October 31 2015 Interview with Astrophotographer Amy Yetman

Guardian Angel by Amy Yetman.  Copyright Amy Yetman.  Used with permission.  www.Spierlingimages.ca
Guardian Angel by Amy Yetman. 

“Guardian Angel” Copyright Amy Yetman Speirling Images. Used with Permission

Amy Yetman is a local photographer whom I have had the great pleasure to get to know over the past year.  She specializes in capturing the incredible aurora borealis we experience here in Fort Nelson and loves to travel the world and capture her adventures with her camera.  Recently I sent her a list of questions and I was pleasantly surprised to learn she is as masterful with words as she is with her camera.  Amy will be the featured artist for the month of November at Whimsy Flowers.  You can find her contact information at the end of the interview.

Snowy Owl by Amy Yetman

“Snowy Owl” Copyright Amy Yetman – Speirling Images. Used with permission

What type of artist are you?

I am a time freezing specialist with slight abilities to adjust the time-space continuum; also known as a photographer. I am incredibly fortunate to have the ability to capture the beauty I see in the world and share it with others.

What does your current body of work speak to?  Are you working within a theme?

My current body of work is life themed, though I never intended for it to be that way. My photographs capture the beauty I see in the world, as I see it. Some photos are of wildlife, others of where we (and animals) live, others are the views from our favorite perches.

What are your favorite tool and materials to use.  Can you recommend any to other aspiring artists?

I have a fairly large kit bag due to the variety of what I shoot, but it’s easy to whittle it down if I know what I’m going to be shooting. For landscapes or night skies I prefer wide angle high aperture lenses; for wildlife I use a telephoto lens with a much longer focal length (on a crop sensor for added distance). When shooting people I prefer to use a full frame with a prime (high aperture) lens. I like to change up the lenses if I’m trying something artistic.

I don’t shoot people as often; if I do it tends to be someone I know well, since I want to capture their inner beauty as well as what I see outside. I tend to be a very private, quiet person so it takes a little while for me to figure out how to capture someone’s soul in one moment. It’s a beautiful thing when it all comes together though. My advice would be to know what you want to shoot, and pack/purchase accordingly.

Leave things as you found them so the next person can enjoy the scene as well. Learn your manual settings if you haven’t already; they will be your best friend. Never underestimate the power of the right settings and filter; it’s much easier to get it right in camera than it is to edit after the fact.

Super Blood Moon Eclipse by Amy Yetman

“Super Blood Moon Eclipse” Copyright Amy Yetman, Speirling Images, used with permission. All Rights reserved.

How has being an artist in Fort Nelson helped and hindered you?

Let me address the local skies first. The northern lights are both the joy and bane of my existence since moving here. They’re absolutely awe inspiring, as well as a challenge because they’re constantly changing (my settings often change from one capture to the next, depending on their speed and intensity). They also keep me up way past my bedtime, even though I still have to get up in the morning. The explanatory phrase ‘lights were out’ has become a common one, usually indicating that I need more coffee before having an actual conversation. The wildlife here is so diverse that it’s mind-blowing, as are the many backdrops (including the mountains). We are so incredibly lucky that there are no words for it. We have so little light pollution that we have great conditions for astrophotography, even within town limits. The Northern Rockies are a photographers paradise.

Fort Nelson itself has been incredibly supportive, as well as great for giving local photographers a variety of opportunities to hone their skills. While we’re far away from larger traditional galleries, we do have some galleries in the region, as well as support from local businesses, such as the Phoenix Theatre where my Speed of Life exhibition was held. The Visitors Centre and Whimsy’s carry my photos all year round. I had the privilege of working with Marl and the Historical Society on the Heritage Museum’s calendar last year, which was a really fun project. Since moving here I also got to shoot at the 2014 Trapper’s Rendezvous, 2014 Heritage Days at the Museum, and the 2014 Northern Rockies Triathlon in an official capacity. I was shooting at the 2014 Canadian Open Dog Sled Championship, the Family Fun Circus, the 2015 Mile 300 Figure Skating Carnival, and the 2015 Johnstone’s Fireworks Spectacular at the river for fun and a chance to shoot in different lighting conditions. One of my museum photos graces two of the street banners around town and many of my recent captures can be found in the Fort Nelson News.

