Karen Olson offers another ‘It’s a Still Life’ photography workshop this year with a celebration of summer. After a long hard winter, summer is certainly something to celebrate! What better way than to capture it in all its glory!!
Has a photograph ever stirred your soul? Has a scene ever begged to be etched into memory? Have you ever reflected on the role art plays in your everyday life? Still life photography is about more than fruits, flowers, and styling; today, still life photography is mindfulness, playfulness and, yes, stillness. It is a medium that encourages the creative process, that leads artists to a place of emotional healing and growth.
Our day will begin at The Art Loft with coffee and conversation, a discussion on seeing the artist within, pushing past our inner critic, discovering a sense of possibility. Then we dive in: soft and dreamy, dark and moody, backlight, sidelight, we explore it all with a gathering of local fruits and flowers. We will talk camera settings and lighting as well as composition.
Late afternoon, we head out to Karen’s home and gardens in the town of Hope for flower photography and nature inspired lifestyle photography with a model.
The following morning an additional Lightroom session is available which will include an in-depth editing tutorial. Sign up here for the Lightroom class – Lightroom Essentials and Beyond
If you are absolutely new to Lightroom, consider taking the class Getting Started with Lightroom.
The workshop runs on Saturday, June 24th from 9:00 – 5:00. A light lunch on Saturday will be provided. For more details visit Karen’s website at renukostyle.com
About your instructor – Karen Olson
Modern day still life photography is often connected with mindfulness, stillness, and playfulness. My own experience with the art form has led me to a place of emotional healing and growth. The creative process is such an amazing thing! Our very being compels us to create. It is the means by which we make sense of the world. Each creative endeavor or personal expression brings clarity and sight, revealing who we are, and who we were meant to be.
When we give ourselves permission to play, we begin to realize how essential it is for our well-being. The benefits are immeasurable! We become more productive overall, contentment is easier to find. Satisfied with our creative accomplishments, we go about daily living with more confidence, ease, and grace.
With this mindset, I go about creating art.
Karen Olson is a photographer, writer, and still life stylist. She teaches still life photography workshops on the coast of Maine, online, and abroad. Karen’s work has been published in several online sites and national magazines including Bangor Daily News and Bella Grace. She writes an engaging blog entitled ‘Renuko Style,’ discussing creativity, exploring emotion, and offering photography tools and tutorials. Her blog was featured in Stamptington Publications magazine ‘Artful Blogging.’ Her book, ‘Photo Therapy: Exploring Emotion with Photography,’ was recently released on Kindle and iBooks.
Karen has been involved in the Midcoast Maine community arts scene for more than 20 years. She is operations director for The Art Loft, a community art space in Rockland, Maine. Her work is currently available in several Maine galleries and online. She will be teaching in Tuscany in October with Arts and Cultural Travel. Visit her website at renukostyle.com Follow her on Instagram @renukostyle
Our very being compels us to create things. It is the means by which we make sense of the world. Each method or medium, each creative endeavor or personal expression brings clarity and sight.”
~ Karen Olson