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Outdoor Metal Wall Art – Beach House Style!

Flora and fauna are the subject of two prints I photographed. This dragonfly with hearts was photographed at Sandy Lake in Nova Scotia. It hovered on this stalk of grass almost as if it was posing! I love this image so much that I enlarged and printed it on aluminum. The metal adds a depth and luminosity that is so different from a print on paper.

Dragonfly metal photo by Doris Lovadina-Lee on white shiplap wall with flowers

8 advantages of Aluminum Prints:

  • waterproof
  • durable
  • scratch-resistant
  • lightweight
  • heat resistant
  • longevity
  • fade proof
  • modern

There are so many places to hang these beautiful and durable pieces. With only one nail or screw required they are also very easy to install. The dragonfly and Queen Anne’s Lace metal prints be available soon in my online shop.

12 best places to hang Metal Wall Art:

  • outdoors
  • cottages
  • beach houses
  • pool houses
  • patios
  • lanais
  • courtyards
  • porches
  • decks
  • boats
  • bathrooms
  • kitchens
photograph of Queen Anne's Lace printed on aluminum by doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada artist hanging on white wooden wall with a planter of flowers

Queen Anne’s Lace is considered to be an invasive weed, but I love this flower. It’s so light and airy. This photo was taken in Margaretsville, Nova Scotia. I isolated the bloom from a large snowy white bank of them.


More of the Flora and Fauna series greeting cards available in my shop, have a look around!

Chakra series note cards

I am happy to be making my series of Chakra quilts available on blank note cards. Photographs of my art quilts are mounted on heavy weight card stock with matching envelope. 

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means wheel of light. These spinning centres of vitality move energy up through our bodies keeping our physical, spiritual, and emotional selves in harmony. 

Danielle's chakra quilt wallhanging blue figure on green and turquoise background by toronto ontario artist doris leeDanielle’s Quilt was the first chakra quilt I designed and made for my sister-in-law whose body was out of alignment – she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Each chakra is appliqued in the colours and symbols associated with that area of the body.
blank note card from doris lovadina-lee's original art quilt The Vibrant Path
The Vibrant Path quilt was entered into the Sacred Threads Exhibit and I documented the process in previous posts.
Chakra Quilt female figure with red and orange background seated on lotus blank card lovadina-lee

The Chakra Quilt above was a commissioned piece. It is the largest in this series at 90″ by 105″. I love the flames of orange and red behind the seated figure!

radiant light quilt on blank art card by doris lovadina-lee

Radiant Light was purchased by a healthcare professional and is hanging in their office. This quilted art piece has also been published in the book: Quilts and Health by Marsha MacDowell, Clare Luz, and Beth Donaldson. More about this quilt and book is in this post

art quilt photo on blank greeting card doris lovadina-lee

Simplifying the chakra symbols into their most basic elements, I used hand dyed fabrics to create Modern Mosaic Chakra.

Each blank note card is 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5″ x 7″) and comes with an envelope. This Chakra series of cards as well as the Flora & Fauna series are available in my shop.

Flower photo greeting cards

While on vacation this summer, I took many, many photographs. I especially enjoyed photographing the beautiful flowers we saw on our travels. 

photograph of Queen Anne's Lace by doris lovadina-lee on blank notecard

Each photo is mounted on heavy weight card stock with a beautiful embossed border.

photo of orange lily by doris lovadina-lee on blank greeting card

These original cards are blank inside so you can write your own personal message.

photograph of butterflies and purple flowers by doris lovadina-lee on blank note cards

Each photo is an original print from the countryside of the East Coast of Canada.


Perfect for:

Happy Birthday wishes
Get Well Soon greetings
Thank You notes
Happy Anniversary congratulations

photograph of fuchsias by doris lovadina-lee on blank note cards

Each note card is 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5″ x 7″) and comes with an envelope. I will be adding these cards and more to my shop soon. Stop by and have a look.

