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Friday, April 30, 2010

Take a moment...

I have had an extremely productive week. It usually happens following a show. After a week or two of preparation, travel and being at a show I have a pent up need to be creative. While this week's productivity wasn't so much at my workbench as at my computer editing product photographs, it was still a week I am proud of. Completed projects, check marks on lists and crossing off to do's.

Today I ran out to the Post Office and as I did I stopped in my tracks. The view from every angle while heading down my driveway was filled with light, color and texture. I am ceaselessly amazed by the products of mother nature and I always aim for my work to convey the breathtaking colors and textures of the natural world. So I stopped. Took a breath and took in the beauty.

I wanted to share it with you, despite the fact that I am not a gardener. My rose bush is weighted down with flowers and needs a trellis. My ivy has over-flowed the pot and is trailing across the brick patio I haven't swept in days. And I found one crowded-in, hidden azalea between boxwoods still with fresh blooms as the others in the yard are rusting.

I hope that you have moments like these, where you just have to stop and take it in for a moment. The Post Office was still there when I got there. But I was richer for the moments I took to just be.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Photo Shoot

Last month a talented young friend of mine, Tace Joelle Samet, did a photography essay for a class at The George Washington University, from which she is about to graduate. She did a period shoot, using rich and layered backgrounds, period costumes and Judith Altman Designs jewelry. I thought I would share some of the beautiful results. The necklaces in these photos are from a series of Tibetan prayer boxes done in high-karat gold combined with coral, turquoise, jade and malachite.

These are from just a few of the shots in her project, further cropped to emphasize the jewelry. While these are not the final project pix, I think they look great. Tace, you get an A in my book!