• Artisan Studio

    Learning About Photography Online

    I enrolled myself in Photography 101 to kick my butt back into carrying my camera and taking pictures. I love photography, but I have gotten lazy. Today’s assignment focuses on “home and getting oriented.” There are so many ways to…

  • Artisan Studio

    Vibrant: Friday Photo Challenge

    Although I’ve changed living locations, the winter seasons still seem desolate. Whereas Northern Illinois was cold and snowy and dreary, Middle Tennessee is rainy and dreary between episodes of beautiful sunshine. Most of the trees have shed their leaves, as…

  • Artisan Studio

    The Forces of Nature: The Changing Seasons

    This week’s The Daily Post: Photo Challenge asks for photographers to focus on a force of nature. Living in Northern Illinois, I think the most impressive force of nature encompasses the changes of seasons. Summer In the summer, we experience…

  • Travel

    The Call of the Caribbean

    I have always enjoyed photography, but until the advent of digital photography, I found it quite expensive. In fact, I still have several rolls of undeveloped film in my basement. Just last week, my husband and I returned from “wandering”…

  • Artisan Studio,  Travel

    Scarecrows in Cherry Valley, Illinois

    Cherry Valley. A village covering just under 4 square miles containing approximately 3,000 people. It lies just outside the Rockford, Illinois city limits. This is where I wandered this weekend. I love small town and village festivals and notable events.…

  • Artisan Studio

    Autumn & the Kishwaukee River

    When I stepped outside to take Pepper for his morning constitutional, the early crispness in the air beckoned me to explore the colors of autumn with my camera. After coffee and a breakfast of zucchini bread and bacon, I headed…