Friday, June 6, 2008

Sunrays on Peonies in my studio

I have a list of things waiting to be done, the list has been written down, it is on my desk and I have been ignoring it as long as I could...Now I attack.

In the meantime: peonies in a sunray in my studio. I have a little Nikon coolpix, according to modern standard she is OLD, 5 years or so, but I love it when she sees what I see.

love to you and a good good Friday
Andrea

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Genie said...

Morning Andrea, Have a great weekend also.
Lovely Photos

Mary Richmond said...

good morning! thanks for inviting me to come meet you while i was in paris. unfortunately we had no internet access and i was having such a good time i decided not to stress about it and find an internet cafe. i would have loved to meet you so i'm sorry i didn't check in. glad you're enjoying my pics!

speaking of pics--these are gorgeous!

Cestandrea said...

Genie, Hi, thanks and you too enjoy your weekend, take care
love
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Mary:) perhaps next time???:)
I really love your pictures of Paris, they make me want to go out and appreciate this city, as sometimes one forgets these things when in the daily routine. Your "reportage" brings it back to my mind! So glad you had a great time, love, Andrea

Kim said...

Hello Andrea, what an honor to be able to see what you see today. These flowers in the slant of the sun are incredible! I also love the sun on the chrome of the fabulous stool (chair).

Isn't it funny how 5 years old seems old for a perfectly lovely camera? We just purchased our daughter that same camera as a Christmas gift this past year, so I am glad to know it is serving you well.

My friend, may the images of the Peonies dancing in the Sun go with you throughout your day as you attack that list of things to accomplish! I know it will be a great part of my day.

Thank You!

Cestandrea said...

Kim thanks so much for your always encouraging and inspiring comments:) I was thinking today that sunlight helps us to remember most beautiful moments in time:)
love, Andrea

Cris in Oregon said...

Pretty flowers Andrea. I love to photograph mine as it makes them last forever.

Kim said...

Andrea, that is a beautiful thought! I am going to copy it and put it up in my studio! Perfect!

Also, check my blog today...I am going to put this quote on the side bar there. :)

Thanks, my friend!

Paula said...

Wow, those colors are captivating.

A list???? Heck, I make a list, then a list of my lists and then I misplace them all !!!!!

It is a good Friday indeed. I'm just sitting here at my day job counting the hours until I can get home to my studio. *sigh*

Lynn said...

lovely, lovely spot of sun
pink flowers make me smile
nice to make a neat and pretty place for them to sit.
Enjoy

Cris in Oregon said...

Came back to see your pretty sunlite flowers. my light pink peonys are about to open up into blooms. My Dark pickish red one already did. They are so lovely to look at.

Sandpiper said...

These are beautiful! I love the colors, and the light shining through the vase is incredible.

katie jane said...

Andrea ~ I didn't realize that this blog was up and running again. I've missed so much, I had a lot of catching up to do.

The sheep painting looks great on your studio wall. And your peonies are just beautiful.

You asked me what a gourd is some time back and I missed that until now. Sorry for the delay in responding. A gourd is kind of like a squash, but is not edible. It has a tough skin and when left to dry at the end of the season, is hollow inside. People here cure the outer skin and do decorative painting, or staining to them. They make really nice birdhouses and weather well. Native Americans used them for vessels, ladles, spoons, bowls, etc. They are very versatile. The picture I took and posted on my blog showed gourds that had been cut up and painted to create those dolls. If you go back to the picture and enlarge it you will see some finished gourds on the left side. Also, if you Google "gourd art" you will find some rather nice examples.

Cestandrea said...

Kim:) quelle honneur! I'm glad you like this thought, have a wonderful weekend
Andrea
no sun today here, sniff

Cestandrea said...

Paula, oh I'm not very good with written lists,I think they only serve as a visual annoyance saying: go back to that box in your head where you put the things to do,
have a wonderful we,
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

lynn, :) thanks and now the flowers are already gone, but I have this pictures (and other flowers, Oscar likes them too very much)
have a great we, perhaps with your little grandchildren?

Cestandrea said...

Cris, oh you are so lucky to have these in your garden, what a pleasure,
love
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Sandpiper, I'm so glad to share this light with you:) it is magic, what a bit of sunlight can do, is it? thanks for commenting and visiting, have a wonderful weekend
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Katie Jane, thanks so much for explaning me the gourds. I went back to your blog to look at them and saw the "whole" gourd on the left of the picture. They are so big and so perfectly smoothly shaped. I have never seen such big ones here in Europe, only little ones, which you put in a basket to decorate your house in fall.
I'll do some more research on the gourdart:) , I'm fascinated now:)
love
Andrea

Peter J. Crowley said...

Lovely Peonies in the Ray of Sun. enjoy pjc

katie jane said...

Good luck with your research, Andrea. I have been fascinated with gourd art for several years and I've tried to grow them here at home, but not with much success. Last year was too dry and they were planted in an area that was hard to water manually. I've planted them again this year so hopefully I'll have something to work with next year. (It takes a season to grow them and then it takes the winter to dry them out.) You can also buy unfinished gourds online and I may do that to hurry the process. I'm just trying to grow some for the fun of it.

Some people like to take a woodburning tool and etch outlines of leaves and pictures on them and then stain them with ink or stains. I think the whole process is fascinating and something I'd really like to try.

Patti said...

Very beautiful peonies and the suns rays highlight them perfectly. When I take pictures of flowers I put them on my mobile phone desktop.

Martine said...

And i love what your eyes see, Andrea.
Enjoy your sunday.........

Cestandrea said...

Peter, It means a lot that a great photographer likes my pictures! Have a beautiful Sunday,
love,
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Katie Jane, thanks so much for all these useful information on gourds. In French it is called "gourdes" or "calebasses":) I looked and found that here too one can find unfinished one's. I just love the perfect shape of these things, they are incredible, especially the big ones. The tiny ones are cute, too:)

Cestandrea said...

Patti, Hi, thanks for visiting! And that it a great idea,
love
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Martine, thanks for the nice comment,:) my eyes are searching for new "things":)
love
Anrea

Kim said...

...is that why I hate lists... They are a visual annoyance? I am that way...the only reason to make a list is to connect with a piece of paper with a mark making instrument. :)

human being said...

just beautiful...
you've captured great shots...

Cestandrea said...

Hi Kim:) yes that is what makes lists fun, the writing down of the different points, cause writing is pleasure:)
In the meantime, I have done some of the things I have to do but by no means all of them:
I have sent 10 email letters to illustration agencies, and I have scanned paintings which I haven't yet put in the archives (you'll se one of the paintings tomorrow here) and I have done exercises. Well I'll continue with the list tomorrow, it is in my head, anyway:) thanks always for commenting, love what you have to say:)
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Human Being, thanks so much for visiting, I'm glad you like my sunny peonies, and I wish you a good start into the week, I'm sure your pupils can't wait to see on Mondays:)
love
Andrea

sukipoet said...

andrea, a lovely feel to this photo. I too love the square of light and the reflections on the metal. I feel like i am there with you. Why does this photo look so French somehow? happy day, Suki