Mackinac Island

Only in Michigan! The sunset on the Straits of Mackinac from the Grand Hotel is breathtaking!

 

“A Perfect Day on Mackinac Island” by Jeff Blyth, focuses on the beauty
and uniqueness of the Island.  More on this topic coming soon from our
personal perspective!
~~Tresa

Inspired by Pure Michigan and the Daily Post on WordPress.

Goals and Sunsets

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Photo by Tresa Meyer-Clark on Etsy

2016 was a very busy year for us. I worked at my day job, and attended classes for Event Planning, Design and Decor in the evenings. It was a fabulous experience. One evening, a guest speaker demonstrated her positive energy with a Powerpoint presentation, and shared this: Create an imagine/inspiration board to help achieve your goals. My take-away was, I need to get very organized in order to use my new skills in combination with graphic design.

Reflecting
This year I’ve photographed and posted my favorite subjects: boats and sunset reflections on the water, especially mirror images. My book of passwords has grown with more photos to post, and design competitions to enter. I find myself writing, yet another updated profile or an artist statement about my digital artwork, and what inspires me.

In 2017, I would like to build my portfolio with new digital art and experiment more with painting. My goal is to impart a consistent body of work. My focus will be to create graphics for special events, and design inspiring motifs/patterns for home goods, stationery, wall art and more.

So back to that revised profile.

About Tresa Meyer-Clark
Having a family who encourages my artistic abilities is a blessing. Growing up in Michigan and working as a graphic designer will always have the most influence on my artwork. I earned a Bachelor of Art degree in graphic design and ceramics. I am a student of life, and the nature around me is my muse. I also love turtle sundaes with raspberry sauce!

As another year has flown by! I look forward to reading your posts on WordPress, making the next new year even better! Feel free to share!

~Tresa

This post was inspired by goals, and my friends at: The Daily Post.

Edgy Pure Michigan

We visited The Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan twice in August. The first time was on a rainy day, and the second, in the evening for the sunset. I wanted to capture the vastness of the landscape in a photo. I felt very anxious about going down an enormous sand dune because I couldn’t see the pathway, only the edge. It was a crazy thought to venture all the way to the bottom. There were people there, at the bottom, on the shoreline. The edge was the main feature in all my photos, and the people were too far away to photograph with my iPhone. 

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sleeping bear sand dunes


Thanks for stopping by, you are awesome! 
~Tresa

This photo is inspired by the wondrous Lake Michigan and The Daily Post.
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/edge/

Nature’s Frame

Michigan beaches, the dunes

national park, Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes

My husband stands between the trees, and makes a perfect photo opportunity for me, as my eyes are drawn to a natural frame in the landscape. We are at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline Park in Elmira, Michigan. Of course I had to make sure a sunset photo was planned as part of the trip here. The wind and the reflections on Lake Michigan were exhilarating and breathtaking!

With over public 100,000 votes, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was named the “Most Beautiful Place in America” on ABC’s Good Morning America.

 

Thanks for sharing and stopping by!
~Tresa

 

Photography by Tresa Meyer-Clark. This post was inspired by The Daily Post. https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/frame/

A Fun Thank You

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~~~A FUN thank you card is inspired by my garden.

We’ve been really busy lately, so a quiet morning with time to write my thoughts down and do a 30 minute cardio is good. We’ve been working on selling our house, fixing another, helping my parents, and enjoying boating on Lake Michigan. The busier we are, the more I organize my time to meet my goals. I’m always learning and challenging my creative skills. I’m designing a logo for my dad and a bridal shower invite for my step daughter. Volunteering to help with floral design and setup for local event planning companies has been a blessing this Summer in providing me with new friends and contacts. All of this I am very grateful for, and thank God for my skills every day. When I have time to just sit and think about everything, a hand written note would be perfect to send to those who I appreciate. It would be easy to just send a text, but to do the unexpected is more fun, even though it may seem old-fashioned. I made this card with flowers from my backyard and created the handcrafted note. To make the letter “R” look good was fun, with a little patience and time management! I really liked the yellow and red colors on the wood table. I’ll write a note on the back to Rupali from Utsav Planners and share more about my Summer in an up coming post.

What do you think of my card?

Thanks for stopping by!
~Tresa

More fun topics?
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/fun/

A Treasured Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is the Bible verse that we all know well.
This is a beautiful sample of the prayer in German on a wax form. My Oma gave it to me. Today, it is one of my treasured items along with many things
that make me smile and help me remember her.

the lords prayer

 

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Mathew 6:9-13
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

embroidered handkerchief

My Oma, German for Grandma, always appreciated beautiful things like this embroidered
handkerchief. I wonder if she ever really used it. She probably just admired it, as I do.

What do you hold near and dear, and does it inspire you to write or photograph it?

Thank you for stopping by! Comments welcome.

Happy Easter, and God Bless.

~~Tresa

This post was inspired by The Daily Post  photo challenge “Half Light” and Blogging University on WordPress.

Anchors and Moments

 

When I started this blog, I had so many ideas and not so much time.

