Monday, January 27, 2014

Diamonds Everywhere




















New Year’s greetings from the studio!
This part of the world is cool and grey today. But the palette is
vibrant and complex, and elegant lines etch a poem into the whole landscape.
On still days like today, the scene is animated mostly by birds.
And there are diamonds. They are strewn everywhere.
A bead of rainwater held in place, temporarily, by two thorns reminded me
of a gem in it's setting.

Since my last post, I’ve been across the world and back again!
The quiet winter months are perfect for processing
images and thoughts gathered along the way. 
You will be the first to see my favorites, as I post them here on my blog.

For now, I'd just like to share these vitamins for our creative souls ~ They're photos from my walk on Saturday, of nature wearing her winter jewels. 

May 2014 be excellent, and may you be inspired every single day.

For now,
Amy

































Thursday, August 8, 2013

Camera, Paintbrush, Pencil, Pen

Once I read a beautiful quote..I believe it comes from ancient China and goes something like, Hand, eye, heart, two won't do.
Sometimes I think of that when I work because of my constant desire to keep my hands and my eyes and my heart in my pictures.


I'm excited about the fact that the sister worlds of photography and painting & drawing will meet and play together, this fall in Spain!

I recently went to Vancouver to visit with the Flavour of Spain workshop hosts, Mike and Hilary Powell, and Gail Short, who will be teaching alongside me the same week.  Gail and I were so happy to finally meet one another, and talk about our upcoming workshops.

We have decided to act on inspiration and create a format in which our participants (and the two of us) will be able to enjoy the best of each of our worlds- photography and painting & sketching! 
We plan to organize our days so that everyone will be have opportunities to learn from both Gail and me, and/or focus on their preferred medium intensively.

Gail will be teaching small format pen, pencil and paint techniques for participants with any and all levels of experience. She is a lively and lovely, fun person. I am so looking forward to working with her. I totally marveled at Gail's tiny pouch of materials, in which she keeps all the tools she needs to create her amazing beautiful sketchbook journals, like the one she shared with us over lunch. I'm inspired!
Here is a link to Gails website. http://www.gailshort.com/


If you’ve still been considering coming to Spain, jump in -you’re not too late. There are 2 spots left, last I checked.  Call Cindy Horton as soon as possible, if you’re interested. She’s the agent for Flavor of Spain. She can answer any questions or help you book your flight. October 7-16. It’s sure to be a lot of fun.
Cindy Tel: 604-926-8511

Toll Free: 1-800-661-7176





































Above: Me and Gail Short, Gail unpacking her little bag of magic, 
our incredibly wonderful hosts of Flavour of Spain, Mike and Hilary Powell.
I've learned that they really know Spain! And I can tell that they truly love art, people, and travel, going about all of it with great humour, constant enthusiasm, and delicious food and wine.
























Gails beautiful sketchbook and exceedingly portable supplies!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Amazing

Greetings!

The 2013 workshops season is nearing its end, and it has been truly amazing.
The images, the fun, kind people, the creative synergy - - wow.
I am eager to share a recap, and some pictures with you, and will find a quiet moment to do that soon.
This Thursday and Friday, the final Salt Spring workshop is happening!
There is still time to jump in, if you're wanting to stir up your photographic art life, or just retreat to a creative space for a day or two.

On Thursday, July 25th, we'll be working on photographs with dry pastels and pencils.
On Friday, July 26th, we'll paint all day using acrylics. Come to both days, or just one.
Each session is $135. All materials are included. No experience is necessary to participate. You will be have the opportunity to complete finished artworks to take home.

*I'm offering a summer gift discount for the remaining seats in this season's end workshop. If you've been curious about hand painting photographs, you're in luck. This is it.

To register, or for additional info: Phone 250-537-6120.


Monday, May 6, 2013

2013 Workshops Brochure Release


Greetings, and Voila!

A new season of workshops is coming right up, and the catalog is ready.
I have enjoyed the meditative process of deciding what might be fun to offer this year, while at the same time being most likely to be of real and lasting benefit to you.
All of the sessions will be very small groups, so be sure to let me know soon if you'd like to save a spot in any of this seasons workshops!

Also, there are still a few spots left for the grand Spain adventure in October as well!
If you're feeling creatively curious, jump on in. These courses are for you - to nourish your creativity, in a totally dedicated way, in a beautiful place, and in the synergy created in good company.

I hope you are all loving the beautiful beginnings of May, wherever you are.
Amy

Click on the image below to download the full pdf catalog


Click on the image below to visit the Flavour of Spain
website for more details





Wednesday, May 1, 2013

For the Love of Dandelions


Okay, so there's Paris...and stars, and big oak trees and 30lb salmon. Amazing.
And things that need our attention in a big way - like our families, farming, proposed pipelines. All the while, at our feet every day, there are volunteer ambassadors of Awesome to show us how it's done.

Dandelions are like calling cards scattered by the sun.
Wherever you live, work, walk, park or play, I bet you can find one-or more likely, many! They are so common, in fact, that they are often overlooked, even battled as "weeds". 

I think they're phenomenal. Not only are they hardy edibles, they always catch my eye for their beautiful design.  Their ultra vivacious yellow can barely contain itself in the delicate petals that are laid out in perfect symmetry. 
And this is all before they become little wish factories. Way to bring it dandelions!

I like to pick one and bring it in to look at it throughout the whole week. The single dandelion, in it's modest glory, reminds us that it has as much to be and give as any bouquet, or zebra, or you, or me.

On the infinite list of scenic wonders in this world, I would seriously put dandelions right up there with Paris, France.  

