I recently had two different conversations about black and white photographs vs their color counterpart. People have definite opinions when it comes to black and white photographs. It seems that the middle ground is small, it has to be either black and white or color. Surely there must be room in the world for both artistic expressions.
There was a time when I didn't see the value or beauty of an image created in black and white. My thought was that color is so beautiful why choose to eliminate it.
Over time I have to come to see the the merits and beauty of black and white photographs. Many times the details of an image can be lost in the color. Black and white accentuates the light and shadow. Plus there is an almost timeless quality about black and white.
For me a black and white image needs to be a framed print. It brings out the elegance and that timeless quality. I hope you find today's featured image appealing. It is a lighter black and white that truly lets the details of these lovely flowers shine through.
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.
I have been having fun recently creating what I am calling Whimsical Works of Art. They are photographs that have become something more than just a photograph.
I have been looking at my world and asking myself What If? The result is the images you can see in my new Whimsical gallery. Like all the other photographs on my site these are available for purchase in a wide range of sizes. Most of these are in a square format so they will fit in spaces that the usual rectangle might not.
Take a moment and check out this new gallery and let me know what you think. Would you hang these images in your home or office? Let me know in the comments. Here's to a new and whimsical day!
First I want to thank everyone that participated in the survey in last weeks blog. In that survey I asked if your bedroom colors were warm and cozy or cool and calm.
I was completely surprised by the results. Although the overall number taking the survey was small, 80% of you said that your bedroom colors were warm and cozy. I was expecting the opposite!
In honor of all the warm and cozy bedrooms out there I am sharing this photograph of an elegant orange and yellow rose that would be perfect for that warm-toned bedroom.
I have read that we spend a third of ours lives in our bedrooms. Because of this it is suggested that we decorate our bedrooms in calming colors. The other choice would be warm and cozy colors.
Calming colors would include blues, greens and lavenders. While warm and cozy colors would be browns, reds, oranges and yellows. The featured image would work in both color groups.
What color category does your bedroom come under? Let me know in the survey below. One question and one click is all it takes.
You know that feeling you get at the end of along day when you walk into your home and close the door? For just a moment, perhaps mo longer than the span of a deep breath, there is joy.
Joy doesn't necessarily come in a big package. It doesn't come in the form of possessions. Joy is found in the moments. Those small spaces tucked between every thing else that is going on around us is where joy is waiting to be found.
My joy this morning came wrapped in the sound of a bird on the pond. A trill in the silence to let me know he was there. Joy was found in a bird's song that I had never heard before.
I find many moments of joy within my home. Home is more than a place. It is a feeling; feeling safe, feeling sad and feeling joy. Listen and watch for the joy to be found in the moments within your home.
There are many websites that will tell you how to get rid of your clutter. To get you motivated I am going to give you 5 reasons why it is important.
A home with little to no clutter is a happy home. It is a home that brings pleasure to its occupants. Isn't it time to start enjoying being in your home?
A hint, a suggestion or just a touch of the things you love. Can it be enough to bring you pleasure?
I think it can. The featured photograph has just a hint of color. There is only a suggestion of the shape of the flower. Yet it is enough to set your mind on a joyous visual journey.
Sometimes all you need is to grate a little of that chocolate on top of your ice cream. That suggestion of flavor can explode in your mouth allowing you to enjoy it without over indulging. The suggestion of flavor is enough.
Perhaps all your home needs is just a small touch or suggestion of that crazy color you love that really doesn't go with your decor. But that little touch of the color might be all you need to enjoy it.
Yes, I do believe that sometimes a suggestion is enough to bring us pleasure.
Art has the power to heal. Not only the act of creating art, which is a powerful therapy tool, but viewing art has a positive impact on us.
Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a persons physiology and attitude. When viewing sweeping views of nature or works of art the body's physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from fear to creativity and inspiration. Art and music put a person into a different brain wave pattern. A persons nervous system, their hormonal balance and their brain neurotransmitters are all affected.
This is why I am a strong supporter of having art in our homes, our work place and especially in hospitals. Does your home have some artwork on display, especially nature-based artwork?
You can read more about what researchers from California University in Berkeley are discovering here.
"He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead - his eyes are closed." Albert Einstein
Recently I have been taking stock of the things that I own and the power of my relationship to them in my life. Not too long ago I moved and downsized to basically one room that holds my things. So in reality I don't have a lot, but what I have has meaning.
I have never been one that hoards. I know people that do and the power of their possessions over their lives is almost destructive. If I haven't used something in a year it will get donated in hopes someone can and will use it. Most of my things are necessities. But I do have my indulgences and some items that hold meaning and memories.
Visual memories are important to me and are usually in the form of something I can use. Like the coffee mug from a vacation my oldest, and then only, child and I took to the Oregon coast. I still use it after 20 years. She still uses her mug too.
Art work might fall under the label of indulgence, but it borders on necessity for me. My art work helps to define who I am and the journey my life has taken. Whether I create the piece myself or purchase it, art speaks the story of why I needed that piece in my life. Some of my art work is functional in that I can wear it.
As I take stock I realize that my things do not control me. I am not a slave to the power of buying just to be buying something. That is when we become slaves to our possessions.
Where do you see yourself? Are you up to your neck in things that you don't really need? Do your things give you joy when you see them or use them?
Today I am sharing a photograph of one of my favorite things, a flower. It is a simple thing, but it has the power to make me feel good when I see it. It is worthy of being a possession for me. How does it make you feel?
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.