Photography by Lola Gentry-Dey. All rights reserved. The other day I found a treasure of old photos, some of my old blog posts I’d saved on Microsoft Word, and a plethora of unfinished poetry. Since then, I’ve been rescuing my blog posts and adding them to my site. I deleted those old posts years ago
Category: Lola’s Art
Oil painting by Lola Gentry-Dey. All rights reserved. Forgive my excitement if it seems like I’m bragging, but I’m excited right now with my latest accomplishment. I love it when a painting I do ends up well. That doesn’t happen often. But I stayed focused all the way. I’m sure it was because of my
Art by Lola Gentry-Dey. All rights reserved. I took a “Drawing Cartoons” class when I was a kid because I used to draw them in my school notebooks when I was supposed to be paying attention to my teachers. I was a big daydreamer. Luckily, ADD wasn’t a big social issue then, so I was
Photography by Lola Gentry-Dey. All rights reserved. Is photography art? If so, when does a photograph become art? And who decides? Is it when we want a photograph framed and hanging in our homes that it becomes art? I’m considering adding some of my photography to this blog. But I’m undecided on whether to add
Artwork by Lola Gentry-Dey. All rights reserved. It feels good to blog again about my poems and art. Although I have been blogging since 1996, I feel like a stranger blogging again and reaching out and meeting new bloggers here at WordPress. I pen mostly free verse poetry—poems written in open forms sometimes called “Naked
Geometric drawing by Lola Gentry-Dey. All rights reserved. Here is an abstract-type self-portrait drawing from when I quit trying to fit in with others and learned how to fit in with me.
Forgive me for bragging but I was a recent recipient of the beautiful digital painting pictured here, a masterful piece of art by a talented artist at WordPress. See paintdigi. I’m very proud to have won, and excited that I’m allowed to reproduce it into a physical piece of art to hang in my house.
I spent the weekend drawing and painting while my husband took the kids during the days for some bonding. After morning chores and I had the house to myself on Saturday, I relaxed and napped for a few hours before I scribbled and doodled in my sketchbook. I had so much fun at doing nothing
The month of July has been a personal appreciation of art. At the beginning of the month, I challenged myself to make one piece of art or create an artistic photograph for each day of the month. By a stroke of good luck, I accomplished that challenge, though I didn’t post every piece of art
Finger painting. We’ve all done it. Wasn’t it fun? What more can I say about something that’s so simple to do, so relaxing, and brings so much fun to the table (or wherever you do art)? I paint with acrylic paints but I give my children colored yogurt to paint with. We paint with all
Let’s talk about manipulating digital images. That’s a real thorn for photography purists who hate even macro photography. But I don’t think there are any of those dinosaurs still around. I think every old photographer alive today has digitized their stock photos and then manipulated the hell out of them in Photoshop or other image-editing
Here are more photographs. Today’s theme is water. I have a deep love and respect for water. I grew up around it, lived on it, and traveled to some of its depths. If ever I were a fictional character, I would be a mermaid with the ability to have legs to walk the shore. Best
I am sharing some latest photographs after browsing some vacation files on my camera. Enjoy.
Light and shadow create form, which makes drawn or painted objects look three-dimensional. Too much of either one in your drawings or paintings flattens and distorts the images. Many early drawings I did were flat and distorted. It was frustrating and caused me to quit drawing. Then an art teacher told me to put a
A problem I have with soft-lead graphite pencils is going too dark and making my drawings “muddy.” On the other side of the spectrum, hard-lead graphite pencils don’t go dark enough. Other problems with soft-lead pencils are they lose their points fast and the graphite smudges easily on the paper if I touch it. Still,
Several months have passed since I posted any sunset photographs. Don’t worry, I’m correcting that oversight now. Below are 4 beautiful photographs taken during a sunset at one of my favorite lake getaways. I could carry on forever why I love sunsets on water, but I’ll let the photos speak for me. Enjoy.
By now you know I love mountains. They are beautiful to look at and dangerous to be on. Sometimes the best beauty is viewed at from afar. And sometimes beauty must be seen up close. Beauty is found indoors. Sometimes we trek many miles looking for beauty. Beauty is everywhere, day
I love mountains, woods, water … and boating. One of Alaska’s biggest moneymaking exploits. I’m not a fan, but my family loves it. Big skies, wilderness and water are perfect getaways. Photographing nature is looking and seeing. Big places to live among bigger nature. Finally, a look at the modern
I could live all my life on beaches. Below are 4 of many favorite beach photographs from my collection. Pebbly beaches and woods are the perfect campsites. Rocky beaches are great places to hear nature singing. Sandy beaches are for lovers and joggers… and people who wish to be alone with their thoughts. Woody lake
No matter where I go, I am fascinated by rocks. I suppose I missed my calling and should have become a geologist like my friend Ann. Ann loves investigating rocks. I love Ann. Mix rocks with water and I’m gone, like the guy in my photograph!
A funny picture of Neon, one of my cousin Candi’s cats. He always had to investigate the Christmas tree and make sure the branches held his weight. And he was particular about which ornaments went on the branches. Whatever didn’t end up on the floor were the ones he liked—at least, that was our conclusion.
Sometimes you never know who—or what—you’re going to meet on the road.
The swan is another favorite majestic bird of mine. It is a royal creature that has mystical allurement—it instantly commands my attention when I see one. And I have seen plenty of swans in my 32 years, especially at ponds and lakes when I lived in New York.
