After a crazy spring and summer of moving, traveling, visiting with family and working on our house it is nice to take things a little slower and enjoy the most beautiful change of seasons...fall. I have to say it is quite spectacular here. After our move to the Adirondacks, which was the first big change for us, I decided to say good bye to abbey road designs. I have narrowed my focus to collage art and will put all my attention there. Leslie Rottner Art is now my business name and that change feels really good.
"Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now." Denis Whartley.
I read this quote this morning and I felt like it was calling my name (maybe yelling at me). I have the worst habit of rehashing the past and wishing for a "do over". What a waste of time and energy! That same time and energy should and will be going into setting my goals for the future and enjoying (or at least paying attention to) the moment that is happening now. With a move in our future and a new chapter ahead of us I hope to embrace this
As a grown adult I have discovered that I have a brain that needs to be quieted, a soul that needs to be fed and a heart that needs to be full. I struggle on a daily basis to be present and that is very difficult for me. I have phrases that I say to myself and breathing exercises that I do but the one thing that works for me every time is to sit down and create something. I have to be present and I love to become immersed in the feel of the paper, the placement of seemingly insignificant scraps, and the endless possibilities before me. It is therapeutic and becoming a necessary part of my day.
Preparing for a huge snow fall coming our way on Tuesday...Keep warm and safe!
It's fun to photograph at different levels. I get lazy sometimes and I have to remind myself to change my point of view. This picture wouldn't draw me in if I had been standing and looking down. Getting on his level allows for a look at the world from his perspective.
A photograph void of color grabs my attention almost immediately. When I look at this photograph of my grandchild it speaks volumes to me.
I decided to join a 52 week project which I have never done before. There is a theme each week but you don't have to stick to it if you don't want to. The first was "Fresh". The usual things came to mind like fresh eggs, fresh flowers, fresh veggies...but what I chose was a picture of our new kitten, Howie. We adopted him for Christmas and while playing around with my lensbaby I took this picture of him and thought that I would use this photograph since we gave him a "fresh" start. So there you have it. You can check out the website here if you would like more info on the 52 week project.
Another change for me will be focusing on black and white photography. Many moons ago I only did black and white and over time I started adding more color. My love is really black and white and I miss it so I will be trying to create more images void of color.
I will be sharing the 52 week images here as well as others so I hope you enjoy what you see.
You can find beauty in unexpected things and places...keep looking!
|against a dark background.|
|on a lighter background|
|in a window.|
These images will be available here in the next day or two...
While in the Adirondacks in the fall my husband and I went to a wonderful sale. I mean the kind of sale where you have to dig and look in every nook and cranny or you will miss something. I always look for shells because I use them in the terrariums that I make. The thing is that we were way up north not far from the Canadian boarder so I never expected to find shells here. I was there for maybe 10 mins and started looking in old dusty cardboard boxes and I was so surprised to find several boxes of shells and coral carefully wrapped in old newspaper. This was an amazing collection and had been packed away for many many years. Of course I bought all of them. I think there were 5 or 6 boxes. I didn't look at all of them until I got home. I've used some but I've saved the best ones. Not sure what I will do with them right now but I was playing around with back lighting (which I love) and used some of coral...
|Beautiful morning light on my coffee table.|
|Two wilting tulips|
|Got to have Starbucks to start our day.|
|Christmas trees being sold in the West Village|
|A stop at Magnolia Bakery after lunch for a birthday cupcake.|
|Pretty sprinkles in the window.|
|Bike riding in the snow.|
|This sight never gets old.|