Bees Don’t Digress

Taking time to smell the roses, and photograph them is not always easy, especially when you have a few minutes in the morning before work.  I am a nature lover, so I always get up early to enjoy my morning time.  I’ve been known to get distracted by the bumble bees when I’m having my morning coffee. Their buzzing is very busy and non-stop. But, the cardinal is busy too, hopping around in our tomato plants. I smiled when he finally flew to our Rose of Sharon tree, and then I hurried to captured his portrait. 

 

 

A busy backyard.

The birds are not visiting as much when we are working, but the bees don’t care.

I digress, Time to stop and smell the roses.

~~Tresa

 

This post was inspired by the Daily Post, “Shiny” on WordPress.

Back to School Connection

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

 

Starting out in the world as a first-grader can be frightening, but not in Germany. Parents help their children make the transition from kindergarten to primary school more enticing. They give them a “schultuete” or school cone. The large cone is decorated and filled with candy and gifts.

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Candy Cone

Ceramics and Photo Styling of the Schultuete by Tresa Meyer Clark

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A Little History
My Oma (Grandma in German) gave me a photograph of my Dad on his first day of primary school, holding his schultuete, in Hamburg, Germany in the 1940’s.

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School Candy Cone

Hamburg, Germany

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The expression on his face is priceless. That photo inspired me to create a collage, and a ceramic piece, as pictured above in a shadow box display. Spending creative time to stylize all the German items my Grandparents saved over the years is one of my favorite ways to decorate. As a graphic artist, combining old hand-written letters from Europe and postcard memorabilia helps me to connect the past to the present in a collage.
A way to capture the light, or bring the old stuff up from the basement storage and make it meaningful again.

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the water and boats in Germany

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first grade, photo, 1960's, retouched, back to school, school portrait, tresa meyer clark

Tresa Meyer

Just for giggles, here is my first-grade portrait. I took the time today to retouch it for spots and crinkles. Obviously my parents had great sense of style. ( :

~~~Tresa

 

Our Voyage

August 20, 2015

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great lakes, traverse city,

It rained on our anniversary this year, but the rainbow was a gift. –We docked at Traverse City, Michigan – Clinch Marina in Grand Traverse Bay.

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It takes time away from the every day work schedules to reflect. Time to think about how I’m leading my life and how I would like to feel like this, relaxed on vacation, and thinking about what I can do better. How can I be a better wife, be as creative as I can during the work week. I create more beaded jewelry on vacations than I do during a regular work week! My husband is very understanding and has valuable input to quality control. He also has a creative eye. If only we had more hours in the day to enjoy the fun stuff. Our fourth wedding anniversary has arrived today, and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us!

August 2015 on our way to Traverse City

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boating

Dad can do what he wants, after all it’s his boat!

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August 20, 2011 – Wedding Reception

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lighthouse wedding cake

Our cake cutting picture with the lighthouse cake I designed.

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Nautical poster design

Poster design I did for our guests to sign at our reception.

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A piece from my summer 2015 collection with turquoise, gold filled stardust beads, pearls and agate.

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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BraceletAndNauticalBox

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.

NauticalCakeDesign

Save the Date postcard I designed

wedding cookie

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

Lighthouse Cake

The lighthouse wedding cake was delicious.

BeadHavenShop

The Bead Haven in Frankenmuth, Michigan

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

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/