Thinking of seasons in our lives today. Marcy's Photo Journey has been in a very busy season lately, and we love to be busy! The days fly by, and it's hard to believe that it's only four weeks from today we'll be on our way to Wyoming and Montana once again for a spring shoot. But immediately after that thought, I realize how much we need to accomplish before we go.
The Spring Outdoor Market event at Grit & Grace is this Saturday, from 10:00 until 4:00, and we'd love to see you there. Doug and I will be taking pictures for the event in addition to hanging out in our gallery in hopes of meeting new friends and letting customers know what Marcy's Photo Journey has to offer. We have lots of freebies to give to those who stop by and are offering a 20% discount on EVERYTHING. In addition, anyone who places a custom order with us on Saturday will also automatically get 20% off, and the special order fee will be waived.
Our move to our new Knoxville venue, The Painted Tree, has been postponed until the end of May. Unfortunately, we still have to move from our current location the end of April, so our home will have to be storage for all of our current inventory during the interim. 🙁 Don't forget to take advantage of the 25% off moving sale at The Painted Perch & Company until April 30th. There are very significant savings on the large, framed canvases.
Something that my mother always told me was to ENJOY EVERY SEASON of my life. Enjoy looking back to fond memories and looking forward with great anticipation, but, most importantly, LOVE TODAY! I consider that advice some of the best I've ever received and really try to follow it. So here's hoping your today is spectacular, and that you can appreciate whatever season you find yourself in right now. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Have you ever given any thought to the fact that the first thing people see as they come into your home (or the last thing they see as they leave) says a lot about who you are? As I was getting dressed this morning, I was thinking about what photo I should feature today, and "The Blessing" came on the praise and worship station I was listening to. BINGO...that's the one! Taken at the top of Clingmans Dome as the first light of day spread over the top of the Great Smoky Mountains and perfectly suited to an entry hall or foyer, "The Blessing," is available in a 22 X 18 framed canvas. Now on sale for 25% off the original price of $195, making it only $146.25. Believe me, that's an unheard of price for a high quality, custom framed canvas! It's currently displayed in Marcy's Photo Journey's gallery at The Painted Perch & Company in west Knoxville. We also can ship it or deliver to your home if you live in Knoxville or Cleveland. ... See MoreSee Less
It happens every year! With warmer temps and sunnier skies, pink flamingoes begin to appear everywhere. Just in case you didn't know, Marcy's Photo Journey has plenty images of these bright, bold and beautiful birds. Ours don't go in the front yard, but they will add a wonderful pop of color and wake up a spot in your home that might be in need of some excitement. Consider a large single image or an arrangement of smaller ones. As always, there are many options in current inventory, but if you don't see exactly what you're looking for, let us know and we'll work with you on a custom order. ... See MoreSee Less
Posting something a little different today. Doug and I saw this old truck at an exit somewhere in North Carolina as we were on our way to Charleston last November. It was one of those times that I got out, took a few shots, and Doug wasn't intrigued enough to get out of the car. (Come to think of it, there are a lot of times like that!! I'm always looking for a chance to take photos. 🙂 ) Anyway, if you're into rusty, old treasures and want to consider a wall grouping of antique farm implements, old vehicles, etc., I'd love to show you what we have.
Coming up for Photo Journey...
~Spring Outdoor Market at Grit & Grace, Cleveland, April 10th
~May adventure to Wyoming and Montana to shoot spring in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
~Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival, June 5-6
~June excursion to Idaho and Washington for a summer photo shoot of the Palouse region
For the next five weeks, we hope to fit in a lot of Smoky Mountains and local photography.
We'd love to gain some new followers to our website, so if you have an inclination to help us do that, please invite friends to check us out online. Thanks to all of you who regularly follow what we're doing and offer words of encouragement and support from time to time. We appreciate you so much! ... See MoreSee Less
I love to anticipate Easter on solemn Saturday, this day in between death and resurrection! To me it's like the entire earth is in a period of anticipation because we already know the end of the story, and we know that Easter morning is full of joy and celebration. So I'm singing praises today... ... See MoreSee Less
A few years ago, I discovered a very old hymn that I have come to love. It's been on my mind this week a lot, so I finally did a little research on the origin. The lyrics date back to medieval times and were written originally in Latin. For today's Holy Week post, I'm posting the words along with photos that I've taken in France, Spain, Portugal, and the US. If you can take a few moments to reflect on the significance of today and would like to listen to a great version of the song, google "O Sacred Head Now Wounded" by Fernando Ortega. I've listened to it dozens of times this week.