Finding Light In The Darkness by Amy Yetman

“Finding Light in the Darkness” Copyright Amy Yetman, Speirling Images, used with permission. All Rights Reserved.

What feeds your creative fire?  Do you have any special activities or rituals you use to get your creativity going?  Any special places that inspire you?

Gratitude. Gratitude inspires me and feeds my creativity. Even on my worst days, I am so much better off than so many others in this world that I cannot help but be grateful. My basic needs are met, I have freedom, and I live in a place with medical care and many other benefits. I have sight and the ability to capture the beauty I see all around me, so I do. Waking up gets my creativity going. I am grateful just to be here. Every day that I wake up on the right side of the sod again is a good one. Sometimes the things I see are small, like a flower in the community garden. Sometimes they’re big, like northern lights that fill the skies, or a whale in the Atlantic Ocean (I came here by way of majestic Newfoundland). There is beauty everywhere in everything, & I want to document every bit of it that I see so everyone else can see it too. I think my only real ritual is grabbing my gear and running to get the shot before the opportunity passes. If I’m planning on shooting then it’s fun to take my time assembling my gear, but it’s usually a spur of the moment capture, especially with the northern lights.

What changes would you like to see for artists in the region?

There is so much talent here that I’d love to see more exposure and opportunity for local artists of all mediums. The skills displayed even just in Fort Nelson are overwhelming in their abundance.

Connection by Amy Yetman

“Connection” Copyright Amy Yetman, speirlingimages.ca. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

What words of encouragement or advice can you give to other local artists.

If you love working in your medium (whatever it may be), then ignore the naysayers and do what you love. Do what makes you happy. The rest will work itself out. I started with a disposable camera and a skill-set that involved cutting people’s heads out of the photos 29 times out of 30. Mind you, I was about 5 years old at the time, but the point is that everyone starts somewhere. Don’t let people who give up on their dreams stop you from pursuing yours. When you do something you truly love, magic happens. Be unique. Don’t waste time trying to duplicate someone else’s style. Be different, quirky, and feel free to experiment. Find your own style and rock it! Art is subjective; some will love it & some won’t. It’ll make your day when your art is all ‘you’ and you find the ones who love it (or they find you).

Do you have any upcoming events you want to share with us?

I will be the Artist of the Month for November at Whimsy Flowers & Gifts, so feel free to drop by and have a look at some of my current collection (though feel free to do that anytime).

Peace At Parker by Amy Yetman

“Peace at Parker” Copyright Amy Yetman, speirlingimages.ca. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Where do you show your work?  List all venues and online galleries, etc.

Locally, the Fort Nelson Visitors Centre carries some of my matted prints and one of my photo books. I just had two pieces on display in the Dawson Creek Art Gallery for their Surface Tension exhibition. My biggest local supporter is Whimsy Flowers & Gifts, which carries my canvases, framed prints, photo books, cards, phone cases, & postcards. Special projects, like photo restoration, can be inquired about via my website. My recent captures can frequently be found in the Fort Nelson News, so be sure to keep an eye out.

Sunny Day by Amy Yetman.  Copyright Amy Yetman.  Used with permission.  www.SpeirlingImages.ca
Sunny Day by Amy Yetman. Copyright Amy Yetman. Used with permission. www.SpeirlingImages.ca

 

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July 26 2015 Original Art, Great Prices

 

In The Moment by Lori Lynn Fell.   Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
In The Moment by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

Make and Take Creative Classes – ARE FINALLY HAPPENING!  Watch Facebook for the announcement.  I will be teaching two creative classes per month starting in August at Whimsy Flowers and Gifts.  Click here to like Whimsy’s Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss the notification of when registrations begin.  Yippee!  Space is limited so once you see the announcement, book quickly.  It is going to be so much fun.  I can’t wait to play in the paint with some new people.

I can hardly believe that July is almost over!  It has been a great summer so far.  I have some exciting news to share; keep your eyes open for the formal announcement of my next gallery show, happening at the Phoenix Theatre here in Fort Nelson.  I am expecting it to happen in the first half of November.  Once the dates have been nailed down and everything is confirmed, I will be posting a special invitation to the event.

