Sunday, November 1, 2009

Not A Trick In Sight!

Unfortunately Halloween came and went with not ONE trick or treater! I was quite disappointed. Our little townhouse culdesac, on a golf course, really doesn't have that sense of community that I am so used to. After living overseas for many years and knowing every neighbour, coming back to the states has been somewhat of a letdown. As much as I try and get involved in things nothing ever seems to be going on. It's a shame that all of us live such transient lifestyles nowadays. Gone are the family get togethers on a Sunday, popping over for a cup of tea on a whim, and the simple pleasure of chatting to a complete stranger in the queue at the supermarket. I think we are all guilty of having to get things done yesterday and no longer take the time to be in the moment. So, time for some reflection on my part and think about how to make a change...that will follow on another post when I have an epiphany! Any suggestions are welcome though!

I had a few commissioned pieces to work on this weekend but because my computer is from the ark I have only managed to get a bit done. I thought I'd share what I have been up to regardless.

These are the photos I had to work with

This is little Michaela who I met and photographed for the first time last week.
What a little angel she is

...and this is what I ended up with

I'm not sure I'm happy with any of them yet . Any critique is very welcome though so please tell me what you think! (but be nice!)
Off to use my coupon at Micheal's before it expires and buy a bunch of stuff I don't need - hey - that's what Sunday's are all about right?!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Power Of Mother Nature

It's been a quite busy and hectic week for me this week, what with a visit from my mother-in-law, lots of new work in the pipeline, and a lot of traveling to and from jobs. But I did manage to take some time for myself last Sunday and catch the last of the fall foliage on the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia. From start to finish along Skyline Drive my jaw was on the floor. The beauty I was surrounded by was so breathtaking I ended up taking over 400 photos! Of course, not all of them came out the way I had anticipated but I had to share some of them with you.

Bountiful harvests of apples were everywhere

...and the light at the end of the day was heaven sent.

I suppose this will be the end of my foliage images. Every morning as I head off to work there seems to be less and less vibrancy on the trees and the nights draw darker so much earlier. But I am so glad that I was able to witness this beauty first hand and will cherish each and every image that captured mother nature at her finest.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The weather is so miserable here today so I have decided not to do any 'real' work and just fiddle around on my computer. I have taken so many photos over the last few weeks it's been wonderful to be able just to play around with them all day even though my ancient computer was being extremely temperamental. Still - I think the results of these two images below didn't come out half bad! I will be adding them to my Red Bubble, Flickr, and Imagekind sites so if you would like to purchase either of them just jot me an e-mail.

Winds Of Change

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Upward and Onward!

I decided to leave the pity party that I held for my self Saturday night (no one turned up to that either!) and venture out Sunday morning and explore places in Virginia that I had not seen before. The first part of my exploration was to Sky Meadows National Park which I didn't realize was so close to my house in Gainesville. What a beautiful place! The weather could not have been better ~ a sunny, crisp, autumnal day ~ and the fall colours are just about ready to 'pop'. It was a rather steep hike to get to the overlook but so worth it. I now have aspirations to move to Sky Meadows with my tent, paints and canvases and paint with wild abandon all day! Unfortunately I don't think it is for sale.
This is the spectacular view from the top of the overlook

Ahhh... a perfect Sunday afternoon!

I then ventured on to Paris (yes - Paris,Virginia - no passport required!) a very small village (population 51) with some gorgeous, period houses and a very well known restaurant named The Ashby Inn. Not too much happening there so back onto route 50 and and few side roads later I found Upperville. I happened upon my dream house - a renovated church in the most picturesque setting - which again was not for sale. But we can always dream...

Can you imagine looking out at this view every morning! Pure bliss!

And one last photo op before I went home could I resist!

It's amazing that just a few hours outside, exploring your surroundings, can lift your spirits to no end and put a new spin on what is important in life - I'll be doing it more often.

Have a great week!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Nothing Ventured...

Welcome to Distractions - Come join me on my journey of discoveries and distractions that may not all be wonderful but are never dull!
I decided to eventually start my blog after months of soul searching, reviewing millions of other blogs, loving every one of them, realizing that blogging is such a great tool to share our ups and downs, pitfalls and triumphs, and a wonderful way of meeting kindred spirits.

So, where to begin? I have been dabbling with photo shop for about 8 months now and discovered that it was easier than I first thought. I became a bit addicted and spent hours creating images of all the ideas I had stored away in my brain for years! I was amazed at the response I received after joining Flickr, Red Bubble, and Imagekind, (all of which are sites for artists to showcase their work on line) that my confidence in my art grew. I then saw an add last week on Craig's List asking for artists to display their work in a new coffee shop that had just opened in my area. "Aha!" I thought "free advertising" and off I went to the printers to get my work printed out. I have spent the last week (in between working) cutting and gluing, framing and matting and on Thursday I hung all my work on the coffee shop walls. Today was my 'showing' and how excited I was at the anticipation of actually selling something. And wouldn't ya know it - nothing! Not even one inquiry, zilch, nada.
There's always tomorrow I guess... or maybe I'll just stick to the day job!