3 January

Happy New Year! Here’s to Creative Work

Happy New Year, everyone! Darwin and I are opening the New Year with some intensive creative work. Carrying on our Creative Sabbatical (although now as house sitters we are Artists in Your Residence!), we have prioritized our time around some personal growth and personal art projects. We’ll share some results on the blog from time to time. Next week Darwin will tell you about a project he’s excited about, but as for me…along with finishing my Pressed Landscapes project, I am also working on a series of tree portraits.

Aspen trees, Kooteny Plains, Alberta, Canada

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Those who follow my work know I have a soft spot for photographing trees and grasses. In fact, on our recent trip to Antarctica, surrounded by penguins and seals, not even a scraggly twig in sight, I found myself missing my usual subject matter. While I enjoyed the wildlife and glaciated mountains, I wasn’t moved to photograph much. To each her own, I guess!

Aspen trees, Kooteny Plains, Alberta, Canada

©Samantha Chrysanthou

My goal for this tree project is hopefully to convey something about the nature of these plants that manage to survive and even at times thrive in often challenging environments. I hope to avoid anthropomorphizing (if that can be applied to plants) too much but capture the forces of the world in the bodies of the trees.

Lodgepole pine, Abraham Lake, Kootenay Plains, Alberta, Canada

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Oh, and my New Year’s Resolution is to get in shape, of course. 🙂

1 January

Happy New Year from oopoomoo!

Footprints in the snow

©Samantha Chrysanthou – Stride into your creative future!

Hey everyone! We wish you all the best for 2014. Stride boldly into your future!