"O see, how brightly the universe gleams!
There is a radiance on everything;
you drift with me on a cold sea,
but a special warmth flickers from you to me, from me to you."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

diana camera with 35mm back

I finally got around to using my Diana camera with a 35mm back.  These are a few from our trip last week to the southern Oregon Coast.  It was beautiful.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

the hunt

this is pretty much what's been occupying my time right now.  the glorious music of Mozart.  String quartet in b-flat major, nicknamed "the Hunt". 

Monday, April 4, 2011

artist anne packard in coastal living magazine

I was recently going through my old issues of Coastal Living magazine, and I rediscovered this profile that I just love.  It's an article about Provincetown, Massachusetts-based artist Anne Packard--I love her paintings, her home, and her lifestyle.  She arrived in Provincetown in 1975, newly divorced, with five children.  She began selling little paintings and soon came upon the opportunity to buy her 19th-century home.  From the article:  "'When I first bought this place and before I built that bulkhead,' she says, 'I could see the ocean come and go under the floorboards in the living room.  The upstairs bedroom still rocks in storms like a ship at sea, but living on the edge is a privilege.  Not a day goes by that I don't appreciate what I see.'"

I've recently started painting again--I was always drawing or painting growing up, and I enjoyed it so much, but it fell by the wayside when I began to get serious about music.  In the past several years, photography, especially Polaroid photography, has helped me stretch my visual-art muscles again.  Hopefully painting will become more of a regular thing for me.  I love painting seascapes, but waves are really difficult!  I want to fill my house with seascapes.
All images were scanned by me, from the December/January 2010 issue of Coastal Living magazine.  While I couldn't find the article anymore on their website, they do have this.  The writer for the article is Susan Stiles Dowell, and the photographer is Kindra Clineff.  For more on Anne Packard, visit the Packard Gallery's website.

Friday, March 25, 2011

places I'd like to live in...

The other day I discovered a tumblr called The Nomadic Sun.  The photos are all of rustic cabins, yurts, caravans, many of them quite old-looking and often populated by long-haired, shirtless hippie-types.  I got sucked in and spent a lot of time looking through the pictures.  Here are some of my favorites.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

the fish shack

In the summer of 2009, my husband and I got married and bought our house.  From the very first time I saw our house, I envisioned it as a kind of inland beach cottage.  It's got kind of a Cape Cod-style look to it, and inside it's so light and bright, with lots of windows and light bamboo floors.  I happened upon the July/August 2009 issue of Coastal Living magazine, and inside was a profile that was a major inspiration to me.  I couldn't find the article or the pictures up on the Coastal Living website, so I scanned the pictures myself--apologies for the poor quality.  The article is about a cottage on Long Island's Peconic Bay that the owners (Tim O'Brien and T.R. Pescod) affectionately call the Fish Shack.  Built in 1919, it's a classic Long Island beach cottage, with beaded board, original light fixtures, and approximately 1,200 square feet--it's among only a handful of original cottages on a stretch of North Sea Harbor, an inlet of Peconic Bay.  The simple, uncluttered, light and airy decor really appealed to me and was a big influence in how we styled our house.  And hydrangeas--oh, how I love hydrangeas.

all photos from Coastal Living magazine.  Photographed by Jeff McNamara, written by Gena Sigala.

Monday, March 14, 2011

what i want right now...

I've been wanting one of these for a while.  It's an Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner.  It scans 35mm and 120 film.  I'm convinced if I get one of these I'll get back into taking pictures with my Holgas and Dianas.  Toy cameras, like the Holga and Diana, take 120 (medium format) film, which is really inconvenient to get developed and to get prints made.  Any toy photographers out there?  How do you scan? 
Aren't these adorable? They're the Blondy by Anne Klein. I've been lusting after them for a few days now.  Not that I need shoes.  At all.  Really. 
This is the molded plastic rocker from Lexington Modern.  I've wanted this for a long time.  It's quite inexpensive, and I'm a little dubious of the quality for that price.  But look!  So cute!