Thursday, September 11, 2014

Light and dark: Bella Grace blog hop & giveaway

 
Welcome to the Bella Grace Blog Hop! Bella Grace is the newest addition to the family of fabulous magazines from Stampington. You can find the inaugural issue right here. If you are new to my blog, another hearty welcome to you... so glad you came to visit!

 
Bella Grace is about life's beautiful adventures. It's about noticing the beauty and grandeur of simple things and making them a part of daily observations, inspirations, adventures, creativity, gratitude, and more. You have to read the beautiful articles of this magazine to really know how they touch your heart.
 
I have always been fascinated by light. As a child, I spent hours looking at black and white family photos. Took a while to know that I loved the play of light in those photos just as much as the people in them. Loved how the soft light came through the East-facing windows in the morning and how the balcony lit up in a fiery dance of light every evening in our Calcutta apartment. I have always loved Monet, loved how he captured light in his paintings. I was never fond of the dark. But when I started getting migraines after my son was born, I began to appreciate darkness. The dance of light and dark took on new meaning since. It wasn't just natural, but very personal as well.
 
I love to make art journals. I love mixed media. Whatever touches me, I express the feelings through my art journals. The spread below is about light and dark centering around a quote by Walt Whitman.
Light and dark are a miracle and a mystery to me.
 
 
 
You can win a copy of Bella Grace, thanks to the generosity of Stampington. Leave a comment to this post by 9/14 telling me your thoughts about light and dark. And don't forget to check back on 9/15 to see if you won. Good luck to all of you :)

32 comments:

Kif said...

I'm loving this blog hop as I find such amazing artists and writers! Your pieces inspire!

I haven't thought about light and dark so much from an artists perspective. I love shadows and how they creep along the floor and create their own story. I love the long rays of sun in the evenings - reaching almost yearning to have one last lingering touch before the setting.

Jamie D. said...

To me, Light represents the morning, a new day and a new beginning. Dark represents night, a time to shut down and a time of rest for my soul.

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Bella Grace!

egg said...

I have always been fascinated by the play of light and dark -- I always wanted to know what the 'dark' was covering up, and still do! I think the same holds true for light and dark moods in people. The light moods I can figure out, but what causes us to have 'dark' moods which we never share with others! Eternally a puzzle!

Deb said...

Love waking up early while still dark outside and seeing the light begin to stream through the window.
Beautiful journal pages and soft colour palette.

Lori Stokes Wright said...

Light....Sun Goddess
Dark.....Moon Goddess
Found your blog at the Bella Grace hop, so glad I did, love it!

Sue Kosec said...

Hey Mou! Thanks so much for this great opportunity. ALL of Stampington's magazines are worth every penny. I peruse each page over and over again. I'd love to win this new magazine so that I can lose myself between the covers.

Hmmmmmmmmm - dark and light, you ask? That's a tough one, for sure. I love light - especially bright sunlight. Darkness ... not so much.

LOVE your journal pages - love everything you create. I've been a follower for a long time and won't be stopping until you do. But please don't!

SuZeQ

Rebecca Ednie said...

I love bright sunlight as it seems to rejuvenate me. And I love the dark too, at least when I'm relaxing in my bed! It represents peace for me.

cathy @ ma vie trouvee said...

I love the light of the early morning - esp when I wake up in a new city and see the colors reflecting on the landscape. Your collages are lovely. Thanks for the chance to win - I am curious about Stampington's new mag!

Clau Gabrielle said...
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Clau Gabrielle said...

Light and darkness, darkness without light ... I always thought that when you love art the key is to never stop shining. Thank you!

Marisa said...

Photography is my chosen art form. My favorite photos have darkness and depth to them, yet the subject has a luminous light around/behind them, and the eyes sparkle.

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Stargirl said...

I love dappling. Walking in the cool darkness of the shade and looking down to see the round patches of sunlight that have filtered thru to make a lovely design on the ground. It's the best of light and dark together.

Kim Wells said...

Light and Dark can mean a lot of things...it can be what is interpreted visually within nature..a photograph, or a painting. Or, it can be about emotions--our journey through life--all of which I like to express through writing and art--it sets me free and allows me to breathe.

