A walk in the park

Last week me and the fiancé decided to get to the park and take advantage of the beautiful weather and to take pictures. It was Adam’s first go with his new camera, and man did he do awesome! I didn’t have to do much really, so it’s hard to call him my student…but I’m okay with taking some credit if he is! So you know my series I was talking about…well, I didn’t take in account the change in the tilt of the Earth from winter to summer, and now the sun sets in a completely different location! Who would have thought….duh! But we still got some gorgeous pictures! I thought I would share one in particular (and I took many!). When a sunrise is so beautiful, you can’t help but to keep clicking that button trying to hold on to everything about that moment, the smell, the sounds, the feeling of relief the sun is setting because you are sweating like a sinner in church! This is one of my favorite parts of photography, the memories, and sharing it with others. Me and Adam had a blast taking these pictures, and if you go to our Facebook pages (Studio D3Z will soon have an Adam folder when he is ready, but until then you can look at his pictures on his Facebook), and I hope you enjoy them!

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A little Story About My Grandmother Holland

*DISCLAIMER* I normally don’t like to get too personal, and especially on Errant Easel, but this has to do with one of my favorite forms of art, and sometimes good art comes from the pains (and the crap) they have to take from “critics”…and I’m so good at telling too much, so why not!

So, let me start off by saying, I love photography, but when I decided to take pictures of people…that is a challenge!  I am great at getting candid pictures, and even better at more of the fine art material….but taking pictures of people on command….it’s tough, and with every client is a new learning experience, and I hope I never stop learning!  That being said….taking pictures of people is tough, and I would go into all of my bad experiences….but I will just focus on this one for this post!

So, My father’s mother is a beautiful black woman of 68, she don’t let anyone tell her what’s what, and she is a rattle snake! Unfortunately, she is not capable of giving a complement or appreciating anything!  Oh yeah….she’s that grandma…been giving me low self esteem circa 1987 (when I was born for anyone keeping up at home!) Needless to say, I avoided her for years, she’s a doting grandmother when it comes to my cousin…but not for me, I don’t know what happened there…but I was an adorable child! How on Earth you could not like me…is beyond me! Hey, it aint wrong if it’s the truth!

So anyways, recently, I have been trying to go see my grandparents more often, and she’s not so mean anymore…they get softer with age I guess.  And even though me and my grandmother don’t see eye to eye, I still think she is beautiful, and although I won’t tell her this, there’s a lot of pride that comes with telling people Dorothy Holland is my grandmother! (the Hollands are kind of a big deal among the community in the area I grew up) Even if a lot of people think I am adopted or don’t even know I exist!…Moving on.  On Mother’s day, I told everyone, look nice! I am taking pictures!  For my grandmother, this is never a hard task, growing up she always had perfect makeup, always had her hair did, nails did, and her clothes were always of the best brands…and even though she doesn’t go through the same painstaking activities she used to, she’s still beautiful! Being mixed with black and Indian has it’s perks!  So, I took lots of beautiful pictures of my mother, and of my parents, and of my grandparents….oh and of course of my beautiful niece who LOVES the camera! (she’s my favorite model)…

So, now you have a back story, moving on to the future! I gave her one of the pictures I took of her and my grandpa together for their anniversary…and yesterday a message was relayed to me from my Daddio….she said and I quote “tell her I am still mad at her for giving me that ugly picture of me”.  So, as always, the way she feels about herself is more important than what her granddaughter will feel when hearing something like this…a stab in the heart.

But, don’t feel sorry for me…I realize that I am stronger now for the struggles with my grandmother…and…well….the struggles with the rest of my dad’s family…and I inherited that rattle snake quality…and I still think it’s a lovely picture, and for my first official photography post, here is the picture.

P.S. This would piss her off by the way….and I’m glad!

Such a handsome couple

She is a Rattle snake, I swear!

