Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Painting Again...

It's been five years since I've put brush to canvas...but a couple of weeks ago I found myself inspired again.

The Muse is funny that way - how she comes and goes, pokes, teases, spurs interests, drops hints and adds kindling to the fire. I'm not sure what it was that brought her back in my life - perhaps it was seeing my empty easel every morning during my yoga practice, perhaps it was the way my niece and nephew bragged "Our Aunt Kristen, she's a really, REAL artist," perhaps it was driving past that gorgeous produce stand every day...or the taste of those tomatoes.

My dear Muse, whatever coaxed you back to my spirit, I'm happy you're here and will enjoy you for as long as you stay.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Watermarks...and other stuff

I did some reading in the Etsy forums and decided I needed to change my watermark. I debated on even using a watermark as many feel that if someone wanted to steal the image it would be easy to remove. But my feeling is that having a watermark at least sends a message, that I claim my work to be mine. Anyhow new watermarks... and new work.

This weekend I walked my puppy down to the boardwalk. It's like a ghost town now, with it being the off-season. But I could still feel the energy I image it has during the summer. This boardwalk has been through some changes through the years. I once found some great historical photos online compiled by Daniel Ray Norris a local photographer. It's great to see what the boardwalk was like in it's Heyday. Much has changed and yet much has also stayed the same. When I saw this sign for Frank's Pizza surrounded by all the carnival bulbs, I thought it was a great image. I tweaked the color and the texture a bit to emulate those days gone by. Enjoy - I would love to read your comments!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Getting out of a rut...

There's something to be said for change.

I recently got my hair cut - short and with bangs - which is quite a change from my usual style. It was difficult at first to accept the thought, but I'm so glad I did it! First of all, it's so much healthier - but secondly it's spurred some other changes. My office at work has tended to be a catch-all for the rest of the office - items that need to be sent to surplus, storage for excess supplies and such. I finally got around to having one of my student workers clear it out and I tackled some projects that had been collecting some dust the past few months. I've been inspired to get rid of things I don't use and wear clothes I haven't worn (or get rid of them)! Last night I even tried a new recipe - and it turned out amazing!!

I know you're all wondering what it was...Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches and they were a big hit!

So in the spirit of embracing change...

"The only different between a rut and a grave is their dimensions" ~~Ellen Glasgow~~

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hello Again...

Well...I know it's been awhile. Funny how life can get in the way sometimes. If you've followed my blog in the past you are familiar with my Walk with Wednesday and Mellow Out Monday Features. Those photos started with a cell phone camera but I soon discovered that the more pictures I took the more I enjoyed it. My daily walks soon became about the picture possibilites rather than the activity of walk itself. I started playing with photo programs and manipulating the shots.

My husband and I recently moved closer to the beach - which has been amazing and has continued to feed my interest in this exploration.

I finally got around to working up a piece to post in my shop so I thought I would share it here as well. Please excuse the watermark...

I would love to read your comments!!

Thanks for visiting!

-K. Nice

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Mellow Out Monday June 7

And a yawn...and a stretch...
welcome to Monday and hello to a new week.

Thanks for joining me!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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