Inspiration: Unexpected Subject

For inspiration I often revisit previous ideas.  The following image collage came from a trip with 2 girlfriends to an Amish country bed-and-breakfast in the late fall.  Although the company and the lodgings were comfortable and restorative, the weather was cold, overcast and bleak.

birdbathI took many photographs of the surrounding rolling hills, farm equipment, pine rockers on the sprawling porch, as well as small details including a birdbath that was chipped, stained and discarded behind the barn. Layers of sediment, decaying leaves and bits of bark created an interesting patina at the bottom.

Long after the trip was over I looked again at these photos when asked by my friends for copies to document our trip together. The picture that fascinated me the most was that of the birdbath. Thinking about my feelings of being with my friends and having the daily chores of life lifted gave me a new perspective into the image.

By enhancing colors, textures and light, and adding bits of photographs I took from other outings I evolved an image that better represented the experience for me. I found that the rudimentary documentation of the birdbath  served as inspiration for deeper contemplation.


“Wordless does the mind search.”

Although this image is part of an older journaling project, I see similar thoughts regarding color, texture and light being manifested in current work, such as the New “Rondo Weave” Series.


“Rondo Weave: Thyme”

Related posts: Rondo Weave: Lavender, 3 New “1000 Petals” Paintings, and Dog Dream Series.

Online: Vuvox MashUps

I am always curious as to what online tools artists are using to promote their work. They include sites like  Y!Groups, as well as the popular social networks like Flickr, YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook.  And, there are new online tools coming out every day to leverage these sites. There are a few noted on my blog under the Art/Technology link.  I’m making a collection of these useful tools, so please send me a list of your favorites  in the comments section for this post.

My favorite for today is Vuvox: Collage, a mash-up tool for making a collage banner (sorry, no video or sound, just pictures from the studio and yard – although, if you have it, you can add multimedia).  You can click the play arrow and it will side scroll, or you can move the scrubber/slider left and right to go to any section.

Vuvox LSB Banner

The pictures may be redundant if you’ve recently visited the blog,  but here they are in a new context, re-authored/re-imagined. Take a look at the Sisley-Blinn Artist/Painter collage banner at the Vuvox site, if you cannot see the presentation below, or you want to see the full panorama look.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

[Studio music: YouTube -Josh Cobia, “How Many Times,”  MySpace for Josh Cobia.]

Photogaphy: Waterway Overlay

I can’t resist using software as my darkroom. It is just too much fun to manipulate digital images. There is no additional cost overhead, and you can make numerous variations. Computer memory may be your only limitation.


There are 3 images that were resized, edited and  superimposed on each other. The various reflected lights and ambient light gives the composite a hazy, mysterious look.

“Waterway Overlay” may not be an award winning entry, but it is interesting to look at.

Photography: Waterway Reflected

I am often struck by the beauty of the world. Today while out with the dog both the views of the waterway and the textured bottom were of equal excitement.

“Waterway Reflected” is a composite photograph that is also mirrored on itself. Taken with a Canon 30D and polarizing filter at mid-morning, Missouri.


Photography: Carnations and Irises as Inspiration

I have been longing for the Spring. And so have the florists, because you can get irises at most locations that sell flowers, including the grocery store. I was gifted with a beautiful bouquet of  irises and carnations from my husband. They have served as inspiration for photography and encaustic painting –  “1000 Petals” series: Tulips I, Carnations and Irises I-III, and, “Blue Rain Iris,” ” Lemon Sun Iris,” and ” Rose Sunrise Iris.”




The vibrant red carnations, deep green foliage, and rich purples of the irises are wonderful.