Monday, June 17, 2019

Around the island . . .

A solo deer on the bluff at Fort Casey becomes the focal point in a landscape created by using my photos of the side of a fishing boat, cement patterns on a bunker, and a seascape... Insanity reigns! ©2019 Carol Leigh

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Around the island . . . Greenbank Farm



It was a lovely day, so a little trip south to Greenbank for a stop at Greenbank Farm (and, of course, Whidbey Pies Cafe.

After a light lunch, we meandered around the grounds, admiring the pond, the Canada geese and their goslings, the gardens, the window boxes.

A lovely way to erase the cares of the day.

All images copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Same subject but different look . . .




Last month I uploaded these four pictures to Fine Art America / Pixels. I liked the painterly look I gave them, and the striking yet subtle colors.

But after a few days I removed the bottom two. Why? They're pretty, but they don't have the same feel, the same vibrancy, nor the same feeling of sharpness.

None of the images is sharp all the way through, however. I made sure the centers were in focus, but let the focus soften as your eye moves out from center.

The last two, however, don't have that same crispness in the center, and the "petals" don't have that same little glow. They're more "blah."

So after a couple of days, the top two pictures remain, but I removed the bottom two. And now I feel MUCH better!

Copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Nautical bits . . .



Kinda what I live for! Never can get enough.

Images Copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Recent work . . . "Collage Heart #653"

A friend of mine is going through some tough times, so I made her a collage, using just three pieces of paper: the heart (a gelatin print), a scrap of torn silver-painted paper, and a background of paper I'd used to clean my paintbrushes.

It was fun to make and she seemed to like it. The mercenary side of me, however, brought it into the computer before I mailed it to her, so that it now appears for sale on Fine Art America/Pixels.

Over on my professional blog, the latest post is about my first sale at Fine Art America. Here's the link: https://carolleighart.blogspot.com/

Images Copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Around the house , . .

This morning's coffee.

Copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh

Lather, rinse, repeat . . .

Lather, rinse, repeat . . .

The cat sits on his lap as he reads.
He moves.
The cat leaves.
Cat returns,
And sits on his lap as he reads.

Copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh

Friday, May 10, 2019

Around the yard . . .


It's May, which means the lawn grows about 3" a day, and we are way behind. So this morning I was out there raking up lawn trimmings and I came upon a whole bunch of dead daylily stems I'd taken out a couple weeks ago.

As I gathered them up, I noticed a spiral form that looked sort of like a snail shell. I separated out the strand, looked closer, and saw that it was the outside of a wasp nest, sort of like a little umbrella.

On the other side were just a few little wasp "cubicles," each one with an egg inside. Cool!

I brought it inside and, in the first photo, shot it using the iPhone 8+. I like the curve of the daylily stem and I like the color of the light.

The second photo was shot with a full-frame Canon DSLR and a 100mm macro lens. I don't like the color very much, but didn't want to re-do it just for this blog. It's easier to see the individual eggs in this image.

As I enlarged each picture in the computer, it became obvious that although the iPhone does a good job, the eggs and their cubicles all had a sort of mushy look up close, whereas the DSLR image remained sharp as I enlarged it.

These are wasps. We already have plenty. Our yard doesn't need five or so more. What to do with them now? Well, I put the entire stem and the nest inside a clear jar. Some of the stem stuck out the top. So I put aluminum foil over the jar opening and wrapped it around the stem. If the eggs hatch, the wasps won't be able to chew through the aluminum foil (as they would paper). I don't believe the eggs will hatch, but if they do, they won't get out and buzz around my studio.

If anything interesting happens, I'll let you know . . . but don't hold your breath.

By the way, this is my personal blog, to see what I'm doing on a professional level, check out my pro blog at https://carolleighart.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Focusing on the professional side . . .

I consider this my personal blog, and in it I include what's going on with my life, what I'm seeing around the island, in the yard, etc.

Occasionally I include images of my latest work, but mostly it's personal, with a lot of iPhone shots.

I want to keep my professional images in one place, the ones I upload for sale at Fine Art America / Pixels, and the projects I'm working on.

So just to complicate my life, I've set up a "professional" blog here: https://carolleighart.blogspot.com where I can showcase what people are buying, what I've recently created, experimental images, etc., all directed to the professional aspect of my work.

