Thus far, it’s a beautiful morning here in Chicago; a welcomed change from the rain of the past few weeks. It’s sunny, warm enough that I can have the windows open and I can hear the birds chirping. While I do believe we’re going to get yet more rain a little later (shocker) I thought I would pay homage to this beautiful weather by introducing you to my latest photograph, “Tweet.”
Taken at the Montrose Bird Sanctuary , here in Chicago, the photograph depicts a little Pine Siskin just singing his heart out. I loved how the butter yellow and creme tones give the photograph an overall warmth, much like the lovely tune this little guy was carrying.
Over the next week, I’ll be introducing several more photographs of the gorgeous birds you can find in the sanctuary; a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the city surrounding it.
I start by staining up in a beautiful provincial walnut and adhering my work to the block with premium archival glue. The entire piece is then varnished in a semi-glossy, non-toxic varnish to protect the entire piece.
Right now, the blocks are available in 4×4 and 5×5 size and sold as sets of three or as single blocks. Each block has a wonderful keyhole on the back making them ready to hang, no hardware required. I’m very excited to say that in the next week I’ll also be offering 5×7, 8×8 and 8×10 blocks.
Be on the lookout, this month, for a tutorial on how to create your own wood blocks with your family photos. It’s a fun and beautiful way to preserve memories!
You can find my fine art photo wood blocks here, in my shop.
I really wanted to bring out the contrast between the green of the lily pads and the soft, blush pinks and oranges of the lotus flower and was so pleased how the pseudo cross-processing technique I used gave it a retro photo feel.
On a cold, Autumn day in Chicago, when all the leaves are just about off the trees, a sign that the negative temperatures of winter are on their way, I love how this photograph reminds me of Spring and the balmy late-May day I took it.
Enjoy! Happy Saturday! I’m off with my camera to tool around Chicago… be on the lookout for some Chicago themed items soon!
I’ll admit, I am a hardcore Kindle addict so it’s a bit ironic that I’m now offering bookmarks in my shop right?
Pre-Kindle though, I was all about the bookmark; I had the same one for years. Despite the fact that my cat had chewed the tassel off and I had shoved it in my purse so many times that it was beat up like a boxer after 15 rounds (a note: I know nothing about boxing other than two people punch each other mercilessly so if I’m off on the number of rounds in a match, please forgive me) but I loved that bookmark. I still have it, tucked safely away…
So, for those hardcore book lovers who are resisting the urge to go electronic (this is the point where I say “Hi Mom!”) I am now offering fine art bookmarks in my shop.
All bookmarks are 2×6 in size and are coated with UV protection to ensure a long life and give them a beautiful glossy shine. At $3, these make an excellent stocking stuffer for the avid reader, fun employee gifts or even a fun gift for yourself! Choose from photographs such as, “The Sunday Drive,” and, “The Extrovert.” Check out, “Pensive” and, “From the Loop.” I’ll be adding more as time goes on… check out the full selection here.
Getting ready for 2011? It’s just around the corner. Looking for a great stocking stuffer? Employee gift? How about 12 fine art nature prints in mini 5×7 calendars? They’re printed by a professional printing company on high grade metallic paper and are shipped as loose sheets so that you can put them in your day planner, put them up on your fridge, wherever you need it! Best of all, when you’re done… frame up the print and you’ve got instant art!
The calendar is also available in an 8×10 size. Check them out!
Basking in Autumn's Glow - Tracey Capone Photography
New to the gallery is “Basking in Autumn’s Glow,” a photograph of an adorable little robin I basically followed all over Winnemac Park here in Chicago. This was my favorite of about 62 shots of him. I love how his eye catches the light and the glow of the sun on his wings. He’s loving fall as much as I do…
New to the gallery is, “Sending Them Off,” taken at the Montrose Harbor Bird Sanctuary here in Chicago.
I love Autumn… it takes ordinary things like leaves and prairie plants and turns them shades or red and rust, gold and brown, and makes them extraordinary. In the final picture, I loved how the depth of field made it seem as if those in the foreground were saying goodbye to those lifting off in to the air… to go where?
Well how tickled am I that “From the Loop,” one of my new favorite Chicago themed prints, was included in the Zoomed Local [Chicago] post on Scoutie Girl blog today?Not only is it Friday which, as far as I’m concerned is the most awesome day of the week, but I absolutely love Scoutie Girl. Such an honor… be sure to check out the post because there are so many other great items included!
"Travelling Light" Vintage Inspired print by alicewphotography at Etsy
…I came across a beautiful, fall leaf that made me stop and pick it up. Burnt oranges, coppers, chocolate browns, pale butter yellows, creme and even a hint of teal and gray. It was so beautiful, I couldn’t keep it. I set it down and kept walking. I hope someone else noticed it and couldn’t help but stop and pick it up…
Check out the lovely Etsy shops for many more beautiful items just like these.