When I lived in southwest New York, the state reintroduced the Bald Eagle into the environment. I don’t know how many eagles were brought in or where the state placed them, but this grand fellow became a common sight in the sky over my cabin. I took lots of photos, but most were blurry. These
The best thing about being away from California’s coast is visiting large lakes. This is Lake Erie in New York, not far from where some of my relatives live. Not as warm or rocky, but still nice to look at—and to relax at.
The bovine is one of the most curious creatures I know. These two were no exception on the day I was photographing butterflies in western New York and Pennsylvania.
The red fox is a favorite animal to observe. They are attentive and cautious like cats, are solitary and hunt like cats, and are listed by science as canines. I think our scientist need to rethink and reclassify the fox’s taxonomy.
UK terrain reminds me of south NY terrain so much that I have quick moments of déjà vu.
Another out-of-focus sunset snapshot. Despite its technical flaws, I love this photograph—the golds and reds are fading and the darkening blues speak of the promise of night and the solitude there. That’s where the artist is most at home: alone with herself but never lonely.
I snapped this photo at my grandparents’ farm 10 years ago. I’ve always wanted to try painting a scene like this. Someday, I may.
Water, skies and sunsets are probably the definitive measurements of what makes me happiest.
I love and fear flying—it’s a total rush!
My camera’s focus was off when I took this photo. Maybe the face on the tree didn’t want me taking its picture. I’m always fascinated by Native American lore—lots of magic and symbolism in it. I wonder who carved the face and why. Is it a totem? I say it is, but I’m only guessing.
She really does … by the seashore, but you probably already guessed that.
Seeing eye-catching things while traveling causes me to grab my camera and click away on the fly. It’s best that my husband drives us when I’m on the road. He’s getting better at slowing down when he sees me grab my camera.
To be a child again and to hear the waves singing to us. The awestruck wonder of it all—a beautiful and sobering and absolutely exciting time in life. No one is ever the same person after hearing ocean songs.
I love water and how it speaks and sings to us. Waterfalls sing beautiful symphonies.
Nothing is more beautiful than sailing across sunset water.
I like photographing nature from a bird’s-eye view. It’s a godlike vantage to stand tall over our world and to see its beauty from that perspective. We were born without wings, but our imaginations soar with the gods.
This adorable rubber creature was chosen to watch over the countryside.
Flocking at the lake shore.
A sign not far from my home in Leeds.
A winter storm, Southwest New York.
I love how this digital photograph turned out. I never know what my sunset pictures will look like. Most of the time I leave my camera on automatic, then point and shoot. Sometimes I use the flash. And sometimes I use the extra settings, like night and sunny day modes, among others. The mystery
A cabin of mine in southwest New York.
Woods near my cabin. I love that first snowfall.
A summer flood not far from my New York cabin.
This is at Lake Erie and Erie PA.
While on vacation with my cousin Candi, I decided to photograph her feet. We walked miles that day, and our feet suffered. Pampered baths ensued at the end of the day.
I do not remember where I photographed this at, but I recall how I wanted a pool like this at home.
Wow! 9 weeks have passed already. Crabs— What would the 4th of July be without a night at the beach, watching fireworks and eating crab around a fire? You know you’re from the seacoast if that’s how you spend the holiday. The crab photo here was taken during a hunt at Key West, Florida. For
I love being in and on water as much as being on land. Sailing— My dad was in the Navy and owned a few boats, so I got to sail with him. One of our favorite songs was Sailing by Christopher Cross. When I think of my dad, I hear the song’s beautiful piano and
The number one rule of thumb is: Sharks Own the Oceans— Today is Father’s Day. In memory of my dad, I dedicate today’s post to him. He was the first person to teach me how to dive. Although he died in a car accident because of a negligent driver, safety was always top priority to
Yuck, icky, gross: Eels— Eels are just eww. And the Spotted White Moray Eel is no exception. If you see any eels during your dives, leave them alone. Though they are usually timid and hide, the morays are known to be aggressive. Their bites are far from lethal, but moray eels are toxic and their bites
Here is a common reef fish: The Porkfish— These beauties are distinguished by their bright yellow-gold striped bodies and two vertical bold black diagonal bands on their head. The bands on the head both hide the eyes and serve to disorient predators. Porkfish can often be found in a small group swimming with a larger
This week’s photo is, I do believe, from my trip to Australia. The Pacific has gorgeous reefs around the islands. And where there are reefs, there is coral. And where there is coral in the Pacific, there are… Clownfish— The fish in my photo is a single striped clownfish that has caused disagreement between some
I said last week that coral is both beautiful and dangerous to be around. I was lucky enough to take some beautiful photos of my diving adventures 3 years ago. I Love Coral— You never know what creatures you will see. Well, unless you happen to be a marine biologist. These biologists have a plethora
This is week 2 of some of my favorite diving photos from 3 years ago, scattered over 6 months of sightseeing weekends. My dives were in southern Florida, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Australia. All of these places have beautiful coral beds. If you’ve never dived, find a good teacher and learn how. Make it part
On this Mother’s Day, I’d like doing something different. For the next 9 weeks, I’d like sharing my favorite diving photos from 3 years ago. I was lucky enough to get a hold of some good underwater cameras. Some of them were used by professional photographers. Shark— This is a Dusky Shark swimming in the
Goofing around on my computer with a graphics program. Love how blurry the picture is. Brings out the cold really well!
I have been trying out some new watercolor paints. I think this is one of my better experiments. This is a lake not far from where my dad grew up. I love the bands of pink in the clouds.