Friday

~Art at the Condo, Old & New~

When we began working on a little update of the condo, I was interested in finding new prints or paintings. In the end, I decided to use some of my own photos.
I borrowed granddaughter Xanti's nifty little macro lens, a couple of weeks ago. I've put one of those on a wishlist, along with a telephoto lens.

I used the macro lens to take a few photos of seashells, I have here at the lake, ordered prints from Walgreen's at 19 cents each and framed them between glass, in a Target frame.


The photos are used in the hallway, beside the "laundry" doors. Behind those sliding doors are the washer and dryer. I'm mulling over an idea or two, to pretty up the laundry closet.


The second framed photo, hanging in the hallway, is a close up I took, of the rose, written about in the previous post. The photo is in black and white.










The framed print, above, is one we purchased while visitng Door County Wisconsin a few years ago. The artist is CL Peterson. Click this Link for more about Peterson's work. This particular painting, a composite of Ephraim, Wisconsin, was commissioned by local citizens, for a fund raiser. We fell in love with this print, while visiting a gallery, in Ephraim. If you look closely, you will see Wilson's Ice Cream, in the print. Some of you will know about Wilson's. We had lunch there one day while driving the peninsula of beautiful Door County.
Atop the wine cabinet is one of the driftwood pieces, J picked up along the lake shore. The blue birds add a little whimsy. I see it's time to stock up on wine!
We're leaving for home, after lunch, today. We have a couple of appointments, next week and a few other things to take care of. Hoping to return to the lake in a week or two.
Have a wonderful weekend!

51 comments:

Deb said...

I love your framed shell photos Pat ~ they are gorgeous!

Kat said...

Pat those photographs are spectacular! You have talent.
J does too...that photograph of the lighthouse on the cliff is beautiful.

Susan said...

Beautiful artwork! Condo is looking great!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Love your framed sea shell photos.

paintergal said...

I so admire your photography skills, Pat. Outstanding photos of the shells.

Noodlegirl said...

OMG they are so gorgeous!! I love your art work!

Stacey said...

Pat, your photos just can't be beat. Don't you just love that you can pop down to Wal Greens or somewhere and print pictures in color or black and white? I've done it a few times. Always love to see your projects. You are a busy lady. :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, you are truly AMAZING! Your photographs are incredible, and I love what you "see" when you shoot. Of course, I love the seashells. I have one shell here I wish you could photograph! :-)

Thanks for sharing these with us.

XO,

Sheila :-)

salmagundi said...

The photos are great. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do to your laundry closet. My laundry is in a closet, also, and needs help!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Guess our men have a strong attachment to their old trucks! I have to admit that I love our truck, too - so many memories. Have a good trip home. Sally

Melissa Miller said...

~Beautiful. Lovely print.

He really reminds me of an artist from my home town in Florida by the name of Paul Brent. :)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your photographs are beautiful Pat. Safe trip home. hugs ~lynne~

Lisa @ Take90West said...

Hi Pat, I'm a longtime lurker... you have beautiful homes!
I love your Door County print, I am from Chicago, when I was in college I worked summers scooping ice cream at Wilson's! Ephraim is a great town.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your photogaphy is so stunning, it looks lovely in your condo.

Kathy said...

The shells are beautiful but I just love the rose in the hallway!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Pat,
The photos of the seashells make beautiful artwork! Love the effect!

Bo said...

Hi Pat...I wondered what you might do with that great piece of driftwood...and wow! that looks wonderful. My DH is still dreaming of a rebel Xti and the special lenses to go with it...so seeing your seashell photos, has made him want them all the more! ;-) Bo

Terri and Bob said...

I love those seashell prints. I love seashells!

We are considering Door County for our vacation this summer!

Ms. ~K said...

Your photos are amazing!
You inspire me for sure,
Kit

bfs ~ "Mimi" said...

Looks like everything is coming together so beautifully.

Sigh. Not here.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, the seashell prints turned out great. I sure am loving those these days.

Nnairda's said...

Love the photos! I think I will begin to frame some of my favs and hang. It's nice to live among your artwork.

Ma'dame French said...

I love the idea of the framed shells....love that! They look so beautiful! French

Cynthia said...

Hi Pat,
I know all about Wilsons, been there several times. Your photos are so good. Love your condo, lucky lady. Cindy

Pamela said...

great idea about the shells. I like it so much, I may be a copy cat. Except not with shells.

My youngest did something similar at christmas with three photos for her older sibling.

