Earth Day Gratitude

Good morning! It’s Earth Day and I awoke to news of potential lead in our water supply. NOT a great way to honor Mother Earth and all the beauty she brings to us!  Most of you know how much I love water.  I love to look at it, swim in it, take pictures of it…and recently I discovered that my natural personality energy is Water. Not surprising really!  I discovered my “Waterness” through a fun new Doodle activity I do in Doodle Discover YOU! If you want to find yours you can check out my Doodle e-course or upcoming workshop.

So with my ever-strong connection with water, I’d like to celebrate this Earth Day with some of my favorite water-based photos from some of my favorite places! I hope you enjoy this little mind vacation to the “waterfront.”

 

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melissaAnne Colors European Travel Adventure

Hello Color Friends!

It’s been a busy Summer, including 4 weeks of travel opportunity for a melissaAnne Colors European travel adventure. Life is never better when it’s full of exploration, color, new friends, new foods, and new views into this big world of ours.  I’m excited to share my adventure with you in the Fall issue of A Perfect Event magazine. Flip through the pages of this beautiful magazine for travel stories, Fall fashion, and FUN holiday decorating ideas (I’m IN LOVE with the bat in the fork…you MUST look for this and if you have a party and try this I expect an invite!)

Start reading by clicking on the image below.

European Travel Adventure

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I Wish I Could…

Several years ago I was lamenting on Twitter about how I wished I could paint. Something, by the way, I’ve never really put much effort into trying or learning. For all I know, I’m a modern day Picasso in hiding.

Reading my lamenting, a lovely artist on Twitter responded, “You paint with your camera, which means you never have to clean your brushes.”

YES! True!

I love a good abstract color and shape opportunity caught with my camera. It’s why I started shooting boat bottoms, walls of graffiti, and eventually water.

Water at that special time of day when reflections rule and colors pop.

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Shall we call it the magical mirror moment? When things that at all other times of the day look pedestrian and less than interesting become magical and artful.

Hmmm…kinda like that moment when someone showed me how my photography was received. Turned my “inefficiencies”and boring talent that I wanted to be more and different into something much more magical and artful: Painting with my camera.

What are you lamenting you “wish you could do”? Maybe you already are doing it, in a different and magical way.

Or maybe you should just TRY to do it with a class or help from someone who can.

Maybe I should take my own advice.

Or maybe I should just embrace not washing brushes.

We’ll see…

Coloring Whidbey Island

I spent an amazing 4 days on Whidbey Island at Clare Barboza’s Farm To Table Photography Workshop. What a great experience!! I had plenty of time to refresh my body and soul, play with color and food, and fill my camera’s memory card.

I’ll share the farm AND table pictures soon! So excited to show you!!

Today, I have a few pre workshop sunset pictures from a beautiful and serene pond I accidentally found on the island. (Read: I missed my turn…)


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Oh how I love getting “lost”…

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You never know what’s to be found…

Get lost!

Color On,

Melissa

Spontaneous Coloring

Oh Monday….

Let’s do it with COLOR!!


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Sunset COLOR from Lake Washington Friday night. An unexpected and spontaneous photo adventure. The sun came to play and was very giving!

Photo above is the beautiful orange sky reflected in calm blue water…with my abstract twist.

I keep seeing a rug when I look at this. Who wouldn’t want to color their floor with sunshine & water?

BONUS COLOR:

Here’s what the night looked like without abstract camera painting.


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Go COLOR,

Melissa

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