Busy Little Bee

cute busy bee We (and by we I mean a great group of DPC members that moved walls & photographs…Twice!!, pitched a tent, hung and hauled… and provided yummy picnic goodies. Thank You All!). . . so we kicked off the DPC’s exhibit on Memorial Day under sunny skies and lots of fanfare provided by the Doylestown Memorial Day Parade.  Could you ask for more!?!  The Gallery is open on weekends and the exhibit runs through June 22 (For directions to the Center visit http://www.pacenterforphotography.org/about/directions-and-contact-info/ )

Gallery opening to parade goers and Doylestown Photography Club members alike. - Photo credit Henry Rowan/Pennsylvania Center for Photography
Gallery opening to parade goers and Doylestown Photography Club members alike. – Photo credit Henry Rowan/Pennsylvania Center for Photography

Then it was time to sit back and relax for a couple hours and enjoy the DPC’s picnic with club’s members.

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pie by Meghan, effect by #distressedFX

Enough relaxing, the rest of the week has been a combination of work (you know, the day job) and getting ready for Carversville Day, this Saturday, with good friend and fellow Femmes, Sue Ann Rainey. A great local event set in historic Bucks County and the forecast is Sunny & 70’s! Another picture perfect backdrop to show off our photography!

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Stop by, we’d love to see ya!

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cute busy beeI really do love being a busy little bee 🙂

Til next time,
Maria

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N.Y.C.

Just coming off one of those crazy busy weekends… a fundraiser event, which reminds me I have not even uploaded those images yet, on Saturday evening and then up and out early to catch a train to NYC on Sunday.  Sunday’s trip to NYC was more about just taking it all in, including an exhibit at the ICP, lunch at Grand Central Station, and my first trip to B&H, i.e. the photographer’s candy store.  I left my big camera and lenses at home… it got a workout the night before and opted to travel light with just my little Panasonic P&S and my camera phone.

leading lines_Grace bldg NYC NYColorclosed please come againThe city was hopping on a perfect spring day and was anything but closed . . .

2013 Winter Exhibit

It might just be the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… but it is also one of the busiest.  Coming off a very successful Thanksgiving dinner for 14 (if I do say so myself, i.e. I didn’t burn anything), it’s now time for me to turn my attentions to the Doylestown Photography Club’s Winter Exhibit.

The club is hosting an exhibit of its very own, very talented group of photographers from Bucks and, yes,  Montgomery Counties, both framed and digital images will be on display for your enjoyment (and for sale).  So, if you’re looking for a winter outing, come visit us in historic Doylestown, in the heart of Bucks County!

You are cordially invited 🙂941832_557001061037896_1016202796_n

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Til next time,
Maria

what to do, what to do

Update my blog . . . work on some photos . . . go get comfy and settle in with a good book ???  The answer, although seemingly apparent, is actually all three.  I found myself thinking the other day that I was losing it.  You know, the creative flow.  I sat down to work on some photos.  I should have known from the start, when none of my photos “hit me”, that any attempt (at that moment) to try  a new technique or two would be futile.  This just led to frustration and a panicky feeling that a slump was setting in; was the new job and schedule was somehow to blame because I could no longer just drop whatever I was doing and switch gears?

Well the short of it is (partially because I still have two things on that list to get to) is that the creativity doesn’t only occur when I am sitting here at my computer.  I have a couple hundred photos that I’ve uploaded since my last post to attest to that.  Actually, I’ve been really enjoying being behind the camera shooting a real hodge-podge of things from Prom photos, to flowers, to snakes in my yard (with photos to follow . . . hopefully soon).  But I’ve also been working on getting things printed (whoo-hoo, finally got my printer to print note cards just the way I want them), been part of an exhibit/art show, and having a whole lot of fun sharing what I know . . . all requiring an element of creativity.  Maybe not that “artistic” kind, but creativity just the same.

Nope, no slump here . . . and now moving on to #2 🙂

 

Should I or Shouldn’t I

Whoo-Hoo!  Just a little shout out for myself.  I hope you don’t mind.  I am celebrating a little bit tonight as I just found out today that two of my images were selected for the 20th annual Phillips Mill Photography Exhibit.  Yay me!   And to think I almost did not enter this year.  Over the past few weeks, I have had a constant should I/shouldn’t debate going on in my head.  And it was not until Sunday at about 12:45 that I finally made up my mind and got in the car to deliver my images (by the way, it’s about a 25 minute drive and they stopped taking art work at 2:00).  Cutting it a little close . . . just a bit.  So why the debate?  Well 1) these things aren’t free and did I really want to risk losing some money; 2) the competition is pretty stiff  with “about 1000 entries and only 15% accepted;” and 3) I wasn’t sure after not getting accepted last year if I really had what they were looking for.  So, Oh My Gosh, I almost fell off my chair when I opened today’s mail.  So why did I finally decide to do it?  Because last year (my first attempt) I entered images based on a lot of outside influences and not what I felt in my heart were my best.  I guess, deep down I felt I owed it to myself to see what would happen if I did just the reverse and listened to my heart.  Oh, how I am so glad I listened . . . to me.

I was working on the above image tonight for the Beyond Layers & Texture Tuesday posts and I wasn’t quite sure how I could make it fit into this post until I went looking for a quote on perseverance, not giving up, or in this case following your heart.  Now it all ties in perfectly . . . don’t you think?