O Sacred Head Now Wounded, Bernard of Clairvaux, 1163
O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory, what bliss till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine.
What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ’Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.
What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.
Be Thou my consolation, my shield when I must die;
Remind me of Thy passion when my last hour draws nigh.
Mine eyes shall then behold Thee, upon Thy cross shall dwell,
My heart by faith enfolds Thee. Who dieth thus dies well. ... See MoreSee Less
While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us! Celebrate our risen Lord with me this Easter Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less
It was such a pleasure to deliver these two framed canvases to a custom order recipient yesterday! "Moulton Barn in Summer" and "Snake River Canyon" looked so good in Doug's custom floating frames stained in the customer's choice of special walnut to perfectly match her existing woodwork. I love to see the joyful reaction when people first see their finished order! Through tomorrow, you can place an order for any of our images from the recent Savannah/Charleston adventure, receive a 20% discount, and take advantage of no custom order fee. What can we create for you? ... See MoreSee Less
I’ve been up the Snake River! You captured its amazing grandeur!
"Morning Umbrella Stroll" is one of those images that I had forgotten about and rediscovered yesterday as I was looking back on the files from Savannah. I love the way it turned out with the great pop of yellow, so it's now one of my top five favorites from the trip. If you like it as well, you can get this one through custom order TODAY ONLY for 25% OFF our regular pricing. This will apply to any size, any format. We simply can't afford to make this kind of offer very often, so we're limiting it to JUST TODAY. Leave a comment below or contact me through private message for sizes and prices. ... See MoreSee Less
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I love this! ❤️
My favorite!!!! Beautiful
Doug and I are now back home in Knoxville after a great spring photo shoot in Savannah and Charleston. Posting some of our favorites today and reminding you that all images from the trip can be ordered in any size and any format through Wednesday, March 31st for 20% off our normal prices. In addition to the significant savings, we are also waiving the custom order fee. We already have two orders. Who's going to be next? 🙂 Contact us by private message or in the comments below for details on format options, sizes, and pricing. WE SHIP!! ... See MoreSee Less
Last day in Charleston! We're headed back to our home base in Knoxville tomorrow, but I wanted to remind everyone that through the end of March, we are offering a substantial sale on all custom orders from our trip to Savannah and Charleston. If you've seen anything posted over the course of the trip and would like to place an order, contact us NOW! We're waiving the special order fee ($50) in addition to reducing normal prices of all sizes and formats by 20% through March 31st. THIS IS A GREAT DEAL!! ... See MoreSee Less
So in case you don't know, I'm a big planner. I love to plan, think about the plan, anticipate the plan, carry out the plan, and then reflect on the plan. Our day yesterday was supposed to be spent photographing the beautiful legendary spring gardens of the Charleston plantations. By nine o'clock in the morning, the plan was discarded because....THE AZALEAS AND FLOWERING PLANTS ARE TWO WEEKS BEHIND SCHEDULE! How could this happen? I had carefully checked way back last fall and planned this day for the absolute peak of spring blooming. We received a call from a local photographer, just as we pulled into the parking lot of our first plantation, letting us know that she had been there the day before and was very disappointed. (She didn't want us to pay to get in to take photos and not be aware of this.) Everything changed. We decided to head out of town to a wildlife refuge to see what we could find. From there we did some night shooting in the city and didn't get back to the room until 10:15, but, all in all, it ended up being a very good day. So the photos I'm posting are a potpourri of yesterday. Don't let the flowers fool you, though. I included a couple of stray camellias just because... ... See MoreSee Less
Your photos are amazing. ❤️❤️❤️
Although we were excited to get to Charleston on Saturday evening, our enthusiasm waned a bit yesterday when we awoke to high winds, very overcast skies, and cold temperatures. It was not a good day for pictures! We decided our time would be better spent taking a break (and staying warm), so we hung out and worked on processing some more of the Savannah photos. We are launching back out today and headed to Middleton Place where the gardens and grounds should be in full spring colors. Meanwhile, here are a few more from Charleston's sister city... ... See MoreSee Less
We are celebrating Spring! For a limited time, ALL CUSTOM ORDERS of any size, any format are 20% off. In addition, we are waiving the custom order fee ($50) during this sale. All images are included. Might be the right time to get that picture you've been thinking about. We will gladly ship, and we also deliver in the Knoxville and Cleveland areas! Contact us for prices and options. ... See MoreSee Less
More of Savannah...