SharonH said...

My family has always liked black and white movies. It's the play of shadows that I remember in "Casablanca" more that the plot or script.

I had not heard of Bella Grace. I haven't been out shopping much in the last few months. I'd love to win a copy.

I have always admired your scrapbook pages and can recognize them as yours most of the time.

srjames said...

Without dark there would be no light, as each exists by the absence of the other. To me, some of the most powerful photographic images are those of/in black and white (Ansel Adams springs to mind) - where greys serve as both sunlight and shadows. My favorite light? Autumn's muted gold and slanted rays, when it seems like the distance between "here" and "there" is so shortened that one could almost reach out and touch "the other side." Blessings for/on your vision.

Gill K said...

I love the long light evenings in summer when there seems so much time to enjoy the beauty around us. I also enjoy the dark winter evenings when we close the curtains & light the lamps. The evening lies ahead of us with cosy throws, books to read & conversations to share.
So pleased to have discovered your blog through this blog hop. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Bella Grace.

Sandie Luck said...

How delighted I am for your encouragement, Mou, to dwell on LIGHT and DARK! Each has its purpose in bringing us to LIFE and to RENEWAL. My eyes are drawn to the subtle and distinct nuances that are created by both vieing for the same space yet they each can hold their own!! What a wonder!!!
How eager I am to find & peruse BELLA GRACE!
Joyfully....~Sandie

kimmysue said...

When I went to art school, I learned that your eye is always attracted to the lightest light next to the darkest dark. So, while my post is not about the metaphorical aspect of light and dark, it's practical from an artist's perspective.

anab said...

Hello Mou! it's so nice to know you and visit your blog :)

and on to the light,

... the presence and absence of light always amaze me. i just love what it does, or it's effects on different surfaces, things, human beings, plants, animals, etc. i love it's versatility to see/view/perceive something or someone in various ways with it's presence or absence. truly, light is something that will always make me feel a sense of wonder :)

Laurie said...

I love your art journals! I love light and how it plays with flowers and plants. It is my favorite thing about photography.

SallyAnn Bruce said...

I love how the early morning light shines through my lace curtains and leaves a lovely picture on my bathroom wall.
And even though I really don't like winter I do appreciate the color blue that seems to cover the snow right before it gets dark.
Thanks for your inspiration.

Kim said...

The most special aspect of contrasting light and dark is right as the sun sets. The sky dances with the most beautiful array of yellows, oranges, and reds that illuminates the sky with this magical light. It's such a contrast to just before the sun sets. Then as if the show were to continue, all becomes dark with the night sky. It only last for about 15 minutes or so, but the show between light and dark is such an amazing juxtaposition.

J.B. said...

How lovely to see your beautiful work, and I love the question about light and dark. The past two years I have been willing to see and journal about my shadow/darkness...and now I want to focus more on the light. Art like yours provides inspiration and encouragement for me to find more Light in my day and in my spirit, thank you so much.

Amy Webster said...

I crave the lightness but yearn for the darkness

Beautiful pages!

Nana said...

I find, especially as I get older, that I seek light. I want to brighten things, greet the sunrise, open the curtains, and let my own light shine. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Bella Grace!

Cami said...

I love to wake up with the sun and watch the light come up through the trees. The brightest summer sunlight has always been my favorite, but I'm learning more and more about the place darkens has in life. Without it, what would light be anyway?

mayagurl said...

Light & dark... one can't exist without the other. They complete each other.

Anonymous said...

When so much of life is not black and white, I love how concrete light and dark are. Like the crisp edges of my shadow on a sunny sidewalk.

Seattlemom said...

My thoughts on light and dark are kind of metaphysical.... we need both. Dark brings the light. We cannot have the beauty of light without the moments of darkness.
Beautiful blog...lovely thoughts.

Pat Langley said...

Light and Dark; Ying and Yang...

Barbara said...

I thought I left a comment yesterday but I will leave another just in case. Light and dark reminds me of yin and yang, the balance of life. Shedding light on new ideas, bringing the eye to your focal point in painting emotions. Power