Be Still – New Beginnings and a look back


In last week’s lesson we were asked to create a little still life that would reflect a fresh start to the new year. I immediately thought of bulbs. Every year after Christmas I head to our local nursery where they always have some paperwhites on sale. I have specialty containers for forcing bulbs, but this year I went with simple canning jars. Brian likes this look so much he told me I should do it this way always. The jars are sitting in an old film can lid covered with a napkin. I don’t even remember where the little chalkboard came from, but this is the first time I’ve used it. Kind of fun. This display sits on our breakfast room table for us to enjoy daily.

Kim also asked us to look back on our photos from 2014 and pick a few favorites. Such a great exercise to look over my year and see how far I’ve come and to my surprise I actually did have a few favorites. Here are my first 3 favs:


The picture in the middle is from a Be Still exercise (inspired by a painting), of course this looks nothing like the painting but it did provide a jumping off point for me to land here. I’m having an 8″ x 8″ canvas print made to hang in the kitchen. The photos on either end were self-assigned projects. I’ve had the fish in the glass vase image in my head for two years! The smelt image on the far right was inspired by an image by Art Wolfe. I’m having this made into a 20″ x 20″ canvas print for the breakfast room.

And my second 3 favs:


The tomato image up top was inspired by an article I saw in a Martha Stewart magazine this summer about heirloom tomatoes. Got me thinking! The middle image is from a Be Still assignment (Cookies & Milk). I went a little crazy with that homework! The image on the bottom is also from a Be Still assignment (Butter & Eggs). This image also made Flickr Explore if you can believe that!

So there it is…some of my favs from 2014. So looking forward to learning more at Be Still and also in the new class I am in entitled The Studio. Promises to be inspiring!


Wishing you all a wonderful 2015, filled with love, laughter, creativity, and fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by.


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10 Responses to Be Still – New Beginnings and a look back

  1. Julia says:

    Loved looking back with you! such great images. Looking forward to the Studio with you!

  2. These are all just wonderful, and I like Julia said love looking back with you. Your photography has such HART pun intended. Such great choices here and it makes me proud that the fish in the bamboo basket is making it to print for your wall.

  3. Beverly says:

    Every time I visit here I find something new to inspire me, and always my eyes enjoy every piece of art you share. You are very creative, imaginative and your work is pure joy to see. I’m excited you are making a couple into wall prints. You’ll enjoy them so much. See you in The Studio.

  4. Michelle B says:

    Your walls must be beautiful covered with all your photographs! I agree with Beverly, your post has so much inspiration, the images are wonderful. I am going to have to buy a goldfish now. 🙂

  5. Terri Porter says:

    Oh, Carol, these are all so wonderful! You can take such simple things and create such beauty! So glad you are making some into prints so you can continue to enjoy them. I have fallen down a bit on Be Still assignments and you are inspiring me to get back into them, to make my photography a priority. Thank you, my friend.

  6. Roxanne says:

    Love, love, love the fig photo! And the smelt and the cookies and the tomatoes and…I love them all!!

  7. rebecca says:

    Beautiful images – all of them. Very inspiring.

  8. Dotti says:

    I remember most, if not all, of these and they are all so beautiful, so creative. Beautifully done, my friend!

  9. Bev Rogan says:

    Carol I can’t tell you how much I enjoy my time here reading your blog and admiring your beautiful images. You have such a gift and like Terri said, you’re so incredibly inspiring!

    I adore how you start your bulbs in Mason jars . . . so incredible creative and I love the look!

    So happy to have found you and this lovely space to escape to from the business of life. Thank you for sharing the beauty you find and create.

  10. Carol says:

    I’ve enjoyed looking back with and I’m looking forward to seeing the beauties you’ll create in 2015.

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