Holiday Portraits: An Easter Celebration

I know you probably read the title of this blog and thought you were going to see a bunch of kids’ portraits for Easter, right? I hope you aren’t disappointed. I wanted to do something a little more original this year. I want to display a portrait of Easter.

Are you wondering what I mean by that? How would you paint (or create) a portrait of Easter? East conjures so many memories and so many meanings….each is different for ever individual person that reads this.

When I think of Easter, I think of the childhood memories with my familly…the new outfit my grandmother had made for me, the Easter basket with candy and toys, the church service that would be taking place that Sunday…and the dinner and egg hunt that would happen after church.

I also think of the symbolism (for me) and this may of course be different for you….we each have our own thoughts, images, and memories that make up what we believe and how we perceive things.

If I was to create a “Portrait of Easter”, I would start with a glorious sunrise filled with birdsongs on a cool but not chilled foggy morning…..though this isn’t  a foggy morning…it is a golden sun:

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Add the warm feeling that (for instance) Thomas Kinkaid paintings create or that walk through your favorite park path or special quiet place gives you…. “Remember Me

then add the laughter of children with happy hearts and not a care in the world for anything other than love of the people around them and the moment (which no child ever consciously thinks about)…

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add the image of a golden egg (like Jack in the Beanstalk’s treasure when you first heard the story and imagined the scene in your mind)….with Warmth and love surrounding it (instead of the giant)….

Last…but not least, add a guide, friend, someone special to share this image/feeling with…

and NOW You have:

Easter’s portrait….

 

 

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Book Covers and Photography

Photography is a wonderful field and an adventurous hobby.

I enjoy so many aspects of it. It relates to all things and all areas of life.

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People want family photos and images of celebrations and life’s little moments so they can be shared and remembered.

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Others need documentation for insurance, crimes, and job/projects completed.

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Others need maps and aerial shots that show more than you can see from the ground.

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view from the skies over Keystone areas

Documenting the animal life and the value of protecting our environment through programs like recycling are also necessary. And would you believe in mermaids without photographs??

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Photography also helps the novels you read (or any literature for that matter) come alive through the cover (and the occasional graphic novel)

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Ice…by Elissa Lewallen

Oklahoma State Parks

Natural Falls State Park…

I had the wonderful opportunity to revisit a beautiful State Park here in Oklahoma.

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A fellow Photographer and I went on a beautiful photo-walk on March 22nd, 2014. What a beautiful Saturday it was for a walk in the park and for photography.

You may not know this but the movie, “Where the Red fern Grows” was filmed in this hidden treasure place among the State Parks of Oklahoma in 1974. Natural Falls State Park offers camping opportunities with full access to the park for overnight campers, lots of wildlife trails, beautiful scenery including a very tall and breath-taking waterfall… It is a beautiful place for a family day trip, romantic picnic or just a cool place to walk and enjoy nature. Many people like to visit this place of wonder…nature is a wonder.

Have a wonderful day…and check back often to see where else we have traveled….or the people we have been fortunate enough to photograph along life’s journey. 😀

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If you would like to read more about what others think regarding this scenic wonder, check out the links below:

Daytrip with Cathy Cummings

TravelOK.com is a good information site too.

Explore the Ozarks...right here in Oklahoma 🙂

Wellsphere by Ken C. nature runner…

Now let the world know what you think…HERE! (leave a comment!)