Today has been interesting. Beginning yesterday afternoon, weather warnings about the huge storm hitting the southeast caused local schools to call off school today, and people were told to be ready to hunker down and take cover. We thought there would be no chance to get out and shoot and resolved to just be content with staying in the hotel room and processing more photos. Then, this morning, we got the report of very dense fog throughout the area, with the severe weather coming in early afternoon. I had been hoping for a foggy, misty morning to get some shots of the live oak trees and Spanish moss, so it was too tempting to pass up. It was disappointing to find out as we left though that the fog was not much at all compared to a good foggy day at home. We went to Bonaventure Cemetery and Wormsloe Plantation and took pictures most of the morning. Tornado warnings have kept us in this afternoon, but we're hoping things clear up sufficiently to get out a little later. So, today's pictures are a mixed bag of things we've captured over the last two days. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Saint Patrick's day from Savannah, Georgia! Doug and I really pondered over where we wanted to go for our first spring photo shoot trip, and we are so glad we agreed on Savannah and Charleston! It's always tempting to go somewhere new, but it's also very nice to go back to a familiar place that you love. I honestly think that each time we come here, we love it a little bit more. Yesterday was a full day of shooting, and we covered a lot of territory...from the streets of the city to Bonaventure Cemetery to Tybee Island, not getting back to the room until around 7:00, after launching out at 8:30 am. I took well over a thousand pictures and so far I'm feeling really good about them. As you go along with us and follow our daily posts, remember that any of our photos may be printed in your choice of size and format. We're always up for custom orders and love working with customers to create that perfect accent for their home. Contact us for size options and pricing! ... See MoreSee Less
The Marcy's Photo Journey team is on location right now in Savannah capturing some beautiful images to add to our "Southern Charm Collection"! There's just nothing like these little vignettes showcasing the irresistible appeal of the genteel south. Plenty of photos are already available through custom order. This week we'll be posting a few every day from Savannah. Always remember as you enjoy our work that every one of these (and many more) are available to you through our custom order option. Literally, all you have to do is let us know exactly what you want! ... See MoreSee Less
Spring is truly just around the corner, and we're anxious to get outside and capture the season with our lenses! Doug and I are excited about a full travel calendar through the rest of this year. We even booked a trip for May of 2022 yesterday, so we're really looking ahead! On Monday morning, we'll be taking off for two of our favorite southern cities...Savannah and Charleston. Hopefully we've got the timing just right for the peak of the azalea season. If you have a favorite site in either place that you'd like to suggest we put on our list, please let us know. After our return, we'll be home for about six weeks, and our focus will be the Smokies until we head back out to the Tetons and Yellowstone in mid May. We'd love to invite you to follow our journeys online and invite others to join in the fun. Today's featured photos were both taken during dogwood season in Cades Cove. It's hard to believe that the park was closed during the spring season last year, so it's already been two years since I took these! ... See MoreSee Less
Wow, the days are flying by so fast that it's hard to keep up! Here we are creeping closer and closer to spring, and it seems that everyone is more excited than usual about the change of season. We're finally coming out of a long winter in more ways than one. Hope is on our minds and in our smiles. Can we really...just maybe...start to see an end to our Covid impaired existence in the next few months?
Changes are underway at Marcy's Photo Journey as well! We are moving our Knoxville gallery to an exciting new venture that will be opening next month. Painted Tree Boutiques, with hundreds of unique shops under one roof, specializes in gifts, decor, fashion, and much more. Although we haven't been given an official moving date yet, it promises to be soon. Meanwhile, we're offering 20% off everything currently in The Painted Perch & Company gallery, so it you have a chance, stop by there and get in on the moving sale.
We've recently added metal images to our gallery at Grit & Grace Market, and we LOVE how they look! If you're in the Cleveland area, please come by and see what you think. We'd love to hear from some of you from time to time. Suggestions and feedback are are always appreciated.
We are aware that many of our followers don't live near Knoxville or Cleveland. Please know that we can always make it happen, should you want to purchase one of our images! We have shipped to over ten states now and have never had an issue with any shipment. Just let us know if we can create something for you.
