June 16, 2013

FOR THE LOVE OF CHARLEY

Two weeks ago, during Stellie Weekend, Stella, her mom (my daughter, Emily) and I had a girls day out. One of our destinations that day was the Woodson Art Museum. Emily and I are both big fans of the capricious art of Charley Harper, and an exhibit of his work was currently on display at the Woodson.


Don't you just love his rendition of a birdfeeder?

Before we actually went inside the museum for the exhibit, we stopped in the lovely sculpture garden for a few photo ops with our goofus Stella.

There were numerous lovely -- great-smelling -- trees in full bloom in the sculpture garden. Emily and I were both entranced by these trees and the fairytale ambience their blossoms added to the garden. Some of the sculptures in the garden are especially inviting to little museum visitors, and Stella had a ball with a few of them.


I gathered a few of the more entertaining of the sculpture garden photos to use in a layout created in my beloved MDS . Because the blossoms played such a big role in our enjoyment of the vicinity, I decided to try something in MDS that I had never tried before. 

Having taken several photos of closeups of the blossoms, I decided to use one of them as the background for the layout. I went into mydigitalstudio.net, went under the "learning" tab at the top, typed in the search box "photo as background", watched the 51-second long video about how to do it, and DID IT! I then set the photos of Stella atop the flowers. With this as the background, it mimics the feeling of being in the sculpture garden.

I knew Stella would love spending time in this museum. Having been a volunteer greeter for several years there, I was very familiar with the care the museum folks take to make sure little ones enjoy their visits to the museum. They provide an interactive art area for the younger set to, well, interact with a variety of art experiences! Besides, the Charley Harper exhibit -- being so whimsical and childlike in its appearance -- would also appeal to a five-year-old.


To try to capture the ambience of the interior of the museum, I wanted this layout to be crisp and clean, with just a touch of whimsy in honor of the Charley Harper works being exhibited. 

Following are a few photos I took of pieces in the exhibition. Other than the museum lights reflected in the photos, I was pretty happy with the way they turned out.





If you would like to see MANY more example of Charley Harper's work, do a search for Charley Harper and click on "images". You will be smiling from ear to ear. Guaranteed.



Smiles.






22 comments:

  1. Very sweet post! Thank you so much for linking up with us! We 're so glad you found us!

    sue@ thet2women.com

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  2. Your pages are great. I love the art you shared, especially the bird feeder. The cardinal is so cute.

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    1. Thanks, Christina! I adore his art! :>)

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  3. Wow. Thanks for sharing the information about Charley Harper. Being a bird lover -- I am going to do some research on his art work:).

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    1. Did you like what you found on Charley Harper? :>)

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  4. I just love your whimsical art! I am new from southern charm. I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back! Nicole

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    1. Thanks so much, Nicole! Your blog is delightful! :>)

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  5. The Charley Harper exhibit is just wonderful and full of whimsy-just love it! I am a big admire of this type of artwork. (Sharon)

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    We'd love it if you would link back to BeBetsy! http://bebetsy.com

    Have a great weekend~xo
    Sharon and Denise!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon and Denise! I linked back to BeBetsy! :>)

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  6. Have you linked up with the Friday Flash Blog Linky Party yet? Link up your ONE best post of the week and check out other people's awesome entries. You may just get highlighted next week!

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
    http://thejennyevolution.com/category/linky-parties/friday-flash-blog/

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    1. Thanks for the invite, Jennifer! I took you up on your offer. :>)

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  7. fun, day out and artwork. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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    1. Yes, Katherine, it WAS a great day! :>)

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  8. Love your layouts...they look great.
    KC

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  9. Great layouts. You have the eye. Thanks for sharing on Becolorful.
    p

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  10. I love this art also. Very clean and pretty. Thanks for sharing that. Linda

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    1. It's always nice to know another Charley lover! :>)

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