Sunflowers in Winter

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This winter in Chicago has been cold and gloomy. We’ve had constant snow, record cold, and day after overcast day. But the sunflowers my children brought home one day-they were full of hope. Light in the middle of darkness; a glimpse of summer in the middle of winter. This piece is 18×24, acrylic on canvas. Prints of Sunflowers in Winter available here.

My Childhood Home

This is actually not a new piece-it was completed in August but couldn’t be posted until after Christmas. I’m really excited about how this turned out. The painting is of my childhood home, but I was amazed at how painting something I’ve seen thousands of times could make me look at it so differently. The painting is acrylic on paper, 5 x7 in. I took in progress photos again this time, because it was so much fun the last time I posted them. Prints or greeting cards of this piece can be purchased here.

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And here is the finished piece.

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The Farm, Part Three-Flowers

We are finding beautiful flowers everywhere these days, and the farm was no exception. I should have gotten more, except I was being lazy and let the camera choose the focal point for me. This left me with a lot of shots that just weren’t quite. So I learned the downside of leaving the camera with too many automatic settings (Karma must have heard I was bragging about my laziness). But I did get a few that I love:

Bugs

My macro lens takes awesome pictures of bugs-I get details I can’t even see in person. We must have lucked into just the right conditions, because we managed to encounter all of these little guys in one walk.   The toddler found a few mosquitoes, too. Welts the size of quarters from those suckers!

This one is admittedly kind of gross, but I still love it:

With this one, I actually like the disappearing flower more than the butterfly:

This one I consider another reason that sometimes it is awesome to shoot in automatic (but maybe this is possible in manual? I still don’t know what I don’t know.):