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Our adventure to South Africa will always stand out as one of the most exciting journeys that Doug and I have ever taken. Cape Town was just one of many, many highlights of the trip. It's such a beautiful city with amazing diversity in landscape, architecture, culture, and people. "Colors of Cape Town," typical of the Bo-Kaap district that is known for its vibrantly colorful homes, always brings a smile to my face. No color enhancement here! If you are looking for an art piece that will rock your room with color and immediately become a focal point for your space, contact us for information about placing a special order with Marcy's Photo Journey. We'll even waive the normal $50 custom order fee! Get it in the exact size you need and choose your format and frame color. I have a feeling that this image on metal would be a head turner, for sure. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
That is a cool artsy piece!
Good morning and happy Sunday!
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
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I loved the trumpeter swans that were so abundant in Wyoming when we visited the Grand Tetons in January! White on white would have never been something that I would have thought could be stunning, but I have totally changed my mind after seeing these beautiful birds out in the snow and icy waters. We just placed an order for each of today's features. Notice the fine feather detail! "Dressed in Winter White" and "Tippy Toes" are coming soon to our galleries in Cleveland and Knoxville in 25 X 35 framed metals. ... See MoreSee Less
Photo Journey news...
This morning we scheduled our first Covid vaccine for March 9, and I've never been so eager to get a needle in my arm. 🙂 On the 15th, we're headed back to Charleston and Savannah for two weeks! Doug and I are looking forward to being there at peak azalea time and getting some wonderful spring plantation and city images in both locations. Then in May, we're back to the Tetons, this time including time at Yellowstone, to see those spring wildlife babies and early wildflowers out west. Time with our whole family at Prince Edward Island is planned for June, providing we can get into Canada by then, and that week will certainly be a highlight. We're also taking part in the Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival June 5-6. It's good to be busy, right?
Today's featured photo was taken late November at Botany Bay Plantation, just outside of Charleston. "First Light at Boneyard Beach," a 26 X 38 framed canvas has been reduced to $295 and can be seen at our gallery in The Painted Perch & Company in Knoxville. ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful!!! I don’t know if you would remember, but we met at Cades Cove. We were watching a baby bear eat up in a tree(summer 2018). My middle son is a Knob(freshman) at The Citadel in Charleston. I know you do nature shots, but you there might be some cool things going on there that weekend.
That looks like a skeleton of a boat...
Beautiful as always!
I'm bragging on Marcy who took TWO first-place awards in the SANP (Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers) annual competition. She went on to grab places in three other categories as well. "Cattails in the Snow" took first in Black & White and "Summer Twilight in Auxerre" took first in Panoramas. "Fly Fisherman of Oconaluftee" was second place in People in Nature, "Winter Hunting" took third in Wildlife, and "Teton Sunrise" took third in Scenic. Considering the competition, I was glad to at least score three honorable mentions. (Marcy took more places than anyone else.) These and other great images are available for special order from Marcy's Photo Journey or her website at marcysphotography.com. ... See MoreSee Less
Wow...These are fantastic! How did you get to the right place at the right time with the right aperture, shutter speed, light, etc., all working together? Great locations! Congratulations!
Absolutely wonderful! She is so gifted and with so much determination for perfection. I love her work, as well as yours, also.
Congratulations! Marcy has outstanding talents! She captures the most amazing moments in time! ❤️
Wonderful......I just love her work!
Congratulations! Your work is beautiful.
So very happy for her!! Very, very talented!! ❤
SOLD!! Just received notification of this sale through Fine Art America to a customer from Spring Green, Wisconsin. It's the second inspirational image that has sold in the past three days. I love being able to share God's Word through my pictures, but I've been a little discouraged about the fact that I rarely sell the ones with scriptures. So happy to see this landscape, taken in Alaska, proclaiming God's sustaining peace and grace! It's a good day, indeed. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Good morning! Rocking chair days on the porch can't be far away, can they? Today's photos are from a lazy day I spent in spring of 2018 wandering around Elkmont and taking pictures. These rockers are on the porch of the old lodge there, and I just like the inviting quality of these photos. The sadness that I felt as I walked through the old cottages, knowing that they were going to be demolished, comes back to me as I look at these. It was easy to picture in my mind countless families enjoying this special summer retreat in the early 1900's. I'd love to hear comments on your favorite composition and how you feel about color versus black and white. I'm considering doing a special project on the history of Elkmont and including some of my photos from that day. ... See MoreSee Less
While going through some files from 2019 yesterday, I came across this image from Prince Edward Island. It was a beautiful evening, and Doug and I had traveled to the south shore to get some sunset shots near Confederation Bridge, the engineering marvel that connects the island to Canada's mainland and the province of New Brunswick. You can most often count on great sunrises and sunsets on PEI, but this is the first time I'd ever been able to capture a triple sunburst, thanks to the reflections in the water. As I looked at this photograph of a triple sunset, I thought of Ephesians 3:20-21:
"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever."
