August 5, 2009
My garden is a constant source of inspiration.
It’s slowly expanded over 25 years, consuming about an acre. It’s my sanctuary and I love photographing it’s progress along the way.
My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic that I received as a birthday gift when I was ten.
Over my lifetime of picture taking I’ve spent a fortune on film and camera accessories. Now I’m grateful for my easy to use point and shoot digital camera!
I use a Nikon Coolpix P80 which is fairly small & lightweight for travel. It also gives me a lot of features that I used to have with my old 35mm Nikon.
I love detail shots, to really see the flowers in my garden. To submerge myself in the wonder of color, design, pattern, and texture that nature has provided in each and every flower is one of the ways I utilize all the photos I’ve taken.
I am then compelled to turn those photos into paintings. Can’t help myself, I have to. It’s a yearning, a craving, a need to portray the lines, the color, the darks and lights, as well as the ever present question “Can I convey what I see?”.
For me, painting is an exploration of the flower, seeing it with a critical eye, exploring it’s depth, following the movement of line and wondering if I can render that color with my pastels. It’s joyful to place the first colorful line then immerse myself in the progression.
When I’m painting, time is endless, a vortex of one hour or twenty. It’s not even me painting, as I’ve gone somewhere else. Difficult to describe, that sense of being lost in the painting, yet one with it. No sense of time or place. A feeling of being lifted to a higher plane, in a lighter place without fatigue and leaving my woes behind. Nirvana?
When I worked with fibers, I turned the paintings into quilted wall panels with beads, threads and charms as textural enhancements falling away from the hand-dyed fabrics.
Now I translate them to glass. Directly or indirectly.
A couple of my photographer friends, Toni & Chris have inspired me to take more photos and get better acquainted with my camera; and even to post my photos in places like Flickr and Facebook. So why not here too, sharing with you more of my creative process!