Story Behind the Picture: Bicycle Lights

February 27th, 2015

Some of my very favorite pieces have come about accidentally, and “Bicycle Lights” is indeed one of those unintentional happy moments. We were walking in Trastevere – one of my very favorite places in Rome – and, as usual, I was snapping pictures constantly (my husband and children have learned to walk at a slow pace and to be prepared to stop every fifteen seconds when I’m in Photographer Mode). As I snapped away at the beautiful buildings around me, I had my back turned to this bicycle and I nearly walked past it. In fact, I did walk past, but then decided to circle back and take two photographs…you know, just in case.

Several months later, the owner of a lovely little store that carries my work asked if I happened to have any art with bicycles. At first, I said I didn’t…until this image suddenly popped into my head. Even though it was frigid and dark outside the walls of my studio, I remembered the warmth of that early evening sun, the sounds of laughter and conversation drifting from the nearby cafe tables as people enjoyed their aperitivi (a glass of wine and finger foods) that would tide them over until the later dinner hour arrived. I was never so happy to revisit a library of photographs as I was the night I worked on this piece, sprinkling a little magic into it so this bicycle in that quiet little corner became as beautiful as my memories of that day.

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MKC Photography Nominated for 2015 Eco-Choice Award

December 16th, 2014

With the 2015 fast approaching and new art and designs on the way for both the American Made Show (booth #606) and NY Now (booth #9555), I’ve just had the exciting news that my brand-new table runner design, “Keys,” has been nominated for the “Most Sellable” award by GIFT SHOP Magazine. Voting is open through January 9th, so if you have a minute to click here or on either image and cast your ballot for       MKC Photography, that would be fantastic!

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Story Behind the Picture: Four and Twenty Blackbirds

December 12th, 2014

In Oxford, England – a place I once called my home – on the corner of Ship and Cornmarket Streets, there exists a lovely row of buildings that haven’t changed since the Tudor era. They lean ever-so-slightly over the street below, and every time I walked or cycled past them, I would smile, as they seemed to belong more in a nursery rhyme than in the heart of a bustling little city.

This spring, I traveled back to Oxford with my youngest son, and I was most happy to find that he, too, loved this particular corner as much as I always did. I like to imagine that Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll), J.R.R. Tolkien, or C.S. Lewis once paused to admire this same charming little row of houses. Next time I return, I will surely visit this same spot and stand in the shadow of the lovely buildings that will continue to lean forward over Cornmarket Street long after we all have gone.

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December 2014 Newsletter

November 28th, 2014

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October 30th, 2014

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Story Behind the Picture: In Flight

October 17th, 2014

I adore gulls. Not necessarily when they are swooping down from above and stealing your child’s sandwich out of his hands, but rather when they are whirling and hunting and calling out to one another as they ride the waves of the air. Nothing declares more clearly “you are finally at the seaside” than the song of their voices. Just be sure to hide your peanut butter and jelly sandwich when it comes time for lunch.

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October 2014 Newsletter

September 30th, 2014

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August 29th, 2014

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July 1st, 2014

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Story Behind the Picture: Butterfly Sky

June 27th, 2014

I’ve noticed something interesting in the past year – butterflies seem to make an appearance when I least expect them. Whether it’s in my work or in my garden, they seem to seek out my company. A little while ago, I spied something fluttering in our hydrangea leaves: it was a butterfly, partially entangled in a spider’s web. She kept trying to escape, but part of her wings were nearly fused together by the strength of the spider’s silk.

I normally don’t interfere with Mother Nature, but I admit to being very sentimental about these creatures and I decided to help. She stopped fluttering when I approached, and I unentangled her as best I could without actually touching her. She climbed into my hands once she was free, and I could see she had remnants of silk fibers still adhering to her wings. I gently set her on the sidewalk, where she proceeded to drag her wings along the cement, which was the perfect solution: the rough pavement caught at the silk and trapped it as she moved, allowing her to free herself from the rest of the fibers.

I ran back inside to fetch my camera, and captured a few images before she tested her wings and found them ready for flight.

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