Creative Experimentation

Dinner plate dahlia via besotted blog

Michelle and I are finally on the other side of our focus angst (we promise to share the step-by-step on how we got here). One of the most exciting results of this is that we have freed up a ton of mental bandwith and you know what? We are both feeling more creative than we have in years! I have to say being able to pour our creative energy into one thing instead of spreading it amongst a million little things has been an eye opener. I have always succumbed to my every interest and whimsy and they have been far and wide with no real connectors except for maybe me sharing them here on the blog with you. We have been doing a ton of experimentation with different techniques, just trying to think as outside the box as possible and not worrying if the results will be a success. Happily we have had a bunch of little victories and it makes us feel like we are ‘on to something’. We even have a new Foto Rx Photoshop action set that we think will bring out the inner artist in you, we can’t wait to share it! We just finished the first beta action on it today, we were giving ourselves high fives all around (in our new studio space that is oh, so very beautiful, thank you very much). We hope we are not being too evasive with you right now, we definitely will share our focus decision soon and we do hope that we can help others that are struggling as well to find that mental sigh of relief.

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Follow your muse | Inspired by florals

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In our professional work running a creative studio Michelle and I make our living being creative, but lately we hadn’t taken any time to be creative for ourselves. Something I think both of us didn’t even realize until our ‘muse’ seized us and we were texting each other like crazy and I think I may have even wrote that I thought my head was going to explode I was so excited, which she promptly responded, ‘me too’. Michelle quipped that we should ‘follow our muse’ more often, and it quickly became a mantra of sorts around here this week.

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Around here : MUSE | BLOOM Edition

Ruffled Peony via Besotted

Last week we featured artists in different disciplines with the same ‘muse’, the series launch is Muse | Blooms. We hope that this inspires you to find your own muse, or if you feel the muse of blooms calling that it inspires you to discover your own unique way of sharing your vision with the world…Psst, I forgot to post this Friday;)

For further exploration and fun we have included some more links, let us know if you have any to add!

Floral mandala’s

Suspended gardens

We’ve written about Iphoneographer/florographer Ashley Woodsen Bailey before, but here are some of her newest additions…

Photographer Kari Herrer has created a whole series based on her floral photography paired with her pencil illustrations, such an amazing idea!

You really need to Google Image Ellie Cashman’s dark floral wallpaper to get the full impact!

photo by Michelle P.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

MUSE | BLOOMS Tiffanie Turner

Paper Artist Tiffanie Turner via Besotted

There were many outstanding floral paper artists to feature, really the talent is shocking. The metamorphosis of humble paper into these realistic blooms has an almost alchemical feel, it just shouldn’t be so but it indeed is.  Tiffanie Turner’s giant and tiny works truly blew my mind (and I hope you are equally enthralled). Turner has a gorgeous collaboration with photographer Simone Truong, which I think is worth mentioning in two respects, one it’s awesome and two, collaboration can be a beautiful thing! Something to consider if you are wanting to try something creative but not in your skill set. Besides working with another creative can be like a shot of creative espresso. I feel like I should just let you visit her instead of keeping you here, please do, it’ll be such a treat!

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If you are interested in this art form:

Turner does teach workshops!

I have taken a few classes with Livia Cetti and have really enjoyed her easy teaching style.

Cetti also has a book that would be a great addition to any craft library.

The ever creative Rebecca Thuss wrote Paper to Petal, which I own and love!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

MUSE | BLOOM Rebecca Louise Law

floral installation by artist Rebecca Louise Law ii

Rebecca Louise Law Installation

This week we are featuring artists in different disciplines with the same ‘muse’, the series launch is Muse | Blooms. We hope that this inspires you to find your own muse, or if you feel the muse of blooms calling that it inspires you to discover your own unique way of sharing your vision with the world…

Rebecca Louise Law is an artist whose medium is flowers, now that is taking the bloom muse to a whole new level. Of course there are wonderful floral designers (and I often wish I was amongst them, it’s one of my many ‘in my wildest dreams’ careers), but to be an artist that actually uses the blooms as her ‘tool’ is a whole new level. The concept is to embrace the ephemeral nature of the flowers, in that respect the installations will change over time, exploring life and death. Personally both Michelle and myself find the dying bloom to be just as inspiring as the freshly pricked, it’s a new dimension of beauty to explore.

As you can gather from the few artists that we have featured thus far this week, there is a myriad of ways to express your bloom muse, to take a subject that is so ubiquitous and re-envision it in your own signature way. The suspended garden installations that Law creates are so epic in their proportion and vision, there is no reason that you can’t find your own creative seed of inspiration from this or any of the other featured artists. My belief is the world needs creative people, there is room for you and your explorations, if not just for your own personal fulfillment. The goal for most that have a burning desire to seek to do something creative is to be able to do it for a living and I do think there are opportunities that abound, what will make your vision unique? Is your art timely or timeless? The three featured artists we have featured, their work is both, meaning that it feels very current, but I don’t imagine it being something that they or a collector will ever cringe at years from now. I have been guilty of that in the past with the early stages of my design business, doing what was on trend and what clients wanted, but not following my gut and doing what I knew would be timeless–lesson learned.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.