Wednesday, April 13, 2016

When life becomes art



Winter's nightgown

spreads

across a dormant

April countryside

that refuses to rise.
 

les dames d'abord

But it's from the inside 

where spring

flowers

in 

Minnesota.

At the farmhouse of a friend

Clara and I played

with 

French antiquities


les dames d'abord


and petal-thin frocks.


les dames d'abord



The more the three of us experimented



les dames d'abord

the more we realized 

that our lives are



masterpiece that shape-shifts

the light beams that meet us.


les dames d'abord

Glorious morning

we search outside

of 

ourselves 

for spring
 

les dames d'abord


and come back

finding it within.




All photos taken by me, anita pelayo rivera©

Model: Clara from Clarabel Vintage/Antiques, Minneapolis
Antiques and property courtesy of a friend in the countryside


84 comments:

Weekend-Windup said...

Good shot. The dress looks good...

A Magical Whimsy said...

I always find sweet serenity when I come visit your timeless blog, Anita dearest!
Your photography blew me away! The color blue is one of my weaknesses...very swoon worthy, indeed. The loveliness of the exquisite vintage dress demands to be frozen in time with these shots. And sweet Clara is loveliness herself. She reminds me a lot of THE Clara in France. I see the snow has melted and the grassland beckons.
Always with love and bliss!
Teresa
http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

"Create Beauty" said...

The beauty captured by your lens and expressed through the love in your heart is glorious!
Truly inspired!!!

~violet

"Create Beauty" said...

The beauty captured by your lens and expressed through the love in your heart is glorious!
Truly inspired!!!

~violet

Rhonda said...

That is a blue like no other blue! You've captured pure magic. Dreamy magic!

Rhonda said...

That is a blue like no other blue! You've captured pure magic. Dreamy magic!

Méa Strauß said...

Ohhh Clara and this DRESS and this fauteuil, blue and battered to the most wonderful style it only could be.
Again the camera was your wand, Anita.
This mood, it gives you wings - I am so happy for you :)) Hugs from your friend

Jade said...

Oh Anita, your artwork is so magical, it takes my breath away! Your dream came true! With love and hugs and looking forward to your wonderful images,

Jade

speedyrabbit said...

Beautiful Anita!!! you always take the most beautiful photo's.How I wish you could do the same with Speedy...and me...shh did I say that?xx Rachel and Speedy

The Dutchess said...

This made my heart skip a beat..how amazingly beautiful...

Pura Vida said...

How oh how do you do it? Exquisite

Personally selected products said...

My lovely ANITA! I just saw your elegat picture by instagram!
Always ELEGANT . Always BEAUTIFUL . Your sensibility is magic!
Luisa

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Anita, a good morning to you! I love this post! I have seen many of your photos and adventures on Instagram and find the images so incredibly beautiful!

You words and images here are so magical! Thanks for sharing your beauty with the world. IT is nice to see you back here where we all met.

Karena Albert said...

Good morning Anita! How exquisite, that gown is a treasure. Happy Springtime to you!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Mary Hone said...

Lovely, lovely shots. And of course your poetry is always so nice, and a wonderful story.

Kelly said...

That dress.....your words.....the scenery..... her countenance ..... ALL GLoRious!!! <3

Robyn said...

I am left completely in awe of your talent, Anita. These photos are completely captivating and I agree with everyone else - that colour of blue is remarkable!
My very favourite is the last capture and I need to have it on my wall. Stunning! Congratulations on a great collaboration. You're rocketing, my friend. oxxo

Barbara Fisher said...

Dear Anita, this is just delicious! I so enjoyed your photographs and words, what a very creative lady you are. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,
You have captured such beauty through the lens.. The photos are breathtaking, as are your words.
Bravo!
Bisous

Connie Goulden said...

Your words and photography are in sync with beauty and light. Stunning dear Anita. Xoxo yours, Cely

It's me said...

Anita !!!...what a beautiful pictures !! You make wowww beautiful model too...love your post love you !!.my dear dear friend for away.....love from je Ria x ❤️❤️❤️

Debbie Harris said...

Gorgeous! Every bit of this post is surrounded with beauty, your words, your photography, your thoughts...

So nice to visit with you, Anita.
blessings~~
Debbie

vintageandart said...

Loved your beautiful images.

donna baker said...

Oh Anita, all so beautiful.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you for visiting! If I am standing at the front door, yes, I can smell the roses.. Especially when it is very warm outside.

Jeanie said...

Anita, unbelievable! The photos are magnificent -- what a setting and all that blue! And of course your words are just magical. A splendid post. I'm so glad you came back to blog!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

just stunning ... in every way! (I also loved your post last week, but couldn't get my comment to post). Your lyrics and photos always enrich my day.

The French Hutch said...

Your words and photography, simply lovely. Happy Spring dear Anita…………..

lisa said...

Hello Anita. Your blog is magical and enchanting. Thank you.

Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful my friend.
Kris

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Anita you have photographed a beautiful fairytale. Clara is a perfect model whose looks are classical adding to the mystic of your story. The scenery timeless the props divine. The 3 of you must of enjoyed yourselves to the max and what struck me is how magnificent the antique chair and gown are and they came to life through your captures.
xoxo,
Vera

handmade by amalia said...