Hoping you have a day of abundant blessings on this bleak, winter Tuesday. God is good! ... See MoreSee Less
Because of moments like this, Doug and I already have booked two more trips to the Grand Tetons this year! This land of rugged mountain peaks, amazing light, unending landscapes, and abundant wildlife calls us back to capture the spring and fall seasons with our cameras. I find myself already counting the weeks until we leave in May when things will be coming back to life, and nature's babies will be exploring the park with their mamas. Today's featured image was taken as Doug and I were finishing up a very long day of shooting in January. We had left our cozy room before sunrise, covered a lot of territory, and were on our way back to Jackson to rest by the fire and eat dinner. And then I spotted a lone moose foraging among the sagebrush as night was quickly coming. Of course, I just couldn't resist another moose, so we pulled off and began setting up our tripods to see what we could do with the low light. Concentrating on the moose kept me busy for several minutes, when out of the corner of my eye I noticed some light to the left. This was what I saw as I turned... ... See MoreSee Less
I see God in your works! ❤️
Bring the beauty of nature into your home this spring with "Safari Morning," a 32 X 42 framed fine art canvas. It was such a thrill to have the opportunity to photograph this tender moment between a mama and baby giraffe in Kruger National Park of South Africa! The clarity and detail of this morning golden hour image will please even the most discriminating buyer! Available in Marcy's Photo Journey at Grit & Grace Market, Cleveland for $375. You must see it in person to fully appreciate the value of this stunning art piece. WE SHIP ... See MoreSee Less
AMAZING OFFER from Marcy’s Photo Journey!!
“Sunset Along the Alaskan Inside Passage” is a triple split canvas that has always been one of our favorites. Each canvas in the set of three measures 20 X 30, so you need a large wall space to display this one. The soft, layered neutrals easily coordinate with a broad spectrum of decor palettes, offering a great focal point for any room in your home. As you can see, it looks great behind a sofa, but would be equally as nice over a dining room sideboard or large mantle. Unfortunately, we have discovered a very small, almost imperceptible, defect in one of the three canvases, so we prefer not to hang this beautiful work in either of our galleries at Grit & Grace Market or The Painted Perch & Company. Instead, we are offering it online for a drastically reduced price. If this artwork was in one of our galleries (and perfect), it would be priced at $525, but we are now discounting it by 60%, making the current cost $210. Please comment below or send me a private message if interested. We’ll be glad to deliver locally or ship to your home. ... See MoreSee Less
Instead of a card for your valentine this year, consider an 8 X 10 double matted print from Marcy's Photo Journey! Our smaller images are perfect for a standard size frame or desk easel, and instead of keeping that card in a drawer somewhere, your special one can enjoy their valentine gift all year long. We have several options that are very appropriate for Valentine's Day! ... See MoreSee Less
Unless you do a multi photo panorama, it's impossible to capture the entire Grand Tetons mountain range. I don't enjoy shooting panoramas nearly as much as Doug. He's definitely the king of panoramic photos, but I feel better about this one than I do about most of my efforts in that genre. This is a composite of 18 photos stitched together in post processing. Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend and staying warm and comfy. It's a very chilly day here in east Tennessee! ... See MoreSee Less
It's a lot of fun to return home from a distant photo shoot and get back into your pictures! There are so many images to review and sort and file that it could be overwhelming if it wasn't so much fun! It's really fun to relive the little moments of the journey...and much warmer the second time around! I wish this little creek that leads right up to the Teton Mountain range had a better name, but Ditch Creek was a place we returned to again and again and got good stuff every time. The variants of light and weather play such an important role in photography that you can stand at the exact same spot at exactly the same time of day and get something so different! The poorly named creek got it's name because of early settlers in the area who located in an area now known as Mormon Row. They were Mormons who had escaped persecution in Utah seeking out a new land under the Homestead Act in the late 1800's. The creek was dug out by these industrious people who located a natural spring and carved out a waterway by hand to where they were living. Today's feature is looking down the creek away from the mountains toward the origin of the ditch, Kelly Warm Spring. ... See MoreSee Less
If you've ever thought about purchasing one of our wildlife photos, this would be a good time! From now through February 6th, we are featuring all wildlife and bird photos at a discount of 20%. This includes all sizes of matted prints as well as framed canvases. It will also apply to any special orders that fall into the wildlife and birds category, so if you don't see what you're looking for in one of the galleries, just contact us because there's a good chance we have it in our files. How about a nice grouping of birds or a pair of African wildlife prints? ... See MoreSee Less
I love the red bird pictures! We grew up in Cardinal country in KY, not far from St. Louis.
