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

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Inspiration Therapy

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

Inspiration to create can come from where I feel balance. Balance in a color scheme I’m working on, or even in that feeling of accomplishment. Completing a challenging day at work, then returning home to receive a big hug from my husband where he meets me at the doorway, every day. And of course, the colors of the light, softly painted into an amazing summer sunset at the Northport Marina.

What inspires you?
Thanks for reading! YOU are awesome! Bye for now,
~~Tresa

Northport Sunset

Photo by MeyerClark Studio. Inspiration: Sunset at Northport

Artist Perspective: Notice Me!

I read a post yesterday by cartoonist, illustrator, and writer Summer Pierre, titled, “On Value and Being Seen.” She was asked to share her thoughts on how she could skate the inevitable line of doing work for work sake, and doing work to be seen.

To which I responded:

Thank you for sharing! This writing makes me put some ideas into perspective about creating my own work and what is relevant, or going for a trend that has a huge audience.

To be valued or to be seen. As I wrote this post, I found this subject to be a lot more complicated than I first thought, so there could be more to come. Thanks in advance for reading and please chime in! Don’t be afraid to rock the boat!

I am a jewelry designer and a graphic artist. Evoking emotion is my goal whether I’m working for a client or doing art for bliss. When I put together ideas for a design, I do consider my audience, and hope they value my hand-picked pearls and gemstones. As a graphic designer, I strive for what is relevant and hope they value my unique style. (or on some level, have artistic intelligence about concepts like, white space, font choice and composition.) All right now! Yes, when I have more artistic freedom to create what inspires me, and experiment on my own schedule — bringing beautiful materials to life in unexpected ways is very gratifying — as is having others notice my designs. Having something to say and the passion to create from an idea in a meaningful way is so cool. I think passion is the key word for me.

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Having my relevant work be valued by relevant people is somewhat up to me by getting myself out there by navigating through unknown waters, learning from others, and sharing ideas. My social media accounts like Instagram and Pinterest are a blast and have value too because I have a few artsy friends and we help promote each another. However, sometimes attention is great but can be fleeting. So, to be noticed by buyers and to be respected by my peers takes time and dedication, while remaining consistent in my craft. Creating what is relevant is always a goal, but who decides what is relevant in the marketplace? To be valued or to be seen? Can we have both? I have a lot of work to do, but that is why I’m here!

This is a great subject. I plan on learning more about what other artists think and do.
Blessings,
Tresa

The original post can be found here. https://summerpierre.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/on-value-and-being-seen/

The original comment I left can be found here.
https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/8065817/8783/

The Things I Forgot to Say

Every day we go about our business with one day leading into another like a continuous movement of waves on the ocean. Some waves are big, and some are really big and frightening. Then suddenly, I wake up from that horrible dream of a tsunami and feel so blessed to be alive! On a really good day on the water, a sailor needs some wind to arrive at his destination. So where am I going with this? Sometimes it’s the simplest things in life that make us happy, like watching the sun set on the shoreline, or the fisherman cast his line, and the turtles poke their little heads above the water. I guess it’s the scary things I experienced that helped me to grow and learn to appreciate the little things. Yes Dad, I did pray to God, to please get us home safe that windy day on Lake Michigan in Little Traverse Bay. I was so scared. Seven foot waves coming from more than one direction — slapping the 46′ Maxum with sheets of water that sprayed over us — was a day you hoped you’d already made “peace with your maker”. I was not proud of myself, when I got sick in Ron’s green cooler with that lonely can of beer in it. That boat ride to Lake Charlevoix was the longest trip ever! So, what I forgot to say is, growing up on the lake was a blessing, and I’m glad you were at the helm that day when the weather was worse than they had reported. I remember you said, “that’s just a part of boating, I hope we didn’t scare you away.” Even though I trust your judgement and your 30-plus years of experience on the big waters, I’m still a little afraid. Maybe that’s part of what makes it exciting, like the tsunami dream when I suddenly wake up and feel happy to be alive! Thank you for all the years of amazing adventures on the Great Lakes, and for being my Dad.

This video is from July 4, 2014, one of my treasured memories.