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Fall into the Arts is Approaching

I’ve been working on a few things while getting ready for my hometown’s art walk. Yesterday I was able to narrow down my photography pics from 100 down to about 50. I was curious to see what pictures would be picked by my family and friends so I posted an album on Facebook to see what pictures would get the most votes. To my surprise most of the ones I really loved didn’t get picked. I think its because those ones are meant to be mine 😉 and the rest are meant for others to enjoy ❤ . If you are interested in putting in your vote on which pictures you think should be featured click on the above “album on Facebook” link, any help is appreciated!

 

Here were a few of the top picks:

 

New Project/New Craft

This whole “Fall into the Arts” event has sparked a new idea of how to blend my art styles. I enjoy spending time in nature, I love to draw anime faces and I have fun making things out of nature’s materials. So I thought oh it would be fun to create pictures of faces out of leaves and things I find! Now these are all rough / unglued pictures of what I have in mind, but I think something wonderful is coming through. Let me know what you think~ ❤

See you all next week!

 

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A Dandelion With No Name

 

I took this the other day and felt a profound feeling when I looked through the lens. I wanted to title it, but couldn’t find the right description. What would you name it?

 

Magnificent Murals

By MRPRVRT on Capital.

Wednesday I spent the day with my good friend Susan. She thought we’d enjoy a drive (around Battle Creek, MI.) to check out the new murals from the event “Color the Creek” back in August. As you can tell we had a spectacular day 😉 .

 


We had many smiles and little coincidences throughout the day~ ❤

 


This was our guide. We found out the one on Columbia(H.) was never completed 😦 but the others made up for it.

 


We started at the bright butterfly and bee mural by the artist Jaziel. In a few places you could see faces peeking through the swarms.

 


After that we headed to Capital and visited the mural “Like One.” This one wrapped around an old parking/building lot. I liked the abstraction and choice of colors. I saw rain, leaves and flowers in this one.

 


Next we went to get something to eat at Umami Ramen and man was it good! On the side of their building was this woman and a Buddhas face by Sintex. This was one of my favorite murals. 

This artist also had another mural he did at last years “Color the Creek” of Sojounor Truth. 

 

We didn’t see this one the other day but I had seen it before and thought it was done really well.

 

When we got done eating we headed across the street to see the next masterpiece. I loved the colors in WERC’s mural and thought that the paint on the post/wire cover was a nice touch. 

 

Our last stop was at Heritage Cleaners by David Eldred. The colors were much more vibrant than what we were able to capture. The blues, orange and reds really popped out at us. I really liked the representation of the boy using flowers to put out the fire from the dragon.

 

Out of all of the murals though I really enjoyed the owl at the top, by MRPRVRT, the most. Up close you could see the strokes and yet still see the attention to detail to make it look real.

 

 Right next his work, we noticed nature wanted in on the murals as well, about 2-3 feet above the side walk we found this little guy 😉 .

Past Paintings

Since we’re in the mural mood I wanted to share a few previous artists works too, plus one I stumbled upon the Monday evening.

While looking for previous murals I found these two. I’ll look up their locations and put them in in a bit.

One more ~ ❤

This past Monday I took a walk and found this under a bridge…. ❤

 

I didn’t realize it till I got home and went through my pictures but towards the bottom of the picture on the left there were hearts that walked up to “eyes are.” 🙂 

Well that’s it for now, lol. See you again soon!

Photo Credit goes to Susan Strazisar

If you want to see some of the artists and a few pictures of the process check out the link below~
http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/picture-gallery/entertainment/2017/08/10/photos-color-the-creek-mural-painting/104475294/

2017 Solar Eclipse Discoveries and Pics

 


Because of a recent creative spark I thought I’d jump in and write again today, its been awhile. I found out last minute the other day that we were going to have an eclipse so I grabbed my camera after work and did the best I could.  In Michigan we didn’t have the total eclipse and we had cloudy skies, but I still thought it was pretty amazing to see.

 


 

When I first got outside my camera fogged up from the humidity. I took a picture anyways and I thought it turned out kind of cool.

 


 

My camera had a hard time balancing the brightness of the sun, but some shots really made the clouds look stunning.

 


 

The only time I could get a good shot was when a certain thickness of clouds passed in front. So I guess I’m grateful to have had clouds where we were, lol. I chose the above picture to share because it had a feeling of yin and yang… with the moon symbolizing yin and the sun symbolizing yang energy, I thought it fit 😉 .

 

 

Out of all the pictures I took the top shot was my favorite and it was completely unexpected, but this last one was a close second because I had discovered something different. While walking back in after what I thought was the end of my adventure with the eclipse, I looked down and saw half moon rays dancing upon the ground. The circle rays that have struck a cord with me in the past were now crescents. I didn’t think this was possible before, but nature continues to reveal and share more parts of itself that I previously did not know 😉 I’m just glad I happened to be aware of it that day.

 

***Just a Note~ I plan on coming back to the blog regularly each week. I’ll share what has been going on and get back to my photography and writing. I think Thursdays work best for me, so I’ll see you all next week!

~Mandi

 

Nature Walk: 4/12/17


Back to Nature

After a project frustratingly fell through yesterday, do to program issues, I decided to take a walk with my camera to the arboretum. I was meaning to go out anyway, so it just got me out faster 😉 . My creativity and enthusiasm for the day was restored after my three hour adventure, lol, and if I didn’t have other plans I probably would have stayed out another three. My excursion lead me to common weeds, budding trees, and many types of flowers. Oh and after being quiet these last few months this post is a long one.

 

The Beauty of “Weeds”

I’ve noticed that I am drawn to things that are often overlooked because of their value to everyday life, like weeds. I’ll get up close to them by lying on my stomach or back and sometimes I wonder what passer byers think of me, lol. In my playful fun, I enjoy bringing back the charm of these simple plants with my captures. Instead of just calling them weeds I’ve looked up their names (if I am incorrect with any names in my posts, please let me know 🙂 ). The small pink ones are redstem filaree, the small blue flowers are slender speedwell, the tiny white ones are a type of bittercress, and the one in the center is a type of thistle that dried during last Fall.

 

Springing Forth

I came across a lot of budding trees, unfortunately I forgot to check their name tags… so I’ll research them a bit later and type them in. One of the buds I found interesting was the yellow and red ones in the bottom left corner, they turned into the greenish-yellow buds below.

 

 

The red buds on the left were hard to identify too, as a beginner “googling” red long buds doesn’t bring anything up, lol. The bright blue sky was a great background for the red leaves of the one to the right.

 

 

And I loved the contrast between the branches with red buds dangling above the green grass.

 Flowering Trees

My first remembered experience with Magnolias was when I stumbled upon them at my college campus in 2012. In fact, my blog avatar was from the same tree in the blog post  “Blooming with Nature.” Now everytime I run across a magnolia tree I am brought back to that experience. I think this year has been tough on the magnolia tree’s in Michigan, we had 70-80 degree days shortly followed by 2-3inch snow days. I had seen different trees drop their buds from the cold. These blooms where much smaller than previous year, but hopefully they will get bigger throughout the month.

 

The blossoms on bottom of the collage above are from cherry trees.

 

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!

My absolute favorite season of the year is Spring, mainly because of the flowers. I came across this glowing pink hyacinth near the arboretum’s roadside. Near the end of my walk I finally came across the daffodils. And since I think the last few pictures tell their own story, I’ll leave it at that ;). After today there is a good chance you’ll see more posts like this, I hope you enjoyed it ~ 😀 .