Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Everyday Matters Challenge #5: A bed

I took some liberties with this ...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pretzel Love

There's something about me and Vitamin P that makes me as happy as a hog in slop.

110 calories of salty-sweet-crunchy bliss.
Savor the flavor.

Gratitude is so easy.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Moose Mug

Everyday Matters Challenge #4: A cup or mug

What can be more Idaho than a moose on a mug?

A study in browns and texture.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Scalloped Lady

Everyday Matters Challenge #3: A purse, wallet, or bag

One of my favorite collections is that of beaded evening bags. I call them my Ladies of the Evening.
Most of my Ladies are from a by-gone era (though none are true antiques).

They come is such pretty shapes. Some have frames, like this one. I hold them tenderly and think about the hands of women across the world who have sat down to embroider them and bead the intricate patterns.

And when I use them, their iridescent beading glows in the night.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tulip Time Mandala

Happiness held is the seed;
Happiness shared is the flower.
~ John Harrigan

Plain is nice.
Curly is fun!

Drawing by Thaneeya McArdie from her book Flower Mandalas

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Eyelets and Aglets

I've decided to give myself another photography challenge!

Several years ago I learned about artist and author Danny Gregory. Among other creative ideas on his website are a series of challenges for artists. For a while, I participated in the Everyday Matters Challenge.

Danny posted a daily challenge idea (the original idea from painter Karen Winters). Participants try drawing the object in his challenge. Since I don't draw, I decided to use the challenge ideas as photo prompts. I think I did a series of about 20 in the past.

Now that I have a bit more time to develop my creative energies, I thought I'd take up the Everyday Matters Challenge again. My current plans are:

  1. to do the challenges in order, though not necessarily on consecutive days
    (there are 328 items on the challenge list so far!)
  2. to do primarily macro/close-up shots since that's my favorite form of photography
  3. to put the photos primarily in an 8" x 10" format
  4. to change these parameters as the challenge teaches me where it wants to go

I'm not going to hold my feet to the fire over this. I'll work on the challenge at my whim. After all, I like to blog about many topics that interest me here in my Studio. This is going to be fun!

So I'll start today with Everyday Matters #1

A Shoe