See, there's my muse for this post!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Echoes in Design

I'm starting to look through pictures from my time in California. I love that photos make it so easy to revisit an experience. Through images, fleeting moments are suspended in time, making it possible for us to appreciate them all over again, and often in new ways.
Came across this pair of magpies on a misty January day, while out walking with  family. I am amazed at how similar their elegant markings are to those of the southern resident orca whales.


photo of orca: swimmingfree.wordpress.com

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Where I've Been




I’ve just returned to Salt Spring Island after a long visit to gorgeous northern California.  What started out as holidays with the family, ended up being a four month adventure - including an entire one fourth of 2013!

My good intentions to share the experience along the way, via my blog, went wayside. I'm not as up to speed as my insta-gramming daughters! 
Instead, I nearly abandoned the computer, and like a honeybee in a clover field, I buzzed around from place to place, giving my whole attention, at any given moment, to family, friends, trees, flowers, whale spotting, stars, rest, exploration, art, audiobooks, …. I guess I needed that. 2012, after all, was a big year.

Then, sure enough, coinciding with the arrival of wildflowers and the eager new grass, my batteries began to feel re-charged, my soul inspired, and my compass pointed north toward my studio.  

When I turned the key and opened the door to my little studio on Salt Spring a few days ago, I felt the kindness of the warm welcome by an old friend. And, that’s a feeling I am fortunate to say I know well. Love to all of you who opened your hearts and homes to me during the past amazing four months!
 
Here’s a postcard sampling of a few of the beautiful things I saw. They're almost in 
chronological order...

Cheers, Amy


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A New Year
















Wishes of love and peace for all in this new year . Amy



Thursday, December 6, 2012

More about SPAIN in 2013!

Greetings ~
If you have been contemplating jumping in for the fun in Spain next October 7-15,  there is still time to claim a spot or two!  Mike and Hilary, hosts of the "Flavour of Spain" getaways sent some photos recently to offer a peek at what the experience looks like. They've just returned from Andalucia, after a great 2012 season- sounded amazing. I am so looking forward to next fall. Whenever a group of people gather together in the spirit of creativity, and in a beautiful place no less, the odds are in our favour  for an inspiring alchemy to occur, leading to exciting results.

I've made a little collage with some of the photos from my recent Salt Spring
workshops. It was an incredibly creative summer! I'll post again soon, sharing some details and images of the work we did together.









To Register for my workshop in Spain, October 7-15, 2013 contact:
Cindy Horton at Travel Concepts
Cindy Tel: 604-926-8511
Toll Free: 1-800-661-7176

Thursday, October 11, 2012

COME TO SPAIN!


If you are a lover of art, travel and food, join me for what’s sure to be an amazing week in Andalucia, Spain - October 7-15, 2013!

Each year, Mike and Hilary Powell, owners of “Flavour of Spain”, host a variety of creative learning vacations at a special place called “El Molino” (The Mill), in the hills above Malaga.  I’m pleased to announce that they’ve invited me to be one of their art instructors in 2013.


Here’s their website, where you can learn everything you’ll want to know about Mike, Hilary and El Molino. I met with them in  Vancouver, BC in August, and came away so excited about what they’ve created, and grateful for this opportunity!

And this is a link to the brochure detailing my workshop, and that of painter Gail Short, whose workshop will run simultaneously with mine.


This is a snapshot of what you’d be agreeing to, if you say YES to Spain 2013:

Feast for the soul-A week of pure creative focus and comraderie, in a relaxing and authentic rural Spanish setting.
Feast for the body- Genuine Spanish cuisine and tapas, prepared with care by our host daily, and served in the courtyard.  
Feast for the senses- visit to the vibrant Cordoba market. Take morning or evening strolls  among the olive trees.
Feast for the heart- excursion to witness the passion of a traditional Spanish Feria - Flamenco performance.

About my workshop:
I’m looking forward to having a full week to immerse with participants in a very approach-oriented exploration of the potential in every photograph to be much more than a record of what is seen. We’ll practice a workflow meant to capture and convey the essence of experience, transforming your photographs into personal works of art.
We’ll begin at the beginning- with inspiration, which will be easy to find!   

Other topic areas of the week include:

Seeing and being in the moment:“Deep noticing”.
Practicing awareness when composing a photograph.
When, and which, equipment matters, and does not matter – to you.
Telling a story with feeling, with one image or many. 
Adding spirit and personal style by hand-painting digital prints.
Developing a personal workflow that yields images that more truly convey your experience. 
Computer users will have the option to learn my favorite digital compositing techniques. 



* All levels welcome, however participants should come with working knowledge of their equipment.
* Knowledge of Spanish language is not necessary. All class time will be in English, and excursions led by English speaking hosts.
* Details about how to prepare, and what to bring, will be provided upon registration.

Price: CAD $3,390
Airfare is separate. See the brochure for more details.

Registrations are made through:


Cindy Horton at Travel Concepts in Vancouver, Canada:
Phone: (604) 926-8511, Toll-Free: 1-800-661-7176
Email: Cindy@trvlconcepts.com

* If you would like more information about the hosts, accommodations, food, Spain or travel arrangements, please contact Cindy Horton at Travel Concepts.

* If you would like more information about me, or the workshop, feel free to contact me directly: tel: 250-537-6120.



Amy Melious knows her stuff—she's a good teacher, and best of all she's a smart, caring person who's really easy to be around”. Nick Bantock


By participating in Amy’s workshops, I acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience. With her love for nature, Amy encourages us to see the beauty that surrounds us in a holistic way. The atmosphere in her workshops is relaxed yet goal-oriented; her gentle and generous leadership helped me overcome some of my own creational barriers and gain trust in my judgements and abilities.”
Denise Okan