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carved tree

on a busy walkway on Granville Island in Vancouver not quite a dendroglyph... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/10/2013 | 5 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

more driftwood

In this series of driftwood on Lillooet Lake which I've been posting, many of the photos appeared somewhat blue in hue. With this group, I played with desaturation, which gave me black and white, then added a light sepia... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/09/2013 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

driftwood

I have been sorting and organizing some of this summer's photos. I suddenly remember all the many driftwood shots I took at the B&B on Lillooet Lake on our trip in June, of which I'd only shown a few.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/09/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

cedar twine

At the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, which we visited last month, a guide had taken a group of us around. The end of the tour saw us in a longhouse style activity room where each of us... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/07/2013 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Photoworks, Textures

 

slow road interlude

As I mentioned in the previous post, after a long day of driving we spent a very pleasant evening relaxing on the dock of the B&B place. Most enjoyable for me was to have the time to look very... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/07/2013 | 11 comments
themes: Nature, Photoworks, Textures

 

on the step

With the weather dry and sunny at last, garden chores have been beckoning me outdoors. Hence it's up and down the weathered back stairs many times a day. This just caught my eye as I was coming up with... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/06/2013 | 12 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

silken twine revisited

As I am packing away my late mother-in-law's lovely piano shawl to pass on to our eldest daughter, I feel an urge to play with it. Very gently I arrange it on the scanner, this way and that. Yes,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/05/2013 | 14 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

silken twine

a crocheted silk lace piano scarf made by my late mother-in-law many decades ago bringing forth memories of it gracing her piano Joy and woe are woven fine, A clothing for the soul divine. Under every grief and pine... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/05/2013 | 22 comments
themes: Home, Photoworks, Textures

 

basket twine

found in studio 'junk' wound up and tied remembering a frayed basket edge unwound and free captured and filed for future use then a revisit of jute, more jute and twine(d) Added 19th March: My dear friend Susan, in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/03/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Photoworks, Textures

 

scrunched 3

On this rainy Boxing Day afternoon, I am enjoying some quiet time in the middle of the holiday fun. The younger generations are enjoying playing board games while I wander off to play with some of the discarded wrapping... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/12/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Photoworks, Textures

 

urban textures 2

More eye-catching finds in a parking lot Did you see the the first ones?... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/12/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

scrunched 2

More explorations with torn and scrunched papers, this time from magazines. Quite different from the scrunched print I did recently. Wonder where these are going?... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/11/2012 | 18 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

ancient doors

I've been off on a tangent today starting with reading blogs, as often happens. I'd been visiting my friend Mouse where curiousity sent me exploring the site of a commenter. Her photos of ancient doors in Provence are so... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/11/2012 | 16 comments
themes: History, Meta-morphosis, Photoworks, Textures

 

scrunched

.... some play with torn and crumpled printed paper And, wishing a spooky yet safe Halloween, weather and storms permitting. The link has my favourite image for this day.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/10/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

reading & sleeping

I'm taking it easy this week nursing a cold. With tissues and tea beside me, I am really enjoying the guilty pleasure of more reading time with a timely receipt of a library book I'd placed on hold: P.D.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/10/2012 | 15 comments
themes: Books, Photoworks, Textures

 

urban textures

visual surprises in a parking lot, good thing I had the camera... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/09/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

the bowl breaks (3)

I love the more abstract images where one doesn't know what one is seeing... just enjoying the shapes, textures and tonal variations. the promised links to other 'breaks' (oh my, too many!): broken, butter dish the broken bowl broken... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/09/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

the bowl breaks (2)

More fragments, shards, the saving of memories present to past... all themes in my printworks and photoworks Please see the bowl breaks (1) for the update should you have missed it.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/09/2012 | 5 comments
themes: Home, Photoworks, Textures

 

the bowl breaks (1)

... an addition to my 'breaks' series of a sort, with more photos to come... Added the next day, this note from Elisa, whose bowl this was: One of the casualties of our return from the English countryside to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/09/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Home, Photoworks, Textures

 

rusty can 2

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Marja-Leena | 18/07/2012 | 4 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks, Textures

 

rusty can

Another exciting unearthing in the garden! From the same area as the roots, this rusty and disintegrating metal object (a paint can?) is the kind of find that I love. It is a delight, as well as a challenge... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/07/2012 | 7 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks, Textures

 

paper tears (2)

Another peek at what has been happening in the studio with some of the ink drawings....... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/06/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Drawings, Photoworks, Textures

 

paper tears



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Marja-Leena | 07/06/2012 | 13 comments
themes: Drawings, Photoworks, Textures

