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It’s Quiet on Beaver Island

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

It was a quiet morning at the marina on Beaver Island. I decided to photograph the morning light and capture the stillness of the water, and its reflections from the lighthouse. This is Lake Michigan on a misty, gray morning in June. As I stepped off
the boat onto the dock, I remembered a photography tip from my Dad, “watch the horizon line, make it straight.” I quietly walked down the dock to an open boat slip, not to disturb the other boaters still sleeping. Normally, I don’t divide a landscape image in half
when I compose a shot, but this time it was a perfect opportunity to blend the sky
with the water.

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Beaver Island Chart

Beaver Island Chart

Beaver Island is a great boating destination if you want to get away from crowds of vacationing people from down state, what we refer to in Michigan as, “fudgies”. It offers great sunsets, and a laid-back atmosphere. It is approximately 30 miles off the coast, with two ferry services from Charlevoix. It is the largest Island in Lake Michigan.
More information about its history, recreation and Beaver Island Boat Company  at Beaver Island.org

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Safe boating!
~~Tresa

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Anchor Your Happiness

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”

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Sunrise at the Marina at Northport, MI — Photo by Tresa Meyer Clark

A customer of mine told me that anchors have a lot of meaning to her and that she was having some health issues. When I asked her to explain, she said, “an anchor is a symbol of strength and stability.” She inspired me to make more anchor jewelry and I wrote this.

Anchor your happiness, anchor your love.
Anchor your faith, hope and healing, from the stars up above.
From the heavens to the sea, anchor happiness,
Anchor your dreams.
~~Tresa

Light the Way

Photography Class – Day 10

Theme: Mystery & Lighting Effects.

A photograph can create a certain mood and communicate an idea that transcends its subject. Today, share an image that creates a sense of mystery. A lone mitten on the sidewalk. A trail leading off into the distance. Your dog’s deep brown eyes. Intrigue us with the feeling of uncertainty.

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Photo by Tresa Meyer Clark

Wonder what happens here after dark? I’m intrigued by the contrast between the light and dark forms and the shadows. What kind of light would be cast at night by the one single mushroom lamp-post, or maybe there are more. What does this walkway lead to and is this safe?

Thanks for reading and wondering!

~~Tresa

Define Your Bliss

Photography Class – Day Four

What is your idea of bliss? Is it an image of your family, laughing at the dinner table? A state of total relaxation, while lying on the beach? Your latest painting, drying on the canvas?

Bliss: complete happiness, great joy, paradise, or heaven: “wedded bliss”

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The packaging for my nautical jewelry and a bracelet with amazing gemstones.

The meaning of “Bliss” to me, well, I could list an entire cornucopia of utopia that can take on many forms of enjoyment…

• A “turtle” ice cream sundae with hot fudge, pecans and raspberry sauce
• My wedding day: cutting the cake
• A flower arrangement from our beautiful garden
• Designing and creating
• The finishing touches on decorating a favorite space
• A photograph that displays my jewelry design with extraordinary lighting
• A sense of accomplishment when completing a goal
• An amazing boat ride to Mackinac Island on The Great Lakes.

OK for example, when I combine my passion for handcrafted jewelry with graphic design, I’ve spent my creative time accomplishing goals and extending my skills. This, and working with amazing gemstones can be described as great joy!

I designed the graphics for our wedding, and the nautical concept was carried into my jewelry packaging designs.

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Save the Date postcard I designed

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The box design I made for my bridesmaids wedding jewelry and the lighthouse cookie favor.

Nautical compass by Tresa Meyer Clark

A compass design created in Adobe Illustrator

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The lighthouse wedding cake was delicious.

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The Bead Haven in Frankenmuth, Michigan

Thank you for reading and enjoy your little slice of heaven today.
~~Tresa

Pink Spice Agate Slice

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
–Henry David Thoreau

Pink Spice Agate Slice

Designed with Spring colors in mind. A fabulous pink druzy agate slice necklace measuring 24 inches around and is secured with a perfect size lobster clasp. You’ll love the copper chain with this one-of-a-kind gemstone with druzy quartz crystals. Handcrafted with quality materials and attention to every small detail. More information in my Etsy shop.