Meredith Teagarden said...

LOVELY!

Momovthree said...

Your photos look amazing!
~Michelle

jeanne said...

Pat, I have some of my photos framed too. Yours are wonderful and deserve to hang on your walls with pride. Nice job Pat. You Peterson print is very nice. A great choice with the driftwood and birds. You do have a great eye for beauty and things of interest. The birds are a sweet touch with the driftwood.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs...Jeanne

justabeachkat said...

Oh Pat! Those shell photos are incredible and look so awesome the way you have them framed. Great job!

Hugs!
Kat

Happy To Be said...

Oh Pat these are all just beautiful girl..you have the magic touch with a camera..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Your photos are "phantastic". I do love the rose one. You have a great gift and thanks for sharing it.

tam said...

Hi Pat! Loved your prints! Your condo is looking beautiful-the driftwood is a great touch!
have a wonderful weekend!~Smiles~Tam!

Adrienne said...

Hi Pat -
Your photography is always so wonderful but that macro lens gives you even more choices. It's on my wish list, too, as well as a telephoto lens. Now I'm really hoping my wishes come true! Your prints are perfect for your condo. I want to feature some of my photography in my home but haven't slowed down long enough to do it. You've inspired me to get with it!

Last weekend we were at the beach and we saw a man in several different locations with a lens that made me turn green with envy. The only way I could deal with it was to tell myself it probably would be too heavy for me to carry! We wondered if he was a professional who was working on a project because we saw him in a number of different places where we went. If we had been close enough to him - and if I had gotten enough courage - I would have talked to him to see what kind of lens he had. It was huge! And, I'm sure, cost more than my home!

Thanks for sharing your fantastic work with us.
~Adrienne~

Lynne said...

Pat I truly think you need to be on the bus for Home Makeover edition! You've got real talent in design and presentation. I need you at my house...NOW, LOL. Very lovely! Thanks for sharing.

prof en retraite said...

Wow! Those photos are gorgeous! Now I know I need a better camera! Beautiful...Debbie

Light and Voices said...

On my goodness the little blue birds and the driftwood are perfect together. What an idea! I am a woman who loves seashells and rocks. Your framed seashells add that special touch to the lake house.
Joyce

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Such a wonderful idea, Pat! My oldest daughter took photos of the country roads leading to her house. She had them enlarged and done in black and white. And they are stunning!
Brenda

Helen said...

Stunning, bravo - stunning!

Andi said...

Your photographs are wonderful Pat! I love how you framed them...very nice art indeed.

Susie Harris said...

Wish I had some of your skill's taking pictures... Im still learning how to get my flash to flash. Camera's need to come with an instructor ....not a book. enjoyed yours~

Picket said...

Your photos of the shells are awesome girl!!!! It is amazing what you do with a camera..hope you are having a great weekend my friend.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, you are inspiring me to get more into photography. I don't even know what a micro lense is, but it sounds like something I'd love to try. When I see your photos, I want to try anything you've used. That piece of driftwood looks like a beautiful sculpture. laurie

Lisa said...

Hi Pat,
What a great idea, to use some of your wonderful photos you've taken. I love seashells..those are beautiful.
Blessings
Lisa

Shelia said...

Oh, most wonderful Pat! There you go putting us ordinary picture taking creatures to shame! You are truly talented at taking photographs. I love the shells! Have a safe trip home!
Be a sweeie,
shelia :)

Fifi Flowers said...

Beautiful shells! ENJOY your weekend! Fifi

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Love the framed shells photo's! It is all very pretty.

justabeachkat said...

Hi Pat

I'm back. This time needing your help with Super Bowl decorations in my formal dining room where we'll be putting the food this year. I've posted some pics of the room. Help! You always have great ideas.

Hugs!
Kat

imjacobsmom said...

Hi Pat, You turn the simplest of things into the prettiest! You have a great eye! Thanks for sharing! ~ Robyn

Betty Jo said...

What an incredible idea Pat; using your own art. Nothing could be more satisfying than seeing those beautiful photos on your wall. I love, love, love my macro lens, you'll love having one of your own. I think I may frame some of my own photos for my new apartment too, once I get settled. Thanks for the inspiration. xoxo

Beverly said...

Pat, the new art looks fantastic.

I have a telephoto lens on my wish list, too. Which one do you want?

Amber said...

It all looks good but those shell prints are AMAZING. Simply amazing!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Your photos looks great!! The trio of shells look fabulous framed together.