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There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart…pursue those. ~Michael Nolan (Featured in melissaAnne Color and Inspiration No. 26 – Catch Your Heart)  

I’m headed out on an exciting trip and am busily getting things together for 3 weeks on the road. I’m spending 2 weeks on Martha’s Vineyard (someone pinch me, this MUST be a dream!) and then I’m headed up to Maine for a week. I’ve always wanted to go to Maine, so I’m quite excited to visit both places and spend some quality time with a new camera.      

Over the past couple months, I’ve had so much fun working on new melissaAnne projects and I am excited about recently completing the first month of the Monday-Friday Color and Inspiration Newsletter.  If you aren’t getting the email, you can sign up here.   Last week I finished design of the first 30-card set of melissaAnne Inspire Cards.  I have a few more things to do to finalize the packaging, but look for them soon on my website.         

I recently had samples created for the melissaAnne pillow collection. I took the finished pillows, created from a selection of Water Colors and Urban Colors images printed on Silk Charmeuse, on my last trip to Martha’s Vineyard to do product shots.  Long before I had the samples, or even knew how I was going to get them made, I had a vision of the first photo shoot for the pillow collection.  I saw the pillows arranged in a variety of outdoor locations:  in  boats, on the beach, in a meadow, and on a farm.       

To me, the vision was a message to keep going.  You’ll get there.       

I got there!  But, things didn’t quite work out as I expected.  The pillow inserts I received were 16×16”, which created a bit of a problem for the 16×20” pillow covers. I’m no math whiz…but even I know this is a problem!  My amazing “style team” pulled together and with a fold, a tuck, and an adjustment here and there…we made things work and got some exciting pictures of the samples.  I was even able to integrate some of the ideas from the vision that kept me moving forward!      

Introducing melissaAnne Home Collection Pillows

melissaAnne Water Colors images on pillows go back “home” and add some color to this boat I found on the beach in Lobsterville.         

© Melissa McClain

 From left:  Water Colors Spring On The Vineyard, Garden of Angels, and Sea Cave        

       

© Melissa McClain

 Shown:   Water Colors Garden Of Angels      

    

One of my favorite places on Martha’s Vineyard is Edgartown and the beautiful view of the harbor and lighthouse from in front of the Harbor View Hotel.  A little flip of the harbor view bench and we have a great location to stage the pillows.        

© Melissa McClain

 From Left:  Urban Colors Stedman, Water Colors Spring On The Vineyard, Urban Colors Saffron, Water Colors Sea Cave, and Urban Colors Shine No. 6      

    

Special thanks to the Harbor View Hotel for letting us take over the rocking chairs on the wrap around porch.        

© Melissa McClain

I’m excited about the pictures above and the process of seeing the vision come to life with my pillows.  However, there was something missing.  Don’t most product shots have a little more of a “home” feel to them?  Maybe a little “home life” in them?  I needed a model to help them come to life, and I got the PURRFECT one!   

© Melissa McClain

 Shown:  Garden of Angels with model Wilber Philber    

 

© Melissa McClain

  Shown:  Urban Colors Stedman       

      

© Melissa McClain

  Shown:  Urban Colors Shine No. 6       

      

© Melissa McClain

 Shown From Left:  Urban Colors Stedman and Saffron       

      

Special THANKS to the following:       

My style team: Jamie Eslinger (marketing maven), Sandra Carlson, and Justin Aiken (stylist and “heavy lifter”).       

My model Wilber Philber, his agent, and his personal photographer.      

       

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.  ~Harriet Beecher Stowe  (Featured in melissaAnne Color and Inspiration No. 28 – Turn The Tide)      

The journey continues.  One step at a time.  One day at a time.  One opportunity at a time.      

A little closer every day.       

I’ll see you after my fantastic adventure.  Hopefully with lots of fun pictures and updates to share.       

       

Listen to the Color of your Dreams. ~John Lennon

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I had never been to Martha’s Vineyard before my Vision weekend in September. I didn’t really know much about it actually so it wasn’t on my list of “places to go.” After 5 days on this island off the coast of Massachusetts, well, all that has changed! I shed a few tears as I departed this amazing place and I’ve been dreaming of my time there and longing to return!  Maybe it was the Vision Day experience and an amazing opportunity to discover my inner self and solidify my passion for art.  Maybe it was the amazing people I met while I was there.  Maybe it was the beauty that surrounded me.  Or maybe, just maybe, Martha’s Vineyard is a magical place that is somehow connected to my soul.

Come with me and my camera as we strengthen our friendship and passion for all things colorful, unique, and beautiful.

Discovering the Golden Hour and Reinforcing the Vision

My first official photography day started at 6 a.m. outside the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown where I met the amazing local photographer and executive coach Rob Berkley to shoot the sunrise. Not being a morning person, shooting the sunrise is not something I’m familiar with. Well, I’m hooked! What an amazing experience! As the sun came up over the Edgartown Lighthouse the whole world around me seemed to glow in exuberance. 

