This sequence of images is from one evening on Silver Lake, the harbor for Ocracoke Island NC. Sun rays filtered prettily through huge clouds. The clouds grew darker and a storm front rolled through. A short shower ensued but the sky was still well supplied with clouds turning pink as the sun descended to the horizon.
While it is true that I live in a beautiful place with beautiful weather a lot of the time, it is also true that clear blue skies can be a bit boring. When it comes to photography, big puffy clouds will make always make your image more dynamic. Add to that some sun rays, enhanced with a polarizing filter (the most inexpensive and essential piece of equipment a photographer can own) and a pocket full of breadcrumbs for the gulls and you might just end up with something special.
I took a lot of photographs on Saturday evening, right before a storm rolled in. The sky was breathtaking. The rain was stopped right before sunset and the sky was gorgeous again. More images to follow.
The reason for this tiny, dense journal’s tatty appearance has less to do with it being well used and more to do with it’s age…I have had this little gem for about ten years and I have only just started using it. I have been a hoarder of sketch books and art materials for many years. I have been intimidated by the blank page for far too long.
Lets take a look at what’s inside…
pencil – kitties move a lot ! mine always knows when I am drawing her.
The dino is inspired by ‘ The Good Dinosaur’ and is mixed media.
This pencil drawing is my sweet, sleeping child, who moves as much as the cat !
I love shooting portraits.
These are my favorite images from a recent portrait shoot with talented musicians, Marcy Brenner and Lou Castro. Together, they form the musical duo ‘Coyote’ . They have been playing together for a long time and they have just embarked on a new chapter in their lives with Coyote Music Den right here on lovely Ocracoke Island. Lou offers music lessons and they both host a free and open musical Jam session, weekly. They also play as part of ‘Martin and Friends’ – the schedule can be found on their pages (linked above).
I have been a photographer for eighteen years but I have always been an artist. I set out to be a painter but self doubt and curiosity led me to an Olympus camera and I stopped drawing and painting. I earned my degree in photography.
Over the years, I have felt like something was missing and I have dabbled with various crafts. I have always had a need to use my hands to physically “make”. I have always felt a failure for not continuing to draw and paint.
Now, however, through the joy of teaching my young son about art, I have rediscovered the missing ingredient. At some point, I stopped drawing because it was fun. I drew only to try and make a masterpiece and I constantly fell short. If there is no fun, there is no point. My child has helped me to rediscover the fun and I am now drawing regularly again. It’s ok to fail. You cannot get better without making mistakes, or as Jake the dog (from ‘Adventure Time’) states : “Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something”.
Here is one of my most recent photographs –
My beautiful friend, Brooke German. This and my body of work for the last ten years can be found here – flickr and I am also on Facebook .
Here is a recent excerpt from my sketchbook –