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Can you believe it’s December already?!

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Farm Country

I live in Farm Country.

It’s really quite beautiful. And over the years I’ve realized I’m okay with a vast majority of people knowing very little about where I live.

I also gave up explaining that just because I live in a MidWest state doesn’t mean I’m a farmer… although, and perhaps ironically (to those of you who know me), I wouldn’t mind living out in the country again.

Wanna see why I say that?

nice green corn field seems to go on forever!

nice green corn field seems to go on forever!

beats a skyscraper! and look at the blue sky ~ that's clean air at its finest!

beats a skyscraper! and look at the blue sky ~ that’s clean air at its finest!

high priced transportation (these do cause rush-hour type traffic back up's at times, too)

high-priced transportation (these do cause rush-hour type traffic back up’s at times, too)

Ok, I concede that it’s way-way easier to say that in the summer than in the dead of winter… with the wind blowing the snow around… feeling isolated… (think Diane Keaton in Baby Boom!)

Yeah, check back with me on this in about 6 months! haha!

A quick reminder:
Online photography sale continues ~ about half the pieces have sold! I will keep the sale up until the end of July! Send me a note if you have any questions.
For details, prices and to view images, click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.663633233666003.1073741826.118770594818939&type=1&l=595342e732
OR
this one to my facebook page and click on the “Online Sale!!” album: www.facebook.com/ArtByCarolCook again, you don’t have to be on facebook to purchase!

Barns, revisited

Quick! Name a state where there aren’t any barns?

Ha! Trick question ~ no such thing!

I really like photographing barns, good thing there are so many to choose from.

I seem to be drawn to the ones that look like they’re about to fall down ~ so much character in the worn paint and weathered wood ~ they seem to flat-out refuse to crumble to the ground

this one has looked like this for about 30 years... well built indeed!

this one has looked like this for as long as I can remember

red brick silo and barn

red brick silo and barn

weathered character

weathered character

I’ve spent days exploring the country and taking photographs of just barns. I’m sure I’ll share more again (and again… and again!) They’re a subject I enjoy and they don’t move around or blink! (haha!)

This is also a great example of “photowalking” in your own back yard (especially if you live in the country, then it’s literal!)

Have a great day… don’t forget your camera!

Online Sale!!

It’s officially ON!

These are the images I’m selling:

online sale

For details, prices and to view images, click on this link:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.663633233666003.1073741826.118770594818939&type=1&l=595342e732
OR
this one to my facebook page and click on the “Online Sale!!” album
http://www.facebook.com/ArtByCarolCook

Thanks & enjoy!!

Droppin’ knowledge bombs

BOOM! (that’s a knowledge bomb being dropped… hehehe!)

I got to share some photography and art knowledge this week!

I was hired to teach a teen who seems to be interested in photography ~ he’s definitely interested in birds. I was amazed at his memory skills. Just walking outside he could hear bird calls and know from what kind of bird they came. (I love it when I go to impart some knowledge and end up getting some more in return!)

Unfortunately, the birds did not get the memo to be cooperative with me and chose to hide up in the trees, or flit off too quickly for me to catch them digitally. Maybe another day…

On top of a great morning, I got to drive a bit in the country on my way home.

Ahhh… farm life:

old barn and silo ~ corn looks great!

old barn and silo ~ corn looks great!

more silos ~ good looking soybeans, too!

more silos ~ good looking soybeans, too!

moo

moo

The thing about teaching is that it can also be a great reminder of the simple “rules” of art and photography.

It can also, as it did for me, recharge creativity!

I have some new ideas for upcoming photowalks… right here where I live. I’ll still work towards visiting/photowalking other states, but there’s something freeing about appreciating and embracing “home”.

And, I sold 2 photograph images at my retail outlet recently too! (that has little to do with today’s subject, I just felt like sharing because I’m proud and happy that more of my photographs are going to new homes!)

*as a reminder, next Monday I will be putting a new “gallery” of sale items on my facebook page (www.facebook.com/ArtByCarolCook) ~ do you have to “like” the page to participate? no, but I’d sure love it if you would anyway!

Which path?

Pursuing my passion…

Check.

Discovering my path…

um…

now which one would that be???

mountains?

the mountains?

OR

the beach?

the beach?

OR

someplace in between?

someplace in between?

I guess this is where I am to remember that life is a journey and to enjoy it wherever it takes me!

psst… a hint or two of direction would be nice! (perhaps using bright lights? or neon? and maybe some arrows? fireworks? heck, I’d even be grateful for some subtle subtext.)

Collages

Take Sunday off? hahaha! Not me! I’ve been putting together some information and photo-collages to help me get freelance jobs as a photographer and/or blogger (and/or artist… and/or anything in my wheelhouse!)

Here are some simple collages I made:

braving the elements of Winter to capture it's beauty

braving the elements of Winter to capture its beauty

 

Wildlife... and not-so-wild-Louden

Wildlife… and not-so-wild-Louden

 

Structural photography

Structural photography

 

Flora and my Guardian Angel

Flora and my Guardian Angel

I’m absolutely continuing to sell my photographs individually to adorn your walls! But I do hope, at the very least, I can get some of these used as stock photography as well.

Enjoy what’s left of your Sunday ~ get out and about… and don’t forget your camera!

 

 

 

Front door to Spring

It’s been a beautiful, sunny (albeit chilly) day today ~ it’s so difficult to be inside ~ I’m off to enjoy more of what life has to offer! Color me blessed!

Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills

“The front door to springtime is a photographer’s best friend.” (Terri Guillemets)

Love and happiness to all!