We are inundated by natural disasters this month in the US. With wildfires raging in the northwest to hurricanes in the south and southwest you wonder when will it all end.
These disasters happen every year. While most of them are beyond our control, some could have been prevented. Many of the wildfires were caused by careless humans. At least one was caused by teenagers with fireworks.
This is a time when we as a nation shine. We come together to help each other in whatever way we can. For my part I have decided to donate all proceeds from the sale of the featured artwork, in any of the formats offered, during the month of September 2017 to the American Red Cross of Montana to assist those in need as a result of the wildfires. Every little bit adds up to be of great help. How will you reach out and help?
Blue is the color of distance. Early Renaissance painters were aware that in nature the further away something was in space the more blue it appeared and so they painted the distance in shades of blue. It's an interesting aspect of blue as we look out into the distance.
Blue is a powerful color. It's vibrations lend to better communication. The vibrations of blue are cool vibrations, which is one reason why it can help to induce calmness and relaxation. Perhaps we need more blue in the world today.
The featured image this week is an abstract of the shoreline of Lake Superior in the UP of Michigan. It's a beautiful image that can bring a calm and reflective atmosphere into your home.
Everyone collects something don't they? Instead of hiding your collections away or letting them become clutter use them in your home decor.
Group your items as small groupings on table tops, shelves or the mantel. Try to keep the number small and interesting. After all your goal is to draw attention to your passion. If you have a large number of items then rotate them throughout the year.
For me, as a photographer and a lover of fine art, photographs and photographic art is something I collect. For me I use the walls for the larger images. The featured photos above are all scenes from Maui taken taken from the same beach on different days. Each is unique in its light and the weather, but location ties them together with a theme.
What do you collect and how do you display it?
I was reading the other day and once again came across the term Mid-Century Modern. I kind of clench my jaw whenever I see or hear this term. So to clarify things in my mind I looked up its definition.
Mid-Century Modern broadly describes architecture, furniture and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century. This is roughly the period from 1922-1965. Although there is some argument that it is specifically limited to 1947-1957.
Which ever time frame you use, my date of birth falls within that range. So, you see, I am Mid-Century Modern. That makes me feel rather old. And so I clench my jaw just a little whenever I hear it.
I grew up with Mid-Century Modern, so no, I have no desire to use it in my home. What about you? Is this a style you would like to use in your home?
You've purchased your seascape photograph. It's framed and hanging in your living room. But something is lacking. Your room doesn't have that beach side atmosphere you were hoping to capture. Here are a couple of tips to help you give your room that seaside feeling.
Pull in colors that are beach related and the colors in your photograph. Use those as your accents if you aren't planning to replace your furniture. The featured photograph gives you a wide selection to use for accent colors. You can also use candles, especially ones that are decorated with seashells. to create a tabletop accent.
Texture is another thing you can use. Consider framing your photo in a wood that reminds you of driftwood. Use accents pillows that are trimmed in a braid that looks like nautical rope. Any little treasures you might have collected on your beach vacation can be added to create a layer of texture and to create your seascape decor.
I love large beautiful landscape and seascape photos. They can make such a statement in the decor of a home or office setting.
But what is it about a landscape or seascape image that make it work for you? The photos that you will enjoy most are the ones that you can picture yourself in. If you can do that, then you have found the perfect photo for your home.
This beautiful photograph is of a lone kayaker on the ocean. Are you a kayaker? Do you want to learn how to kayak? If so, then this might be the image for your wall, because you can imagine yourself as that kayaker.
But what if you love the image but don't want to see the kayaker? Then this is your lucky day because this image is also available without the kayak. Check it out here and start imagining yourself on the beach staring out at the deep blue sea.
Imagine what it must be like to wake up every morning and have a view like this. Changing with the tides, the light and occasional rain cloud.
Imagine views so vivid and so varied that they are indescribable. The blues form their own special rainbow, only it is in the water. And a light that can only be described as amazing.
That is the view that a few people see every day. A view that I was privileged to have for a week. Because I had my camera with me you are able to bring this view into your home or office to be enjoyed every day of the week.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
There is something about the ocean. The sound of waves crashing against a rocky shore or the endless view that is calming. There is so much power in the sound of the waves and yet it relaxes me. Going to sleep to the sound of waves is like someone singing me a lullaby.
I know not everyone agrees with my feelings on the sound of waves. But I think we can all agree that pictures of an ocean are mesmerizing.
The featured image this week was taken from the northwest side of Maui, in the Hawaiian Islands. Off to the right is the island of Molaka'i. I love the light and dark of the rain cloud as it passes overhead. With its shades of blue and gray this is a photograph that could be hung in almost any color scheme. Wouldn't it be nice to relax at the end of a hard day with this photo?
Water is such an essential element to human life. We are drawn to it. Not only for our physical well being, but for our mental well being.
Water helps elucidate your thinking. But like everything in life, too much can have a negative impact. Tor the water element too much can make you feel unfocused.
In Feng Shui asymmetrical shapes and the color black represent water. Black? Have you ever been in water so deep that it looks black? So black is a color that can represent water. So to bring the energy of that element into play in your home you can use things with a asymmetrical shape or the color black. You can also use actual water by using a small water fountain. Artwork that shows water is also an acceptable way to bring the element into your home.
Today I feel like a relaxing beach scene is exactly what is needed. If you feel this scene is right for you and would like to purchase it please contact me directly as it is not yet available in my store.
Blue is often associated with calmness and a relaxing atmosphere. Blues and purples have short wave lengths that can relax and calm us. So we have the science associated with this calming effect.
From a psychological aspect there are several associations to blue. We associate blue with reliability and the flow of communication. Without some blue in our lives to help with the flow of information or communication and energy we will end up feeling a level of frustration and lack of progress in our activities.
As with other colors, there are several shades of blue we can consider. In Feng Shui blue with undertones of green can inspire confidence. They represent new beginnings. Deeper blues bring wisdom. I was surprised to learn that indigo, a dark blue, is a secondary color of mourning in the Chinese culture. A good thing to know if your work with colors includes working with a wide range of cultures.
Blue also represents the Water element in Feng Shui. So if blue isn't your color you can still have the influence of the water element with the inclusion of artwork that shows water, such as the image above. Even the way water is represented in the artwork is to be considered. Is it going to be in a place with a lot of energy? Then crashing waves might be a good choice. But if the room is one where you want calmness then the photo above is a good choice. You might even consider including a few seashells in your decor to bring out the water element. Maybe a few scattered around or a collection in a clear vase would work for you.
Another fun way to include the water element and ultimately the color blue would be to include a small water fountain in your home or office. Not only are they pleasant to hear, but they can also add much needed humidity to dry winter air.
Take a moment to look around your home. How have you included the color blue or the water element? If you haven't do you think you will try to bring it into your home?
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.