Wednesday, August 31, 2011

From the owl

Completion by Kate Daniel
Completion, a photo by Kate Daniel on Flickr.
I finally finished one of my paintings that I started in the How to Paint an Owl class that I mentioned I was taking. The colours are a little intense in this shot because I took it on my phone...but I decided to just "let it go" & not be perfectionist Kate by retaking the picture. Proud of me? :) Wow, does it ever feel good to complete something. Two more to come...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The postcards arrived!

Remember that postcard swap that I mentioned a month or so ago?  Well, my postcards arrived!  I had kind of forgotten about the swap, actually, so it was fun getting surprise snail mail!  I love how varied the postcards are - everything from photographs to mixed media.  Everyone's so talented!

This first postcard shown here is from the very organized and dedicated woman that started it all - Kat Sloma.  Very organized, indeed, as she swapped 1020 postcards, amongst 170 people in 13 countries.  Can you believe this?!  All while in the midst of moving from Europe back to The States this summer.  She's a talented photographer and runs awesome e-courses - be sure to go check her out!

Hmm...isn't this next one just deliscious?  Tammy Lee Bradley is yet another talented photographer (from Florida) whose name I see all over the blogosphere.  From Shuttersisters  (can you believe that a S sister arrived at my door??) to Mortal Muses to her awesome blog Bliss & Folly - her shots are so full of color & life.

Phyllis from New England sent me this next one...and wrote this awesome fortune cookie message on the back: "Never judge a work of art by its defects."  When I checked out her blog I was instantly drawn in.  For not only does she love photography, but she's a self-proclaimed Scanner!  Good to know I'm not the only one!  For anyone that's familiar with Barbara Sher, you'll understand.  

On we go to Carola Bartz; originally from Germany and now residing in California.  She shared this lovely quote by Marcel Proust:  "Do not wait for life.  Do not long for it.  Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now."  Too true, too true - thanks Carola!  Go check her out - with a passion for photography and mixed media, what's not to love!?

This next one is all the way from Alaska!  Actually, now that I think of it, Alaska is probably closer to me than some of the other States...but it sounds far away.  :)  Deb Christensen shared this one.  She does "multi-media art and stuff" - love that!  With one quick look at her blog I can tell that she is living a full life!  Can't wait to go back and check it out some more.

To finish off my postcard swap I received this one from Sheila in Okotoks, Alberta.  Crazy.  For those that aren't familiar with it, it's only about 30 minutes from me!  I find it funny that this postcard travelled from her, then to Kat in Oregon, then back to me in Canada.  And another weird thing...I'm fairly sure that I've corresponded with Sheila before - I recognized her name/city from one of Tracey Clark's Picture classes.  Look closely at the postcard - it's a "snow cat."  So creative!

And I think that sums it up!  Can't wait to go find out where these postcards of mine turned up!  Maybe in someone's house 30 minutes from me?  Maybe another continent?  Look at all this magic that was created!

Now if only I could figure out how to link in (if anyone has any advice please let me know!!) that you can see everyone else's posts...but for now, just head on over to Kat's blog.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A breath of fresh air

A breath of fresh air by Kate Daniel
A breath of fresh air, a photo by Kate Daniel on Flickr.
I am so excited to have had this photo featured on Shuttersister's One Word Project yesterday!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Expectation Hangover

I believe I have an Expectation Hangover.  

Definition:  The exhaustion of trying to figure out your life while trying to have the time of your life. 
- Christine Hassler in 20 Something Manifesto

I need to simplify.  Refocus.  Regroup.  Sound familiar?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Saskatoons in Fish Creek Park

I have the luxury of having Provincial Park almost right out my back door.  A few weeks ago I rode my bike through the park to my favourite "workout stairs" and discovered a ton of saskatoon bushes!  I LOVE saskatoons.  So I figured it was time to see if these puppies were ripe.  
And ripe they are.  And delicious.  

If you look really hard you can see the Saskatoons hanging in clusters.
I like to pick a bunch and then pop the whole thing in my mouth at once.  :)
Can you see the fly on the top of the photo?
This momma duck wasn't happy that I was there.