Taking time to design anything is always a process that is very time consuming. Sometimes, just after finishing a new jewelry piece I think to myself, well that won’t take a lot of time to recreate. The truth is, I am more of a ONE-OF-A-KIND designer. I am getting faster and keep a sketchbook, which I won’t quite reveal here yet, to refer to later.

Writing descriptions,search terms and tags for each piece in my shop is always evolving, and sometimes I get lucky and someone finds me on Pinterest or Google. The most rewarding part of handcrafting is when someone notices your artwork or the photography of it, (another passion of mine) and takes time from their day to mention why they love a handcrafted piece over store-bought one!

“Your anchor necklace couldn’t be more perfect. My sister’s birthstone is Aquamarine, and she loves anchors for some reason. She has quotes and affirmations that have to do with anchors, and I wanted to find something nice for her for Christmas. I was searching Etsy for hours last night because I think handmade gifts are so much more special. Just knowing that someone took their time to create the item and put their heart into it makes it so much better than something purchased from a store. I actually handmade a gift for grandmother out of wood, and an iron tea light candle holder for my mother, but jewelry is not something I’ve ever tried my hand at. I came across dozens of anchors that had aquamarine colors, gems, etc. in them but as soon as I saw the one that you made I knew that I had to have it.”

Steven Krosnicki
Syracuse, NY

 

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Nautical, Anchor Necklace, Gemstone, Birthstone, Aquamarine, boating, art glass, beading, handcrafted by Tresa

Nautical Anchor Necklace, by Tresa Meyer Clark. @TresaArt #MeyerClarkCreative

 

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The photo of my husband and I is one of my most treasured images. We were at the North Channel Yacht Club that summer, a wonderful memory of boating on Lake St.Clair and relaxing with my parents. I was lucky to capture this moment. It only took a second to get this pic with my iPhone, so cool, right!

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Nautical Anchor Necklace with Aquamarine Birthstones, Tresa MeyerClark, etsyshop

Nautical Anchor Necklace with Aquamarine Birthstones
by Tresa MeyerClark

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My studio shots are more involved. This is the pic that is used for my shop, and as a result, Steven Krosnicki purchased this anchor necklace for his little sister. He explained that anchors carry a lot of meaning for her. This is what inspires me to make more pieces.
Handcrafting is awesome when there is meaning!

I’ll take time today to put together another one similar to this—and it should go rather quickly—but I’m sure another idea will pop up in my sketchbook!

Until next time,
Please feel free to share to Facebook, Comment and Tweet!

~~Tresa

 

Photography by MeyerClarkStudio 2015

 

Quote

The Sky is the Limit

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”

“I refuse to accept that I have limitations
beyond my own belief of boundaries.
Perception is all that limits the mind.”
— Shannon L. Alder

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Traverse City, Clinch Marina 2015

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The gold tones and shadows in this shot can only be captured at a sunrise or sunset.
This is one of my favorite times while on vacation in at Clinch Marina this Summer. We were there for five days because the wave height on Lake Michigan was at eight feet!

Thank you for stopping by, and please don’t forget to share with your friends on Facebook! OK, see you soon.
~~Tresa

Photography by
MeyerClarkStudio 2015

Back to School Connection

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”

 

Starting out in the world as a first-grader can be frightening, but not in Germany. Parents help their children make the transition from kindergarten to primary school more enticing. They give them a “schultuete” or school cone. The large cone is decorated and filled with candy and gifts.

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Candy Cone

Ceramics and Photo Styling of the Schultuete by Tresa Meyer Clark

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A Little History
My Oma (Grandma in German) gave me a photograph of my Dad on his first day of primary school, holding his schultuete, in Hamburg, Germany in the 1940’s.

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School Candy Cone

Hamburg, Germany

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The expression on his face is priceless. That photo inspired me to create a collage, and a ceramic piece, as pictured above in a shadow box display. Spending creative time to stylize all the German items my Grandparents saved over the years is one of my favorite ways to decorate. As a graphic artist, combining old hand-written letters from Europe and postcard memorabilia helps me to connect the past to the present in a collage.
A way to capture the light, or bring the old stuff up from the basement storage and make it meaningful again.

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the water and boats in Germany

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Tresa Meyer

Just for giggles, here is my first-grade portrait. I took the time today to retouch it for spots and crinkles. Obviously my parents had great sense of style. ( :

~~~Tresa

 

Makes Me Smile

Is there one word to describe feeling happy and sad at the same time?
The last day of August brings to mind how very short the Summer season is in Michigan. While I’m feeling melancholy that my favorite season is almost gone, I pore over all the Summer months of photos to get a sense of time gone by.

Dad and Ron Sunset

Summer Sunset with Dad and Ron.

Makes me smile.
Capturing the tiny details of flowers at different angles, watercolor sunrises and boats were my subjects this year. On August 22, my Dad and my Husband on the dock studying something in the water at sundown, symbolizes the goodbye to Summer for me. Still, I’m happy because we were all together in this beautiful place. 

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Traverse City, Boating

Traverse City, Clinch Marina

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Photo by MeyerClark Studio, Moody Sunrise on Grand Traverse Bay

Moody Sunrise on Grand Traverse Bay

 

Photography by Tresa MeyerClark.
MeyerClark Studio 2015