What’s on the Easel

So it was a quiet weekend here, me and Adam went to the movies and saw Captain America, which was AMAZING! Then we went to ReBelle to get some yarn for the socks I’m going to make for Adam! I let him pick of course, and he picked a lovely light color yarn, that I think will make for great dress socks for work! The next few weeks I will prolly be working on quite a few projects at once to get ready for our big day! Just a reminder, 39 days until we start selling our work!!
So, I promised Adam a pair of socks, so I am making them right now to make sure they get finished! I decided to do them two at a time on one circular needle! Crazy! So, after making balls with the yarn (which was a chore! Both of our yarns got incredibly tangled, and we sat foe hours untangling them…we watched at least 2 movies!) I started working through the steps of knitting two socks at once….and it was a mess!! I’m not very organized when it comes to knitting, and I think I may have to learn…so, I set it aside and slept on the idea…so I woke up thinking, “I’ll find a YouTube video on it”…nothing, most people use two circular needles when knitting two socks I guess…or they do it toe up…not ready for either! So after thinking about it, Adam told me maybe I should learn how to knit 1 sock on a circular first before tackling the 2-at-a-time method…he’s so smart! So, once again, I am putting that method aside. I’ve been “training” to knit using this method for a while…that’s why I learned on double points first so I knew the basics of sock knitting….anywho…so after some cleaning, I’m going to tackle knitting a sock on a circular needle! Seems like it will make a better sock, less seams that potentially make a gap in your work. So that’s the knitting, I’m still working on my sock, and now Adam’s…and tomorrow who knows, I’ll prolly start on another project!

Enough about knitting for now, I am also working on some prints! I already have a few up on Etsy, but I want a few new ones for the big sale! I’m working on a series that will present winter spring/summer (because in KY it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference!) and fall. I started it this past January when we had lots of snow, and I was quite pleased with it, so I decided to go back to the same place and get a shot, at sunset, for every season! I’ve been waiting for the perfect evening to do this…we went last night, but the park was already closed! So, maybe it it doesn’t storm, or, even it it does, I can get a shot tonight! (sorry no pictures of this yet….you will have to wait and see them in 39 days!)

Okay, I think I’ve rambled enough! Time to get to work!

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Link Round Up! *Beware…Mind blowing ahead*

So, since I am between projects (the painting and the new sock…which are both coming along beautifully!) I thought I would share with you some of my favorite links! Of course they are mostly photography and knitting, but peppered in there are some other fun sites that I know you will love! Enjoy! Oh, and Thanks to all those people that are reading our blog! I know we are all excited that our creativity excites more that just us!
okay….here’s some links!

Ravelry  If you like knitting, most prolly already know about this site…but it’s one I am obsessed with! Oh, and this place is especially good for patterns from movies!  That’s where I go for all my Harry Potter inspired knit patterns! The people that are on this site are amazing! Most of them see the garment and make the pattern off of memory…they are that awesome!!….hmmm…one day…I will do this…yes…

photojojo This website is amazing!! I buy so much from these people.  This is a very modern photography site, and they understand budgets!  Don’t get me wrong, there are some expensive stuff, but they offer a lot of accessories to meet you half way to the new lens you wanted, or that rare film you couldn’t find anywhere!  I normally find everything I need on this site! They also have a facebook page, and they have really great articles!

DIY photography So, as a photographer on a budget, I love love LOVE! sites such as this one!  When you put all your money into things like a camera or a new lens, you have to save money else where such as studio lighting!  which they have a tab specifically for that!  They also have a lot of extremely useful tips for your camera and photo editing, and other techniques!

Indie Rock Cafe So, when I am working on anything…I mean ANYTHING (cooking, cleaning, blogging, working, photo editing, knitting…etc) I have to have good music.  Indie Rock Cafe is one of the best sources for indie artist of all kind!  I have found so many new favorites through this site.  My favorite part of this site…they make mix tapes of songs….they have had anything from winter music to help beat the winter blues (one of my personal favorites) to now I remember seeing a mixed tape for Bonnaroo.  Indie Rock Cafe also has a podcast that’s always a pleasure to listen to!

Knitting to stay sane I recently found this blog on one of my crazy pattern hunts for something, and right away what I love about this lady and her site….there is a tab that says FREE!….I didn’t care what was free….but I loved it before I clicked on it….I mean I am American….I loves the free stuff!  Well, of course it’s free patterns, which is like gold to knitters….if good yarn was ever given away for free…then that would be gold….but until that happens…the free patterns will do! This is a lady after my own heart! She knits beautifully, and I really enjoy looking at her work, and seeing what she is doing in the knitting world!

Rebelle So this is one of our local yarn stores, and so far it’s my favorite!  all the ladies that I have seen in there so far are all knitters, and I love all the patterns they have around the shop, and of course I love all the yarn they have! yarn heaven.  Oh boy and do they sell everything for your knitting/crocheting needs!  I  have to watch going in there when I have extra cash!! We (ladies of Errant Easel) are hoping to take a spinning class there at some point or another…drop spindal style.  We support local here hard core, so I had to show some love to one of my favorite places to shop!

 

Well, I guess that’s all for now…there are oh so many more places I frequent on these here internets….but I don’t want to blow your mind completely! I DO want you to come back!