Still life: Color Study

Hello. How has your week been so far? I’m not sure if it’s the shifting of seasons or just all the changes happening right now but I’m feeling a bit out of alignment, emotionally that is. Restless, impatient, moody, unsure…ugh I’m a bit of a mess. I’m trying to find resolve in some self-reflection but as many of you know – finding quiet time when you are at home with kids is rather scarce. However, with Chris traveling this week, I hope to spend some evenings painting. That usually does the trick and calms my spirit. We’ll see…

Anyway, wanted to share a still life/color study project I shot a little while ago. I find that most of my photo shoots just happen. One minute I’m cleaning my studio and the next, I’m arranging objects and snapping pictures. It always surprises me but the happenstance nature of it kinda works for me. This tiny rose was the catalyst.

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Seeing color connections makes me happy and this vintage tin set the pretty palette.

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Try doing this with pretty items around your home. It’s a great way to practice your photo and styling skills plus if your eye loves color like mine does, you will find this simple exercise very rewarding.

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Flowers always seem to inspire me. Thank you little rose!

Hope you all are having a lovely week.



P.S. To further facilitate my self-reflection I’m considering getting “The Desire Map” by Danielle LaPorte. Anyone checked this out yet? Looks seriously good. (I’m not the best with maps but one navigated by desire sounds right up my alley.)



Filed under flowers, photography, Still life, Styling, Thoughts, vintage

12 responses to “Still life: Color Study

  1. These tonal colors together are beautiful♥

  2. These photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Maybe it would encourage you to know that you touched the life of a teenager who recently left her relationship with her abusive bio-dad.

    My daughter attempted to do what a lot of kids in divorced families do; tried to live with the other parent. Two months in, he left her with other people while he went out of the state to school. Fortunately, they were good people and I was able, in all good conscience, to approve of the arrangement so she could finish out the school year. It turned out to be the best thing for her because she was on neutral ground, gained clarity, and was able to sever those unhealthy, abusive, co-dependents ties with her father.

    She is home now and rebuilding her life. I showed her your website one day (I knew it was in keeping with her taste) and she loved it!

    So, it might seem like a small thing but your pretty postings gave us something to share with each other. I know if any of my posts touched someone, I’d want to hear about it ;0)

    ~ Becky & Shannon

    • Wow, thank you so much for sharing this with me. I am deeply touched that my blog was able to touch your daughter. Please send her lots of love from me. :) I can’t imagine how difficult and painful it must be to deal with such an unhealthy parent relationship. I hope you both enjoy a beautiful, healing and peaceful summer together and thank you again for sharing and visiting me here. It means so much to me. xo. Ivy

  4. This is beautiful! Sometimes I’m just like you, distracted while cleaning and finding something that catches my attention! Love your photography! :)

  5. I adore these photos! I am so drawn in by color connections. And your photos just make my heart sing!!!! The color combo is a fave of mine too. Can you tell I’m completely smitten?

  6. The combination of colors are beautiful. You have a wonderful eye.

  7. I love your photography, I find your work very inspirational and peaceful. Your still lifes remind me to take a moment and redirect to the simplicity of life. Thank you for your photography and blog writings.

    I am feeling the same way with this seasonal change this year. So that makes two of us. Hang in there. :)

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