March 13th, 2014
I love philodendrons even though they’re common and not terribly interesting. They do well in low light and will happily forgive you if you forget to water them for a few weeks. They also vine out all over the place, which is so satisfying. I’ve killed almost every kind of house plant, but I have yet to kill a philodendron. Once I even tried to kill one! I wanted to replace it with a different plant, so I didn’t water it for at least a month. It just kept on living. Finally I threw it out still alive—horrible, I know. If you think you can’t keep house plants alive, I challenge you to kill a philodendron.
This original gouache painting is for sale right here!
March 11th, 2014
It has come to my attention that I own a bunch of cute scissors. I’m not sure how or when it happened. I was never consciously aware that I had a thing for scissors, but I must. Why else would I have so many? Over the past few years they have just sprouted up out of no where…
Now that I realize I have a problem I’m cutting myself off. No one needs this many scissors. It’s just ridiculous.
Just call me Amanda Scissorhands.
Have you ever accidentally collected something?
March 6th, 2014
My houseplants love this time of year. The days are getting longer and tons of light pours in our windows since the bare trees outside don’t block the sun. My plants are sprawling out all over the house with tender new leaves. I wanted to snap a few shots of the new growth, but I just couldn’t get close enough with my 50mm.
Out of the blue I remembered a comment Jennifer Allison left on one of my posts last summer sharing this macro lens hack. (Thanks Jennifer!) You simply take the lens off your DSLR, flip it around backward, hold it in place, and you have a makeshift macro lens. I took all the shots below with this technique. I can’t believe how close I could focus—the grid photo is of a window screen! It was nearly impossible to get crisp shots while manually holding the lens in place, but I like the dreamy blurred photographs I ended up with. I think I’m going to get this adapter so I can play around with this macro method more without having to hold my lens on.
Have you tried macro-ing like this?
March 4th, 2014
I’m working on finishing up some new Mother’s Day cards this week! Here are a few process shots. What are you guys up to this week, anything fun?
I post process photos like this on instagram that don’t always make it to the blog—follow me there if you want to see more!
February 27th, 2014
I always get a kick out of rearranging furniture, don’t you? Today I shuffled a few things around the house to make a sketching nook in one corner of my studio. I seldom sketch in there to avoid sitting at my desk for extended periods of time. Sitting upright with my feet on the floor (like a normal human being) is so uncomfortable to me for some reason. My preferred sketching posture is to curl up in a tiny ball (basically the fetal position) with my sketchbook on my lap. My desk chair is not ideal for this, but my cushiony arm chair is perfect. Now I have a comfy spot in my studio for sketching. Yesssss.