Friday, March 19, 2010

Photogarphy 101 lesson learned

On my way to work Thursday I was admiring the light fog (not good for pictures just for watching) and the vivid colors of the sunrise in my rear view mirror. Suddenly, as I topped a hill, the most beatiful scene was in front of me. The sunrise made the winter grass glow in a sort of orange pink mixture as a gracefully pure layer of fog almost hid a small grove of winter trees. I just had to stop! I found the perfect (safe and out of traffic) spot to pull over, reached for my camera hoping to record the event before the lighting changed... and then it happend. The dead battery light was flashing at me and there was nothing I could do! Dissapointment filled me, I couldn't believe what I had done... and... the spare battery was at home. But, as I sat there I realized that the image was mine to savor for the moment and then the sunlight changed, the grass no longer glowed and the fog turned gray. I put my Jeep in drive, turned on my signal, pulled back into the line of cars heading into Stillwater and went to work with the image saved in my mind. This morning I brought my camera with a charged battery and a backup, but no fog. So sad... but... they are forecasting 2-6 inches of snow on Saturday, so maybe a light graceful snow will blanket the area and I can snap a few. We will see. Until then, here is an Oklahoma cloud over the Cimaron River (unedited... straight from the camera) I snapped on the way home last week. Always be ready for the unexpected, lesson learned this week.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Time as come to Celebrate One Year

The gallery has had a tremendously exciting first year and now we are looking forward to our second.
During this year, we have had fine art events that included our 6 x 6 show, a trunk show, book signings, art lectures, demos, workshops and art classes for all ages.
There will be new artwork featuring works on paper and new specialty items.
When: Sunday, April 11, 3 - 6 pm.
Where: 16 South Water Street, Sapulpa, OK, 918 224 2009
Watch for additional information.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

I am back and ready to Blog

Welcome to Spring in Oklahoma. As the storm clouds stir and pollen begins to fill the air my desire to photograph the world around me pushes me to load up my Jeep with camera gear and hit the road. I am watching, camera ready, as the Tulip Tree buds prepare to bloom and Crocus start to push their heads upward to the sunlight. The winter didn't provide much inspiration for me, you would think the first blizzard in Oklahoma over Christmas would get me going, but I was content to stay inside, sipping hot chocolate, and watch the delicate flakes as they were carried by the wind into child high snow drifts. Some relief came when my husband and I took a cruise to Mexico and enjoyed the warm sun as the first snow of 2010 blanketed Oklahoma.

The work at Water Street Art Gallery is growing as our list of artists grows and we try to coax the residents of Sapulpa, Creek County and West Tulsa into our doors. Our artist have been recognized by state and national organizations over the winter and we are proud of them. Please visit our blog to see what we are up to and what events we are planning for the upcoming year. I am attempting to learn to paint with a pallete knife from Betty Dalsing, attempt is the operative word.

Well, back to my camera gear and waiting for the season to change. Check back next week to see what I am up to. Have a safe weekend and keep those camera's ready. Remember, photography is 50 percent being in the right place at the right time and 50 percent skill to record the event when the time comes. Good luck!