Photo Challenge 6/365

Photo Challenge 6/365And now for something completely different… Hubby came home sick from his travels this week. So rest and recovery are the goals for today. Which is why I’m at the liquor store, getting a bottle of Wild Turkey Honey for a regimen of medicinal hot toddies. Hopefully, I’ll get outside for some photo sessions next week, but this is what I have to work with today for my photo challenge. Not exactly art, but it is what it is…

In case anyone is interested, here is the basic recipe we used for the toddies, except we added honey to it.

Textures and Patterns

Texture | Marlton ArtistI can’t explain why but I find random textures and complex patterns an enjoyable experience. I love seeing and putting both into my visual art. So much so that I frequently take pictures of things no one else would notice. There may be no composition or object of interest, but if the texture or pattern is interesting, I’ll shoot it.

Hubby has gotten used to waiting patiently while I take multiple pictures of tree bark, rocks, or a sidewalk. Maybe this is strange? And maybe it’s not really photography. I don’t know, but since it’s my camera and I take the pictures, I have a nice collection of semi-abstract patterns and textures to use in other art projects.

Here’s a small sample of my collection.


Photo Challenge 5/365

Photo Challenge 5/365

I got up early and went to the lake to get this lovely morning light. The water was so still and the autumn colors glowed in the early sunlight.

Photo Challenge 4/365

Photo Challenge 4/365

The first change I’ve made in my photo challenge is that I’ve started taking my camera with me everywhere I go. I stopped by the lake on the way home from my workout this morning. These fuzzy weeds are the hardest things to get in focus. I tried with auto and manual and still didn’t get it right. The leaves and stems seem to be focused but not the plumes. Oh well… I love that there is no wasted film in digital photography. And tomorrow is another day, and the weekend to boot! 🙂

Photo Challenge 3/365


It’s a dreary, rainy day, so I stayed in. I’m dog sitting for Daughter #1 for a few days. Chloe is a 9 lb. Jack Russell terrier and loves to burrow in blankets, but hates the camera.



An early oil painting, currently hanging in our home.

Photo Challenge 2/365


A typical sight around the New Jersey Pineland area on a cloudy day.

3 Day Quote Challenge – 2 – Day 3

Here is the third and final quote for my 3 Day Quote Challenge. I’m supposed to nominate 3 more bloggers to take on the challenge. But with the holidays approaching, I don’t want anyone to feel pressured. So anyone who wants to volunteer can feel free to participate. If you want to play, go for it and link back so I’m sure to see your quotes!

Marc Chagall

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”
Marc Chagall

Photo Challenge 1/365


I saw these boats on my walk around the neighborhood today. I’m glad the weather is still nice enough to get outside. I’m working on learning how to use my Nikon D40x in manual mode. It takes me a long time to set the aperture and shutter speed correctly. I’m also trying to use manual focus, but with my eyesight being what it is, I may stick with autofocus. We’ll see…

My New Birthday Goal

003-2015-Nov-16Since injuring my back, I’ve been a bit down. Not being able to do everything I could before has taken its toll in emotional health. But since I’m generally a positive person, nothing keeps me down very long. I realized that part of the problem is that I haven’t had a well-thought-out goal to aim for. There are a ton of things that are taking up my minutes/hours/days, my blogs being 2 of them. A lot of busy-work.

I tried the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge but honestly, that didn’t hold my attention. So I’ve decided to set a new goal. I’m a big believer in setting goals whenever the mood strikes you, and not waiting until a certain day. That being said, today is my birthday, and what better day to set a new goal? I’ve been studying the 365 Photo Challenges online and even though today’s not an official start day, I’m going for it.

I’ve always appreciated photography but haven’t spent enough time on it. This challenges me to take a picture a day, every day for a year. Since I have a nice basic digital camera and always have my phone with me, I should be able to take something every day. At least that’s the goal… 🙂

Do you have any goals or challenges you’re working on? Or have you decided what your next goal will be? Let me know in the comments and we’ll cheer each other on!