 

lost & found

It's been a most glorious Easter weekend weatherwise and we really have deserved it. Over just these few days I have been astonished by the huge burst of new growth, of fresh green leaves on shrubs and the magnolia... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/04/2012 | 15 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photoworks, Textures

 

'night 'night

sight: circles, bubbles, rings taste: hot, slightly sweet, milky, cocoa feel: warm cup, comfort, drowsy hear: sleep tight!... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/04/2012 | 15 comments
themes: Home, Photoworks, Textures

 

snow patterns

lingering leftovers from this morning's fall of wet snow... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/01/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

autumnal rain

Mesmerized by the sound of rain, by the sight of patterns of raindrops and wood grain, by bright reflections of grey sky and dark railings on wet, painting another pattern...... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/10/2011 | 19 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

patterns

thinking about patterns and textures as fragments, as possibilities for layering with other objects, .... still a work in progress... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/10/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

twine(d)

More treasures from the bottom of my 'textures for collagraphs' bag... Coarser and stiffer than jute, is it sisal? Fascinating how these recent scans of twine have brought forth many comments and questions about the fibres, and sent me... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/10/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

more jute

I am really enjoying revisiting this wonderful fibre! I'm surprised and pleased at all the comments the first jute post received. Meanwhile some of the jute imagery has gone into a new print I'm currently working on so wish... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/09/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Printmaking, Textures

 

jute

See also: more jute and twine(d)... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/09/2011 | 20 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

my red diary

I'm not a diarist except when traveling and this has been my favourite travel diary. I love the texture, colour and pattern of the cover, and that it was a gift from a dear friend. Though it is last... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/09/2011 | 15 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures, Travel

 

revisiting macro photowork

I fell in love with macro photography about a year and a half ago, going through a long learning process and taking lots of photos for many months. It's been an embarrassingly long time now since I took any... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/07/2011 | 16 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Photoworks, Textures

 

stain

To see a world in a grain of sand, or in a coffee stain... (inspired by Finnish blogger and superb photographer Taina of Vaskooli, especially this)... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/07/2011 | 5 comments
themes: Photography, Photoworks, Textures

 

junkyard finds 6

having fun with circles the last in the series, I think... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/07/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

junkyard finds 5

not only texture, also repetition and pattern....... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/07/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

junkyard finds 4

loving the textures and contrasts of worn wood and rusty metals....... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/06/2011 | 5 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

junkyard finds 3

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Marja-Leena | 26/06/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

junkyard finds 2

Sudden crazy thought: what will future archaeologists think of these... if they still exist in the junkyards of the far off future, perhaps buried under layers of varied detritus ? Will they think these are strange art forms by... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/06/2011 | 6 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

junkyard finds

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Marja-Leena | 22/06/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

shattered

such beauty in patterns and light of shattered glass... related: reflections in broken glass... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/06/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

another hand print

While Elisa was having her metalwork lesson with Richard, I explored outside his barn/workshop/studio with camera in hand. Amazing what visual treasures can be found in what seems like a junkyard of old cars, farm equipment, snowblowers and assorted... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/06/2011 | 21 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

sensuous rocks

Still sorting through photos of our little Gabriola vacation, I'm enjoying revisiting the excitement of many discoveries. Each beach we visited had amazing rock formations, with some similarities in their rough weathered hole-y textures, common also on Hornby Island,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/06/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Textures, Travel

 

Malaspina Galleries 4

Still more rocks by the Malaspina Galleries on Gabriola Island, these adorned by the many colours of lichen.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/05/2011 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Textures, Travel

 

the cave

These images were photographed near the camellias, in the same woodland garden corner of our backyard. They are traces of a huge multi-trunked maple tree (we have some giants on the west coast) that had to be cut down... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/04/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

frost and thaw

Clear and cold. Days of rare sunshine. Skylights with night shades of solid white frost. Rising sun's rays glance frozen glass. Thawing, changing, spreading patterns. Sun's art as brilliant as Jack Frost's. (Captured between 8:40 and 8:43 a.m. on February... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/02/2011 | 12 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

footprints in frost

These have made me recall some footprints in the sand from some years ago....... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/12/2010 | 11 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

textures of home #12

Continuing to collect scanned images of roundish glass objects, and enjoying the surprises. These appear quite abstract, I know, but may work well in combination with other images and textures in some print work that is in progress, or... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/11/2010 | 4 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

textures of home #11

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Marja-Leena | 17/11/2010 | 2 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

old Finnish jewelry

Somewhat related to my 'textures of home' series, but much more personal, featured here are some very old Finnish pendants and a brooch that have been passed on to me. These styles were and still are commonly worn with... [Continue Reading...]

