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A little work of my own!

25 Mar

This year I decided to take an art class to get a little inspiration. For those of us who are creative, sometimes we need an outlet, a source of inspiration, or really just some dedicated time to do what you love. I went into this art class assuming I’d be doing my usual and was completely surprised at where my teacher took me.

I usually do drawings like these:


All black & white with graphite. My teacher thought I’d be amazing at colored pencils and it would give my drawings a little something extra.

So I bought the colored pencils and found a picture I wanted to do next:

I don’t know what attracted me to this picture, I knew it was going to be hard but I was so excited about it!

Class one – outline drawing (sorry if it’s hard to see)  I did the basic outlines lightly.

Class two – added a little color


Class three & four – started getting more detail done on the hair and worked on my blending with the pencils.

Class five – added deeper colors and got more confident at my color mixing and choices

Class six – added more layers and more detail.

This was my last class in this session but I have a feeling I’ll be continuing with this drawing. I love is so much and I’ve worked so hard on it – I can’t wait to finish it!

What do you do for inspiration? Have you ever thought about or tried taking classes to keep your creativity going? How did it work for you?

Love Always,


Sally Mann: The Capturer

7 Mar

Sally Mann: The Capturer

Sally Mann was born in Lexington, Virginia in 1951, and thank God for that.  She is one of the most talented and skilled photographers from the United States and her photographs, (often of her children Jessie, Virginia, and Emmett), capture a moment so wonderfully that I feel as though the picture was taken of me.  She captures the grit of an instantaneous expression, of ridiculousness, of life and growing up, and feeling older than you are, or being older than you are.  She grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and shared the memories she made with her children as they grew up playing in the fields, hills, rivers, and streams of Appalachia.

Virginia, Emmett, Jessie

Above is a photograph of Sally with her daughters, Jessie and Virginia

This is a relatively recent photograph of Sally Mann

Below are some photos of her daughter, Virginia, from childhood.

And some photos of Jessie

And a few more from Family Pictures

And more examples of her photography

Her pictures of her children and those of others remind me of childhood and the dog days of summer, when it was so hot everything seemed black and white, after the grass died and the hot sun was just a blistering bright light in my eyes.  When I ran around like a wild thing, with no rules and nature all around, free to do good or evil during the days when school was out and the world was mine.  What a feeling to rehash, now that I am older and the world feels much less under my control.  Anyway, it takes me back :) .

Sally Mann has done more than just capture childhood, adolescence, freedom, and family at its best,  she has done portraits, landscapes (specifically of the south, gorgeous!), ambrotypes,and even has a collection of photographs she took of dead bodies at  the anthropological facility at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Sometimes she allows for nudity, the bare person, and she is definitely not afraid to push the envelope!  It is obvious that her photography has unimaginable depth, and her need to capture life and death, and everything in between is the reason I wanted to share some of her works with you today.

Please visit  to see her selected works and if you would like a list of her 9 books of 4 films.  I hope you all do some searching around because there is more Sally Mann out in the world than I could ever fit in one blog post.

What can you capture?


Picture This ;)

9 Jan

Brighten up those pictures for a price you can’t resist!

Making  pictures look professional or just bright and clear isn’t always easy. Most sites will tell you to find natural light but on wet, cold, yucky days – or when you are too busy to go out when the timing is just right – I have found a cheap solution!

You’ll need a florescent light. Doesn’t really matter what kind but any florescent light that can hang above the item you are picturing. ($13 from Home Depot)

You’ll need two white poster boards. If you are cool like me you picked up two different kinds while you were out.. haha. Oh well!! ($4 each at JoAnns)

You’ll also need a space that doesn’t have any windows (so there won’t be any shadows) and a space where you can lay out your boards. Underneath all this mess is a work table made of scrap wood (I promise!). If you don’t have a storage area like me you can always use a closet.

See!! I knew it was there somewhere ;)

Lay down one piece of poster board on the bottom.

The one on the top! It’s so easy!!!

I set my camera to auto with the flash off. I took a picture and it came out all bright and shinny!

Crop it and there you have it! A picture that shows off the whites and makes your piece stand out and it only cost me $21.

If you have other ways you take pictures or some ideas you want to share – feel free to comment below!

Love Always,



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