The Lost Art of Waiting

I found myself waiting in line the other day while a woman behind me complained and the woman in front of me passed the time on her cell phone.  I began contemplating how the art of waiting has been lost in our society today. We expect everything right away and don’t think about the consequences. I wait for things all the time and it’s frustrating because I’ve become spoiled by technology.

Memories

I’m old enough to remember film cameras. You could buy a roll of film and take 24 pictures, drop the roll off and wait about two weeks to see if your photos came out.  Goodness we might burst an artery from waiting if we had to do that today! I remember the anticipation of waiting to pick up my film and the excitement of seeing my photographs for the first time.  Back then if I missed a shot the moment had long passed. The opportunity was gone. I couldn’t go back and re-shoot something from two or three weeks ago. All that waiting taught me the value of appreciation.

Perception

Did you know that daylilies are called daylilies for a reason? They only bloom for one day. There are lots of flowers like that but we take them for granted. Some flowers wait all year just to have one day under the sun. With good timing, it won’t be raining that day. We don’t perceive the life of a flower to be one day because most people have many flowers and they appear to bloom for weeks.  Now imagine if you only had one daylily and had to wait all year for it to bloom? What if you missed it? How would you feel?

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Lesson

The next time you find yourself waiting in line and getting frustrated, for the sake of the person next to you, stop complaining. Think about how long you wait for your favorite season to return and how much you enjoy that time of year. Think about the long 9 months it took for your children to be born, and the excitement you felt during their birth.

Stop to appreciate the moment. It’s in that frustrating moment that you may get a rare chance to clear your mind, enjoy some fond memories and discover new things.

One of the main reasons I enjoy photography so much is because it allows me to preserve special moments that I can look back on for the rest of time. During the cold dark days of winter I can still enjoy and appreciate my colorful flowers.

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Walk softly, let nature be your guide…

Christina Rollo
Fine Art Photographer
Binghamton, New York
www.rollosphotos.com

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Puppy Dog Eyes

Heartfelt Emotion

Stuck inside on a cold November day, Magic was laying on the floor in the living room next to a large picture window watching TV.

Magic is a Labrador mix breed dog with a strong prey drive. She enjoys watching TV especially Westminster, Animal Planet, and National Geographic!

The photograph was shot in natural light, the background removed to isolate and enhance her face and eyes.

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This emotional image of draws attention and quickly became one of my most popular artworks. The original photograph was rendered into a digital painting for improved resolution and quality.

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Christina Rollo
Fine Art Photographer
www.rollosphotos.com

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Butterfly Twins Photo Art by Christina Rollo

Butterfly Twins

While I was working in the yard on a warm summer day, I noticed lots of butterflies flying around a patch of coneflowers in our garden. It looked like a great opportunity to get my camera and take a break from my yard work. Being a ‘fair weather photographer’, it had been a while since I used my camera. As I began to photograph the butterflies I became frustrated. The shots weren’t turning out as I expected.

I sat for about an hour and took a total of 30 photographs. I captured what I thought were a few good shots of the Fritillary butterflies. I was happy with only one shot from the series, but decided to post a few of the photos to my image gallery anyway.

Two orange Fritillary Butterflies feeding on pink Zinnia flower against green background. Two Rivers Photography, competition winner.

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‘Butterfly Twins’ by Christina Rollo

It didn’t take long for ‘Butterfly Twins’, two Fritillary butterflies on top of a coneflower, to gain attention and win a photography competition. I quickly realized I had been taking these beautiful butterflies for granted. It’s not unusual for me to see two or three butterflies on a flower. The coneflowers I planted several years ago have spread. They are one of the most productive plants in our garden, attracting all kinds of insects and butterflies.

From this experience I learned it’s a good idea to show some images I’m not entirely pleased with. I welcome feedback and I’m always grateful to hear your thoughts about my images. It’s been an important part of the learning process as I continue to study and photograph various subjects in nature. Come and enjoy my entire collection of fine art photography at www.rollosphotos.com.

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Christina Rollo
Fine Art Photographer
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The Best Time to Start Your Fine Art Collection

History

In 2006, Christina Rollo began to fulfill her life long dream of photographing nature. She quickly started to handcraft photo products such as note cards, screensavers, and t-shirts, along with her framed art and matted prints. Response from the public was overwhelming!

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Christina went on to participate in many photo competitions, art shows, and exhibits, while she continued studying her craft. As before, the response to her beautiful nature images was overwhelming. She won many awards and sold a large inventory of hand-made products featuring her photography. Her colorful images with delicate details stir people’s emotions. The educational information she provides concerning her subjects satisfies curiosity about an abundance of species.

Growth

In 2010, Christina began displaying and selling her images in various on-line galleries. Christina contracted her website and primary order fulfillment with Fine Art America, one of the largest, most-respected Giclee printing companies in the world, to produce prints for her full collection of fine art images. Christina’s original open-editions are digitally signed and available through her website www.rollosphotos.com, in a variety of formats including fine art prints, framed art, metal, canvas, acrylic, greeting cards, home decor accessories, and phone cases.

