Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Finding A Spark



My family and I went to an Antique Mall this past weekend and found some 'treasures'.  Megan, my daughter, found some tiny keys perfect for necklaces.  John, my husband, found some tools.  I found a few silver pieces and something new to collect, inkwells.  I found a stoneware inkwell and ink bottle, both with a great finish, screaming to get their picture taken. 

I chose the inkwell and bottle for The Studio's prompt this week, 'find your own spark'.  Since they were old I thought they would look great on my Coke-a-Cola crate.  I added a pussy willow branch and put the little inkwell on a butter paddle.  I used Kim Klassen's preset chocolate in Lightroom, adding saturation and reducing contrast, and one of her textures too. 


I shot this bouquet with the Be Still class in mind.  Kim Klassen showed us a layout from an Anthropologie catalog and told us to let that be our 'spark'.  It had green leaves on it.  I wanted to take a picture of green leaves, since there are none in my yard right now I had to find some at the florist.  

It snowed last night!  We got about 2 or 3 inches of the white fluffy stuff.  It is incredibly  cold, -2° F at the moment.  The kids got a 2 hour delay because of the cold.  I can't wait to take a few pictures, but right now I need to go shovel the driveway... 

Today I am joining Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday, The Studio and the class Be Still

Thank you for stopping by!!
Have a great week!!
Stay warm!!
Michelle

Kim Klassen dot com

19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Love the pussy willow and your dof! :)

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  2. Oh that inkwell is just fantastic! Love the moodiness of the top image...just perfect with texture, colors and old!

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  3. I only have one ink well and I so love it, this is wonderful. I think it is funny with men, they seem to always look for tools. Beautiful work Michelle.

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  4. The contrast of the pussy willow with the ink well is beautiful....I think you did a great job with this prompt.

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  5. Both images are so beautiful. I love the pussy willow... they look gorgeous in the "old" setting. I might look for an ink well some day... such a lovely prop!

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  6. Wonderful photo. Great sharp focus on the pussywillow . . . wonderful dof.

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  7. Love your new finds. Enjoy your snow :) Awful cold where you are too.

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  8. Antique markets are so much fun...I love your ink wells and the flower photo is just stunning...sounds like everyone had a good day.

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  9. oh how i love the flowers and scissors and lace in that second photo….just beautiful!!!

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  10. Lovely, and spring seems quite advanced already with the forsythia already in bloom :) We just have green bulb tips above ground here, but it has been quite a mild winter.

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  11. oh wow, this is lovely. Perfect for the prompt too. I haven't worked on mine yet.

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  12. What fabulous photo props you found! Love the scissors and love the way 'chocolate' worked for you. Just beautiful. {We're about to plummet to sub-zero temperatures. Ugh!}

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  13. love your new finds! Super images too, love them both :)

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  14. What a lovely atmospheric image of your inkwell and butter paddle, Michelle. With the wooden planking in the background it looks really rustic and old. The chocolate preset was a triumph. I love trawling through antique markets for overlooked gems. Your bunch of spring flowers is a lovely, airy contrast. All the best, Bonny

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  15. What a find-this scissors! (Insert big puffy heart) gorgeous all the way around.

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  16. Your still lives are absolutelly delightful, Michelle! :) I just love the beautiful inkwell on the butter paddlethe, and those scissors are so cute, they remind me of a heart.

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  17. Love the dark and moody look to this. It has been too cold and snowy here to even want to go out antiquing:( Great finds!

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