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10 on 10 April

10th of the month – time for the 10 on 10 – Ten images documenting a day.  A project that a group of Bloom photographers and myself are involved in.

Before photography, I used to paint.  Somehow, my paintings became popular and long story short – within a couple of years after I started, quite by accident, I got an agent at the Dallas World Market and he sold my paintings (and my business partner’s) to many high end home decor stores thoughout Texas, Louisianna and Oklahoma.  Mostly small stores, but a few larger retailers bought the paintings.  I had a group of artists who worked for us recreating our designs on canvas to fill the orders.

Market crash, and the paintings stopped selling quite as quickly – and quite frankly, I was starting my photography interest at the time, so I had welcomed the change and put more and more effort in teaching myself photography.

Sometimes I still like to paint – and lately I’ve been experimenting with different colors, more of a modern look, different than what I was doing when before.  Maybe if I get a good amount of canvasses done, then I’ll contact my agent again to see if he wants to sell them.  But then, it may become a ‘production’ thing again instead of creating fun art.  (He starts coming in with ‘orders’ from stores).  I shouldn’t complain if it does, but I stopped doing photography as a business – so obviously it’s the ‘business’ part that doesn’t fit in my life right now.

Well – here is something I’m not quite finished with yet.  I work on it when I’m watching TV or in my spare time.




I think I’m done with this one – Didn’t varnish it yet – not sure if I’m going to.  If it stays in my house – I can do whatever I want with it.  If I sell it – I will varnish it first.


One of my babies.


Boy play.


Ok – so I cheated a bit this month – I really was enjoying this next series – so it was hard to pick just one to document this playtime.

PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEThe twins next door just turned two, so they happened to stumble into some pretty light in their party clothes and balloons – Perfect photo op – so I grabbed the camera and shot a few.

PINIMAGENow please continue the circle to Pam Parisi to see her pretty images!

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  • Pam - Love your post-processing. Very serene. I think my favorites have to be the last images with the twins. That light was gorgeous. Oh, the photo with your dog’s nose was too cute!

  • Melinda - Love these Mary! Beautiful images!

  • Krista Lund - love the water series! and twins + gorgeous light + party clothes = love!

  • Amy - Wow, I really like this whole post! Goodness, I LOVE those water hose images!! Isn’t it great to sit back and watch kids have fun?! Great images, Mary!!

  • Kimberlee Edwards Photography | Cary NC Photographer - Mary- I just love those sprinkler images! There is something so magical about the way the light is catching the water. I can see why you had a hard time picking.

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