Thursday, June 18, 2009

Natures Serenity Photography Feature

Natures Serenity Photography
I decided to feature this next artist because well first off she is spectacular, passionate about her art and a really great person. How do I know about the last point? Because she is my sister! She is an amazing photographer and that does not even come close to what a great person she is! I have had the answers to her questions for awhile but I wanted to do her justice so I hesitated about what to write. Finally I decided to just lay out the questions and answers she gave in its raw form so you can discover this amazing artist for yourself.

1. Tell me as much or as little about yourself as you feel comfortable with.
My name is Laura Odland, I am 1 of 5 daughters to two wonderful parents. I have recently moved to BC to finish my Tourism education, specializing in Adventure Tourism. My passions are photography, nature, wildlife and the ocean.
2. What inspires you?
Family, beauty, tranquility, serenity, the perfect light, nature and wildlife. This includes so many things a beautiful day that fills me with serenity, a foggy day that feels mysterious, the scents and sounds of the forest or ocean.
3. If you could trade places with someone for one day, who would that be?
Michael "Nick" Nichols or Art Wolfe, both professional Wildlife Photographers. Traveling to new locations to capture wildlife in their natural habitats. From a colourful bird in Costa Rica, to the Arctic Fox in the Yukon, to the Lion of the African Savannahs or my own backyard to capture the awe inspiring Orca.
4. How would you describe your craft/style?
My style is always changing, right now it is spur of the moment - not calculated. I always have my camera with me because I never know when I will see something that captures my imagination. I occasionally go out on planned photo shoots but most of the time it is what I see in my journey through life. It is often impatient, which I am trying to work on. With wildlife you often have to be very patient.
5. How long have you been creating?
I believe it has been 3 years now.
6. Is this your job or a hobby?
Right now this is my hobby. I have created a small business and have gone to craft shows but it is still mostly a hobby at this point. But it is also my life.
7. What are you goals for the future regarding your craft?
My dream career would be a professional wildlife photographer. Traveling to new, off the beaten path places capturing their wildlife on camera for others to witness. Right now my goals are to finish school, go into a partnership or start my own marine tour company. While out there showing others the beauty of the ocean, I will be able to continue to photograph all the beauty nature has to offer. Maybe one day people will be using my name to describe the epitome of photography.
8. What advice do you have for fellow crafters trying to sell their craft?
Be patient and proactive. To start take your craft to craft shows, festivals and markets. When you do this you open the door to people who may never and would never have a chance to see your craft.
Please check her out and show her some love - you will not regret it!

Wednesdays Top Five

Here is my top five for this week! Sorry it is a day late ... life got in the way!

1. This is chunky and I love the colors!

2. These are incredible!

3. I love anything fairy-like (I am secretly a fairy) and this is adorable

4. These are just plain fun!

5. Wow this is amazing ... I would love to have a couple of these ... if it wasn't so windy where I live or if I didn't have little grabbing fingers always looking to tear things ... they would so be living with me :)

Have a great week! Support handmade!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mosaic Artist

Check out this fabulous artist

She is a good friend of mine who has just recently found her passion!

Her work is just lovely!

Monday, June 15, 2009

'Mad at You' Monday

Tonight I am not necessarily mad at someone but something - time! My question or beef is why does time fly when you are enjoying yourself but when I am at my full time job every minute just drags on? Very frustrating!

What bothers you?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wednesdays Top Five

This is my Wednesdays Top Five List;

1. Looks so good you could eat it!


3. If this works I am going to buy a gallon of it!

4. This is so cute and I probably couldn't kill them ;)

5. This conjures up some great images ... I can almost smell the sand and sea.

Have a great week!

Monday, June 8, 2009

'Mad at You' Monday

Hi everyone ... lets see what made me mad today ...

I really dislike when you go to a store, take the time out of your day to go down to a store, then when you are going throught the till or talking to the person there - they take a call. I am there in person but they give priority to the person on the phone! Very irritating!

What bugged you today? Nothing too mean, just let out a little pent up anger. It feels good!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Creating jewelry right now. Need to get ready for daughters dance recital tonight!! It is going to be so adorable!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wednesdays Top Five

Here is this weeks top five.

1. This is incredible - I love it!

2. Wild thing - beautiful art.

3. This is so beautiful and inspirational to other jewelry makers like me!

4. Check out this amazing ring.

5. Makes you dream of the beach, sun, surf and holidays!

Enjoy and have a great evening!

Monday, June 1, 2009

'Mad at You' Monday

Mondays are always one of the hardest days of the week ... so I thought I would make Mondays 'Mad at You' Mondays where we could all vent a little start-of-the-week frustrations. Leave a comment about something or someone who mad you mad, got on your nerves or frustrated you today.
Ok ... ok ... I'll start ... lets see ... besides having to go to work?
Today I was annoyed by the technology we all so rely on ... at work I do data input and we just changed over to a new server that is incredibly slow!!!!! It is so frustrating to be typing and having to stop to wait for the computer to catch up (and I am not even that fast!).

See it is really easy ... let it out ... it feels good to let go of that anger.



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