June 3rd, 2014
I filled up another sketchbook, so here’s a quick cover to cover flip through. Whenever it’s time for me to get a new sketchbook I’m always a little nervous, because I have no idea what I’m going to fill it with. Somehow it always gets filled though, so I guess I shouldn’t worry about it too much!
(Click “HD” to watch the video larger and in high definition—otherwise it’s pretty blurry!)
Music: “an inherited record collection” by Lullatone (Buy one of their albums—so great!)
May 28th, 2014
I want to follow up on the reverse ring camera mount I mentioned in this post, because I finally got one! I ordered it a while ago and it took ages to ship, but it was worth the wait. My photos with the adapter are much sharper than when I was holding the lens up myself. If I wasn’t too lazy to get out a tripod they’d really be crisp!
I’d definitely recommend getting one of these ring adapters if you want to mess around with macro photography without committing to a new lens. Just make sure you buy the right size adapter for the lens you want to use. I took the photos below with my Canon 5D Mark ii and my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens, but if you used this technique with a crop sensor camera you could focus even closer!
This is what yarrow looks like up close and personal.
A purple coneflower bloom is going to come busting out of this green prickly thing in a few weeks.
Here’s the inside of a St. John’s Wort blossom.
Parsley flowers—oops, I should have cut this back a while ago so I’d have more leaves to eat!
Just to show you how close the focus is, here’s a shot of some teensy sedum flowers next to my ginormous finger tips.
May 22nd, 2014
Today is my mom’s birthday, so I met my family at the State Farmers Market to celebrate with a southern (greasy but delicious) breakfast and a bit of browsing. I brought my camera along so I could practice with the new lens Daniel got from a coworker—my first Canon L lens! First I photographed the heaps of fresh fruits and veggies, but I couldn’t get any shots I was happy with. Before long I got into the groove over in the plant section, which is my favorite part of the market. There’s a huge variety of plants, and they’re so reasonably priced that it’s a little crazy. Thankfully my camera distracted me from trying to take them all home.
May 20th, 2014
I completed another goal for this year! I just finished up a pottery class at my local arts center. Now I have a whole new appreciation for potters. Throwing pots is crazy hard and there is so much that can go wrong. It’s a small miracle when a piece turns out as intended.
I made a bunch of different things over the course of the class. The instructor showed us various hand-building and throwing techniques and let us make whatever we could dream up, so it was pretty much my ideal class. I’m planning to get an open studio membership so that I can continue using the local clay studio. I have a million more ideas that need to get out of my head and into the kiln!
Tackling new creative endeavors and learning new skills are important parts of my process as I create new products for Wit & Whistle, because variety helps keep my creative juices flowing. Are you like that too? If so, you should see what classes are available at your local arts center. I was amazed at the facilities we have here in Cary, and I regret that I didn’t start taking advantage of them sooner!
This studded mug turned out to be one of my favorites. I can’t wait to sip tea out of a mug I made myself!
I also love how my mini tripod planter turned out. I’ve had this idea in my head for months, and it was such a relief to finally be able to make it happen.
I kept the very first bowl I threw so I could compare it to my last. It’s nice to see progress!
May 15th, 2014
Here are a few of my sketchbook pages and the respective Father’s Day cards they became! You can browse all the Wit & Whistle Father’s Day cards right here.