To begin something new, sometimes a look back is a great way to start. Before we get to my promises for 2012, I wanted to review my writings from 2011 with you, and choose some favorite images and ideas.
For me as a blogger/writer it has been very difficult to write about myself. The galleries and societies that I have become involved with always want a bio. The mirror gives different view than what you see. But the one piece I still like is what I wrote about Oregonshar for the blog pages ~ if you haven’t read it yet: *oregonshar.
So, now you know why I came here. Its been interesting to see what direction my musings took over the last year. It took a while to get started. Like many gardeners I know, it was the summer that really inspired me to begin my work. A few random posts came early in the year; they were admittedly difficult and not very inspired. It was the work of two amazing women that really inspired me, opened the door that I walked through in July. And without looking back, I have been writing and seeing differently ever since.
Dulcy Mahar and Bee helped me to discover what I had really come here to do …. so today, lets see where we have been.
In May I wrote about the Spring Garden Fair ~ I told the story of our weekend event.
This birdcage caught my eye and reminded me of the one I had when I was a kid.
In July I posted a few photos from a Master Gardeners project: More Gardens and began to post more photos than words.
Here is my fave image, a chance photo of a crab spider on a Calla Lily ~
A trip to the beautiful gardens at Laurel Hedge in July gave me some unique images: Just Popping In * .
I saw an amazing plant I have seen before in gardens around Portland. A Winged Thorn Rose, I love the cool photos I was able to take with the light that day.
In July a local garden writer and beloved Portland gardener died. Her writing was always down to earth and real. Her weekly columns were both funny and inspirational. I set out to photograph her garden, and wanted to share what I had seen with friends. Thus began the format and idea for the blog that I have created since then. There were two posts: Flamingo’s for Dulcy and A Walk Through Dulcy’s Garden.
Of the many pictures I took that day, this piece of cats painted on a weathered pain of glass and mounted in front of the window still inspires me.
In August I wrote about some of the processes I go through to capture and edit an image. I learned a lot with this series: *this and that … with pictures !
I love the way the focus drops off towards the top of this image ~
By this time I was getting pretty good with the medium and working with WordPress. When the time came for me to produce some info about a new gallery show, I posted that info for everyone to see in this post: my artwork ~ Uncommon Everyday Art
My homework that week was to get a new headshot for my portfolio. Taking photos of myself is worse than writing about myself and my work !
In September I was once again in an amazing woman’s garden. I had the wonderful opportunity to make a photo record of Bee’s garden for her family and friends. There were two posts full of pictures of her beautiful Blue garden. I was so inspired with her work ~ and the way she lived her life. The photos are only a small part of the woman, and the images I shared here gave me a small taste of what I can do here for you. Bees Garden and In her Garden were those articles.
As I was shooting in her garden, I kept returning to this Blue Bottle Masterpiece
Taken from a visit in 2010 to Bee's Garden ....Cobalt bottles, arranged on a glass and rusty metal table.
My next few posts were personal, many were one image posts. I made the decision to always include at least one image with each post after the success and comments I received from all of you. As I began writing on a more regular basis I began to think ahead about what I may want to say or talk about next. If a Picture Speaks a Thousand Words, friends? , October, Summer Began.., Always the Photographer, Jury Duty and my Veterans Day Series (11.11.11) were all the results of this idea. Of these posts, I liked this image the best:
I like this one so much because I created it FOR this blog post, the meaning is in the image and the date it was taken : 11.11.11
I think I am pretty much up to date. I have been talking a lot about the Christmas Season, sharing pics about the holidays. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Zoolights, Christmas Ships and my Decorating stories. I love talking about the holidays, about taking pictures of the holidays and looking at pictures of the trees and lights and everything there is to do. It was a very busy time, and of course my mind if filled with ways to make the 2012 season even better than this one was. I can’t choose a favorite image, so here are three:
I always love the Christmas Ships, and rarely miss them sailing on the Willamette
All the lights were amazing, but the Croc's kept pulling me in...
I don't think I need to explain why this is a fave photo ♥
There you have it, an overlook of what I have been doing, thinking and seeing in 2011. Tomorrow we will set the course for a new dream, the year 2012.
If you need me, I will be in the garden* either my real one all wet and soggy in this winter rain, or the one I have created here on my computer!