Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Inspiring Mothers

Nearing Mother's Day, I am working on a project and looking through quotes that I felt inspiring. Thought I would share one here:

"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows.
And the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years."
-- Author: Audrey Hepburn

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Beauty in all things

or at least something of interest!
I recently took on an assignment to do something I have never done in my life! I am a portrait photographer - you know, babies, mothers, children, families, even dogs! - but I was asked to take some "portraits" of someone else's handicraft in the form of commercial building lighting. I am not sure I rank amongst the world's best "building light" photographers, but the experience did confirm something that photography has taught me in general, over and over again. There is beauty in everything if you just pay attention - and setting your camera, tripod, backing up and getting in close to get different views - these all MAKE you pay attention. Whether it is the beauty in the crook of a newborns curled up legs or the beauty in some abstract piece of building lighting!

Amazing Jewelry Designer

I consider myself somewhat crafty and bold at trying new things. I have dabbled in cross-stitching, crocheting, book-binding, sewing, candle making and, most recently, jewelry making. I can appreciate the sheer time that it takes to make each piece, whether it be a handmade outfit, necklace, wall art... but once in a while the inspiration and talent that I find infused into someone's craft is just amazing to me...

And to that end, I am sharing with you one of the most creative and beautiful jewelry designers I had the pleasure of stumbling upon... enjoy!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Sidewalk Chalk Art

Smaller towns do have some advantages - like this weekend's neat find: The Chalk Art Festival. Five art teachers from around town have had projects like this one going on for a few years to integrate art into visible parts of the town - and many of them include youth in creating that art. The Chalk Art Festival is held on the lawn/sidewalks of the downtown courthouse. The children (or adults) sign up, receive a box of chalk, pick a spot on the sidewalks and have fun. Everyone walks around admiring the work that the kids are doing and some rather talented adults share their artistic talents with the kids and the public. It was a very neat "small town" thing to do - and we only heard about it accidentally this year!