My goal is to post daily, but we all know how that goes! If you'd like to follow me on that blog, please subscribe to it and you'll be notified when new material comes up. Thanks!

All images copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A white fawn in the woods . . .


Just the coolest thing! Chris spotted this newly-born white fawn and his mom, quickly called me upstairs, where I photographed them through a dirty window, using an iPhone camera, zoomed all the way out. In other words, horrible photos, but we do what we can with whatever we've got.

Mom was licking the baby, who was having a tough time just standing upright. Mom then moved down the driveway, much to the fawn's dismay.

The fawn had a tough time stepping up 2.5" onto the driveway, but quickly adapted and soon was gone from sight, following mom.

We haven't seen them again this morning, but we have high hopes.

I've been told that these "piebald" fawns are the result of overpopulation, and because of their light color, are vulnerable to predators. Probably nature's way of "thinning the herd."

Their only predators on-island are vehicles. Alas.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Millie and Floyd

Otter-watchers Millie and Floyd. They tell me they’ve been vacationing on Whidbey Island for years and they’ve NEVER seen an otter on this dock.

©2019 Carol Leigh

Monday, April 29, 2019

Front yard, back yard, down the street . . .




There's always so much to shoot in and around our friends' house in San Diego that I never get bored. And last month's visit was no exception.

This ranunculus, gleaming pink in shady light, was right there on the front porch, screaming to be photographed.

And on the wall just above it, a rustic straw wreath featured a cute little bunny face peeking out.

I wandered around the back yard and found a wonky wooden birdhouse (that nicely echoes the colors of the bunny wreath). My friend was aghast that they hadn't "fixed" the birdhouse before our arrival; I was so happy they hadn't!

And then up the street I found some decorative tilework on a stucco wall that I liked for its combination of warm/cold colors and for its simplicity.

So much to see if we just look a little closer!

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Overheard at the airport . . .

These lovely young women sat down, took out their devices, and began talking to one another.

Verbatim:

"I'm, like, literally in there now!"
"I, like, opened it yesterday?"
"I, like, purposely downloaded everything?"
"This is, like, April 22nd?"

I know I'm growing older. Much older. And I majored in English. And yet, and yet . . . I have a difficult time respecting anyone, no matter how intelligent they are, who speaks like this.

I, like, had to totally ignore them? SMH.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Rabbits, hawks, and deer . . .

When Abby goes on "alert," we pay attention. What do her cat ears hear that ours don't?

It was late afternoon a couple days ago when she suddenly sat up, listening, and so I went to the windows to see five (five!) Columbia black-tailed deer chasing each other around the yard, kicking up their heels, jumping (straight up), leaping, zooming out of sight and then zooming back.

And it's not like they were fawns -- maybe teenagers, young adults. And it went on for a couple of minutes. Just the most entertaining, fun, crazy thing to see.

Then yesterday afternoon, I saw a large-ish bird fly across the yard -- fast -- and disappear behind some rhododendron bushes. Simultaneous with his landing, a cottontail rabbit zoomed from the rhody bush and disappeared into deeper brush nearby. The hawk flew to a tree branch, shook out his feathers, and then flew off -- empty talon-ed.

Bunny 1
Hawk 0

Works for me.

Happy Easter. Happy spring. Happiness all 'round!

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

It's a good day to . . .


. . . compare and contrast.

It's interesting to go back and suddenly notice similarities and differences in one's photos over the years.

These two have similar compositions and forms.

The color photo of palm trees against a green- and white-painted building were taken in Florida in 2011.

The black and white photo of strips of paper was taken in the city of Orange, California in 2013.

Both are abstracts. Both have no real focal point. Both consist of similar vertical objects. Blah, blah, blah.

I like them both because they're clean, simple, strong, and mysterious.

But I can understand why YOU might not like them at all!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The blues in Leadville, Colorado

In 2007 I apparently was in Leadville, Colorado. I say "apparently" because I have no concept of time. It could have been 2004 or 2009 for all I know, but the digital file says 2007, so I'm sticking with that.

The town contains an interesting combination of buildings, and of course this one, painted bright blue and in some stage of restoration, seduced me.

I'd like to see the place now, to see what they did to the building. Frankly, I hope it still looks sorta like this.

(Hello to Shirley. You guys should go there!)

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

More from Barrio Logan . . .



A few more mural details from Barrio Logan in San Diego. Love this stuff!

