Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This photo captures a joyous moment shared by my daughter and me last weekend. We took off to our family cabin at Bass Lake just a mother daughter trip. I am so grateful my 14 year old likes to go on these trips with me. I have never been on a mother daughter trip with my own mother so it's sacred to me that Abby and I are so close. On our way to the cabin we stopped at the thrift shops along the way (naturally) and this red tutu called our name. I purchased the tutu and a sweet ole pitchfork for the studio and boy was I glad I did. That night just as dawn was arriving we grabbed the camera and headed out for a photo shoot. Tutu in hand we went to the beach and took amazing pictures. The light was perfect and the tutu was a great prop. The shot "exuberance" was our last picture of the joyous photo shoot and it captures the carefree essence that we felt perfectly. I'm hopeful it will be a great painting. This is how I get my art, from life, from single moments that can be frozen in time. I love photography for the quick fix "mini painting' quality it offers. Just 'click' and it's frozen, while painting the image is much more laborious. That labor is a labor of love. It's so exciting to put paint on a brush and watch it take shape on canvas. It comes alive right before your very eyes. I am not able to paint from my mind, I require an image and a scene to paint from. I admire those who can freely paint from their imagination, it's a skill I don't possess at this juncture. But perhaps it will develop in time, for now I'm content to snap images, take them to my studio and then transpose them onto canvas. It's just so fun when it all comes together as I'm hoping it will on the red tutu. If it does I shall post the finished piece. If it's just something I love and it doesn't sell or interest anyone else I will put on my wall at home and smile. It will always remind me of that magic day when we played merrily on the beach. That is what art is for me.
Posted by Carrie Clayden at 8:29 PM