Back home now, in our warm and comfortable Tennessee home, and today is really the first time I've had to thoroughly go over the many photos taken while on the Tetons adventure. I'll continue posting a few each day or so. It's just not possible right now to put anything on canvas because there's no room in the galleries. Just remember that if you ever see anything online that you like and are interested in having in your home, contact us about a special order. We'll work with you to get exactly what you have in mind and guarantee 100% satisfaction on everything we sell! ... See MoreSee Less
Did you get the Moulton barn?
Terrific. Welcome to visit my profile sometimes 😉😊🤗👍
What a great time we've had in Wyoming at Grand Teton National Park! Sharing a few of my favorites shots today, and I'm anxious to get back home and see how some of these will look on canvas. ... See MoreSee Less
We are loving our winter photo trip to Grand Teton National Park! ... See MoreSee Less
It was another full day out in the park for us. We wanted to start our day with sunrise at the same spot as yesterday, so we launched quite early to get there and get set up. Although it was only about 10 degrees colder than the day before, it was rough. As we got out of the car to set up tripods and get cameras mounted, it was -2. I have a hard time shooting with gloves on, so I left my gloves in the car and walked down the creek a ways to get the best vantage point for sunrise. Sunrise was nothing like the day before. The colors in the sky were much more subdued, but it was still pretty--just not nearly as dramatic. After about 15 minutes, I turned to my left and was shocked to see that a moose had seemingly appeared out of nowhere! As I look as the pictures of him now, I think he must have been bedded down in the sagebrush and had just stood up when I saw him. His body was covered in frost and bits of snow. Of course, I greeted him and began to take his picture, not really thinking about my freezing fingers until all of a sudden I realized that they were numb, and I was unable to grasp my camera. Afraid that I might drop my camera, I summoned Doug for help. As I tried to hurry back to the car, I was scared that I could have really done some damage because my fingers were burning and hurting so badly. That was not a good start to the day, but thankfully it did get better. We just followed our noses and explored, taking photos as we went. Winter is so beautiful here! ... See MoreSee Less
God made the beautiful earth and his two children who love this beautiful earth. He blessed them to capture its magnificence and then they share with us. Thank you both for your adventurous spirit and willingness to share. Take care of the little things like fingers and enjoy. Love you 😍
All excellent photos. Truly
Featuring "Aspen Skies" today, a brand new addition to Marcy's Photo Journey! We chose to use this one in our current winter themed decor at Grit & Grace Market, but it is for sale as well. It's a large one, 38 X 50, and framed in a handsome gray custom crafted floating frame. Remember that through January 15th, ALL WINTER IMAGES ARE 20% OFF. Since "Aspen Skies" was taken last January in Rocky Mountain National Park, it qualifies for this sale. Originally priced at $525, that means you can take $104 off as long as it is purchased before the sale ends. Layers of neutrals and exquisite detail combine for an exceptional art piece that will go almost every decor style and color palette. Worth the trip to Grit & Grace to see it in person! ... See MoreSee Less
Just trying to get my mind right for the upcoming trip to big snow country! Have a great Wednesday. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Good Monday morning! Today's photo was taken last January as Doug and I enjoyed a train trip through the Royal Gorge in Colorado. It was totally unplanned and spontaneous and so much fun! A week from tomorrow we're headed to Wyoming, and I'm wondering what unexpected adventures will be waiting... ... See MoreSee Less
Praying you capture fantastic photos in unique settings. Have fun all the way.
I so want to see pictures of Wyoming
When we left off yesterday, Doug and I had just launched Marcy's Photo Journey online, and I had awakened on a normal day in November to discover that I had sold my first picture through Fine Art America. WOW!!! It gave me such a thrill to think that some unknown person out there in cyber space living way across our country in California would actually pay money to have my art in their home. I was encouraged, but the sales came few and far between. A year passed, and I had a total of 17 sales through FAA. We also made a few sales to family members and friends during that first year and had "taken our show on the road," participating in three local arts and crafts fairs.