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Due to the growing interest in her work and increased demand Christina launched her website rollosphotos.com, making it easier for collectors to find and buy her artworks online.  Christina’s photography and art is held in public and private collections around the world. View the map to see where some of her collections are located.

Pricing

Affordable prices for museum quality fine art prints on paper, canvas, acrylic and metal, framed or unframed! All premium papers and canvases are acid-free and will last for generations, with proper care. Unframed prints include a 1″ white border to allow for future matting and framing. All canvas, metal, acrylic and framed prints arrive “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Frame prices are typically 25 – 40% less than retail frame shops. Your purchase includes expert printing and assembly, shipping within 2-3 business days, and a 30-day money back guarantee.

As Christina persists in expanding her collection of fine art, the acquisition of her images continues to grow. It’s best to start your collection early, start exploring Christina Rollo’s website now. The best time to start your collection is today!

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Chrysanthemum Watercolor Art

New Chrysanthemum Art

I recently finished a new series of flower watercolors. The second one is of beautiful red chrysanthemum flowers blooming in fall. A digital watercolor technique was used to create this artwork from an original photograph. The Chrysanthemum flower is a beautiful garden variety flower. These colorful flowers bloom in fall and can last straight through November. Now you can bring them indoors with my watercolor decor. The Chrysanthemum Watercolor Art is one in an on-going series of watercolor art. Come and enjoy my entire collection of watercolors including birds at www.rollosphotos.com.

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Inspiring Artists to Watch

Artistic Excellence

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. ~Louisa May Alcott

The following is a list of photographers and artist who have greatly influenced and inspired me. They have been invaluable to my professional growth. I suggest you check out all of these inspiring artists, and follow them on your social networks. Enjoy your journey!

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Blue Ridge Parkway Light Rays by Dave Allen
Dave Allen, Fine Art Landscape Photographer
Website || Facebook || Flickr || Google+

Ethereal Autumn by Bill Wakeley
Bill Wakeley, Fine Art Nature & Landscape Photographer
Website || Facebook || Google+ || Blog

Snowy Owl on a Rock Pile by John Vose
John Vose, Fine Art Nature & Landscape Photographer
Website || Facebook || Google+ || Flickr

I'm Still Learning To Love by Lili Ana
Shine by Lili Ana, Fine Art Photographer
Website || Facebook || Google+ || Flickr

Sweet Jenny Bursting With Music by Nikki Marie Smith
Nikki Marie Smith, Visual Artist
Website || Blog || Facebook || Google+

Fantasy Skies by Mark Tisdale
Mark Tisdale, Fine Art Travel Photographer
Website || Facebook || Google+

Black Eyed Susans by Ken Powers
Ken Powers, Fine Art Watercolor Artist
Website || Facebook || Google+

Sparks Lane by Joseph Rossbach
Joseph Rossbach, Outdoor & Nature Photographer
Website || Facebook || Google+

Bitterroot Gold by Linda Lantzy
Linda Lantzy, Fine Art Photographer
Website || Facebook || Google+

Point Arena Lighthouse Coastal Bluffs Surf by G Dan Mitchell
G Dan Mitchell, Visual Opportunist & Photographer
Website || Facebook || Flickr || Google+

Beauty Creek by Jay Patel
Jay Patel, Landscape & Nature Photographer
Website || Blog || Facebook || Google+

Winter South Haven Lighthouse by Dean Pennala
Dean Pennala, Nature Photographer
Website || 500px.com || Fine Art Prints

Morning Cloud Layer Oxbow Bend In Fall Grand Tetons by Dave Welling
Dave Welling, Nature Photographer
Stock Image Website || Fine Art Prints || Facebook || Google+


Patrick Di Fruscia, Landscape Photographer
Website || Facebook || Google+

Windsong by Phil Koch
Phil Koch, Landscape Photographer
Website || Facebook || Google+

This list will continue to grow. Check back often for more inspiring artists and photographers to watch. If you would like to be included in this list, please contact me with a link to your website portfolio for review. I welcome you to follow my progress as well, and hope you have enjoyed your visit.

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Walk softly, let nature be your guide…

Christina Rollo
Fine Art Photographer
www.rollosphotos.com

Wildflower Watercolor Art

New Wildflower Watercolor Art

I recently finished a new series of flower watercolors. The first one is of beautiful dames rocket wildflowers. A digital watercolor technique was used to create this artwork from an original photograph. These colorful wildflowers bloom in spring and summer along many roadsides. They are an annual flowering plants which re-seed themselves. Now you can bring their beauty indoors with my watercolor art. The Wildflower Watercolor Art is one in an on-going series of watercolor art. Come and enjoy my entire collection of watercolors at www.rollosphotos.com.

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‘Wildflower Watercolor Art’ Prints for Sale

Shop with confidence! Every purchase includes a money-back guarantee. If you’re not happy with a purchase you make for any reason, you can return it within 30 days of the order date.

Walk softly, let nature be your guide…

Christina Rollo
Fine Art Photographer
www.rollosphotos.com