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Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pure Michigan, Elmira

Look out tower, Lake Michigan

I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did, this park would be on it.

I captured this stunning scenery at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near Elmira, Michigan. Stationed atop in the sand, with camera in hand, looking over the edge of the dunes. The vastness of Lake Michigan, and the seemingly endless cliff of sand, made me feel very small. The sky was painted with beautiful clouds, but the wind was picking up speed. To our dismay, the sprinkles from a partly cloudy day quickly turned to a down pour. Ahhhh, Pure Michigan!

Do you have a favorite place to vacation in Michigan?

Thanks for stopping by, you are truly awesome!

~Tresa

This post was inspired by The Daily Post/Atop

Photos by Meyer Clark Studio 2017

 

 

Go Back in Time

 

I wish I could go back in time and give my 29-year-old artistic self some advice. For one, I would say, try not to be too “judgy”.  I believe, as artists we strive to do our best, but at times, form a habit of judging ourselves too harshly. Do your best and the rest will fall into place, is the advise I would give to newly graduated art students.

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Spray bottle artwork and photo by Tresa Meyer-Clark.

 

This is a design for a spray bottle I created while working at Kmart World Headquarters in 1992. It’s interesting to look back and observe how some pattern trends are still popular. Trends have their place, which brings to mind Authenticity. It is important to love what you do, and in the process of experimenting —find what inspires you to “be you”— be authentic and the desire to create from your own ideas will come easier.

What advice would you wish to give to new grads?

~Tresa

 

This post is inspired by the The Daily Post

 

Serious Design

Getting Serious
Designing is always a serious process for me — whether it’s for an invitation, jewelry design, or photo vignette — I am drawn to certain colors and themes. However, sometimes it is more about giving back. Currently, I am creating artwork as part of a year-long design competition through Minted’s Every Mother Counts Birth Announcements Challenge. Through the challenge they provide skilled and compassionate care to Haitian mothers throughout their pregnancies.

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Baby shower invitation and photo by Tresa Meyer-Clark

This Baby Shower Invitation is inspired by the owl drawings in my sketchbook. A modern baby shower invite that provides artwork for the expecting Mom WHO uses her artsy inspirations to guide her. A playful owl design that can be used for a gender reveal party theme. Perfect for all seasons. Offers a portrait orientation for an A-7 envelope. Prominently features Mom’s name. An artistic feel with original artwork, a current design style, and typefaces.

I’ll be posting more artwork from this challenge and my serious inspirations.

Your feedback is welcomed!

To learn more about my special event graphic design, projects and process, please visit my Special Events Design page.

Blessings,
~~Tresa

 

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The Greatest Things

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This post “The Greatest Things” was inspired by my friends at The Daily Post
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Resilience

As the new year sets in, some of us are struggling. I can’t help but think about those I know who are dealing with a loss or a crisis, and how emotionally draining it can be.
After suffering from a few crises in my life, I have become more resilient. I’d like to share a story or two, but can’t, so I will only say, the path to resilience is obtainable.

I would like to share a few ideas:

• Being optimistic and expect the good things. Visualize what you want, instead of worrying about what your fears are, will help build resilience.

• Trusting your instincts in your ability to solve problems builds confidence and resilience

Another way to think about it is this quote by Bruce Lee.

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Thanks for stopping by and sharing!
~Tresa

Inspired by the The Daily Post on WordPress.

Evolving Path

 

Email From God

When we visited my parents for Christmas, I saw this “email from God” on the fridge.
I should have a copy on my fridge, so I got a quick shot of it. Then I thought, God helps those who help themselves, a value instilled in me early on. My path toward understanding how to put things in God’s hands is always evolving at my home, and in relationships at work. On an emotional level, this year, I hope to gain more emotional intelligence.

I saw this quote today, and it immediately resonated with me.

“I have not always chosen the safest path. I’ve made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I’ve learned something important along the way: I’ve learned to heed the call of my heart. I’ve learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I’ve learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.”
― Steve Goodier

This post was inspired by The Daily Post. Feel free to repost and share.
~Tresa

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.

Butterfly Kisses

{Weddings} 

There are moments when a song you’ve recently heard keeps repeating in your head for a few hours, or when it makes a bigger impression, perhaps days! Recently, my husband and step daughter, Brittaney danced to “Butterfly Kisses” on a her wedding day. After the wedding, this song was on my mind, so I decided to write a post about wedding music and share a few pictures and songs.

 


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Father, Daughter Dance // Photo by Tresa Meyer Clark

 


Lyrics:

There's two things I know for sure:
She was sent here from heaven and she's daddy's little girl.
As I drop to my knees by her bed at night
She talks to Jesus and I close my eyes 
and I thank god for all of the joy in my life
Oh, but most of all

For butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer;
sticking little white flowers all up in her hair; 
Walk beside the pony, Daddy, it's my first ride.
I know the cake looks funny, Daddy, but I sure tried.
Oh, with all that I've done wrong, I must have done something right
To deserve a hug every morning And butterfly kisses at night.

 


My Dad and I talked about practicing a dance for my wedding day. After I thought about it, I figured it would be more about practicing how not to get too emotional. We danced to  “I Loved Her First,” by Heartland

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My Wedding Day // Photography by Mike Sackett



The First Dance as Husband and Wife

My husband and I danced to “Bless the Broken Road,” by Rascal Flats, and I still get choked up when I hear it.

Listen to all the lyrics when you research your music and have fun selecting the songs together! There are many beautiful first dance songs to choose from, and below are two lists with the most popular and classic.

According to Vouge.com, these are the top ten first dance songs from 2016.

Top 10 First Dance Songs for Weddings:

1. “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
2.  “At Last,” Etta James
3.  “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
4.  “All of Me,” John Legend
5.  “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
6.  “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele
7.  “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz
8.  “Everything,” Michael Bublé
9.  “Better Together,” Jack Johnson
10.“Amazed,” Lonestar

Classic First Dance Songs:

1. “Unforgettable,” Nat King Cole
2. “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
3. “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
4. “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley
5. “It had to be You,” Harry Connick Jr.
6. “A Kiss is Just a Kiss,” Michael Feinstein
7. “Unchained Melody,” The Righteous Brothers
8. “A Whole New World,” Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
9. “Endless Love,” Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

This post was inspired by Brittaney and Ryan’s wedding and “The Daily Post” on WordPress!

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/discover-challenges/song/

Best Wishes and stop by again soon, (follow me) for more wedding inspiration, and feel free to share your thoughts!
xoxo
~Tresa

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

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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/