A magical post, Anita, both words and images. And the poem at the top is another delight.
Amalia
xo

Taste of France said...

At first, I thought the first was a painting. Just beautiful. And thank you for the magical words, too!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Anita, your photos are just remarkable!! What talent - both your poetry and your visual eye! Wow!!

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Exquisite photographs dear one!!! And perfection in words!!

Have a beautiful joyous week end Dearest Sweet Anita :-)
Love, Blessings, Warmth and Joy, Linnie

Marcia said...

A Masterpiece indeed, my friend...our lives and this stunning performance.
Keep shining, loves. You and Clara are a perfect duo, Masterpiece theatre players, and we, your most inspired and mesmerized audience, stand in thundering ovation.
Bravissimo!
xoxo

LeeAnn at Mrs Black's said...

I knew that I had missed you greatly ~ but when my gaze fell upon these wondrous images I realised just how much light had gone out when you left us. These images positively 'glisten'! Like Butterfly wings in the early morning light. I love all of the images, the clothes, the setting and that furniture. How bright that Clara is against the grey sleeping trees. So beautiful. x

Karen said...

Anita,
Your photography skills and the artistry you use with your photographs continues to wow me. What beautiful antiques and such a lovely friend to assist with the piece.
xo,
Karen

Kim said...

You are a true artist Anita. Your words, your photos, your styling are just lovely to see. So glad you decided to blog again. I just adore your posts! :)

Heather Orr Lindstrom said...

This is a masterpiece, Anita dear. I'm simply blown away by the power of the first and last images you have created. Adding the human form and fashion aesthetics to your body of work takes it to a new a whole new dimension. Wishing you some warm spring sunshine this weekend.
Yes, summer vacation is coming ;) xx

Sylvia said...

Gorgeous images, dear friend! The last one of Clara is SPECTACULAR!

Lady of the Woods said...

This is sublime! just sigh.....it is right in my world.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Magical pictures! The blue dress really looks like it's out of a fairy tale.

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Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, I love this blue dress that Clara is wearing. It looks like something you would see in an enchanted forest. These are all such lovely photos, but that picture with the Rosary is something very special. Please frame that one in your home, it's just so beautiful. Are the flowers blooming in your area yet?

Oh, about my hair color......Yes, it was light brown and even blondish at the ends. I certainly understand why you were late on commenting. And your comments do thrill me when I see them. You are so special, Anita, and if your real life world hasn't acknowledged that by now, I want you to know that this blog friend has. You mean the world to me.

love, ~Sheri

A Joyful Cottage said...

Stunning photographs, Anita! The blue dress is breathtaking and Clara wears it so well. It's perfect for her. The setting is beautiful, and I can only imagine how fabulous your friend's farmhouse must be. I agree with Kim. You are a true artist, and I'm glad you're blogging again. I, too, love your posts. Hugs, Nancy

PlantPostings said...

A prairie farm is the perfect place for one of your amazing photo shoots. Beautiful objects and images. Thanks for sharing!

Troebadoer said...

Chère Anita,

Dans ton blog, tu nous montres un monde magique,
tendre et fragile, d’une beauté éthérée.

Je te souhaite des jours de printemps parfaits...



Vulnerable you are
Fragile your secrets
As a sparse rosebut
your dreams float
the silver butterfly
behind your eyes


https://youtu.be/_fNg3qHdEcY

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Oh my gosh, your photography - stunning!!! I'm thrilled to see you return to your blog, Anita. Just now noticing. Actually I took a mini blog hiatus. Feels good to be back.
Happy weekend, my friend
L

Art and Sand said...

beautiful ... your words, your photos, your heart!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Cher ami, MERCI encore pour ta fidelité chez moi! Et ta poèsie, soit en anglais, soit en français me touche. Oh j'adore la phrase, "The silver butterfly behind your eyes.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

A perfect Spring post dearest Anita with Clara.....just stunning.....And all on my birthday too....Just Magic.....beautiful Spring for you and Autumn for us.....Dzintra xo

Palomasea said...

Anita! Breathtaking! That dress, that blue...the landscape....your words...it is all coming together in the most magical, exquisite way...BRAVA! It certainly looks like it could be in the South of France, doesn't it? So happy for you, chere amie! LOVE YOU!!!
(Now to hop over to Dzintra's to wish her a happy birthday!)

Daniela said...

Thank you for another inspiring and so touching post, my dearest Anita, I'm speechelss ... and breathless, as well !

May the remainder of your Sunday be filled with joy and may the new week begin with so much love for you, Wonderful Lady, wishing you all my best with all my heart,
with much, so much gratitude and esteem

Dany

Down by the sea said...

Oh those are such beautiful pictures and gowns, It must have been such fun creating those wonderful images! Sarah x

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Lowcarb team member said...

Yet another fabulous post with wonderful pictures and a wonderful gown, I just love to see the colour and the mood your pictures evoke.
Most special.

