Monday, January 25, 2010

New ACEO's inspired

For some reason when it comes to my Artist Cards I feel the need to do something more then to add to the edition of a popular print. I feel they should take on a life of there own and often are a result of inspiration from others or just experimentation. This time it was a bit of both.
I recently joined ILP (I love Photography dot com), a website primarily for Child Portrait Photographers. It is a group of photographers that talk about and share their craft. One of the post, a tutorial about how to get an Ice Grunge look by photographer Andrea Joki, inspired me to play with layers more.
The results are four new limited Edition ACEOs. Each one as a different reason. The first was inspired by Valentines day and my love of bleeding heart flowers.
This card is limited to an edition of 14. The next image, Desert Dancer, was inspired by the many beautiful photos from this shoot that I have yet to process and list. It is a personal favorite because of my love of dance and the desert.

This card is also available in a limited edition of 14. and the image will not be offered in any other size.
I was also inspired by Mothers day and did a small edition of 6 of a beautiful ACEO titled "Love & Joy: Motherhood".

And last but not least, (Actually, this is my personal favorite,) is "Lost in Enchantment: Dreaming" Inspired by Route 66 and New Mexico's beautiful night sky. The original image was actually taken during the day, but the sky came out so dark in the original photo that it lent itself to becoming an evening sky. For those that don't know too much about New Mexico, it is the Land of Enchantment. The Whiting Brothers sign is just off of I-40, and on an old stretch of Route 66. Not much left but the sign these days.

All of these ACEO are or will be available for sale starting this week in both my LJDesignphoto etsy shop and my fine art photography 1000 Markets shop. Each is printed on archive Endora Professional paper and then backed with acid free watercolor paper. They are signed, titled, and numbered.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hiking at Canyonlands National Park.

Canyonland National Park, originally uploaded by ljdesignphoto.

I just thought I would share with you a few panoramas from our hike in Canyonlands National Park, the Needles district. This is one of my most favorite of the National Parks. We visited in Fall and I can't wait to go back.

Canyonlands National Park, originally uploaded by ljdesignphoto.

In this last one you can see the spires that give the Needles district there name.

Canyonlands NP, originally uploaded by ljdesignphoto.

I'm thinking of offering these in one of my shops, maybe as a canvas print so they don't need to be framed. Any suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year's Resolutions - Not

I don't know about you, but I don't do new year's resolutions. I seem to have enough in my life that I'm trying to get done without adding to it. But that said, I do though find that after a busy fall and holidays, that January is a great time to get some of that lingering to do list finally accomplished.
Last year I started at Weight Watchers with a friend and lost 25 lb. This was a continuation of a goal that I had started during the summer, but could not seem to get myself past a 5 lb lost.
During the last part of 2009 I have managed to keep it off, eat better, and continue to be active. I would love to lose 5 more pounds and I'm hoping to do this in the next month or so. Here is a photo of my and my daughter that my hubby took recently. One of these day's I need to post a before and after, but I really don't like my before.

Another thing on my to do list is to update and redo my website. I'm doing more portraits then ever, and enjoying it. My website does not let anyone know I'm also a portrait photographer and it really needs to. I love photographing both children and adults and really enjoy photographing a family in their home and capture them in their own environment. Here are some of my recent favorites.

Other things on my to do list include traveling more, finishing up some scrapbooks, organizing my digital negatives better and spending more time playing with my daughter.

So instead of adding to your busy life with new "resolutions", just say no and try to get some of that never ending to do list done.

Hope you and yours has a happy and beautiful 2010!!!

more great quotes

Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
- Salvador Dali

Living is more a question of what one spends than what one makes.
-Marcel Duchamp