Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Beautiful Pregnant Belly

My girlfriend Marcia came to visit me for 4 days on a whim vacation. After feeling extremely crappy for a few months with my 1st pregnancy I was so happy to have some pregnant companionship with someone who has shared a lot with me in the last 8 years. Usually I am the one who does the advice giving, but she is about 10 weeks ahead of me in the pregnancy so this time the tables are turned.

While she was visiting she asked if I would do some belly photos for her, and although this was a new subject matter for me (if you will) I said I would try...I am not sure if this is a new route I may go, or because of our friendship and connection I was just able to really capture some special moments. Either way these are my top 10 in no particular order!

I love you Marcia! Can't wait to meet the little man...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Cousin/Sibling Photo Shoot

I had the opportunity yesterday to photograph 4 kids (ages 18 months to 15 years). The neat part was they were all related...brothers, sisters, cousins. We had a great time at the park, and I learned how vital the ducks were in keeping the littlest one entertained through the photos :-)

I am still editing and weaning down the photos (with kids you learn to just shoot a lot due to blinks and funny faces). These are my favs from the afternoon...enjoy the sneak peak!

You should be able to click on them to open them up to see more detail.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Spring!

Sorry I haven't written in well...forever. Hopefully if Spring really arrives I will be more active - the winter blues have been getting me down.

I have my 1st show of 2009 this weekend at the Frederick Artist's Market so cross your fingers that it is a great start to the season!!!

Wishing you green grass, sunny skies, and warm weather!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New Postcard Designs

As the first show of 2009 draws nearer I am working on new inventory items that are in everyone's budget, even amidst these tough financial time, so postcards, note cards, magnets, and pendants are my priority right now.

Here are the 2 postcard fronts I designed today...I would love some feedback before I go to print so let me know your thoughts :-)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Wonderful Day

I loved my horoscope today so I decided to share it...

"This is a wonderful day. You're going to be reminded just how loved you are by your closest friends. There's a lot of warmth coming your way today, and it's all coming from the people who choose to walk the same path as you."

Wishing everyone a wonderful day today and everyday!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Western Shore of Maryland

This past weekend Rob and I went to visit my Uncle who lives in California...California, Maryland that is...

Just like the confusion with many of the city's names making you do a double take, so is it's name of the "Western Shore." This area isn't West within the state at all, but it is the West peninsula of the Chesapeake, and thus the name.

We had an amazingly clear cloudless day, but the temperatures were still hovering around 30 with wind chill.

Above pictured are the Calvert Cliffs formed over 15 million years ago when Southern Maryland was covered my shallow sea. These cliffs are best known for the over 600 species of fossils which have been found amongst these rocks; the most numerous fossils found are that of shark.

Knowing that the weather conditions would probably lend to a beautiful sunset we went out to find some good photo opportunities right at dusk. We drove to Solomons Island and found some breathtaking beauty. Nature did not let me down...the sunset was quite wonderful!

When the weather gets nicer and boating season starts again we will definitely be back to traverse this area from the water. Solomans Island was a quaint sailing town with what looked to be some great restaurants and bars, although seasonal like much of Marylands' shore towns.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Exploring My Ancestory

While researching different parts of Germany for my upcoming travels I learned more about the area called Bavaria where my ancestors rein from...

Bavaria prides itself on its uniqueness known for its variety of beautiful lakes, forests and the towering summits of the Alps. Upper Bavaria has its own highlights, which include beautiful castles and gorgeous monasteries.

Beer is not merely considered to be a beverage in Bavaria, it is their cultural heritage [and a daily staple if anything like my family]. Bavarian beer (brewed according to the purity regulations of 1516) is world-famous; the hops used in its production are grown in Bavaria itself.

Bavarians are characterized as either loud and brash or as humorous, warm and fun-loving depending on who you meet. [This explains a lot! Even after many generations since our family lived in Bavaria these traits prevail.]

In eastern Bavaria, glassworks and porcelain manufactorers carry on traditional crafts. [Maybe my creativity and artistic talent comes from generations past...it is in my blood.]

Special thanks to www.about-germany.org for the great information.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Crushed Can Art Series Now For Sale on Etsy

As of this morning you can now purchase any of the 12 crushed can art pieces out of my Cherry Blossom series on Etsy.

And, as an added bonus shipping is FREE!

This merging of art and recycling has been a big hit and conversation piece around the gallery and online.

Make one of these 12 hand signed and numbered cans part of your collection today.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Nick & Annie are married!

It is such a pleasure to be present emotional and mentally at a wedding to enjoy the day for the love of the couple. I had almost forgotten what attending, not working, at a wedding was like.

This past weekend our friends Annie & Nick were married in West Chester, Ohio and we had the privilege of being guests – what a wonderful feeling! They are such a great couple and the wedding had many personal touches from each of them.

Before our move from Ohio I did help Annie design her centerpieces. She wanted something that was winter, but not holiday; elegant yet not overdone. I think we found a great and unique grouping that helped set the mood and theme.

For their wedding present I used photos from their engagement session I shot earlier last year and created a photo guest book. I love that guests have fun looking through the photos of the couple while signing, and that the couple have a keepsake of photos and notes of wishes from their family and friends for years to come.

It was great seeing you and being able to be there on your special day!

Sunday, January 4, 2009


Right now I have no plans for the future other than to make the plans. I'm not really sure what I'll do, or where life is taking me on this crazy ride.

As Tristan Prettyman put it in her recent blog that I so connected with, "The world is my fishbowl. Maybe i'll get married and have 6 kids. Maybe tomorrow i'll wake up and finally be inspired to write a song. Maybe I'll stumble upon a new path, go back to school, get my degree. Maybe i'll become a raw/vegan chef...Im getting really good at that..Or perhaps I will become so dedicated to my yoga practice, I will become a Yoga teacher. Im not really sure. But i do know, that everything happens for a reason, and getting lost is usually the most memorable part of the adventure."

So not everything exactly applies...I mean I am already married, and instead of getting inspired to write it would be painting...chef maybe, but not vegan or raw I like too many yummy things not in these categories. However a lot of the other things Tristan writes about apply. Who knows what is to come, I certainly don't...right now I feel lost in a world of familiarness, uncertainty, and confusion all rolled into one.