Wednesday, April 8, 2009

a certain kind of light



there have been some lovely skies here in ohio lately. as many of you constant readers (i borrowed that from stephen king hee hee) know, my hubbie and leave the house very early each morning to carpool to work together. he drives and i look for interesting things to photograph. at the end of some very long days we repeat the process, headed northwest toward home. again, i am armed with my camera and a creative eye thirsting for something to capture.


it always amazes me how the sky can change so rapidly as the sun rises and sets. some days are mostly uneventful. others are simply stunning in their color, texture and vivid imagery.

there's a certain kind of light in the sky these days. as the sun starts shifting northward, the angle of its beams casts a whole new glow. that certain kind of light spins a certain kind of joy in my heart and my life. it harkens spring and birds twittering and the hope of gardening and late evening walks.



and with that joy and hope comes the knowledge that each day will be a bit longer and the opportunity for taking photos will grow as well.


so i take my camera with me everywhere i go. a gal just never knows what she may see out the window of a moving car.



and a gal certainly has the right to pull those quirky photos into photoshop and make them even quirkier!!

i was asked in an e-mail recently if i've given up my mixed media art. the writer of the e-mail said she missed seeing my work. i was so touched. i think i've been taking a bit of an artistic break. but i'll be back soon with some new pieces. i'm hankering to try something new with more painting and less paper collage. i have my creative eye on new subject matter as well. i'll be back, my friends, all in good time!

and last, thank you. thank you for reading. thank you for commenting. thank you for your kindness, humor and friendship. but, most of all, thank you for allowing me to feel that my creative passions are enjoyed by someone other than me. your presence in my life casts a certain kind of wonderful, fulfilling light as well.

16 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Your photos are so very beautiful and your skies remind me so much of ours here in Seattle. I have camera in hand almost everywhere I go because I never know what marvelous skies I will see. Your mixed media pictures are lovely also! Thanks for sharing, I do enjoy them!

Betsy said...

We do have beautiful skies in Ohio! Maybe it's the very flat land that gives us more sky to see!

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

These are great photos. I love how you do such creative things with them. I have told you before, I love your posts and your are a very talented cookie.

PrairiePeasant said...

Beautiful photographs and alterings too! I think it's great to challenge yourself in other media--your mixed media work will benefit from that chance for growth. I love the big skies of the prairies too.

lori vliegen said...

you are so sweet, julie! it is i who thanks YOU for sharing your creative spirit, beautiful photography, and expressive writing with us! i always look forward to my visit with you...and always leave with a smile on my face! :)

steviewren said...

I love the way the light changes with the seasons. I take my camera with me everywhere too. Drive by shootings are my forte! I like your sunsets. Photoshop is a great tool for taking a photo further.

I'm ready to paint too. I've got paper stuff spread all over my work areas downstairs and on the kitchen table. I'd have to clean up just to find a place to put the paints. I can't wait to see what you are planning to do with your artwork next.

Shannon said...

It is amazing how much more I've noticed the sky (among EVERYTHING else in this beautiful world) since I discovered photography a year and a half ago! Seeing the world through a lens and then looking at the end result is SO REWARDING! Not to mention what you can do in photoshop *wink* ! Love the effects you chose at the top! :)

supplies overflowing! said...

Beautiful photos, and I too, look forward to your new creations.
jenny

Martha Lever said...

Beautiful photos. You do way a way with a camera! Love your art too!

The Vintage Sister Studio said...

I always love reading your blog and seeing your art and photographs. Everyone needs a break every once in a while to recharge the creative juices and rest the weary mind:) Some more than others, lol (me).
Thanks for sharing julie and being a good blog friend!
Tracy

Carol B. said...

Julie, thanks for coming over to my blog. I'm glad you enjoyed it. So, of course, I had to come over here. WHAT GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY! I often carry around my camera for painting inspiration and then don't end up taking any pictures. I keep thinking that unless I go to a place specifically to take photos that I won't find good material. I can't believe the beautiful photos you get just riding to and from work. I'll have to open up my eyes and take a better look. Thanks for the inspiration!
Carol B.

Artist Unplugged said...

Beautiful photos!!!! I love to take photos all the time and still can't get enough of it. The photoshopped ones are very neat! Look forward to seeing your art back......have a lovely weekend!

Christine said...

thanks for sharing the lovely photos of the skies...uplifting as you say.

Shana said...

amazaing photos. i'm amazed that you can shoot so well while in the car. my car photos always turn out horribly - certainly not blog worthy like yours. :)

willow said...

We have had some unusually glorious skies here in Ohio lately, haven't we?

I especially like the effect in the second pic!

Jenn said...

You are darling and so sweet Julie...I love all that you share with us:) xoxo...jenn