I've been experimenting with lenses. I'm in love with this vintage Nikon AI-S 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5. It's circa 80s and is manual focus on my old Nikon D40X. The bokeh is outrageous!
Yesterday, I biked down a steep hill at 30mph, for the first time...I felt a sick kind of exhilaration afterward...I don't think I'm going to do that again...
In the meantime, I'm also having fun with my new Nikon 85mm f/1.8G lens. It's mounted on my old Nikon D40X, which I bought new when it first came out in 2007. I've graduated to investing in better glass for my camera. So, I'm working on building my palette of lenses before I move into a new camera. I've been researching Nikon's current options for dslr cameras...I feel myself settling in on the D750.
©Shelita Birchett Benash
Fall sunflowers are my muse. The heat has tinged the leaves of many...
All of my technology crashed over the summer. My 2011 iMac crashed at the beginning of July; then my iPad, then my iPhone... Will write more about that experience later.
For now, I feel the need to share my photography process. I've been taking digital photography courses at SUNY Dutchess. Right now, I'm taking a photojournalism course with Professor Lowell Handler. I'm learning so much, as I am delving deeper into incorporating digital storytelling into my artworks. Life-long-learning is where it's at...
Summer peonies through the 85MM lens I rented from borrowlenses.com. Really enjoying this process and all that I am learning.
I'm in the midst of taking a digital photography summer session course at the Duchess County Community College. I am learning so much, as I am gaining an appreciation for the technical aspects of taking good photographs. I am taking tons of photos; while experiencing much failure and many mistakes. That's the creative process. This is my first experience with shooting raw files, manual focus and tripod usage. This photograph was special, as it was my first time having the cows come over to me. This cow tried to lick my lens!
Richard helped me to deliver the interactive mosaic cube that I created for Stamford, CT's upcoming Art Shapes! outdoor sculpture exhibition produced by Stamford Downtown Art in Public Spaces. Opening June 17 thru August 14, 2017. The shapes will be auctioned off in October. Honored and excited to have my work chosen for one of Stamford's signature exhibitions.
These first days of spring have been so chilly. A nor'easter is forecasted for this weekend...However, on this day, my run was good and the sky was magnificent. Gratitude.
May mother adores her giant hosta. She goes to great lengths to protect it from the deer buffet. Nonetheless, the deer always win the end...They will eventually have the most beautiful bountiful dessert by end of summer. Gratitude. Impermanence.
RECYCLE SHOW 2017
MAY 13, 2017 THRU JUNE 18, 2017
BROOKLYN WATERFRONT ARTISTS COALITION SPRING GROUP SHOW
CURATOR: RENEE RADENBERG
JUROR: HARRIET TAUB
DOOR 7, AT THE PIER GATE
481 VAN BRUNT STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11231
OPENING RECEPTION: MAY 13, 2017 1-6PM
Richard is honored and so very excited to have his salvaged steel sculpture featured in this distinctive exhibition that celebrates sustainable art. Hope to see you there!
There is no place more humbling than the bottom of a hill...I'm back at it. 5 days of running the trails around the lake. It's been difficult...However, today's time was minute faster than yesterday's time. I am humbled and grateful for this practice. I will never give up running. I hope to run 'til the end of my days...
I have been gestating a piece for several years now; building it in my mind. And I have been patiently waiting for certain elements to reveal themselves in the material world. I am so grateful when the universe gifts me her junk. It feels like an affirmation. I am in the process of incorporating these elements into my offering series. Gratitude.
So very honored to have my outdoor sculpture design I am Love sponsored for Stamford Downtown: Art Shapes 2017.
The I am Love. design is a three dimensional cube covered on four sides with recycled stained glass and mirror mosaicked heart-shaped wings.The large glittery and colorful concentric hearts are evocative of butterfly wings.
My intention is to create the I am Love. heart-shaped butterfly wings as an interactive public artwork. The whimsical and familiar nature of the heart-shaped wings will compel children and adults to make themselves a part of the mosaicked artwork. Resulting photos and selfies will reveal the heart-shaped butterfly wings as magical fluttering extensions of the individuals who stand in front of them. The words I am Love. will glitter above their heads.
My I am Love. design is inspired by the heart shape. The heart shape is associated with love, passion and kindness. The heart-shape makes us happy when we see it. My intention with this artwork is to bring some warmheartedness to the public square, while inspiring love and kindness with the heart-shaped wings.
In April, I will begin hospice volunteer training at the Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties Inc., I will write about my experience. My artwork and life's work are merging. Gratitude.
The process of wrapping my offering has me meditating on the beauty, meaning and myth of dragonflies. I've come by bucket full of thousands of brass dragonflies in the junk. This offering is becoming a swarming nest of dragonflies.
My Offering series centers on aspects of death, grief, mourning, rebirth, transformation and regeneration. The day Richard called to tell me that a bucket of brass dragonflies had been dropped at the junkyard, I knew I wanted to use them in my artwork. Still, I sat with them for a while, as they spoke to me.
Honored and excited to have my CERAMIC MIXED MEDIA sculpture Offering III selected FOR THIS distinguished exhibition.
The 47th annual Juried Members Exhibition
JUROR: SARAH FRITCHEY
new britain museum of american art
April 29, 2017-May 28, 2017
Stitzer Family Gallery
My Offering mixed media sculpture series centers on death and rebirth. I'm in the process of wrapping the offering. The process of wrapping explores the act of devotion and our inherent desire to protect those whom we love from pain and suffering.
Thank you, Jere Edmonds and Gayle for your wonderful work on the video for the Please Touch Sculpture Exhibition at the Monmouth Museum.