Snow dyeing photography shoot

I am working on a final photography project and have shot a lot of images. Thank goodness, my camera is digital. I can’t imagine how much film I would have had to process and then discard! red blue yellow black dyes in pewter cups on fence doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada

These are three photographs I took this weekend that won’t be including in the final cut. 

yellow dye in pewter cup on fence with branches toronto ontario canada photo shoot
Although I won’t be using these photos, I am very happy with the results and wanted to share them with you.red dye on ice close up doris lovadina-lee toronto textile artist photo shoot

My plan is to take photographs in natural light. But, with the weather not cooperating, I will need to think creatively in order to finish this project. Unfortunately, moving to sunnier, tropical climates is not an option at this time!

Self Portraits

How do we see ourselves? This is one of the questions I needed to answer in order to create a series of self portraits for a photography assignment. There are so many ways to answer the question!

We often define ourselves by our work and our family. There is truth that we see ourself in relation to others. We are multifaceted and depending on the day and the person we are interacting with, who we are changes.

I changed my mind a few times during the process of photographing this assignment and I finally submitted a total of seven photographs, four of which I am posting. 

dyed hand holding blue hand dyed rayon linen scarf by doris lovadina-lee

hands stitching a fuchsia red scarf doris lovadina lee

hands holding coffee cup with moka in background by doris lovadina-lee

hand caressing a young boy's head by doris lovadina-lee

Artist Statement

Creating a self portrait is a daunting task. How much do you reveal of yourself?

Portrait photography is a photograph or series of photos that captures the essence of the subject. Through this series of photographs I am capturing myself as a Maker.

I was told that my hands are ‘golden’, they create beautiful things. Taking ordinary materials, hands transmute them into objects that are greater than the parts. Hands produce, fashion, create, soothe, and comfort. 

The photographs reveal glimpses of how I view myself as a maker. I Placed myself in the same window with the same background and isolated my hands so that the focus was on the various tasks, some that I do routinely. Others are not tasks, but are essential to nourishing my creativity. Light plays an important role in making, as it is vital to see clearly what your hands are creating. Daylight is used to capture and highlight each image, revealing and shadowing the images. 

Finally my hands create what my mind has already conjured.

 

What would your self portrait look like?

Look up – Ceilings as Inspiration

We don’t often walk around looking up to see what is above our heads. If we looked up more often we would see some beautiful and inspirational ceilings.

Ceilings as inspiration for:

  • applique
  • shapes
  • blocks
  • block settings
  • quilting designs
  • colour palettes
  • textures
  • layouts

Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario, cupola made with stained glass
Stained glass cupola in Casa Loma

Cupola design of Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal
Cupola in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

painted medallion in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal
Medallion in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

ceiling squares in the Cathedral: Mary, Queen of the World, Montréal
Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

detail of wood ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal
Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

stencilled and painted wood detail from Notre-Dame de Montréal church ceiling
Wooden ceiling detail in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Stenciled ceiling designs in Notre-Dame de Montréal church
Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wood ceiling panels hand painted in Notre-Dame de Montréal
Painted wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Notre-Dame de Montréal painted square wood panels
Painted wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Notre-Dame cathedral in Montréal's diamond shaped woo ceiling
Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

underneath walkway with metal supports and planks
Wood ceiling

I love the colour and texture of this ceiling. It is the underside of an outdoor warehouse structure in the Port of Old Montreal.

Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain domed ceiling in hallway
Ceiling of Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain

So, look up! You never know when something will spark an idea for your next project.

 

Vacation inspirations

Many of us have hundreds of photographs taken during our vacations. Digital cameras have made it easy to take and store images. How often do you go back and look at them?

cement tiles in turquoise, brown and white on floor in Mexico
Mayan Riviera tile

Looking through holiday pictures can stimulate creativity. Look closely and see what design ideas are hiding in plain sight.

ceiling trusses of the palapa in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Patterns on tiles, floors and ceilings can inspire quilt blocks or quilting designs.

turquoise glaze on a ceramic jar in lobby of hotel in the Mayan Riviera
Mayan Riviera jar

The patina and colours found in pottery and nature can inspire unique colour palettes and applique shapes.

veins of a leaf of a tropical plant in mexico
Mayan Riviera leaf

The texture of bark  can inspire a machine or hand quilting pattern.

bark of a tree trunk in Mexico
Mayan Riviera tree trunk

fossils embedded in walls of hotel in the Mayan Riviera
Mayan Riviera fossils

Look back at your vacation photographs, enjoy reminiscing and then take a closer look at all the designs that inspire your creativity!

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