All the best Jan

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Anita, Beautiful post filled with spring joy. Love all the gorgeous photos you share here. The gown is a treasure. Hope you are doing well. Thank you for stopping by today. So nice to see you. I enjoyed coming back to post again and will be truly back soon in limited posts. Lots of changes and fresh starts for me. After 10 years of blogging, I am telling myself it's okay to make some changes in direction.
Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week. Blessings dear friend. xo

therelishedroost said...

Fabulous images!! I just love seeing these posts. xo Karolyn

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, the landscaper came to my house and planted a small tree in my back yard. He is coming back on Monday to plant some flowers in one of the garden areas. I told him that I may want Daisies, but not sure and I'll keep thinking of flowers to plant. Then, I saw these daisies on your Instagram and thought, "oh yes, daisies might be just the right flower to plant in my back yard." Did I ever tell you that they remind me of my mom? That was a lovely photo, and just wanted to tell you that. ~Sheri

Stephanie said...

Simply divine, my sweet friend! The images and tale won my heart :) You, dear Anita, are very talented with the camera!

Much love to you!

Marcia said...

Hello, lovely. Here again, to thank you for stopping by. I could go through this post a dozen times and never get tired. So beautiful. All the pictures are gorgeous, but that last one is stunning. I keep thinking she's walking into a painting...first time I saw it and now. Takes your breath away really.
As you can see, I'm having fun playing house. :) Glad to hear your learning to love yellow. It's always been a favorite of mine.
I'm sure you'll be off to another adventurous weekend. Tell us all about it soon, please.
xoxo

En dilettante said...

J'ai aimé tes photos sur Instagram et je reviens les admirer sur grand écran via ton blog.
Superbe, romantique et si original, bravo !

Botanic Bleu said...

Anita,
Breathtaking blues, awakening landscapes, and exquisite paper-thin fabric... enveloped in poetry. What a beautiful post.

Judith

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Anita,
Your photography is amazing! What beauty and magic you have captured with your camera and tender soul!
Jemma

Red Rose Alley said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear one! How did I miss that? I have it written down in my desk, but guess I overlooked it. I hope you had a beautiful weekend. My birthday is in May, and I think I want to go to the ZOO hehehe.

love you always, ~Sheri

Red Rose Alley said...

ps just wanted to tell you that the daisies on my post today were in honor of your mom too, as she used to love them as well. And now I will think about both our moms when I look out there in my garden each day. :)

The French Hutch said...

Back to say hello and see what's new. Hope to see you and Clara having another "play date" with French antiquities! This should be a magazine spread Did I see a mention of a birthday? Blessings on your special day dear friend………….

Jeri Landers said...

How utterly lovely, in word and photo. I am amazed at how incredible your pictures are....but I guess not, I knew you would accomplish perfection. What a dress! It must feel like wearing a feather.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

My dear friend,
That was fun! I thought you would enjoy walking down memory lane with Bebe..
Thank you so much for visiting
love you

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Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Such magic and beauty dear Anita. You always present us with beautiful images. Such a pleasure to take it all in. I hope you have a fabulous weekend. xo

Madelief said...

Beautiful words and photo's Anita....and that dress! It's divine. Your friend looks beautiful wearing it. Is it very old? It must be fun for your friend to be able to wear it for the photo shoot. I have some lovely dresses in my wardrobe too, but I never have the chance, as my daughters are not that keen on taking photo's ;-)

Thank you for your sweet words on my blog too. Hope you will be able to see the bluebell woods for yourself one day. I couldn't stop looking and taking photographs.

Enjoy the spring!

Madelief x

Nancy's Notes said...

Breathtaking photographs and your words thought provoking!
Amazing and incredible post, Anita.

Nancy

Nadezda said...

Vraiment très joli, quel plaisir pour les yeux :)

Nadezda said...

Vraiment très joli, quel plaisir pour les yeux :)

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, you teach second grade now? That's what Jess teaches! This is a fun age group and they're still respectful and happy little ones. I think that was my favorite year when I was in school and loved my teacher. :)

Have a sweet day, Anita.

~Sheri

Kaisievic said...

Stunning! Thank you.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

OH! Dearest Anita, this post is just delightful - starting with the opening - one of my favorite pieces of music! All of the words and photos - as usual - are outstanding - but the two shots of feet - one of the foot stepping off a stage(?) and the other sitting amidst a cloud of tulle are just stunning! I think YOU are the jewel of Spring!

Jeri Landers said...

May IS the Jewel. I cannot believe how superb this month is, it just breathes loveliness. The photos are luscious, and I love the burlap and silk.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

I can not get over the beautiful photos. They are breathtaking Anita. You are an artist! So glad you are spending time in the garden. Truly a pleasure of mine as well. xo

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning Gentle Spirit and talented Artist,
Breathtaking and gentle beauty you capture and share with us-I am privileged to know you!
Thank you,
Jemma

Maria Elena said...

Beautiful post and such gorgeous pictures! Take care. Maria

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Hello my beautiful friend. Just stopping by to say hello. It's been a while since I visited and may I say, your photos have taken me on an enchanting journey. Such beauty and fantasy... You have certainly mastered photography Anita. Your photos are incredible.

Hugs,

Janet
rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com