I have a couple of commissions to finish up, and a couple of pieces to make for an upcoming competition and then I will be “nose to the grindstone” making sure I have some spectacular new paintings for the November show.   I am SO EXCITED!

For those of you who look for my art at Gourmet Girl, here in Fort Nelson, I will be restocking framed prints and I have a couple of printed canvas prints going up for sale as well.  Stop in and say hi to Nicole and the girls and take a peek.

I got my copy of my coffee-table book a couple of weeks ago.  It looks great and I will have copies of it available for sale at Whimsy in September.  The one and only copy is available for viewing at Whimsy Flowers and Gifts right now if you want to have a sneak peak.

SALE – I have several 9 x 12 works on paper that I am making available for sale for an incredible $50 each.  Shipping within Canada and the US is FREE!  Get yours before they are gone.

Find Your Joy by Lori Lynn Fell.  Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
  Find Your Joy by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

July 7 2015 Wild Warrior

 

Just a quick post, I am a busy, busy girl right now.  I wanted to share my two latest paintings with you.  Wild Warrior is one of my latest paintings.  Sorry, this one has already been purchased, but prints will be available in the future.  Wild Warrior did not even make it up on the walls at Whimsy before it was plucked up and sent on to a wonderful new home.

Wild Warrior by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Wild Warrior by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com  SOLD

Pictures do not do this one justice.  Waking Up is a large 24 x 36 inches and is rich with texture and detail.  Waking Up will be available for viewing at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery in a day or two and will be hanging until July 30th.  This new piece is replacing “Family Time” which will be joining “Wild Warrior” and “Bedtime Stories” with a wonderful new customer in Alberta.  (Goosebumps of Joy!)

There are a few more pieces close to completion that I will be sharing soon, so stay tuned!

Waking Up. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Waking Up. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

 

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June 24 2015 Bedtime Stories and the DC Art Gallery Show

 

In the heat of the summer, I have been painting winter.  My most recent piece is “Bedtime Stories”  I love the cool tones and the conversation that is going on between the bear and the tree.  I feel cooler just staring at it.  “Bedtime Stories” , it is 16 x 16 inches on cradled birch. SOLD

Bedtime Stories by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Bedtime Stories by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

If you follow me on Facebook you will see that I recently pulled out a HUGE cache of my older art from storage.  Stay tuned, I will be reworking some of these, and will soon be making several available for sale.

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Wonderful Kelly Hodge helped me to get five of my original paintings in to the Dawson Creek Art Gallery summer show.  If you live near Dawson Creek be sure to stop in at the gallery until July 30th to have a look, or do some shopping :).  The very talented Amy Yetmen, a very talented photographer from Fort Nelson has five beautiful northern lights photographs hanging on the walls as well.  WOO HOO!

To learn more about the Dawson Creek Art Gallery and all of the amazing work they do, and to find more information on the South Peace Art Society, click here.

May 16 2015 Well Hello

May 16 2015

Well Hello!

Spring has arrived and I am bursting with creativity right now!  Long warm days, hands in dirt and brushes in paint, I am a happy girl!  So I thought I would share my joy with my two latest paintings!

Velvet Crown by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Velvet Crown by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com.  SOLD

This graceful buck, in full velvet is 9 x 12 inches on cradled canvas.

Spring Voyage by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Spring Voyage by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

“A Spring Voyage” – Another bear, haha.  You know I love me some bears.  This darling beastly represents the teaming life unseen below the snow during the awakening of spring.  He is 12 x 16 on cradled canvas.  SOLD

A couple more are on the way, but I need to have a good photo session before I post any them.  Have a great day!

April 17 2015 Getting Foxy

 

I have been busy!  I have several new pieces to share with you today!  For the past week I have been busy making handmade journals.   To learn more about my journals, read through to the bottom of this post.

I just finished a darling painting called “Afternoon Delight”.  This acrylic painting in on cradled canvas and is 18 x 24 inches.  This darling fox makes me smile every time I look at her.  “Afternoon Delight” is available for sale. 

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

I was lucky enough to be commissioned to make art for two incredible local boys.  Here are the finished pieces. 