Wooden Boats, Not Just For Vikings.

Artists & photographers who love romantic boating scenes inspire me.
Catching the light in a photo or in a painting. Saving a moment in time.

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Tresa Meyer-Clark, Artist
North Channel Yacht Club, Anchor Bay,
Algonac, Michigan

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I captured a lot of moments on my IPhone this past summer on the Great Lakes with my family. It was a bit hazy that afternoon in August. I uploaded this stunning wooden boat picture to my Instagram page and used a filter to enhance the colors.

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So adorable.
He just needs a wooden boat for the next photo shoot.
Most dog lovers have at least two dogs on board.
This guy was alone and wanted attention.

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Artist, Diana Windsor Grenier
Les Cheneaux Islands Art Gallery
Hessel, MI

A photo of a painting by Artist, Diana Grenier

I love this painting of a bears flying by as they ride in wooden boat.
Shot this at Somerset Yacht Club, Boyne City, MI
Diana’s Gallery/Shop
Sommersetpointe.com

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Illustrator, Suzanne Sakurasnow
Netherlands

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Suzanne Inspired me to create this post about wooden boats.
She has a stunning website and blog and this is her post about a Viking Long Ship.

Artist Perspective: Notice Me!

I read a post yesterday by cartoonist, illustrator, and writer Summer Pierre, titled, “On Value and Being Seen.” She was asked to share her thoughts on how she could skate the inevitable line of doing work for work sake, and doing work to be seen.

To which I responded:

Thank you for sharing! This writing makes me put some ideas into perspective about creating my own work and what is relevant, or going for a trend that has a huge audience.

To be valued or to be seen. As I wrote this post, I found this subject to be a lot more complicated than I first thought, so there could be more to come. Thanks in advance for reading and please chime in! Don’t be afraid to rock the boat!

I am a jewelry designer and a graphic artist. Evoking emotion is my goal whether I’m working for a client or doing art for bliss. When I put together ideas for a design, I do consider my audience, and hope they value my hand-picked pearls and gemstones. As a graphic designer, I strive for what is relevant and hope they value my unique style. (or on some level, have artistic intelligence about concepts like, white space, font choice and composition.) All right now! Yes, when I have more artistic freedom to create what inspires me, and experiment on my own schedule — bringing beautiful materials to life in unexpected ways is very gratifying — as is having others notice my designs. Having something to say and the passion to create from an idea in a meaningful way is so cool. I think passion is the key word for me.

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Having my relevant work be valued by relevant people is somewhat up to me by getting myself out there by navigating through unknown waters, learning from others, and sharing ideas. My social media accounts like Instagram and Pinterest are a blast and have value too because I have a few artsy friends and we help promote each another. However, sometimes attention is great but can be fleeting. So, to be noticed by buyers and to be respected by my peers takes time and dedication, while remaining consistent in my craft. Creating what is relevant is always a goal, but who decides what is relevant in the marketplace? To be valued or to be seen? Can we have both? I have a lot of work to do, but that is why I’m here!

This is a great subject. I plan on learning more about what other artists think and do.
Blessings,
Tresa

The original post can be found here. https://summerpierre.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/on-value-and-being-seen/

The original comment I left can be found here.
https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/8065817/8783/

The Pursuit of Happiness

This is where I need to be right now, no looking back and no regrets. Only beautiful thoughts, blessings, images, and words will be my space to create in. Creating my way to the pursuit of happiness!
—Tresa

I am a jewelry designer and graphic artist. On this blog, I hope to explore and learn, make new friends, share my ideas, present my jewelry designs, write about my process, post photography of my boating rendezvous on the Great Lakes, and share artsy tips! If I can do all of this, and cook for my husband, then wow, what an accomplishment! (He’s a much better cook than me and made the heart mash potatoes) I’ll have to allow myself to make mistakes along the way, in this new creative journey, in the pursuit of happiness.

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The pursuit of happiness

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