Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ONE YEAR, ONE MONTH


I have been the mommy of a one year old for an entire month now! It is crazy to think how fast the time has gone and to think about where I was one year ago at this time. Slowly adjusting to motherhood, with long sleepless nights, so in love with this little boy, but so out of my element. Many people do not know about my fight with PPD (Post-Partum-Depression). I don't talk about it much, and the only reason I do today is to hopefully share a small piece of my experience to someone who is going through the same feelings. 

This is really hard for me to do. Our society doesn't share much of what it feels like to have PPD and often these most sensitive of feelings get characterized merely as post baby blues. But Post-Partum Depression is real. It has taken me almost an entire year to get back on my feet. There have been days where the fight was so hard I couldn't see how it could possibly get better. But that is where this little picture comes in. Look at this adorable, happy child. Seeing this picture is a reminder to me to fight every day for the good times and to know that it ALWAYS gets better.

There are many things to do to get help. For me right now, pictures are the strongest reminder of what I am fighting for, and a reminder of how good my life really is. I am truly blessed to be a mother. And would do the whole experience again in a heartbeat even if guaranteed to have the same post-partum experiences. I would also like to share a quote that has lifted me up when almost nothing else could:

"Motherhood is not a hobby, 
it is a calling....
It is not something to do if
you can squeeze time in.
It is what God gave you time for."

-Rachel Jankovic,
from Neil L. Andersen's "Children"
Nov. 2011 Ensign

Sunday, March 23, 2014

ART WATCH: ODILON REDON

Many of you know me as a mom, teacher, crafter, diy-er, but I tend to keep my "artness" a little bit sheltered. I am not sure really why that is, just that I don't want to bore non-art-enthusiasts with random "fun facts" that aren't really so fun! But this year, one of my New Year Resolutions was to be more confident in promoting my artwork and my skills as an artist. I am still shy about blogging my own artwork. But I am introducing "Art Watch" as a recurring theme on my blog which will spotlight artists that are really thrilling and inspiring me and my work right now!

Today's artist is Odilon Redon, a French artist who worked from 1900 until his death in 1916. He is considered a Symbolist artist, the Symbolists believed that it was their duty to interpret and visualize intangible ideas and emotions, which explains the abundant use of symbols in their work.

Redon's work is characterized by the use of intensely saturated color, brushstrokes filled with emotion, and a tight sense of value. I  am really excited about his use of color.


Arbres et Maisons: Vue d'Hiver

Homage to Leonardo da Vinci, 1908
Nasturtiums

The Turqoise Vase

Girl with Poppies

Thanks for enjoying art with me!











Friday, March 7, 2014

PHOTO TO FRAME

I have decided to begin new segment in my blog, that will appear monthly (hopefully more often, if I have the time and inspiration!)dedicated to getting you photographs frame worthy! I don't claim to be a photographer: I am a stay-at-home mom with an art degree, some Photoshop skills, and a little bug whose cuteness just needs to be captured. In each segment I am going to show a before and after, share my experience, and share some editing tips to get an eye-catching professional looking photo.

Today's Photo:


I really wanted to get a cute, bright outdoor shot, but the weather just wasn't cooperating. The lighting was dull, it was rainy and windy, and when I looked through my images I was pretty bummed. I knew I needed to warm up the whole tone of the picture and add some contrast. These are the steps I used to get from point A to point B:

1. I ALWAYS start with cropping, it just helps me think. I wasn't thrilled about the location I shot at, but I knew I could make it work.I decided to use the columns in the background to frame the little guy, but  I knew I was pretty much stuck with the handrail. After some playing around I found that if I cropped the handrail at the corner of the picture it added a focal point to pull the viewer to the center of the picture. I think I was able to turn a less than ideal situation into something that works.

2. For this photo I only used one other step! I have been really interested in Photoshop Actions lately. An Action is basically a pre-recorded set of moves that someone has created to edit an image to achieve a certain effect. They are similar to Instagram "Filters". Many Actions are available for free online, and I have been trying out a bunch! The one that I used on this image is called Goldygates Color Boost plus Warmth. And it seriously works wonders right?

Here is a larger view of the final image. 
More pictures to come from H's One Year Photo Shoot!








Saturday, January 18, 2014

RAW



I am honored to announce a recent change to my art career. I was recruited/ accepted to become part of RAW: Salt Lake City. RAW is an Indie Art Co-op where many types of artists (fashion designers, musicians, visual artists, makeup artists, etc.) get to work together and put on incredible shows. There are RAW organizations in over 60 cities all over the world, and each city has one showcase each month. I will be featured in the February Showcase in Salt Lake called Awakening. 

I am going to be showing a few of my larger oil paintings but I will also be selling quite a few relief prints that would look great as art on your walls! To get a view of my portfolio go to my website and click on portfolio. I would love it if you could attend my showcase, to purchase tickets click on this link to my profile on the raw website. Tickets are $15 but if you purchase through the link above the cost of each ticket will be deducted from my cost to rent a space. This is a great opportunity to donate to the arts and to view local artwork of up-and-coming artists in the community. I hope to see you there!

Monday, December 23, 2013

PHOTO TO FRAME

I have been having way too much fun taking pictures with the cutest model in the world! 
I am still learning everything there is to know about photography and having a riot while I am doing it.
Here is some picture inspiration for you today.


In Photoshop I re-sized the images and placed them all on one canvas. I then ran a filter in a sepia tone. Using the Color Picker, I selected a color from one of the dark stripes to use for the background image. I love the sequence of these 3 pictures. They would look darling in a frame, but until I get around to doing that, I have this image.



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

PHOTO TO FRAME

BABY'S FIRST CHRISTMAS

Pictures like this have been all over Pinterest lately. I thought I would take the leap and take my camera off Auto and give it a shot! I really love how they turned out. 

I hope you enjoy!






Tuesday, October 1, 2013

FALL


It's October! Fall is upon us. Yesterday I felt the crisp cool breeze and was happy to know fall was on it's way. Life has been a storm lately. Making it through summer, getting my husband back in school for his last semester, and tons of other responsibilities have kept me away from blog-land.

But as I am taking the first day of October as a metaphor to the first day of a fresh start for me I wanted to share with you tidbits from around my home. I spruced up my home and love the inspiration I see, reminding me of my new start.