Friday, October 14, 2011

Abstract Art

This acrylic abstract design was painted on a square piece of wood.
When I started painting I just started doing abstract designs. It felt very natural to me. I've tried my hand at other types of painting but I always seem to come back to abstract. As I was once told by a fellow artist "create what you love to do and not what you think others want you to do".  I love abstract.
Peace and love,
Cathy

Thursday, August 18, 2011

It's been awhile

Well, shame on me for not posting anything for such a long time. I've been busy with my new puppy, djembe drumming, camping and trying not to kill my vegetable garden. I haven't done as much photography as I would have liked with my DSLR, but I have been taking some photographs with my smartphone camera and my point and shoot. I have also been busy with some paint marker art. I did a design on a shirt and am currently working on a djembe drum strap. Very cool.

Awww, my crazy puppy. I am really enjoying my time with T (yes, her name is T). It's been 7 years since I've had a dog and I totally forgot how much energy a puppy has. I constantly have to be watching and teaching her to be a good girl. Now that she's 9 months old it has definitely gotten a lot easier as far as the training goes but her energy level is still high. I'm always amazed when we get home from the park/beach where she spends her time running around rough housing with the other dogs, playing in the water and chasing the ball around that she seems to have as much energy as she did before we went there. Phew! Of course, I'm exhausted from throwing, throwing and throwing the ball AND chasing after her to get her to drop the dead crabs she seems to find every time we go on the beach. Yeck!

The photograph below is from a hike we were taking while on one of our camping trips. In this picture she is running up hill from a pond she discovered and thought she was going to get into trouble for going in the water without my consent. I'm so glad I had my little point and shoot with me and snapped this picture of her in mid air. I was really surprised when I viewed my pictures on my computer that I actually snapped the picture while she was in mid air.




I have taken a lot of great photographs of her starting from when I first brought her home from the animal shelter. Almost all of the photographs have been taken by either my smartphone or my point and shoot. The photographs do not come out as perfect as they do with my DSLR, but I think they come out good enough for my own personal library. I definitely recommend that everyone carry some type of a camera with you at all times if possible. You just never know when there will be something interesting that you might want to photograph. My DSLR is just too much for me to lug around and also watch T so she doesn't get herself into trouble. Having my little point and shoots allows me to catch crazy shots like these. 



The picture above was taken after I discovered a dead black ant that was stuck to her lip. I'm thinking it might have bit her before dieing and then got stuck in her hairy little face. I saw this when we were in the car driving around Vermont and she decided to squeeze between the two front seats so she could look out the front window.






So, this is why I haven't been posting as much as I should be. This little puppy has been taking up so much of my time. I promise to be better with my posts.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Remember to take it slow, be present and enjoy all the beauty that's around you.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 in Review

I looked back at all of the fun I had in 2010. I was quite amazed at what a busy and fun year I had. In 2010 I tried to leave my camera behind more often so that I could enjoy and be more present with what I was doing instead of trying to see things through the lens of a camera. In 2011 I am going to try to find that happy medium between having and not having my camera (and video camera) with me as I move through my life. In this blog I wanted to recap my photographs in 2010. I hope you enjoy this with me.

I started off in January at The Real School of Music where I was invited to see Kyle Davis perform. Kyle is a young artist who was asked to be a special guest this particular night. If you haven't seen or heard of him or his music I suggest you check him out on You Tube. He's a fantastic young artist. The Real School of Music is a place where young and older adults are able to perform their musical talents. It was a wonderful night with a lot of talented artists performing for us.


In February I photographed a couple of my niece's hockey games. I will admit that I was never a hockey fan until I saw my niece and all the other young women play this sport. It was fun. And, of course, it was fun taking pictures of my niece. She is quite the hockey player. She's #14.


If anyone knows me they know that I'm very patriotic. I love taking pictures of the U.S. flag and love to take pictures of our soldiers. I am always amazed at how precise soldiers can march in perfect unison.


Boston is one of the most beautiful cities in this country. It is also a place where there is so much to do. And, of course, what would Boston be without the Boston Marathon. I always find it amazing how these athletes make it seem so effortless to run, and run, and run, and run...


As is usual for me, I came across some interesting objects to photograph as I walked the beaches in my area. Many people have questioned whether or not I stage my beach finds. No, I definitely do not stage any of my photographs. Really pay attention to what's around you the next time you take a walk on the beach and you'll find some really interesting things, too.


In 2010 I stopped off at The North Bridge in Lexington for a little history. As I was walking the grounds I found this peaceful looking old house on a pond.


I had never really checked out the state that I grew up in so I thought it was time for me to take a road trip across Massachusetts. I took a northern route out to the western part of Massachusetts. I then drove down along western Massachusetts, then took a southern route back across Massachusetts and then down into Connecticut. It wasn't as beautiful as I thought it would be but it was still an extremely nice trip. I was amazed at how old and poor some of the towns I drove through were. However, as usual, I found some interesting places to check out. One of my favorite spots on this trip was a park that was in the middle of nowhere that had all kinds of artwork in it. The sneakers below were hanging from a tree. I'm not sure what they were made out of, but found them fun to take photographs of. The picture of the mountain view was taken out in Western Massachusetts. I also came across a small Train Museum along the route.








On a bike trip along the Rhode Island Bikeway Trail I found this scare crow just hanging out.



In October I had the opportunity to go out to Sin City - Las Vegas. I was really excited about getting some great night photographs. However, there is so much walking to do out there that by the time the sun set I was so tired of walking and carrying my camera that I just didn't have the energy to take any more pictures. However, during the day I did find some interesting shots.







 I can't believe I've lived in Boston all my life but never took a kayak trip along the Charles River. Well, I finally did it in 2010. It was very interesting and very beautiful to see Boston from the Charles River. If you get a chance to do it...do it.


In October I went to Lake George and was suppose to continue up the Lakes to Locks Passage into upper New York. However, on the first day in Lake George we found so many things to do and see that we ended up staying the entire time right there. The weekend we were there they were holding antique boat races, an arts and crafts festival, hot air balloon festival (which didn't take place due to the wind), and so many other things to do and see. I would love to go back and spend a little more time just wandering around the area.


In early December I picked a hiking trail for a group of us to take. I warned them in advance that I was not very good with a map and I proved my point when we ended up hiking along a trail that had electrical towers on it. Well, being the artist that I am I found some interesting angles that were fun to photograph and my friends found it fun to climb on. After our very enjoyable hike where we found some strange looking mushrooms, old abandoned cars, etc. we ended our day by befriending some horses on a horse farm.




hmmm, 2010 was a lot of fun. I look forward to 2011 to see what it will bring me.

To see more of the photographs that I took in 2010 please visit www.tabblo.com/studio/person/cathystacy

Peace and Love,

Cathy