Sunrise Over Edgartown Lighthouse

Sunrise Over Edgartown Lighthouse

Golden Hour on the Beach

Golden Hour on the Beach

It was as if I was standing in the pages of a fairy tale, and I didn’t want the story to end.  Each capture with my camera seemed to increase my passion and excitement.  Hearing the shutter sounds coming from the camera at times gave me chills. It was an incredible moment I will not soon forget and it reminded me in a very special way of the gift of each new day.

Fishing Poles Against Sunrise Reflection

Fishing Poles Against Sunrise Reflection

Waiting Their Turn

Waiting Their Turn

I don’t know that I’ve ever been so at peace with myself and with the world around me. Inside I knew, I truly knew, that this is who I am and what I do. This is the language of my soul and a gift that I’ve been given. If I close my eyes now I can still connect with my feelings that morning; peaceful and inspired by the passion I felt holding my camera and trying to capture the beauty around me.

My Soul Speaks

My Soul Speaks

Edgartown, Oh Edgartown!

I love this place!  It stole my heart with its beautiful architecture, the sturdy presence and watchful eye of the lighthouse, and the boats softly swaying in the water.  Edgartown may just be the heart of the Martha’s Vineyard magic.

 

Edgartown's Magical Glow

Edgartown's Magical Glow

 

 

Morning Dew on Seagrass in Edgartown

Morning Dew on Seagrass in Edgartown

 

melissaAnne Water Colors Collection – Martha’s Vineyard

After a few hours capturing the sunrise, I was taken to a place where I could discover new treasures for the melissaAnne Photography Water Colors Collection.  An ordinary place for most, but for me a place where new melissaAnne Water Colors could be discovered and my creativity could come alive. When I arrived, my heart skipped a beat. All around me were boats. Yes, a simple boat yard is the canvas for my work. As I approached each boat a relationship was built. They spoke to me through shapes, patterns, and colors. I crawled under, I reached high, I squeezed through. I was looking for the perfect shot, the perfect image, a story to tell with my lens!  It came as no surprise to me that Martha’s Vineyard, magical as it is, gave me many wonderful Water Colors images that day.

Take a look at a few of my favorites. What do you see in your favorite Water Colors image? What story does it tell you?

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 Ballet 

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Water Colors MV4

Beauty and art are all around us, sometimes in places and things we don't expect.

 

A Peaceful Power

After shooting in the boat yards I set off to see if there were more magical moments to be had on Martha’s Vineyard. Next stop: Aquinnah.

Aquinnah, on this sunny day, was majestic! The flat shoreline I’d seen on the rest of the island gave way to beautiful cliffs and rolling sand dunes. I started my visit off with a drive along the shore with fields of vegetation, rich greens mixed with reds and yellows, reaching out to the dunes and the crashing waves beyond.

Pond In Aquinnah

Pond In Aquinnah

Dunes and Surf

Dunes and Surf

I stopped at the lookout point at Gay Head Cliffs and as I reached the top of the hill I was welcomed by the towering cliffs and the Gay Head Lighthouse. I stood on the platform with the wind swirling around me and was mesmerized by the sea grass as it danced along the cliffs and the waves broke on the shore, the lighthouse maintaining its protective watch behind me. The power of the wind, the waves, the cliffs and lighthouse made me feel small in size, yet bolstered by their strength. I felt like I could do anything I wanted, be anything I wanted. It was peaceful, exhilarating, and inspiring.

Gay Head Cliffs

Gay Head Cliffs

 

Gay Head Lighthouse

Gay Head Lighthouse

Local Artists and Food

While strolling down the main shopping street in Vineyard Haven one evening, I stopped by Peter Simon’s Gallery.  Peter is an amazing photographer and his wife, Ronni, makes beautiful jewelry.  Of course I couldn’t leave Martha’s Vineyard without my traditional “vacation jewelry” purchase.  Not only were Peter and Ronni friendly and welcoming as I browsed the store, but Peter complimented the melissaAnne Water Colors bag I was carrying! Jonathan Adler, “we’re” getting noticed!!

Another favorite local artist is Alison Shaw (I have been indulging in her website quite frequently).  I fell in love with one of her photographs that hung on the wall at the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven. During Vision Day breaks, I would sit and stare at it longingly. The shapes, colors, and textures called out to me and made me long for my camera (not to mention a very large suitcase to carry the framed print home in!). Unfortunately her gallery was closed when I stopped by so I didn’t get to visit or meet her.  Next time!

After expressing my love for Edgartown Debbie Phillips, founder of Women on Fire, suggested lunch at Espresso Love. My selection, a delightfully tasty Macaroni and Cheese with Prosciutto. Martha’s Vineyard AND Mac and Cheese?!? Really, I’m not sure why the boxes are not packed yet and the moving truck scheduled!

melissaAnne Water Colors Espresso would be a nice addition to their wall!

melissaAnne Water Colors Espresso would work nicely at Espresso Love

Saying Goodbye

Leaving Martha’s Vineyard was sad, yet exciting. I knew my memories of this place would be with me forever and I was returning home with a new sense of self and a full awareness of my true passion. I was leaving this place I once hadn’t known much about or ever planned on visiting. And now, well, Martha’s Vineyard is a part of me.

It’s my magical place where my soul soars and my passion burns.

 

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