Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kay Nielson

Alright, Laura my dear, it has been awhile since my last post. But I have not been uninspired. I'm currently working on a mixed media piece mostly consisting of dried flowers and pods from my back porch. I was really excited to work on it but the change in weather has once again made me want to huddle under a blanket watching movies instead. I long for the hot and humid summer nights to come when you sit outside and listen to the cicadas and watch the lightning bugs. Just an occasional cool breeze is all one needs to stir the imagination on nights like those. They make me feel like a maiden on a night filled with magic. Reminds me of Kay Nielson fairy tale illustrations. When I start a photo series, I often look to them for inspiration. My favorites are obviously of the long flowing dresses and ornate minuscule details but they also have such a strong feeling of adventures, stories in the making.

Aren't they fantastic?!?
If you've talked to me lately, you'll know this blog was one of many steps to stir up my routine and last night was the first proof it is working. My day job is as a server in a brewery and I nightly have dreams about work...refilling drinks and taking orders. It's the worst feeling to wake up and realize you work all the time, even in your sleep. This morning I woke up to a dream about shooting the engagement photos of an older couple that had found love late in life. The last image we were prepping to shoot was a sunset silhouette shot under this old low hanging tree. The place hadn't any light but a little spill of gold glistening off wet leaves on the ground. I was happy, on a photography high, racing the sun for the perfect shot. There are many images to come...
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all!!! V


Liz said...

I can't believe I didn't know who Kay Nielson was... but I had a book of fairy tales when I was younger and that very last image you posted is in that book. I'm wondering now if I still have it. I'll have to look for it tomorrow. But I'm happy to hear that you are working on a mixed media project because I too am working on a mixed media project. I'll probably blog about it when it's done. It's just paint, pastels, charcoal...tissue paper and whatever else I decide to add later. :)

Anonymous said...

yay for you blogging! i'm glad you've already found some inspiration. i didn't know who kay nielson was either... but i love her now! did you see the photo of the painting i took at the art institute on facebook? the one of a woman lying on a bed from an angle where the first parts of the floral sheet is blurred? i stared at that for a while and i think you might like it as well. i'll tag you in it.