Look: We Need Flowers!

When I was a young girl, we were fairly poor. But, my Mom made it a priority to have a fresh bouquet of flowers in the house. They usually weren’t store bought, but were from the garden, or my Grandmother’s garden. For several years, we lived within walking distance from her house. I loved coming home with fresh Hydrangeas or Roses!

Flowers are good for us, not just because they smell good. An article from Evolutionary Psychology, “An Environmental Approach to Positive Emotion: Flowers” explains that flowers aren’t just a good gift to get your woman. It turns out, they not only boost a woman’s mood for up to 3 days, they also improve memory in the elderly (for both men and woman). They go one to explain it all in 26 pages, but the short of it is that flowers = better mood. So, now I just wonder if a photograph of flowers can cause the same positive mood?

I think perhaps, just having natural beauty around us brings a sense of calm to our environment. And, maybe that’s why I love to photograph Flowers and Nature so much!

This bit of information inspired me to put several photographs together and sell them as a collection rather than single prints. If you haven’t visited my Etsy shop, here’s a look at the flowers:

1-8x10 and 2-5x7 Prints, ready to fly through the mail!

1-8×10 and 2-5×7 Prints, ready to fly through the mail!

2- 8x10s and 2-5x7 Prints

2- 8x10s and 2-5×7 Prints

Love these sets? Want to see more individual flowers? Check out the Floral Section of the Etsy Shop!

p.s. Pick some flowers in your yard or buy some – you’re worth it!

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Thank You: Heart Local Art Show!

The Pop-Up Art Show on Valentine’s Day was a lot of fun – thanks, everyone who came!

Heart Local Art Girls!

Heart Local Art Girls!

It was my first group show with two other talented West Seattle artists: My Lemon Pie {Illustrations and Watercolors}  and Summer Night Sky {Jewelry} – our work really complimented each other with lots of organic colors, natural themes and beauty.

Tiny space, but cool venue!

Tiny space, but cool venue!

We were fortunate to be showing at the Nature Constortium Offices during the West Seattle Art Walk. Nature Consortium hosted by providing the space, a live musician, and some beverages and snacks, without charging us for the space. Many other venues require  30-40% of sales – so, props to Nature Consortium for supporting local artists! They are a super cool non-profit whose mission is to “Connect people, arts and nature.” They accomplish this by getting people into the woods, restoring green space and engaging youth in programs including an arts festival in the summer.

The best thing about doing a show is having the excuse to print up work. The next is talking to people and seeing what they love. I had a fun time, and look forward to my next show. I’ve applied to a few other places, and have my sights set on some other Summer festivals…more news on those when I get dates set.

Since the show ended, I’ve added a few items to the Etsy shop! I have several others to add, but for now, here are two of my favorite:

Wishes: set of three 4x4 inch wood prints

Wishes: set of three 4×4 inch wood prints

Wood Print: Gnome King

Wood Print: Gnome King

Thanks again!

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Heart in art

I love that within the work heart there is art – HE{ART}! Perhaps this is why you have to put your heart into your art?

February is the month where all the stores start to fill with paper hearts, and colors pink, red and white. But, why not celebrate the heart all year round? For me, this month varies from sentiment (Enjoying the process of making individual valentines by hand) to practicality (like the year I begged for a Dyson for my Valentine’s Day gift. Yes, I wanted a Vacuum cleaner instead of a diamond necklace, so what?). This year, it is filled with gratitude.

The heart can fill with so many things. From life to death, from overwhelm to joy, there are so many ways it will keep us going no matter what fills it. And I am grateful for this.

This is my favorite found heart in nature photograph. I’ve yet to find another one that is so perfect. At my last show, a lady purchased this as a print to add to her Heart Collection. There will be a few more available at the Heart Local Art Show in West Seattle! Hope to see you there – Holli

Found art with heart!

Found art with heart!

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Walking in the foggy woods looks like this…

With my son off from school in honor of MLK’s Birthday, and my daughter in Preschool this morning, I had the treat of going on a walk with just my boy. He led the way!

The boy found a tree fortress!

The boy found a tree fortress!

I let him use a point and shoot camera of ours, and we had such fun documenting our explorations.

Such beauty.

Such beauty.

Ferns are so lovely even at the end.

Ferns are so lovely even at the end.

Bare branches are lovely bones.

Bare branches are lovely bones.

I just love the fog, because it seems to quiet the city unlike anything else. Yes, I admit to being bothered by not being able to see the standard landmarks while out driving. But, while our winter is lacking in snow, I think we needed something to quiet the pace and bring in a little mystery to the season.

Happy Winter,

Holli

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Heart Local Art: You’re Invited!

Have plans on Valentine’s Day? Make West Seattle your destination!

My next show is a pop-up shop with several other West Seattle artists – so, don’t fret on buying a gift, let your Sweet Heart pick out something special while you stroll along the West Seattle Junction…and enjoy a cupcake, coffee or glass of wine with dessert in one of the many venues showcasing art.

When: Feb. 14th, 6-9pm

Where: Nature Constortium Offices, 4210 SW Oregon Street, Seattle, WA. 98106 (above Shadowland)

Created by Jennifer Cepeda

Created by Jennifer Cepeda

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You made this happen.

It’s hard to believe it’s only been one year since my first art photography show. Thank you for your encouragement, perspective and patronage. I’m especially grateful for those who enjoy my work as much as I do.

I have a large base of family and friends who have made my leap into selling my work less scary. Just about everyone came to my first show. And, I know that not everyone loves my photography, and that’s okay. Art is not for the sake of pleasing every single eye that looks upon it. The work I share is based on what makes my heart happy, and if it makes your heart dance too, it’s totally worth it. If not, I believe that there are others that will. That’s the fun thing about art: it’s in the eye of the beholder (like beauty)!

Someone asked me recently what the goal of selling my art photography was. I told her that I wanted to get my work out there. She asked if it was just a hobby, or if I wanted to support myself financially. In 2012, it was a hobby that paid for itself. As I have given it more thought the past few months, I have to be honest: I want to help support my family too. And today, that doesn’t seem too far out of reach. Thank you for helping me get out there. That first step was scary. The next ones seem much more possible.

Self-doubt still plagues me, but I can look at the year of 2012 as a big lesson in just putting one foot in front of the other to get going!

A few snapshots of those first steps in 2012:

My Dad and Me, he gave me my first camera, a Polaroid when I was 10. Photo by Joe LeBlanc

My Dad and Me, he gave me my first camera, a Polaroid when I was 10. Photo by Joe LeBlanc

My first art fair booth @ Alki Art Fair!

My first art fair booth @ Alki Art Fair!

At the Fauntleroy Art and Gift Show with my little tired assistant.

At the Fauntleroy Art and Gift Show with my little tired assistant.

Let me leave you with my favorite 2 personal photos of 2012: A sneak peek into my life!

And, Thank you for joining the fun.

©Tim RoundsOur family photo - this is what reality looks like when you try to get a perfect shot!

©Tim Rounds
Our family photo – this is what reality looks like when you try to get a perfect shot!

Savoring my grumpy kids!

Savoring my grumpy kids!

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2012 Blogging Review by WordPress!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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