Photography featured on Nikon’s website again!

26 10 2015

So exciting! My photography is featured on the Nikon website again in their Learn & Explore series. Check the feature out below:

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/article/ic7egnag/one-shot-stamps-of-approval.html

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The Traveling Water Lilies Forever Stamps Project / Installment #12

24 07 2015

For Installment #12, in the top two rows we have Bailey Lojek Oliveria (Haleiwa, HI); my sunny friend and HLAA member Carol Halla (Charleston, SC); new friend Jeff Kleinrock (Kensington, MD), son of my friend and HLAA member Joan Kleinrock (he is a landscaper and grew water lilies; he had just bought the stamps and at his mother’s 80th birthday party a few weeks ago, he learned I was the photographer so he came over and introduced himself!); and my high school friend (actually her bed!) Cynthia Cruz Badilla (Alamo, TX).

Next we have my dear friend, HLAA member, and fellow member of H.A.R.P.S. (Honorary Association of the Red Pen Society) Judy Schefcick Martin (Jacksonville, FL) and Laura Pinaud Terrbonne (Jacksonville, FL)—they used the water lilies stamps for their Walk4Hearing kick-off announcements!

Next is my friend and uber-talented musician/singer/songwriter Katy Kinard (Nashville, TN). I met Katy online several years ago when she asked permission to use a landscape photo I shot of my friend Tom Hedstrom’s farm in Orange, VA. She wanted to use it for Lullaby Hymns CD. She later sent me copies of her CDs and I fell in love with her music! You will too—-http://www.katykinard.com. I hope to meet her in person some day soon, photograph her, and interview her for my blog and for my soon-to-debut creativity podcast (stay tuned!).

To Katy’s right is Pat Calelly (Spring, TX), who purchased the framed water lilies special issue. Pat is one great example of how blogging has allowed me to connect with people from all walks of life. When I was just 12 years old, I began studying oil painting with artist Lila Prater in Weslaco, TX. I was the youngest student she had in her studio at the time. I actually reconnected with Lila sometime in the 90s and she was about 92 years old then. She was in an assisted living home and had lost her eyesight. She remembered me and some of the images I painted under her guidance. It was such a treasure to be able to talk to her all those years later and thank her for everything she taught me. After blogging in 2012 about my time painting in her studio, her grandson Pat contacted me! (He commented on the post: Cindy, my name is Pat Calelly. I am Lila Prater’s grandson. I preached her funeral when she passed away but my remarks included recognition of her work as an art teacher and artist in her Weslaco, Texas home. My home is decorated with many of her oils and water colors and I have the sign for her studio as well. Both her daughters were artists as well and although my mother has passed away I have some of her work as well as that of her sister Phyllis Fleming, who is retired in Kerrville, Texas where she is a nationally recognized water color artist.) Pat is now a Facebook friend! You can read about “The Painting Years” here: https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/the-painting-years-first-florals/

Next, my friend Betty Ferguson recruited yet another stamp collector out in a lovely field of sunflowers—Tammy (Denton, TX). My former roommate and longtime friend Wendy Soloway Paris sent her photo from her home in Shepherdstown, WV. I met Kashan Choy (Alexandria, VA) at the Kenilworth Water Lily & Lotus Festival earlier this month. She purchased stamps and stopped by my table to pose for me. Louise Clarke and Cathie Leighton came to the festival all the way from Median, PA, and had already used many of their stamps! And finally, Jeff & Sue posed with the special dedication poster at the festival.

THE ONES TO BEAT TO WIN A FREE GALLERY-WRAP CANVAS: Sue Cummings Titterington (27), Betty Ferguson (25), Steve Stroupe (14), Kathy Muchemore (7), Judy Schefcick Martin (8), Martha Biz (7), and James F. Williams (5). The contest ends at midnight on December 31, 2015, so start recruiting those stamp selfies!

Installment #12 Flat





Big Contest Announcement!

16 06 2015

DRUMROLL, PLEASE! The person who collects the most stamp-selfie photos for The Traveling Water Lily Forever Stamps Project will win a free gallery wrap canvas (from 12×16 up to 20×30) of an image of their choice from my zenfolio.com site.

FIRST RUNNER-UP receives a set of my beautiful greeting cards (more than 40 to date!).

http://cindydyer.zenfolio.com/p270076135

HOW DO YOU WIN? Tell your friends to buy some water lily stamps at their local post office, then shoot a selfie with the stamps (or have someone else shoot the photo of them) and send you the image, which you forward to me via email at dyerdesign@aol.com or through FB. Be sure to give me the full name, city and state of each person photographed.

