Monarch butterfly emerges from chrysalis

Monarch butterflies have a way station in Orange County – 2018

Monarch Newborn

Plant it and they will come.

That’s certainly what happened this spring at our home in Orange County, California. We bought a milkweed plant, stuck it in the ground, watered it well and it bloomed. It became the host of many Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars. It was eaten voraciously and helped to produce several transformations from caterpillars into a chrysalis into Monarch butterflies.

In the photo above you can see the empty chrysalis next to the newly hatched butterfly. The hatchling is drying its wings so it can fly away. Until the wings are dry, it is most vulnerable to predators. It takes about one hour to complete this stage.

Monarch butterflies migrate from the cold climates of Canada and the northern USA beginning in September and arrive at their destination by Thanksgiving. The butterflies in the Eastern United States migrate to Mexico. Click here to see the overwintering sites in Mexico. Those west of the Rockies migrate to the California coast. Click here to find places to see Monarch Butterfly Groves in California.

 

Clay artist – Barbara Hanson Hawaii Island

Clay artist

In 1985 Barbara Hanson began the adventure of a self-taught polymer clay artist… And now she is loving her gallery in Holualoa’s Historic Pink Hotel!Clay Polymer leaves by clay artist Barbara Hanson

Holualoa’s Historic Pink Hotel can be found on the

Big Island

(otherwise known as Hawaii Island) in a trendy artist’s locale.

Art products

offered in Barbara’s gallery range from

jewelry, sculpture, wall hangings, vases, keychains, wine corks, bottle openers, salad tongs, barrettes, ornaments…

Barbara has returning customers and students who clamor for the skills that she so readily shares.

 

Clay polymer birds on a wire created by clay artist Barbara Hanson

JDP Hosts #PhotographyAMA Ask Me Anything!

JDP with #PhotographyAMA sign

JDP is hosting #PhotographyAMA Ask Me Anything starting July 22, 2018

AMA stands for “Ask-Me-Anything”. AMA is a “crowdsourced interview” where the community asks a host questions.

Julie is hosting her #PhotographyAMA beginning on July 22, 2018

It runs for 7 days, so get your questions in early. In fact, you can ask your questions right now. The answers won’t be published until the #PhotographyAMA goes live at noon on Sunday, July 22, but it will give me a headstart on answering your photography questions.

Read these insightful questions already submitted.

What it is you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?

What motivates you to continue taking pictures?

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

What, in your opinion, is most important to consider while shooting portrait pictures?

Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought? Why?

In your free time, what kind of pictures do you like to shoot and which ones do you avoid?

From your point of view, what makes a good picture?

Since the photography techniques and equipment change quickly, it is important to stay up-to-date. What do you do to always keep up with the times?

What do you think is the difference between a professional photographer and any other hobby photographer?

Join #PhotographyAMA @amafeed to see the answers beginning on July 22, 2018, noon Pacific Time

Painter Ana Peeks shares her work

Painter…

Painter Ana Peeks has been an artist for over twenty-eight years. Two of Ana’s aunts were oil painters and shared their talent with her during Ana’s teenage years. Master Artist Marge Yaros, Ana’s first art teacher, was a major influence in her style. Her favorite mediums are watercolor, acrylics and oil.

Ana’s work is impressionistic in style and her paintings are heavily driven by vibrant colors that invite the viewer to make their own interpretation of a painting and take a journey through a kaleidoscope of color.

Ana has shown her work at the Orange County Fair as well as two consecutive art shows at the Tustin Senior Center in Tustin, California.

You will see more of Ana’s paintings of landscapes, seascapes, nature, and wildlife in an upcoming art book.

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

At JDP Photography we produce images of

two and three dimensional art.

We deliver high-resolution files to the artist that enables them to create books or promotional materials or submit for juried shows.

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Do you have an art project that needs photography? Let’s

consult

to decide the best way to present your work.

Call Julie at 714-403-0945 or, better yet, send an email to julie@jdpphotography.com

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

HELPFUL HINTS

It is important that there is no glare on the artwork, no shadows, and that the colors are true to the original.

We will discuss everything required to deliver the digital files to your specifications.

Keep in mind that your smart phone photos are not good enough quality to submit to juried shows.

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

Painter Anna Peeks oil painting

 

 

Product photography ready for Amazon store

Product Photography ready for your Amazon Store

 

pandas ready for Amazon

Painter Anna Peeks mounted some of her paintings onto mugs for sale in her Amazon store. Here are other samples of her work.

 

landscape for Amazon store mug

jaguar 4-up Amazon

artwork on mug for Amazon

painting on mug for Amazon

blue artwork for Amazon mug

jaguar Amazon mug

jaguar painting on mug Amazon store

black jaguar Amazon store mug

I'm in a Jaguar State of Mind

orange jaguar mug Amazon store

green painting mug Amazon store

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you are ready to launch your Amazon store product, we can help you with the photography. It’s small product photography that we create in our studio on white background according to Amazon specifications.

 

 

Amazon provides site standards for product images and technical requirements at this link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning in San Joaquin Marsh

On a recent Saturday morning students from Santiago Canyon College/Community Services spent a couple of hours with me at the Irvine Ranch Water District’s San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. We learned about the natural cleaning of the water as it travels to the ocean, identified several species of birds and water fowl, and simply enjoyed the sunshine and sounds of nature.

Click here for more information about IRWD and San Joaquin Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary.

Julie is leading a similar session at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve currently scheduled for Saturday, July 29, 2017. For more details visit Santiago Canyon College/Community Services.

Hope to see you in the wilds of Orange County, California!