Monday, May 27, 2013

Raindrops, how inspiring!

Raindrops on garden foliage can give stunning close up shots  Lily Silver 2007

Sometimes we think that a rainy day is a bad day to shoot photographs outdoors. With the proper precautions to protect our equipment, we can take some awesome photos that might otherwise get ignored if we only shoot during sunny skies. 

Geranium leaves in Rain, Lily Silver, 2007

The possibilities are endless, just use your imagination. Flowers take on a new aura with raindrops clinging ot their petals.

Tulip with Raindrops, Lily Silver 2007

Foliage in the rain, Lily Silver 2007

Foliage collects little pools of water that add dimension, reflection, magnification as the dewy leaves serve as receptacles for the fresh spring rain.  That's just with the green leaves. Imagine how lovely a rose could be glistening with raindrops, or a spider's web? 

The next time you wake up to a drab, rainy day, don't let it spoil your photography outing. Just take along some plastic bags, an umbrella, and rain gear, and let your imagine soar as you explore the rainy day world.

Keep clicking that shutter button,

Lily Silver, artist and photographer

Sunday, May 19, 2013

An Artist You Should Follow; Qiang Huang

Greetings fellow art lovers and artists,

Normally, I like to post my own artwork here and talk about it. However, I subscribe to an artist's blog and his work always takes my breath away. So, I wanted to share his work with you and advise you to keep an eye on this one as he's a brilliant and talented artist.

Qiang Huang has a daily art blog where he simply posts some of his work. I happened to see his stunning painting "Orchid Study 1" today and I thought to myself, "I have to share this with other artists and art lovers."  So, view the picture, visit Qiang Huang's blog, and sign up for his daily paintings if you dare. Find a little time in your day to view his blog posts, enjoy the work of an awesome artist and find your zen moment in the process.  I hope you will become a fan of Qiang's work, as I am.  Come on . . . be inspired . . .

All hail the reigning master painter!  Here's a hint, it's not me.......

This Painting is from Qiang Huang's collection, posted today on his blog to share, so I'm sharing it with you. This painting is called "Orchid Study 1" By Qiang Huang.

Click the link below to be taken to Qiang Huang's blog, and don't forget to subscribe so you can have lovely paintings like the one above presented to you through his mailing list. Many of his paintings are for sale, too, so let's support this awesome and inspiring artist!

Thanks for visiting, and keep your own art journal~ whether it's a book or a blog!

Share the Joy of Art with Others.

Lily Silver,
Artist, Photographer, Writer, Proud Grandmother

Monday, May 6, 2013

Kidnapped by the Silver Faires

I am a photographer. I think I must have inherited a photography gene.  I have been addicted to photography since I was 17 years old, that's about thirty years or more of being a photographer.
Frolicking with the Silver Fairies

It started innocently enough. I has in high school,and took a black and white darkroom photography class. I inherited my grandfather's old 1944 Argus 35mm film camera at that time, as my father saw I was excited about the art of photography and bequeathed it to me. This was the beginning of the end for me. The end of a bland, art-less existence. I became obsessed: with photography, with the darkroom process, with riding around on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon just clicking pictures.

I was in love; truly, madly, deeply, as the saying goes. In love with the art of photography.

And, my grandfather was obsessed, too. He had a darkroom in his house in Maine, and spent a lot of time in there. I also inherited some of his lovely black and white photographs.
My Grandfather, Jack Leavitt, with my father, Jack Jr. circa 1924

Addicted to Photography? 
I went back to college in my 40's, and of course, signed up for all the photo classes, seeking a degree in Art with an emphasis in photography. I learned photoshop and entered the digital age. I still had to take a basic class in chemical darkroom photography (this was in 2004). I loved the darkroom. I became the goddess of the darkroom. I became a darkroom supervisor, and spent hours and hours there after classes. I could be there all night if I wanted, being a supervisor, with the keys. And often I was there until well after midnight. It was always ..... just one more print..... then I'll close up and go home. It got to the point where my husband would say to me as I returned at 1:30 am, "Where you kidnapped by the Silver Fairies again?"  Yes, I was. The Silver Fairies in this case being the Silver Gel process of developing film and black and white prints. Yes, I love the Silver Fairies, and I've been enslaved by them for years.

 As a photographer for about thirty years, I've accumulated a lot of negatives, slides, darkroom equipment, filters, cameras, and yes, massive files of digital photos.
 And so, what do we do with them as artists? They sit in our closet. We try to sell some, we try to publish. And then, with the advent of the internet......and blogging.....and websites.....yes, we can share our closet files with the world.

This blog will be part imagery and on my adventures as an artist and a photographer. I'll share my experiences with the changing landscape and the exciting new trends in the photographic world.
As fellow artists and photographers, or just plain art lovers, I hope you will join me on this journey. 
Keep clicking that shutter button.

Lily Silver, Artist, Photographer, Author and Historian