I love to find things that help me, you know, good resources to take advantage of. Here's the Hill Faerie Good Stuff page...it will be updated regularly. Always work in progress...
Beyond Excellent Books-Non Fiction
"The War of Art" by: Stephen Pressfield
"The Law of Divine Compensation"
"The Gifts of Imperfection" Brene' Brown
"The Big Leap" Gay Hendricks
"The Artist's Way" Julia Cameron
"Succulent Wild Woman" SARK
"The Weight of Glory" C.S.Lewis
(this is an incredible essay)
"Abba's Child" Brennan Manning
Inspirational and Helpful Websites/Blogs
Shiloh Sophia McCloud
Favorite Artists and Photographers
Henri Bresson Cartier-Photographer
John Singer Sargent-American painter
Mary Cassat-American Painter
Caravaggio-17th century Italian Painter
Camille Pissarro-French Impressionist Painter
Berthe Morisot-French Impressionist Painter
Gems in the Garden...
Hostas-especially the giant varieties and those with strips and colors on the leaves.
Bleeding Hearts-both red and white
Jack in the Pulpit
Yellow Lady Slipper
Day Lilies-triploids have the best color
Old Fashioned Peonies and Lilacs
Best Cut Flowers to grow
There is nothing like a good story to take a girl miles away...
"Outlander" Series- Diana Gabaldon
My favorite escape reading
"The Pendragon Cycle" - Stephen Lawhead
Arthurian myth and legend
"The Song of Albion" - Stephen Lawhead
"The Rembrandt Affair" - Daniel Silva
Love most all of Daniel Silva's books-spy thrillers with an art twist
"The Swan Theives" - Elizabeth Kostova
"The Historian" - Elizabeth Kostova
The freebies have a page all their own now-more room, more blessings for you! Click here to be transported and inspired...
The first camera I every bought was a little used Konica rangefinder. It was something like $60, and the flash thing did not work. I was all of 17 years old and thrilled with myself....I don't know what I did with that little gem, it disappeared in the midst of getting married and moving, I think.
Since then, I have always owned and used Canon cameras. My first SLR was a Canon AE-1. It still have it. It's special and I will never part with it. I was very pregnant with our second child, and we were oh so broke. With all my heart I had been wanting an SLR, a nice camera so I could get serious about making photographs. I thought it was light years away from me...one Saturday, my husband and I stopped in at a camera store in a neighboring city, I thought we were just going to look around. My beloved surprised me, and bought the me the AE-1. With a nice long lens too. I was speechless. That was almost 30 years ago, I used the heck out of that thing-the camera went lots of places with me, including a trip to the other side of the world. It was a neckbreaker-heavy. But quite indestructible. It still works just fine, but finding the battery that controls the auto shutter and aperture is a bit tricky.
I have an auto focus Canon Rebel T2 SLR film camera. It was a nice camera and I still have that too. Did not use it long, because I wanted a digital-I liked the idea of not processing film.
My husband had gotten to the point where he did not care about the expense of a digital (SLR). They were more expensive when I bought mine. He was certain that the camera could pay for itself in a very short time, because there was no film to buy and process....he was right. I bought a Canon Digital Rebel XT in 2005. It has traveled to Europe and back 3 times and all over the eastern US. I use it almost daily, and love it with all my heart. The camera has always functioned well for me, but I did learn the hard way that the memory cards could end up being defective. I have an 18-55mm short lens and a 75-300mm long lens. I always use Canon lenses. There are less technical glitches if you put a Canon lens on a Canon camera.
I wanted to run two batteries, so I didn't have to charge all the time-especially while traveling. We bought a battery grip that mounts to the bottom of the camera. Made by Canon. Very slick, and I can go for weeks without have to charge things. Also makes the camera easier to hold for long periods of time. I tend to not like a neck strap, and use a small hand strap to hold the camera-it mounts onto the camera body and the battery grip. This has been useful when shooting weddings (so glad I don't do those anymore....)
I have a new camera on my wish list. My current friend is technology and she will poop out eventually. I am looking at a Canon 5D. This is the next step up from the Rebel. Faster response, more options. I will buy a Canon 28-400 lens with it. Expensive, yes. But I won't need to change lenses. This lens will do everything I need it to, except very close up work. I will be buying the battery grip to go with it. Until then, I am going to be glad for the beauty I do have, and happily keep shooting!
I also use a Canon photo printer. Pixma IP 6600D. Love it, works like a champ. A mid range photoprinter.
OK-I love cameras. I have an old camera collection as well. Before too long, I hope to photograph my guys and make page to display them here on my website...