Shortly after passing that first year mark, we heard about a new, exciting vendors market coming to Cleveland, about an hour from our home in Knoxville. When we visited the Grit & Grace website, I was excited but scared to formally apply because I was afraid that my photography wouldn't pass muster and that we'd be rejected. After a few days of mulling it over, we decided to go ahead and fill out an application. The reply came back...YAY, we're in! Now what do we do?
We only had a short time to figure this gallery thing out and get it done, so my totally amazing husband got busy, and our first Photo Journey location opened in December of 2019. Many sweet friends and family encouraged and supported, but it was hard to not worry about the fact that we had made quite an investment in materials for the gallery as well as in image inventory to just get things up and running. What if we didn't sell anything? Fortunately Doug is not the worrier that I am, and he kept assuring me that we'd just take it a week at a time and as long as we sold enough to make our rent payment, it would be okay. There were a couple of months that we didn't reach our goal, but after about six months, we could finally breath a little easier.
About nine months after the gallery in Grit & Grace opened, we had another opportunity come our way, this time in Knoxville only about 10 minutes from our home. Doug surprised me when he wanted to go for it, and so the gallery at The Painted Perch & Company opened in November, 2020. During all of this time, we have also continued to sell some online and out of our home through our Photo Journey website and facebook page. It has been an adventure, for sure, and we're hanging on and doing okay.
Fine Art America sales have increased as well, and after two years, I've had a total of 69 sales there. Special orders have also come in, and I've found that it gives me tremendous joy to work with a customer to create that perfect gift or piece for their home. We still are in the position of just taking it day by day, and I'm trying not to worry about all of the money we've spent on what is now a huge inventory of artwork, spread over two galleries and stored in every available space we have in our house.
My initial motivation to put my work "out there" was a strong desire to showcase God's beautiful world and hopefully inspire someone along the way. The images that I love the most are ones that I can add a favorite scripture to in hopes of encouraging others or enabling them to see things in a positive light. That's why I chose to post the picture above. Yes, starting a business in our late 60's has been crazy, tiring, worrisome, and frustrating. But it's also been wonderful to work alongside my best friend and life partner to create something together and achieve a common goal. It's been awesome to have the encouragement and support of so many friends that have a way of always lifting my spirits when I start to wonder why in the world am I doing this?
We find ourselves laughing at all of the times we've said, "When things get rolling or when Photo Journey really takes off..." Just about decided that's never going to happen. 🙂 Instead it's plodding along day by day, figuring it out, doing our best, and trusting God to bless our efforts as He sees fit. We can't thank you enough for choosing to come with us on this journey. Sorry this has been so long, but I just felt it necessary to tell the story to anyone who cared to listen. I promise I'll be much briefer in the days to come! ... See MoreSee Less
Thought it might be a good idea to look back a bit and give our new followers a little insight as to how we arrived at where we are today. Five years ago I decided to buy a camera. It was a huge learning curve, because I am hopelessly challenged in all things technical (just ask Doug), but I was eager to learn how to take pictures with my first Nikon DSLR. I had loved being able to capture family and travel with my cell phone, but wanted to join Doug in the world of "real photography." When I took the camera out of the box, I literally had to consult the manual to figure out how to put in the battery and turn it on.
It wasn't long before I was out giving it my best, always with my settings on AUTO. I had no clue about settings and no confidence about anything, but it was fun to press the button and see instantly the image I had just taken. Over the next three years I became obsessed with photography. All I had going for me was the fact that I naturally had a "good eye" and knew how the image should be composed. I took a few online courses where I delved into camera settings, proper exposure, depth of field, and all of the basics. It was about this time that we started traveling, and I so greatly enjoyed taking my camera and documenting our trips. When I wasn't traveling, I was headed to the Smokies, sometimes from before sunrise until after dark.
In early 2016, my confidence level had increased to the point where I began posting more online. My ultimate joy was taking pictures of my granddaughters and sharing them with friends on facebook. However, as I posted more and more of our travels, friends commented about how much they enjoyed vicariously traveling with us. In the summer of 2018, there were some inquiries about my pictures, and comments were made by a few that I might want to check in to selling some of my photos.
Fast forward to September 30, 2018 when Marcy's Photo Journey was officially launched online. We decided to give it whirl and created a facebook page. At that time, Doug and I also joined Fine Art America hoping to sell some things through the largest print on demand business in the world, but actually having VERY LITTLE HOPE that we actually might see some sales. The picture that I'm posting today, "Daybreak in Torremolinos," was my very first sale online two months after we signed up. I couldn't believe it...someone from California had actually ordered one of my pictures!!!