textures of home #10

..... more images of glass circles for my image library... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/11/2010 | 9 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

textures of home #9

still gathering circular images of textured glass... will any find their way into some prints?... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/11/2010 | 2 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

textures of home #8

I am gathering images of textured glass circles for possible use in some of my current print projects. This heavy glass base with holes is used in flower arranging. It had belonged to my mother who used it often... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/10/2010 | 11 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

textures of home #7

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Marja-Leena | 14/10/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

textures of home #6

... a detail of a treasured cloth embroidered by husband's aunt many years ago It's been a very busy week getting started in the studio, doing a bit of of fall gardening between showers, and now preparing a little... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/09/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

rust art

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Marja-Leena | 31/08/2010 | 17 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

boiler beauty

or, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.... (Original photos were taken by husband, then much loved and played with by me!)... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/08/2010 | 11 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

circles

While hunting for a certain image in my older digital photo albums, I came upon these in a folder called 'patterns' which I don't think I've posted before. They mirror my current feeling of going around in circles, repeating... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/03/2010 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

textures of home #5

What does an insomniac artist do at 3 am instead of sleeping? Scanning and blogging. Might as well be creative, eh.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/03/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

textures of home #4

                    Macro views of the tiles on top of a coffee table built by my husband over 40 years ago, weathered, much used and loved. Edited March 10th, 2010: A few curious folk have asked... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/03/2010 | 13 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

textures of home #3

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Marja-Leena | 02/03/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

textures of home #2, Photoshop

            If you are a photographer and PhotoShop user like I am, you may enjoy this interesting article by David Pogue: Photoshop and Photography: When Is It Real? in the New York Times With thanks to Finnish author... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/02/2010 | 6 comments
themes: Photography, Photoworks, Textures

 

textures of home

                    I look closely around home I see with new eyes... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/02/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

she sees shells

                    like an explorer of new lands with a new eye, a new lens finding exciting textures to inspire her inner printmaker    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/02/2010 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

scanning fun

            One day in the kitchen just after the holidays, I had the sudden urge to scan something that was on its way into the garbage. Here are a few of the images I captured. I bet... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/01/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures, Tools and technology

 

Paris: details #2

    Some time ago already I had finished the posts about our London and UK portion of our spring trip. Since then I've been trying to find time to get back to writing about our week in Paris before this... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/09/2009 | 6 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures, Travel

 

on the Hornby ferry

                These interesting textures and colours caught my eye on the ferry to Hornby Island on our recent trip, an addition to these and these ferry pics.    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/09/2009 | 3 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

everyday object

        washing hands soap dish needs cleaning lovingly made by a local potter first an object of desire, then a gift then utilitarian, everyday-ish cracked yet still worthy of admiration just look and see    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/12/2008 | 9 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

if walls could speak

                (from my photo series of the Britannia Shipyard in Steveston)    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/11/2008 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Textures

 

walls

            worn out walls signs of the past portents of the future? (continuing photo series of the Britannia Shipyard in Steveston)... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/10/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Textures

 

a step

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Marja-Leena | 03/09/2008 | 7 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

textures, patterns, shadows


I found interesting textures and patterns on the pier,

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Marja-Leena | 23/07/2008 | 12 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

pattern study

        a study of light, textures, patterns...... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/06/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

ripples

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Marja-Leena | 10/05/2008 | 8 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

history

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Marja-Leena | 02/05/2008 | 7 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

the Dollar Mill

        Revisiting the old Dollar Mill on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon. Recalling how this place inspired a few prints some years ago. Wishing I'd had my better camera with me.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/04/2008 | 3 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

encrusted


water weathered wood and iron
encrusted rust and fungus
in metamorphosis

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Marja-Leena | 03/04/2008 | 12 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

tracks

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Marja-Leena | 09/03/2008 | 12 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures

 

earthworks #3

        on McKenzie Beach, near Pacific Rim National Park, BC, February 3rd, 2008... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/02/2008 | 8 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Textures

 

earthworks #1

        on McKenzie Beach, near Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia, February 3rd, 2008... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/02/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Textures

 

sonnenstein, sunstone

...With ancient sonnenstein, beseech the sun's return

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Marja-Leena | 20/10/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

about Photoworks


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Marja-Leena | 23/07/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Blogging, Photoworks, Textures

 

gardens, woodpiles, rain


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He cleaned the woodpile
Textures intrigued the artist

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Marja-Leena | 04/06/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

rust


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Marja-Leena | 09/07/2006 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures