half through my day at dad's i wandered off in to the yard to capture the surrounding nature.. at first glance you see spider webs, stickers in the grass, guy junk, i.e.: bikes, old broken chairs, well organized heaps of "junk" or maybe treasures...
i've had a fascination with trees for about a year or so. i LOVE photographing trees and can't wait to plug in my memory card and play. intensifying the contrast, the color saturation. this is of a tree in my dad's yard, contrast and saturation x two.. i love the colors it pulled out.
i took pictures of many more things that i plan to print and mat for my dad for a gift later down the road. i know for some it's hard to see past the organized mess, to relax and see the good in things when things are down. this tree to me resembles my ability to.
the last we saw eachother her daughter was a couple years old and my little miss hadn't been born yet. she has since had another little girl; okay i'll come out and say it! i was a tearful mess~~! i made it through the initial hug and then had to take a trip down the hall to my room to try to pull it together...
she of course had the initial shock and awe at how much my M looked like me as a child. haunting in a way... i took many pictures of all of our brood playing in the yard together, on the swings, hammock and slide.
we had dinner and a small birthday celebration for her daughter L and laughed about how all the teenagers were acting, comparing them to our early teen adventures, all the while praying they will not mirror our mistakes and mistrusts in boys... had to call them off the roof tops a couple times.. :)
we took some long overdue pictures together which i will attach tonight. her beauty and strength amazes me. she is a sincere and devoted mother and wife who has had her fair share of struggles, she left me with a heavy heart last night. i cannot wait to plan a trip to CO to visit her very soon.
i did make two new friends one, gabe, a fellow artist. AMAZING portraits, life like yet slightly abstract. he just picked up a brush for the first time 3 years ago.. to look at his work you think surely he went to art school, but no.. just a natural. another, kevin, wasn't an artist (nor a great karaoke singer-just poking fun! :) but i think he has a passion for the arts and the atmosphere. i met a group of girls in BECA (Bakerfield Emerging Contemporary Artists) very cool rockabilly style, tattoos, the whole bit.. the image i want but my day-job is not the right place for it. the leader N is also a tattoo artist. for this the show was worth it.
my exhibit is fast approaching, 7/3. i'm trying not to let friday's disappointment bring me down. all i can do is grab the jesso, erase the evidence of the 'not-so-inspiring' pieces and start them over, fresh, new and hopefully fabulous.
feeling small but stretching for the stars,
stay on your toes...
i've been struggling to get the art business off the ground. i've created a LOT of pieces, paintings and have shot a lot of photos...
my first photography exhibit was 5/5/09 at the basement gallery, 19th street, bakersfield, ca. being my first show i felt anxious, didn't know what to wear, didn't know how things would be displayed... the night was wonderful. papa and nana doe traveled in from the coast, i showed my family around the floor and after they went home, i spent the majority of the night with my friend 'Anne' catching up and living the artsy downtown life----for the night. the atmosphere was urban, barefoot, bohemian, with acoustic and folk music. people were sitting on alfghans on the floor of the studio... after all my worries of appearance, the lead singer of one of the bands (a real local underground music celebrity) approached me saying he loved my dress and hoped we enjoyed the show. it was the highlight of my night.
i have an exclusive show coming up on 7/3. just me! paintings and photography... i again feel anxious but in a way relieved that it will be only my work and i won't have to worry about my pieces not meshing with others'..
now for the rush to price everything based merely at this point on feeling-- arrange the pieces hopefully find some musicians to play and get the word out! i hope this event to be my breakout point. to get my name and work out to new people atleast locally for now... there's no better feeling than making a stranger smile.
you can find a lot of the work on http://sweetdesigns.etsy.com for sell.
this little dancer picture was taken in the garden of papa and nana doe's on the coastline. i've adored the statuettes for some time and saw this image in my mind as soon as i traveled outdoors to snap some shots. enjoy..
photograph by christina sweet/sweet designs
in reflecting on my first blog the focus was on the oldest and youngest of our three sweet girls... smack in the middle of 'little miss' and 'ms raine' is 'M.' our dark beauty... her eyes deep dark chocolate, almost black, reminding me not only of color but shape, of both her great grandmas opal and carol sue.. which she regretedly never met. they left this earth before her birth, yet i have no doubt they are in her and with her... peering through her -old soul- eyes.
this photo was taken on the beach last weekend, i studied her as her aunt took the picture, M even noticed it half between the pose, yet looked back out to sea as if in prayer or deep far away thoughts, never losing the pose nor her sincere expression and gaze.
she tells me, "mommy when i grow up i want to be a singer and a dancer and a cheerleader." her beauty knows no end nor does our love for our three girls... strength, encouragement and confidence are my daily gifts to her... she will do and be all that she dreams of...
photograph by jana souza - rooted in style -- http://rootedinstyle.com/
last weekend was a whirlwind of important events, my oldest--14, graduated the 8th grade, my youngest--5, graduated pre-school and my dear grandparents-in-law renewed their vows celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary at their home on the california coastline...
to watch ms. raine move closer to her freshman year was emotional to say the least... i remember being her age and the excitement of the first day of highschool; the boys; the mean girls; the pressures to look your best and impress all you can. you have a long and winding road ahead of you ... stay strong and true to yourself and those around you will follow.
when little miss crossed the stage of the church to accept her diploma, that sweet turn to face the cameras, chin pointed down and cheeks raised for her sweet smile... kindergarten is around the corner. going to school with big sis will be fun. live it up for all its worth...
and last but certainly not least, 50 years of wedded bliss, mr and mrs nana doe -- hats off to you both for all you have accomplished and the love you have grown. one can only hope to be as in love as the two of you half a century later... your strength and faith never falters, the school-kid crush glances and warm embraces... during the ceremony I found myself breathless and in awe...
photography by christina sweet/sweet designs