Close-up of a heart on a shipping container, then the back of a shipping container, and a bird on a bridge abutment. The eye is cut in half because that was the end of the mural on that side; it continued on around to the right.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Fun Photography in San Diego


We visited friends in San Diego last week and went wandering around Barrio Logan. I'm fond of seeking out small details within large murals, and came up with these two jaguar images, almost hidden within the surrounding swirls and sweeps of color. Amazing artwork and incredibly fun to shoot. Especially with friends.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Recent work: "Deception Pass Montage"

I create a lot of my montages by combining a number of photos (often totally unrelated) together. In this case, the photos I selected were all taken in the same place — Anacortes, Washington. I also added some pictures of rigging, and some hand-painted papers, then uploaded it to Fine Art America.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Recent work: "The Beauty of Imperfection"

Numerous elements came together here, including an old teabag, a paper from the Braille edition of the New York Times newspaper, and a scrap of vintage Japanese paper.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Recent work: "Balboa Bakery Donuts"

Out on the Balboa Peninsula in southern California, remnants of the “good old days” remain here and there, including the Balboa Bakery sign.

I took this picture a long time ago, and tweaked it a bit this week. I hope the sign is still there.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Good advice . . .

Warning sign in a boat yard. Good advice. Bad spelling!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Recent work: "25 Palms"

I made this a long time ago, so it's not really "recent work," but I'd forgotten about this piece and came across it the other day. I like it a lot, and so uploaded it to Fine Art America and here it is.

This same palm tree has appeared in a lot of my work. Time to find some new ones!

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Letter "Y"

Boat bits . . . Found at a boatyard in Port Townsend, Washington. Don't know why I find letters, color, and general wear and tear so appealing. But I do!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Kimono Package Montage #7

I have an 1828 wrapper for a kimono that is gloriously soft and weathered and yet sturdy. I have photographed various bits and pieces of the wrapper and then have combined those bits and pieces to create a variety of photomontages, montages that are slightly different, yet honor the spirit of the object. It's made of old, used boro paper, multiple layers pasted together so that it's thick and very soft.

I'm reveling in what this kimono wrapping paper is offering, and I hope you enjoy seeing my interpretations of it.

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Latest work . . . "Torn Squares Collage"

I created a gel print, decided I didn’t like it, and began tearing it up. Hmmmm . . . I became more deliberate in my rips and tears, creating a number of squares. Okay, now what? And this eventually happened. You just never know, do you? Uploaded to Fine Art America first thing this morning.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Before and after . . .


Back in 2012, I won a bid on eBay. Someone in Europe was selling 14,000 Czech matchbox labels. 14,000! I debated whether or not to bid, and, encouraged by two alleged friends, I entered a low amount, and to their surprise and delight I won the bid. And I'm thinking, uh-oh.

They (the labels) arrived a couple weeks later, all packaged nicely, sort of like Saltines when they used to be in those long, waxed-paper-like tubes.

I began poring over these small pieces of paper like some crazed philatelist, dividing them into groups of like subject matter, wondering what the hell am I going to do with these now? There were five in particular that depicted sports. I liked the overall simplicity of the artwork and the interesting color palette.

So here you see how the matchbox label looked originally, and then you see how I added a background, adding a bit more size and a bit more drama.

I’d not thought of these labels until today, when I was looking for examples of the color orange — my Photomotivation assignment for the month of March. Looking at more of the labels, I’ve got even more ideas. One down, only 13,999 more to go!

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Abstracts anywhere . . .


There is such beauty and such simplicity in the spiral form but I think we tend to not notice it. So here are two that I did notice . . .

I was tearing waxed paper and loved how bits of it curled into elegant spirals. And through a macro lens, we can see the fuzzy edges along the torn sides. A fuzzy spiral. Who knew?

The blue spiral below was part of something I found at an architectural salvage store in Oregon. In this case, it conjures up (for me) visions of curling ocean waves making their way to shore.

Spirals. They are everywhere if we just slow down enough to notice.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Recent work: "Red Sun Calligraphy" collage

This is a quite minimalistic collage, consisting of a piece of Braille paper, a very old piece of Japanese paper, a scrap of paper I painted, and then a cut-out circle made of mango leaves and fibers embedded in mulberry paper.

You can see it much larger and with more detail in my "Asian Influence" gallery at Fine Art America/Pixels.

It's not much, but I really like it!

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