21 March 2014

Nature's Color Wisdom ~ Featured on Houzz

Last week I was happily surprised by a personal e-mail from Houzz that read, 

Hi Suzanne MacCrone Rogers,
Congratulations! You were hand-picked by one of our writers to be featured in an editorial ideabook on the homepage of Houzz. See it here: Nature’s Color Wisdom: Lessons on Pink From the Great Outdoors.  

So, I saw it there and was pleased to find my Bright Blue Brick Wall photograph within the editorial.


This was one of the very first photographs I made soon after I moved to Georgia.  My husband and I were travelling through some tiny southern towns on our way to the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, and I found this bright blue painted brick wall in Monticello, Georgia.  
Stop the car!  
Had to shoot it - with my film SLR camera {back in the day, that's what I used}.  
One shot and I was done.
Had no idea that it would be such a popular photograph, win first place at the Georgia National Fair, sell year after year, and be featured regularly on Etsy and now on Houzz.
{I have it hanging in my studio.}  
I just liked what I saw at that moment.  
There is nothing like the purity and honesty of making a photograph with film.

If you would like to see more in my Houzz, some of my other work, and my ideabooks please stop by.  
Thank you for your visit today.  Put a little pink in your day.

Happy Spring!

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

Joining some of these friends this week.

16 March 2014

Lucky Charms from Our Garden

There's nothing sweeter than the fragrance of vintage snowdrops blooming at the end of a cold winter.  


These petite blossoms burst from the cold, hard, neglected soil in our backyard every winter. 



They've been bulldozed, run over by tractors, frozen under snow and ice, smooshed by fallen limbs, and still never fail to dance below the trees in the March winds year after year.  I wish all of our garden could withstand this abuse!

  

So for about three weeks each year, I get to pluck these fresh blooms from our garden, which look as though they have been hand painted with little dots of mimosa green on each petal, and enjoy them inside. 


The fragrance is not unlike narcissus, but more delicate and their bell blossoms and straight green stalks are perfect in my collection of vintage crystal vases.

These are our lucky charms from the garden.  
What are yours?

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Will you get lucky today?

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

10 March 2014

Vintage Style Spring Inspiration

I took a break from my "real work" a while back and fooled around with some pretty vintage millinery pieces, vintage violet flocked florist ribbon, my homegrown and dried French lavender,


...and some other "French style" beauties - 


one of my favorite hand painted antique French side chairs I found for only twenty five dollars a few years ago,


a complete box of vintage French vocabulary cards I purchased at our library's Old Book Sale, along with the tiny French-English Dictionary {I do not even speak French, but loved these treasures}...


...and I created this vignette, fooling around with the focal points, angles, and lighting as a "study" in composition, colour, and texture...


..from which I captured two photographs I offer in my Society6 shop and which are available on fine art prints {framed & unframed} and stretched canvases.


Love this soft palette of tarnished silver, faded lavender, mossy green, and of course, French blue!


So much so, that if you take a peek up above, you'll see that I used one of these images in my new Spring blog banner.


Happy Monday.


As always, thank you for your visit and especially to those of you who let me know you were here!

Ciao amici,
Suzanne
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