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW...
(To help us build our business and gain new followers, we'd love to have you invite your friends to join our page. All shares are appreciated.) ... See MoreSee Less
First decision of 2021...what picture should I post to welcome in this brand new year of Photo Journey? Right away I knew it had to be a sunrise... a mountain sunrise...a Great Smoky Mountains sunrise! So here we are. Certainly one that I've shared before, but perfectly fitting for this first day of January. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all who stop by this page from time to time. I'm hoping to devote more time to this facebook connection with so many of you who have honored me by following this page and liking my photos. Now that both galleries are up and running and we've acquired a good inventory of images, it's my intention to get out and shoot more and enjoy my passion for travel and photography more than I was able to do in 2020.
We are leaving for our first adventure in just 11 days. Doug and I will be packing our ski masks, snow pants, and warmest coats, hats, and scarves to head to Wyoming for ten days. We'll be staying in Jackson Hole and hope to come home with some beautiful winter images of Grand Tetons National Park, and possibly Yellowstone, if the roads are passable to get there. We both have new Christmas lenses that we're wanting to try out!
One of our goals for 2021 is to gain some followers to this page. It's been difficult to build, and we could use your help. If everyone could invite just ten of their facebook friends who might be interested, it would really help our numbers. Also, a simple share from time to time goes a long ways. Once again, thanks for your support and encouragement. Starting a business at this point in my life has been a daunting task, but we're two years in (online) and have had the Grit & Grace gallery for one year now. We'll just keep taking it a day at a time and see what happens... ... See MoreSee Less
Enjoy your trip. Stay warm and be safe.
Perfect photo for New Year's Day!! One of my favorites!! Praying for safe travels & anxious to see what your new lens capture while there!! ❤
You chose the best picture. The dawning of a new day, new year and for some perhaps a new life.
Beautiful.....Happy New Years!
Can’t wait to see photos of your upcoming journey!
So beautiful. I miss those mountains.
It's been fun going through some older pictures of Cades Cove for a while today. This one was taken in April of 2018 at the crack of dawn, and I love the melancholy feel conveyed here. It brought back fond memories of being out early, all alone in nature. Since that time, the traffic through the Cove has increased so much that I find myself wondering if I'll ever have this experience again. Can hardly wait to get back out there shooting! ... See MoreSee Less
SOLD! Love this springtime image of Cades Cove Methodist Church with blooming dogwoods overhead. This one sold over the week-end in a 26 X 38 framed canvas. I have one more of this image available, without the text ($275 minus 20%), if anyone is interested. Sending out a big thank you to the customer from Sweetwater, Tennessee! ... See MoreSee Less
Good morning! This photo is from our visit to the Scottish Highlands in 2017, and I think it pairs so nicely with one of my favorite verses of scripture. I want to trust more in Him! ... See MoreSee Less
Good morning! "Sunrise at Folly Beach," taken a couple of weeks ago in Charleston, measures 50 X 32, and looks fabulous framed. Now available for sale at Marcy's Photo Journey. ... See MoreSee Less
Wow! I had no idea how much Doug's beautiful handcrafted frame would enhance "Christmas in London." I ordered two of these, one for each gallery, but now that they're framed, I'm wanting to keep one for my dining room. 🙂 If you're interested in adding this gorgeous nostalgic image to your Christmas decor, you can see it first hand at Marcy's Photo Journey in west Knoxville at The Painted Perch & Company. Measuring 38 X 26, it's priced at $310, but you are welcome to take 20% off that price during the Christmas Open House this weekend. If you aren't local and are interested in this art piece, we will gladly honor the sale price and ship it to your home! ... See MoreSee Less
If you enjoy amazing landscapes, the Pixels 25% sale on all wall art is continuing today. It was supposed to end yesterday, so I was very surprised to get up this morning and see that this fantastic sale still ongoing. The two landscape images below, taken last week in Charleston, are now available through the Pixels site. Just click the link below for easy access:
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Doug and I want to send out a big thank you to all of the Marcy's Photo Journey friends and supporters who have encouraged and cheered us on during the past year. We are thankful for you as we count our blessings this Thanksgiving! Hoping that all of you will have a special day and that you'll experience the blessings and love of God in a real and tangible way. ... See MoreSee Less