Monday, March 26, 2012
Almost six months ago I dropped off a roll of medium format film I'd taken with my adorable Holga camera. Most of the photos were from my trio to Savannah last summer. I don't take photos with medium format film very often and certainly not as much as I'd like to. I'm always met with strange looks and curiosity from people who work at the camera store whenever I take film (any film) for processing.
After following up with the camera store for well over a month, I gave up my roll of film for lost. And for five more months I didn't hear anything. Then completely unexpectedly I received a call from the store telling me my prints were ready to be picked up! When I explained how long I had waited on them, I was given the prints for half price.
So, I received a much delayed souvenir of my trip to Savannah and a subtle reminder that nothing is ever really lost.
I loved these bright orange bus stop posts that were scattered all over the historic district of Savannah. This photo reminds me of my favorite song by The Hollies.
What can I say? I have a weird fascination with brightly colored hydrants!
This is a classic shot of Savannah, the fountain in Forsyth Park. I'm so happy with how it came out with the dreamy focus and little hints of red among the blues and greens.
(P.S. The top photo also shows one of my newer purchases, a crewelwork wall hanging I found for $4 at an antique mall. I love the nonsensical "landscape" and all the places where the color changes inexplicably. Perhaps the person ran out of yarn of that particular color? Handmade objects make me smile!)
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
|12" x 12" acrylic on cradle board|
I have to admit I really love the recent trend of artwork using song lyrics, lines from poems and common phrases. Even with the overexposures of some of the more popular ones (“Keep Calm and Carry On”, anyone?) I still love to see words and typography in artwork. So, my newest addition to this trend is this piece. (Previously, I created a smaller piece with a favorite phrase/song title). And yes, I used the Helvetica stickers again.
This statement piece has a little more of a back story. I was reading an article online about a study of introverts that yielded no new information. In the comments that followed one person shared “I don’t understand introverts. I let my feelings be none.” The somewhat poetic mistake struck me and I kept it in my memory bank of such lines until I put it to use in this piece.
For now it hangs in my hallway.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
There comes a time with every rental home when one has to decide what to do about the hopelessly bland window treatments that come with the place; in my case the dreaded mini-blinds. Finding or creating just the right look for windows that you’ll live with for an undetermined amount of time can be tricky. Not to mention that there is almost no chance that any curtains will fit the windows at the next place.
I’m lucky to have unusually tall windows in my current apartment that let tons of sunlight pour in. However, it’s not so easy to find or even create something to hang in them. I’ve tossed around a number of ideas over the embarrassing amount of time I’ve lived at my place without properly dressing my windows (going on four years now).
This photo from a design blog inspired me to consider piecing together scarves, handkerchiefs or other fabric bits.
|Via SF Girl By Bay|
With this image in my mind I kept an eye out for anything that could be used to create my patchwork café curtains. I wanted to find a fabric sheer enough to let light in but solid enough to keep my privacy, especially for the bedroom. Target has had a nice collection of scarves recently and I found a sheer lime green one with ball fringe all around the edges. With a tension rod placed at the halfway point of the window, I hung the scarf over it. As it turned out, it was the perfect length. So then I bought three more to dress both the windows in my bedroom. With the scarves doubled over the tension rod, it creates a layered look in which the first “layer” can be pulled back for a little more light while still maintaining privacy. Or of course, they can be opened completely.
So, I didn’t end up with the patchwork look I was originally going for but I probably wouldn’t have thought to use the scarves without that idea. I love the simplicity of the solid color and the way it goes with the pale pink wall color. On sunny afternoons my room takes on a spring green glow that makes me impatient for the approaching season.