Living The Art Life | My hobbies

    “Be Brave,” he would whisper over my shoulder when I was hard at work on a painting in his studio.  I would look up in confusion into his smirking face.  “You like to play it safe,” he would claim as he stole the brush from my hand and swiped several deft strokes across my canvas.  Managing to create the look in moments that I had been striving for for the past hour.  This man of 90 something odd years taught me so much more than how to drop paint onto a canvas.  

       If I listed photography as my job, I would list Art as my hobby.  Now everyone knows how passionate I am about photography, (I certainly talk enough about it) but a lesser known fact is that painting, drawing, or getting elbow deep in charcoal, is what I would call my “Quiet Space.”  It’s that thing I do that gets me out of my own head and takes me another place for a couple hours.  I completely lose track of time and when I slowly come back out of my art haze I’m exhausted, but somehow my creativity is refreshed.  Over the years I have learned to translate my love of art and art history into my photography.   Flipping through some of my favorite past projects and shoots you can see the influences that some famous artist may have had on my work as a photographer.  

Inspiration: Detail of John Singer Sargent Painting

Inspiration: Detail of John Singer Sargent Painting

Creation: Detail of a Bride's Graceful hands on her Wedding day  

Inspiration: Moody Dark Renoir Painting

Inspiration: Moody Dark Renoir Painting

Creation:  An impressionist feeling portrait shot through rain covered glass. 

Inspiration: Visconti Painting

Inspiration: Visconti Painting

Creation:  Portrait of Dreaming in a field

Inspiration: Supposed lost painting by Leonardo Da Vinci

Inspiration: Supposed lost painting by Leonardo Da Vinci

Creation:  Old Masters style profile of a girl

Creation:  Old Masters style profile of a girl

Inspiration: Detail of another Da Vinci Painting

Inspiration: Detail of another Da Vinci Painting

Creation:  A bride photographed through a door on her wedding day.  

Creation:  A bride photographed through a door on her wedding day.  


    Always, always, always, push yourself as a human being to try something new.  “Be Brave,” he whispered… I think he might have been talking about more than just art.  - Kristin