Inspired by Mary Cassatt

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Mary Stevenson Cassatt (May 22, 1844 – June 14, 1926) was an American painter and printmaker. She lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists.

Mary was also interested in photography and framed a lot of her paintings as if they were snapshots.

Mary Cassatt never had children of her own, but she seemed to understand the love between mothers and their babies better than any other artist. Her paintings make you feel like you’re right there, looking in on someone during a special moment. She made ordinary, everyday scenes important.

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Here are some of my images inspired by her work

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If you interested and want to learn more about Mary Cassatt here is her biography.


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Faworki

This post is for the Project STIR blog tour.

My favourite recipe.

Faworki also called Chrust are sweet crisp pastries. They are most commonly eaten in the time of Carnival. In Poland, traditionally, some people make them on ‘Fat Thursday’ – the last Thursday before  Lent, and invite their friends and families to celebrate the last days of Carnival.

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As I no longer live in Poland, I treasure all traditional recipes and the memories that go along with them. To this day, the smells of certain dishes make me smile and remember my childhood.
Favorki are very special, because we make them only during Carnival. But project STIR is also very special, so I can make an exception.
I wish I could say that I love cooking as much as I love creating pictures, but taking part in this project made me released how many opportunities for great images are awaiting in the kitchen.

 

Ingredients:
5 Egg yolks
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon vinegar, lemon juice or pure spirit
vegetable oil for frying
icing sugar to sprinkle Faworki

 

Mix flour, egg yolks, sour cream,  and alcohol together. Knead the dough until it is as hard as if you were making a dough for dumplings. Place the dough in a bowl and cover. Leave it in a cool place for an hour.

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Roll out the dough thinly (the thinner the better because when it fries it will puff up) and cut into stripes (about 10-12 cm long and 2-3 cm wide). I like to use a pasta machine instead of a rolling pin. Cut a small slit in the middle of each stripe, pass one of its sides through it and afterwards pull it through to make a shape of a twisted ribbon.

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Heat oil in a deep frying pan. To test readiness of oil, put a small piece of dough in it, if it immediately comes to the surface the temperature is right. Add 4 to 5 strips to the oil, at a time. Fry on both the sides until they are just starting to turn golden. Remove and transfer on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

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Allow to cool before arranging layers on the plate and dusting off with some icing sugar.

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The only problem is they’re so yummy…

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Chruściki, chrusty, and faworki are the plural forms of the words chruścik, chrust, and faworek, respectively.  The Polish word “faworki” was the name reserved for colourful ribbons attached to either female or male clothing, especially ribbons given to medieval knights by their ladies. Etymologically the word “faworki” came to Poland from the French word faveur, meaning “grace” or “favour”.
The Polish word “chrust” means “dry branches broken off trees” or “brushwood”. “Chruścik” is a diminutive of “chrust”.  – Wikipedia


Project STIR is a series of documentary films launching this fall on Kickstarter. The films will follow Abuelitas, Nans & Mamaws passing down heirloom recipes in kitchens around the globe including countries like: Panama, New Zealand, Turkey, Croatia & England. Click here to learn more about how to be involved. 

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Impressionists Technique to Try – Light

Day 4

Impressionism and Light

Impressionist painters were preoccupied with light.
Monet’s series paintings can really be seen as a logical extension to the Impressionist principle of painting the light and capturing a fleeting moment in time.

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Here is a result of my own series of photographs. For a whole year I was photographing and seeing one place in different light and weather conditions, in every season and different time of day.

You can read more about my project here A Voyage of Discovery


Creative Exercise

Look at any object you like and ask yourself in exactly what light you are seeing it. Would its essence, its expression, its form, its colour or its meaning change if the lighting were to change? What shadows are created by the light that it falling on the subject, and where exactly can you see them? Create several images. Experiment and have fun.


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Impressionists Technique to Try – Composition

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Impressionism and composition

Before impressionism, composition was very traditional with various elements of a painting leading the eye to the focal point. The impressionists did experiment much more with composition, placing focal points in more unusual positions, and perhaps because they were contemporary to the development of photography, made great use of cropping elements on the sides of a painting.

Here some examples of unusual compositions.

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Here are some of my images where I employed this technique.

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How you can incorporate impressionist composition into your own work?
Experiment and let me know what do you come up with.


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Inspired by Claude Monet

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Today I would like you share with you 2 of my images inspired by work of Claude Monet.

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For this kind of work I like to use multiple exposures technique, to give my images painterly look.


Water Lilies Series is considered Monet’s masterpiece

Monet’s series of the “Nympheas” or Water Lilies have been described as “The Sixtine Chapel of Impressionism”. The series consists of approximately 250 oil paintings which were painted by Monet during the last thirty years of his life.

If you are interested in life and work of Claude Monet watch this documentary.


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31 Days of Impressionism

 

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Hi Everyone!  Welcome to October!  This is an exciting challenge as I am joining hundreds of other bloggers for a 31 day series. Each blogger chooses a topic to write on for 31 days straight.  My topic is 31 days Inspired by Impressionism. There will be some movies to watch, music to listen, inspirational quotes, some challenges and of course plenty of impressionist photography.

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Creative Exercise – Choose Creativity

Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things.
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Growing as a photographer and improving your work takes effort and time. If you want to learn how to do something well you will find time and then ways to improve your work Here are some of my favourite ideas to challenge your skills, experiment and cultivate creativity.

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The Stormy Sea of Marketing |Blog Tour

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In the sea of marketing it is really hard to stay afloat. There are so many experts, and so much advice. Everyone has a right solution, the right tools, the right suggestions, and the right support. Instead of greater clarity the sky grows darker, the winds become gusty and the swell is growing.

Mountains of angry waves surround me. The wind is slamming the rain into my face. I hold on tightly to the mast, on to ropes, on to anything. It is difficult to hang on.I am alone. Lost. Hopeless. I am desperately trying to navigate from stormy waters to calmer seas.

I need a map that will guide me, and skills that will keep me on course. How am I going to survive the blowing winds of disappointment? How am I gong to find direction in the darkness? How am I going to pull through the storm? In the vastness of the ocean it is easy to lose hope. I can’t control the wind.

But I know that staying on course, as the winds change, is only possible if I develop the necessary sailing skills. I need to harness the power of the wind. I want to know how to transform the night sky into my personal road map. I need to know how to set a sail to find my way to a place where days are warm and the sea is calm.

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“This post is a part of the Double Your Followers blog tour to spread the word about April Bowles-Olin’s upcoming CreativeLive course. Does hearing the word ‘marketing’ make your armpits start to drip with anxiety? Are you terrified of sounding “salesy” or feel that you have the personality of a dead blowfish? If so,join me and more than 2,500 entrepreneurs who’re taking April’s latest CreativeLive course, Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing. You can RSVP and watch for FREE – yep, free. High fives, wildflowers, wine samples. Who doesn’t love free?

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