The sun was out on Monday, 77° and sunny. It was a day of yardwork at our house and planting, but the sunshine got me thinking about the beach. I haven’t been to the beach in what seems like years. And I know that my mother and younger siblings enjoy going to the coast, too. So I asked them if they wanted to do a day trip to the beach.
The weather was fabulous with the sun shining and dogs smiling. Kona and Coal had a grand time with Daisy. And Daisy was awfully cute with the surf behind her. She’s already larger than Coal at only being an 11 month old Great Pyrenees puppy.
Sometimes you just need to get out of town, literally.
Today John, Kona, Coal, and I headed out to (John's) favorite fishing spot along the Breitenbush River. It was a cold day and the sun wasn't yet high in the sky. Needless to day it was a warm hat day, so John's Christmas hat had its maiden voyage (doesn't it look all fuzzy and warm?).
It was the first time John had fished the Breitenbush with the winter flow and he was just interested in finding out if the rainbow trout wintered in the summer fishing holes. At times our labs splashed in the water next to John as he casted out his line, but he didn't mind as much as usual because the fish weren't biting.
2017 has been the year of exciting changes: new home, new city, new goals. 2016 was the start of searching for a new home. John and I looked at many homes and this spring we found the perfect house for us in Salem. We beat out other bids and a couple months later were proud home owners. With the time and energy required for buying and moving into a house, my art creations slowed down. But now that we’ve moved, I now have a space to convert to be my art studio. Since relocating to Salem, I met some locals and have captured memories for them with my camera.
The past couple years I’ve done goals for the new year. Last year I didn’t set goals for 2017. I looked back to 2016 and found the goals I made and will be transferring 2016 to 2017.
My art goals for 2016, now for 2017 ...
1.) Book Photography Sessions - Families, Couples, Seniors, Pets. Yes, booked a couple sessions from new clients: senior, family, and wedding.
2.) Have a booth at the St. Paul Rodeo Art Show. Yes!
3.) Have a booth set up at: a Dog Show, Lavender Festival, Gresham Art Walk, Oktoberfest, Crafty Wonderland. Art booth at Englewood Forest Festival and met photography clients.
4.) Sell original watercolors. Yes, at St. Paul Rodeo and commissions.
5.) Enter paintings and photographs into local art shows. Yup, Oregon State Fair and actually won an award!
6.) Design and sell screen printed tea towels and t-shirts. Did it in 2016, but decided to not continue this year.
7.) Post and sell items from Etsy along with my website. Only sold through my website and decided not to sell through Etsy.
8.) Design something amazing with my photography/paintings - maybe a book? On my bucket list!
9.) Go to someplace like Yellowstone and photograph the wildlife with a super-telephoto (rented) lens. Maybe for 2019? But I had a Media Access Pass to the Pendleton Round Up.
10.) Find a house to live in and have a roomy studio. Yes, done!
My goals for 2018:
1.) Create a new body of watercolors utilizing my sketchy style technique.
2.) Create an art studio space in my garage.
3.) Be accepted into a local art show.
4.) Have an art booth at the St. Paul Rodeo.
5.) Create new photography Greeting Cards.
6.) Offer holiday mini sessions for clients.
7.) Offer private art lesions in my studio.
8.) Offer private photography editing classes.
9.) Find an art gallery to represent my art.
10.) Write stories to go along with every painting.
I'm in the Christmas spirit with my favorite festive Pandora stations, lights on the Christmas tree, and wrapping gifts specially picked out for loved ones.
I also lined my pockets with puppy treats as rewards for Kona and Coal posing in front of our decorated fresh Christmas tree. I had a lot of fun with my 85mm lens and did a little free lensing with Coal. Make sure you click/select the images to see them in full view, there's some awesome bokeh with the lights.
I hope you and your loved ones are excited for spending time together and reminiscing of special times while making new memories.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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.
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.