After several months of playing with this idea I am now offering Floral Mugshots, which might also be called Floral Triptychs.
This idea has bloomed from playing with images featuring three sides of a flower. Just like you might see the mugshots of criminals showing a left side, frontal view and a right side view. The exception being that these are done with flowers and are so much nicer.
The three images are combined to create one large image. This is the most cost effective way to offer these to you. Eventually the individual images will be offered too. Because of the large size of these images they are well suited for larger spaces that are often difficult to fill.
These have been so much fun to photograph and create. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I admit that when looking for flowers to photograph I look for imperfections. Marks on the petals or petals that won't unfurl with the rest all draw my attention.
When I have a flower with some sort of imperfection I rejoice for I have found my perfection. I don't believe that beauty is the perfectly formed flower or human. Those imperfections or differences are what makes us stand out. Diversity is beauty.
True beauty is full of flaws. Imperfection creates the diversity that makes the world a beautiful place. A flower with spots on its petals or a person with freckles are often tossed aside as not perfect. Perhaps the person that disregards the flaws has a hole in their lives that will only be filled when they look at an imperfect flower and see the true beauty.
I think what we put on the walls of our homes says a lot about us. I hope that you, like me, will love the featured photograph for her messy imperfect center and the freckles scattered on her petals.
I was in my local Trader Joe's grocery store last week when I spotted these gorgeous orange Calla Lilies. For the record Trader Joe's has the best selection of cut flowers at the best prices of almost anywhere. I often go there looking for floral gems.
As I set about photographing these lovelies I realized it was the first day of September. Soon fall will be upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, Where has summer gone?
Personally I love the colors of fall. All the vibrant earth tones are part of my favorite color palette, with orange being my favorite. They are colors that you will find in my closet.
Orange is a stimulating color. It is vibrant and powerful, but lacks the aggressiveness of red. Surrounding yourself with orange can enhance your level of happiness and confidence. It is also the color of creativity.
Orange works well with blue as the compliment each other. Since blue is not one of my favorite colors I rarely use the two together. If you want to feel more joy, warm, creativity, and balance in your life surround yourself with orange.
Orange is often a love it or hate it color. Where do you stand?
Monday, August 21, 2017 was eclipse day here in the US. I live too far south to have noticed any difference in the sky. To console myself for missing that photographic opportunity I did the next best thing and visited a local garden. I was not disappointed.
The gardens were a mix of cacti, succulents, tropicals, trees and an array of garden flowers. The variety and age of the trees was amazing. And then there were the flowers. I didn't know that Echinacea came in so many colors. I was especially drawn to the reds. There is such beauty in the jumble of colors to be found in a flower garden.
Visitors are treated to benches and chairs placed where they can sit and contemplate the gorgeous surroundings. Sometimes it is just nice to sit and listen to the silence. This is where I find the joy; in the moments of silence in between the chaos of life.
My visit was a peaceful time. Walking along the paths surrounded by trees and flowers was medicine for the soul. I hope you feel some of that peace and joy in the featured photograph of red Echinacea.
Can you imagine what your world would be like if you couldn't see color? Your entire world would be in gray-scale. Try putting together a wardrobe of decorating your home not knowing how it really looked!
I recently watched a TED talk by a man that had a condition where he could not see color. Listening to him I realized how fortunate I am that my world is colorized and that most people see the world as I do.
I have written in the past about how colors vibrate, each on their own wave length. Through technology, the gentleman from the TED talk, Neil Harbisson, wears a special device that sees colors through their vibrations and converts to a tone that can be heard. Neil now recognizes colors by their tone or vibration, but he still can't see colors to know what they really look like.
While I am immensely grateful for being able to see the world in color, I am intrigued by the idea of hearing colors. I wonder if what I am wearing today vibrates harmoniously. What about my home? The colors I have are pleasing, they accent and complement each other, but would they be heard as a pleasant tune? Can you imagine hearing what your rooms might sound like? It is an interesting thought isn't it decorating by sound.
If you would like to listen to the TED talk you can do so here.
Today I offer you the same photograph in color and also black and white. Each offers it's own appeal. Which would you choose for your home? Both are available for purchase by clicking on the image.
May 1st, also known as May Day, has many meanings attached to it. May Day has ancient roots attached to the spring festivals of rebirth. In many European countries it has a more modern meaning as it is recognized as the International Workers Day.
In my mind I associate May Day with May baskets. A day when flowers would be put into baskets and hung on the doors of friend, neighbors and loved ones. You would hang the basket, knock on the door, and then leave. My oldest daughter participated in this tradition as a child.
Have you ever celebrated May Day with May baskets? I fear that this might be another tradition that has faded away into history.
But for this May Day I leave you with a May Day basket as we did them when I was a girl.
I like the word whimsy. Along with its adjective whimsical, they are words that come to mind this time of year. Spring is the season of whimsy.
Do you get that whimsical feeling when spring arrives? Whimsy can carry over into your home. Bright colors, fun patterns and different accents can all come together to create a fun and imaginative decor. Take a deep breathe and let go of those reservations and have some fun with your decor.
It has always been my philosophy that walking into your home should be a good feeling. By adding a touch of whimsy it will bring a smile to your face when you walk into that room. Maybe just start small and do something imaginative to one room.
For me the thought of daffodils blowing bubbles makes me smile. That's one of the reasons I created the featured image. And I also bought a bottle of bubbles just for me. Why should the daffodils have all the fun?
I was driving through town last week and noticed how many apartment building there were. Not only existing buildings, but a lot of new buildings are under construction. That's when it hit me - an enormous number of people are living with white walls. And most of those can't paint them any other color.
So just what can you do when you are stuck with white walls and still have a home that looks amazing? I have come up with 3 tips that will help you.
White is the color associated with new beginnings, purity and innocence. It can make your home feel fresh and clean. Don't be afraid to embrace your white walls and use them to your advantage.
I decided to start my journey of 2017 The Year of the Home with my bathroom. Does it seem like an odd place to start? Here's my reasoning.
Like everyone I need to live and work within a budget. Since the bathroom is small I will be able to complete this room more quickly. I think that satisfaction of completion of a small task helps when working on a year long project. So I am starting small.
Since I am currently living in a rental I can't paint my walls. So white is my canvas here. I also have a glass door on my tub/shower. Which means no shower curtain for adding color or texture. So these are my limitations and challenges in this room.
I really want to add some color since color has the ability to affect our moods. After much deliberation I have chosen the photograph featured above to hang in the bathroom. Gardens make me feel good. They relax me and take away the worries when I spend time there. I also like the colors so it is a good choice for me.
I can also add color and texture with a choice of towels. I am leaning towards a dark green and a dark mauve color for towels. I enjoy therapeutic baths in the evening and I know those colors will add to my relaxation. So this is where I am starting.
I will update you from time to time with posts as to how this is all playing out.
Yes, I am thankful everyday to those of you that take the time to visit and read my blog.
I am especially thankful to those of you that have purchased from me as that helps to put food on the table and pay the bills.
Blessings to all of you in the United States as you celebrate Thanksgiving. And blessings to all of you worldwide as you go about your daily lives; you are all appreciated.
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.