If their local post office is out, check out another post office or ask your clerk to order more. They can also be ordered online here: http://uspsstamps.com/stamps/water-lilies

THE ONES TO BEAT: Sue Cummings Titterington (27), Kaarvand Ferguson Betty (17), Steve Stroupe (14), Kathy Muchemore (7), Judy Schefcick Martin (7), Martha Biz (7), and James F. Williams (5).

CONTEST ENDS: December 31, 2015 (so that gives you plenty of time to encourage friends and family to BUY THOSE STAMPS–the USPS printed half a BILLION of them, so let’s move some stamps, folks! (FYI: Normal run of stamps is 20-40 million; holiday stamps run half a billion. They expect these to sell well so they upped the quantity!).

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The Traveling Water Lily Forever Stamps Project / Installment #10

16 06 2015

Thanks to all the participants who continue to submit to my “Traveling Water Lily Forever Stamps Project.”

For Installment #10, my friend Betty Ferguson continues to recruit stamp collectors: this time, her “grandbiscuits” Cameron (Fort Worth, TX), Brian (Fort Worth, TX) and Chase (Denton, TX).

My FB friend Diane Berkenfeld sent her trusty gnome out for the task (Melville, NY).

The next 14 fine folks (including two from “across the (water lily) pond!) were collected by my FB friend (that guy in the water lily baseball cap) Steve Stroupe (McCalla, AL): Ellery Curtis (Hoover, AL), Charlie Curtis (Hoover, AL), Olivia Curtis (Hoover, AL), Steve’s son Daniel Stroupe (Tuscaloosa, AL), Motel McCready (Gulf Shores, AL), Karen Thatcher (Indianpolis, IN), Sonia Cruz (San Antonio, TX), Trevor Cole (Manea, England), Tammy Craver (Atlanta, GA), Nymphaea ‘Colorado’ (College Station, TX), Viktoria Clark (Chatteris, England), Nelumbo ‘Maggie Bell Slocum’ (Franklin, NC) and Joseph Dewberry (New Market, TN).

Rounding out Installment #10 is my friend Marisa Sarto (Los Angeles, CA).

Installment #10





Save the date—Saturday, July 11

12 06 2015
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DC/VA/MD FRIENDS! Mark your calendars for the annual Lotus Asian Cultural Festival at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens on Saturday, July 11.

FOR MY PHOTOGRAPHER FRIENDS: the park opens at 7:00 a.m. (yes, that’s early but it’s also most likely to be less crowded AND a tiny bit cooler temp-wise).

JOIN ME FOR SOME PHOTO TIPS! I’ll be giving a brief photo workshop/tips & tricks session from 9:00-9:30ish.

THE FESTIVAL officially kicks off at 10:00, followed by a Water Lily Stamp Dedication Ceremony at about 10:20.

BUY SOME STAMPS! The USPS will have a mobile postal store by the curb at the entrance to the park where they will be selling the Water Lily Forever Stamps (in case your local post office doesn’t have them available). Be sure to buy some, take a selfie holding them and send them to me via email or FB so you can be part of my ever-growing Traveling Water Lily Forever Stamps Project!
A HEAD’S UP: Water lilies and Lotus like to bloom during the HOTTEST period of summer, so dress cool, wear a hat, bring water, cover yourself in sunscreen and stay cool!




The Traveling Water Lily Forever Stamps Project / Installment #8

6 06 2015

Thanks to all the participants who continue to submit to my “Traveling Water Lily Forever Stamps Project.”

For Installment #8, we have friend and HLAA member Evelyn Gardner (Marysville, CA); my sister Debbie Talbert (San Antonio, TX); friend and HLAA member Judy Schefcick Martin (Jacksonville, FL); new friend Diane Kern (Washington, D.C.), Brandi Chism (Pearland, TX); Daniel Stroupe, son of my FB friend, Steve Stroupe (McCalla, AL); friend and director of Green Spring Gardens Mary Olien (Winchester, VA); friend and fellow photographer Jeff Evans (Falls Church, VA); my friend and Jeff’s mother Bobbie Evans (Memphis, TN); new friend Terry O’Connor​ (Woodbridge, VA); friend Sue Cummings and her friends Drew Handlon, Rosely Martins and Anna Wickizer (all from Huntsville, AL) with Tator (Brian Swinford), their Redneck Bus Tour guide in Nashville, TN (http://www.theredneckbus.com); and finally, my friend Angela Heath (Kensington, MD).

Installment #8





The Traveling Water Lily Forever Stamps Project / Installment #2

1 05 2015

Thanks to all the participants who continue to submit to my “Traveling Water Lily Forever Stamps Project.”

For this collage, we have a slew of Texans—Luis, James, Sandra, Tracey, Martha, William, and Laney, followed by Juliette from Wisconsin and Ginny from New York. Thanks for purchasing my water lily FOREVER stamps and sharing your mugs with me!

Stamp Collage #2