Dax's Dominion by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Dax’s Dominion by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

SOLD – Dax’s Dominion – Original Acrylic Painting on cradled birch. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell 2015

Kade's Kingdom by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Kade’s Kingdom by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

SOLD – Kade’s Kingdom – Original acrylic painting on cradled birch. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell 2015

“Listen to the Whispers” is another recently finished commission.  It is 16 x 20 on cradled canvas. SOLD

Listen to the Whispers by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Listen to the Whispers by Lori Lynn Fell. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

And last, but not least, here are a few pics of the journals I have been making!

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

April 13 2015The journals are hand made, hand bound and have a heavy 70lb  paper that is perfect for art journaling.  I have hand painted the canvas covers and each journal has 100 pages.  I make these journals because they are what I use.  The way the pages are bound and the protective flap keep my pages nicely, even when they are thick with paint and ephemera.  I  will have the journals available for sale in the next 24 hours, keep watching!

April 13 2015 A Few Nuggets for You

April 13 2015

A Few Nuggets for You

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

SOLD – Happy to be Alive – Handmade reclaimed wood hand-painted sign by Lori Lynn Fell. www.MyPaintedPath.com

Lets start with this quote.  “Always find time for the things that make you happy to be alive”.  When I am creating, I get lost.  Sometimes I drift off into a meditation of sorts, other times it quiets my brain and lets me sort out things going on in my life.  Either way, I never feel more alive that when I am in the “zone”. 

Remember the sculpture I made as gifts for Christmas a couple of months ago?  Here are two that I have made for sale. 

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com
Ignite – Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com
Peacock – Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com – SOLD

February 11 2015 Available Originals

February 11 2015

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

I thought I would revisit a few older pieces that are still available for sale.   Faded Glory is very textural and begs to be touched.  Dirty Snow has a worn out faded look to it. Pictures do not do justice to either of these pieces.  I have not had them available on the internet for some time so they are likely to go quickly.

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

Canadian Girl and The Truth Within are two of my recycled art pieces.  If you are unfamiliar with my recycled art pieces, they are created using cast off items, often found in junk drawers.  A great way to reuse unwanted items.  Taking junk and creating something beautiful makes me happy!

February 10 2015 Artistic Rush

February 10 2015

I do not even have the words to express how different it is to have a dedicated studio to work at.  The act of getting up, getting out of my pajamas, going to the studio,  putting on my apron and getting down to work is amazing.  Working around other creative types is incredible.  I can bounce my ideas off Kelly and she gets it!  I am so loving it!

As always, I have many different projects on the go, but I have finished several as well.  I thought I would take a few minutes to share some with you.

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

Blazing Beauty – Copyright Lori Lynn Fell 2015

Just finished ! “Blazing Beauty”, available for sale,  18 x 18 inches, painted on cradled birch and is ready to hang. 

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2 am – Copyright Lori Lynn Fell 2015 – SOLD

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

Love your Daddy – Image copyright 2015 Lori Lynn Fell

A couple of signs

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

Reach For It – Copyright Lori Lynn Fell 2015

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

White Hot – Copyright Lori Lynn Fell 2015

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

Shine Bright – Copyright Lori Lynn Fell 2015

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

“Find Your Fire” SOLD.  Cradled Canvas 16 x 20 inches.  

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell.  All Rights Reserved.  www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

“Shell in Your Pocket 2” SOLD  19 x 20 inches on reclaimed pallet wood.

January 24 2015 I am an Artist in Residence!

January 24 2015

I am an Artist in Residence!

Exciting news from Lori Land,   for the past couple of weeks I have set up shop in Whimsy Flowers as an experiment.  And so far it has been fantastic!  This has been a great move, and I am so grateful to Kelly for giving me this amazing opportunity.  I have been very productive and will have lots of new creations to share with you!

The act of getting up and “going to work” has been a tremendous success.  I am able to get away from the distractions of working from home and just create, create, create!

Shimmerling – 16 x 20 on Cradled Birch Panel – Available for Sale

Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com
Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com


There are a few more, but I will save those for another post.

So stay tuned, I soon be able to post from my new little studio so there will be much more coming in the days ahead!