 to be exact with a micro lens.
We should all be like the dragonfly and seek to find peace not violence and destruction.
While I love things that are complex, there are times when I just want to shoot something that is natural.
This is a Cypress Knee. They are a natural oddity that are usually found on river banks. I love photographing them because they are like people, there are no two alike.
I call this Nature’s Hand because if you look closely it has five fingers and the “thumb” in the foreground look like it has a fingernail.
When you are shooting look for things that appear to be something they are not. I have shot a lot of trees, tree roots, stumps and other oddities of nature. Insects, dragonflies and other creatures can also make interesting artwork.
I guess I am a strange duck, so to speak, but it is not unusual for me to take something that would be considered a craft and make art out of it.
I purchased this toilet tissue holder last night at an auction. It was very plain and I just knew I had to give it a new life. To me a house should not be just a house but a structure that should contain pieces that give it character. While I love painting in the traditional sense, I also like doing things like this.
This piece after being stained will be a conversation piece in my guest bathroom.
When you are painting it is sometimes easy to get “stuck in a rut”. It is always good to experiment with different projects and differrent styles. I have been painting a long time but still learn something new when I watch other artists.
Expand your horizon and reach for the stars or even paint a few. Have a great day.
It’s not just important how you paint but what you do after you finish a painting. Before I even clean up my workspace, I clean up my palette. Any unused paint is applied to a new canvas, not that it is saving it but it is not at least wasted on your palette. Sometimes I don’t have enough to create another painting but sometimes the waste turns into something like these.
After one clean up…this is an 8×10 canvas.
Another tip, if you are on a tight budget like me you can sometimes buy paint, brushes and even canvases at yard sales and auctions. While higher quality brushes in particular are worth the money, it doesn’t always fit my pocketbook.
While vacationing in Kentucky one year, I spied these two vintage trucks on the side of the road. They were still full of color but somewhat faded in places. I knew then it was a picture I wanted to paint.