Monday, August 8, 2016

The American Flag

      copyright:Stephanie Bartz Photography- don't steal it's bad karma 

While out and about last week scouting farms, I noticed the abundance of American Flags.
 I saw the a huge painted flag on a white barn that I had to photograph. Timing was on my side, the farmer pulled up just as I was turning around on the road and I asked him if it was alright to take a few photos of the flag. The stars were hand cut out of an old piece of metal that was part of another building. He told me he didn't want to have to paint every star on the barn.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Gooooooooooooooooooood day Sunshine!

           Photo credit:Stephanie Bartz Photography

I loves me some sunflowers! I happened to be in Madison on a shoot last week and was able to check sunflower days in peak season at the Pope Farm Conservancy in Middleton,WI!

My co-worker/friend, Carrie and I hiked in to see these beauties. That's Carrie getting her art on.

 I was thrilled seeing so many people with real cameras and were enjoying the beauty that surrounded them. The bees were a-buzzin all around = a good thing.

 Ideally the best light is sunrise or sunset but sometimes( most times)  you gotta go with the flow.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Pigtails & Nature

Sometimes mornings start with a pout or two then slowly warm to smiles and fun. :) I'm pretty sure whatever your age you can relate to that.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Day Trippin' Yo

Stopped at these beauties along the way up to Sturgeon Bay, WI. We have such gems along Lake Michigan, only 4 hours from Milwaukee. I mean if you dig mother nature. ;)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Shine Your Light

   All images copyright of Sue Keely- for the sake of your karma do not steal them

These images make my heart happy. I met Sue years ago and did a portrait of her and her at work as a Graphic recorder and a certified SHIFT IT coach.

She has a fun work shop coming up, June 12th. 

Sue's words.
What I know is that we all need to play more. This three hour workshop is designed to allow you the space to relax, play, experiment and have fun with paint! (so wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on, or bring an apron) 
The finished product will be a 16"x20" painting. For the sake of time, you'll paint your version of one of three or four examples I'll share, and you will make it uniquely your own. It's all about the PROCESS rather than the end result, so even if you think you "can't draw a straight line" or some other little lie you hear in your head about art, rest assured it isn't true. You ARE an artist in every aspect of your life. 

Find out more here.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Throwin' Down

I had the great honor of photographing the process of making bowls, this past Saturday at Murray Hill Pottery Works, for the  Milwaukee Empty Bowls event held on October 9th, 2016.
I love LOVED love watching these talented artists throw clay on wheels and ta- da a bowl appeared before my eyes! A total of 840 were made in one day! It's a combination of professional and amateur potters donating their time and talent to make this happen. Plus, all the other volunteers prepping the clay, and moving it outside to dry.
Small world-ness- my middle school art teacher, Mrs. Porter was there throwin down. What a hoot!
No matter what art form, I always find how open artists are in talking about the process and inspiration. I left thinking that one day I will try my hand at that medium for fun.

Murray Hill Pottery Works they have what they call a One Night Stand. And of course offer classes.

Need to know more about MEB?

And all the health benefits of pottery

I've volunteered at this great event a number of times. This year I will photograph the process in stages plus the event. Hope to see you there!

Fun facts: Empty Bowls started in Michigan with high school students wanting to give back to the community. It grew in the states and is now world wide! Also, all the bowls, time, talent, soup and bread at the event is donated. The money raised goes to these recipients for 2016.

“Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.”

—Heather French Henry (born 1974)
Former Miss America, Fashion Designer