Two cuties enjoying the great outdoors in the beautiful season of autumn, what's not to love? I had the enjoyment of capturing Marie and Kyle's unending smiles while exploring Silver Falls State Park and part of Salem for their engagement session.
Traveling out to Silver Falls, was nothing but thick fog, but as we entered the park, the fog lifted and the golden leaves sparkled along the road and waterfalls. We started at North Falls, explored a bit, and then went to the South Falls where the sun rays were streaming through the mist creating pure magic.
Here are some of my favorites of our mini autumn adventure. If you would like to see the entire image, click on the photo to enlarge.
Last weekend we added to our little family at our (new to us) home in Salem. I'd like to introduce Kona and Coal. They are black lab mixes and surprisingly they aren't related, even though they look a lot a like.
My hubby and I are really excited to have these two part of our family. And my camera might be excited to take lots and lots of photos of them!
I enjoyed the afternoon the other day with my Canon 85mm lens in our backyard as the pups were exploring the fallen autumn leaves and watching the geese flying south. If you are curious, my settings were 1/200 sec, 200 ISO, and 1.8 f. Shooting wide open (large aperture, small number) creates the beautiful blur of the background. When you photograph this shallow, make sure to focus on the eyes or what ever you want the focal point of the image to be.
Don't be surprised if you see more photos of these two.
Autumn; it's my favorite time of year with the leaves turning and the brisk morning air. And this autumn I had the pleasure of capturing Lily's infectious smile. We enjoyed ourselves strolling through Salem's Bush's Pasture Park and a short jaunt down to an iconic alley way in downtown. The leaves were blanketing the park in golden hues and the sun was giving the last couple warms rays for the day. It was perfect.
Lily and I share our love for autumn, along with plaid and hot cocoa. She even gave me a tip since candy canes aren't in season yet. Add peppermint ice cream to your hot cocoa for a creamy, mint kick. YUM! I'll be trying that once I make a trip to the grocery store. Sounds perfect to have snuggled up with my pups with a blanket on the couch.
So without further ado, here are a couple sneak peeks of our time finding all the colorful leaves and quiet places at Bush's Pasture Park and the alley way across the street from the Wild Pear.
If you would like to see the entire image, please click on it for the full view.
Paul Jackson’s workshop was five days of learning, not just about painting glass, but also about creating a narrative, tips on creating dynamic art, and techniques and tips for working in watercolor and working outside of your comfort zone and encouraging experimenting, exploring, and learning.
As we had learned during his presentation on Sunday, Paul likes to make his own supplies. He brought along some small batch masking fluid, he created a specific formula that lasts for at least three years (placing it in the refrigerator when not using increases shelf life) that withstands even a heat gun and still easily peels off after six months on paper. There was also a small selection of brushes that Paul has made that we available for workshop participants to purchase along with Paul Jackson Watercolors (made by DaVinci Paints) and some of his instructional DVDs. His table of products was like a candy store for artists. And a little tip is that you can get discounts in his paint by ordering them online, but first go to www.PaulJackson.com and then click on the “Supply Shop” and then paint tab, which then redirects you to DaVinci’s website.
The second day of Paul’s workshop he said, “Nothing in watercolor is impossible if you understand water balance.” Every day during his workshop he had demonstrated this. We learned the difference of water retention with synthetic and natural hair brushes, along with brush care. It was amazing to watch the water “yo-yo” in the tip of a natural hair brush and the wonders a kayak brush can bring for painting with two colors. For many of the artists, myself included, we learned what kind of board is best to use for stretching paper with a staple gun.
Paul kept touching on the tools you need to create your painting; if you don't have it, you can make the tool you need. Using everything from a soap dish as a brush holder, Mr. Clean (original) Magic Eraser, hand cut stencils, and even a natural broom (grass fibers) to create an even wash of a 10’ x 16” area of his Budapest painting.
The second half of the week, we started an additional painting, which could have been his demo or one that we wanted to work on. This one had glass in it, but also more of an environmental message, tall cylindrical vase-like colored glass morphing into factory smoke stacks whose smoke drifted into the Aurora Borealis which was dancing above a lone polar bear on a glass iceberg. The first thing was masking out all the highlights in the glass and the reflections; keeping the white of the paper as the highlights. Paul was able to start and finish this painting in two days and it danced with the contrast of deep, dark blues and greens among the the oranges and pinks reflecting in the glass.
Some of the participants decided to make this one into their own, introducing flowers, birds, geometric shapes, mountains, and even the moon. While others brought in their own photo references of animals or personal glass pieces. Paul didn't hold back when we asked him questions and was more than happy to demonstrate specific techniques, such as fog, when asked.
This was a fantastic workshop, even though glass isn’t what I wanted to learn about, I learned a lot about techniques and materials that can be used towards any subject matter.
I hope you stay awhile. This is my journal where I will talk about my paintings, processes, photography & adventures, post processing, social media, and more.