Toy Photography

I suppose you could call my style of photography colorful, bold, quirky and sometimes whimsical. I mainly focus on still life photography. Other than that, my photography comes down to three simple things — a woman, a camera, a colorful world.

If it wasn’t for the invention of the digital camera, I probably would not have picked up this hobby ten years ago. My vision is rather poor due to having had hereditary congenital cataracts, which required multiple surgeries. Looking through the traditional viewfinder is tricky. It is only with the aid of the digital screen that I am able to get a better idea of the image I want to capture. Honestly, it isn’t until I can view the photographs on a larger computer screen that I can determine if a shot is worth editing.

Here are two new additions to my toy photography collection.

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Ms. Panda (c) Sofia Smith 2017

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Mr. Bunny (c) Sofia Smith 2017

And here are some older favorites.

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Self Portraits

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Materials: photo printed on cardstock, acrylic paints, buttons, puzzle pieces, flower embellishment, buttons

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(from 2007)Materials: cardstock cutouts, googly eyes, arrow embellishment

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Materials: glasses embellishment, patterned paper

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Materials: acrylic paint, patterned paper, chipboard shape, glasses embellishment, bow embellishment

 

Winter and Art

Went to town to pick up prescription meds etc. With a gust of wind our car slid and spun and swirled on the icy road and ended up in the ditch. Fortunately, we were on a busy road and people stopped to check to make sure we were okay. No injuries. No damage to the car. We only had to wait about an hour for the tow truck to come to our rescue. Okay winter, I’m getting a little weary of you. Looking forward to spring.

Yesterday I blogged about creative fear. Drawing is probably the most creative-anxiety-producing area for me personally, so I though I’d share a couple of drawings in order to promote the idea that it is okay ┬áto feel vulnerable and to put your work out there, for better or worse. I’ve also adopted a new perfectionism-reducing mantra:

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”

-Robert Schuller

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“Bunny in Moonlight” Materials: soft pastels, paint marker, pencil, Sharpie, cardstock

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“Fox in Moonlight” Materials: soft pastels, Sharpie, cardstock, paint market

Watercolor Tape Resist with a Twist

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“Frozen Hearts” photo (c) Sofia Smith 2017

More snow overnight. We have a real winter wonderland in our back yard.

Another fun watercolor technique I tried recently is the tape resist. The idea is to use masking tape or painter’s tape to block off areas where you do not wish the paint to stick. When you remove the tape, the blocked areas remain white (or whatever color paper you are using). I decided to do something a little different. I used this collection of Washi tape (make sure to use Michael’s coupon to reduce the price 40-50%) to block off sections on a 4X6 inch piece of cardstock. Instead of peeling back the tape to reveal white space, I kept the tape on for a different effect because the pattern on is designed to look like watercolor painting.

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Materials: Washi tape, watercolors, cardstock

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Materials: Washi tape, watercolors, cardstock

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Materials: Washi tape, watercolors, cardstock

Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream

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“Icicles” photo (c) Sofia Smith 2017

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“Heart of Ice” photo (c) Sofia Smith 2017

A garland of dripping icicles lines the edge of the roof. Snow and ice shimmer in silver frost on branches. It is a wintry day indeed. I ventured outside for a few photographs, but am happy that I don’t have trek further in this icy weather.

It is the perfect day to stay in pajamas and create some marbled paper.With shaving cream! What? Yep. A friend of mine shared this fascinating technique with me and I had to experiment. Sounds strange, but it works and it is fun. A note of caution: make sure you like the scent of the shaving cream because it will linger in the air and embed itself in the paper. I used both food coloring and watercolors.

And here are my results…

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