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?

 

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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/

A Sudden Urge to Expose

I’m Ready…

This morning I happened to see a friend(on Facebook) was applying for the “Fall into the Arts” in our home town. For about 5 years now I have wanted to share my art, but haven’t felt ready or good enough to. Today the timing feels right so I’m putting myself out there. Only thing is now I don’t know where to start!

 

My confusion starts with what medium and theme should I choose? I have tons of Nature, Heart Photography, and Digital Anime to pick from. Could I group these all together? I think I might. If I say “Mixed Digital Photography” as a medium and as a theme I think “Love of Nature” fit well. This would be the first time I have exposed my art at an event and I’m kind of nervous. Does anyone have any suggestions or tips? What do you think?

 

Here are a few types I’d like to enter:

 

Nature Art Hearts

Nature’s Hearts

Nature Photography

Digital Anime

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

 

Give Love Project’s Fourth Year

2nd yr. winner Jennifer Bradshaw with her family beach heart “Nature Love”.

Though I am still going to be away from the blog for a bit, I didn’t want to miss posting about “The Give Love Project.” Plus the annual Give Love Project is on it’s fourth year! I couldn’t miss that 😉 .

 

Starting now until the 29th of this July, make a small or large art project expressing some form of love. Take a picture of your creation and leave it where others may find it. You can use chalk, sticks, stones, leaves, flowers, mud, pine cones, or anything else that will not harm or damage the environment. You are welcome to share your pictures to the links near the bottom of this post.

 

Project Details

  • When: From June 23rd until July 23rd.

  • What: For an entire month I challenge everyone to create love for others with a small or large art project expressing some form of love. Remember to snap a pic and write in of your experience. You may send in as many photos as you wish. There are more examples in Heart Art Series. I found another good one on Pinterest.

  • Where: Create your piece anywhere as long as it doesn’t interfere with laws or is harmful for the environment.

 

Send Pictures to one of the following:
Email: unfoldingtheheart.gmail.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UnfoldingTheHeartDiscoveringTheSelf
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/613556118730812/

 

If you have any questions about the month long project, you may contact me through one of the contacts above. Have fun and I look forward to seeing your creative expressions of love!

 

 

 

*Because of recent events there won’t be any prizes this year, but I hope that doesn’t stop you from creating your nature heart. ❤ *

 

Temporary Break

Dogwood ❤ !

This week’s post will be the last for awhile, there have been a few things recently that need my full attention. So, here are a bunch of flower pics that I have taken over the last two weeks~ 🙂 My temporary leave from the blog is unknown, but when I have the time I will write in every now and then. I am grateful to all of you that have followed this blog and I hope to hear more from everyone when I return. Thank you!

Daffodils and Golden Ducats

Creeping Charlie and a Dandelion surrounded by I think Purple Deadnettle.

 

Pink Dogwood, the middle one on the right was taken at my mothers house. It has been in the ground for 5yrs. and never had leaves or bloomed, but this year it did and it was spectacular! ❤

Leila Arboretum’s luminous Dogwood trees!

White Lilac, Dogwood leaves, and Dogwood flowers.

I’m pretty sure this is a Weeping Higan Cherry tree.

One Sunset, many layers and filters. See you all later! ~ ❤