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I've been taking photos of plants that are around the neighborhood to catalog for future use. The shapes of leaves, branches and flowers are all so inspiring and eventually find their way into my work. I like to take natural shapes to their most minimal expression while still keeping them interesting. Here's a tiny example of how leaves turned into petals.



I've been meaning to take some shots at our local nursery and I haven't gotten around to it. Now that's a place full of nature eye candy!

The kids are starting to notice how I take these photos and take some of their own. I like the fact that they're more spontaneous than I am and they get the coolest shots without trying too hard. I try to keep my mouth shut as much as possible. They just point and shoot. The wonders of digital cameras never cease. They're really easy for the kids to use and the really bad shots simply get the delete button - with child's approval of course. If I forget to ask of it's ok to delete a photo you can't even imagine the sadness and/or fits (mostly from little C). But can I really blame the artists for protecting their work? ;)

Thank you to...
- Carrie at Apartment Therapy for featuring my alphabet mat boards!
- Scribbit for making A Little Hut the blog of the week!

I won't be around tomorrow so I'll post my Friday Tidbit today... that's ok right?
- Party Perfect - This is a new blog but it looks like it will be a fun one to watch for party ideas. It is written by Sara Hicks Malone, founder and designer of Hicks, who also is a graphic designer and a former art director of Martha Stewart Baby and Kids magazines.

Have a wonderful weekend! And to those of you on our side of the world - stay cool!

13 comments:

  1. Wow, so this is how that works. That, I think, is called talent. :)

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  2. I love seeing what inspires the work of others...the print is lovely.

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  3. I got my first camera when I was 7 or 8. It had a huge rectangle flash on it and it was light blue. The most memorable shot I took was the one of my siblings and our grandparents visiting from England. I cut off everones head (:

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  4. P~
    I'm really liking the colours you choose for the backgrounds in your design.
    And yes be sure to make sure it's ok with the artist before making any edits. I mean really! :)
    Looking forward to that link.
    Have a lovely weekend.

    ps. I saw that you were site of the week over at Scribbit.

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  5. Yes, thank you to Scribbit! I just edited my post to add that. Thanks for the reminder C!

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  6. Cool translation. I could never have thought of this. Thats your talent :)

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  7. It's really generous of you to share your creative inspiration. This gives us a huge clue into your process. You should see some of the amazing foliage here in Mexico. I love leaves and there are some amazing trees and bushes here. :o)

    -Cami

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  8. I love the way you broke it down to the essential flavor of the shape- then how you used the motif in an unexpected way. Very pretty.

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  9. It's been a while since I commented on your blog, so I thought I'd just pop in and say I enjoy reading every post! I have not been brave enough to venture into paper or graphic arts yet, but I think I will one day because your work is so inspiring!
    Also, I found a new site featuring paper art and tutorials. I suggested they link to some of your work because I think it would be a great addition to their site! You can check it out at http://foldingtrees.com/. Hope you don't mind! :o)

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  10. love your work, the simplicity, form and palette are perfect. so nice to see the inspiration. i too balance the graphic design/mom gigs and find that they feed into eachother more than expected. glad to hear the shooting is in your genes. my little gal has mastered the smile but not yet found herself behind the lens.

    i'll visit again often!

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  11. i like the way you have rendered the leaves into a pattern. nice representation.
    xx

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  12. Great blog! I think I'm going to be visiting quite often : )
    I love what you did with those leaves.

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