Artist Spotlight # 46

Submitted by mimi 12/10/09 6:31 AM GMT

Our final artist to be spotlighted in 2009 comes near the end of the alphabet and loves the color blue. I give to you our own verenabloo known around these parts as "V" or Verena. Take a minute out of your day and visit her varied gallery and browse a bit!

I think I've become speechless at this moment. I so love being part of the caedes family and sharing my little life a bit with all of you feels very nice. Thank you so much for the priviledge not only of being part of caedes, but that I've never met a nicer group of people then are here. I never thought for one moment, when I came to America from Germany, that I'd be so in love with taking photos, but I think the seeds were planted with the little "Brownie" I got as a teenager! I'll try to share my life of photography with you. It actually began in a small way about 20 years ago. At the time we were working part time in janitorial and one evening I took out the good ol' paper trash, when I saw a camera next to the dumpster! I took it in, put a notice on the bulletin board, along with other places, hoping someone would claim it. After waiting about two month no one claimed it, so I tried working with that camera a bit. It must have been meant to be! Seems like I inherited it. It was the first "real camera" I ever owned. It was a Canon AE1 SLR and a real treat for me! And, yes, I still have it! Little did I know how "hooked" I'd be. I've always dearly loved flowers, nature and 'little things' of nature. My Dad even got me into taking photos of older cars, the classics, well first, he "forced" me to actually put together my first car. He told me I had to know what made it run before I could drive it.So he taught me all about "classic cars" so of course, that's one of my favorite things, going to car shows to take photos plus just loving being part of them with my beloved red Mercury Cougar. The first and only new car I ever owned. Now it's the vehicle that takes me on all my photo shoots, and due to my health issue(bad knees) I take many of my photos right out of my car window! Sometimes I've driving and shooting at the same time!! I go out to take photos in rain, snow or hot weather, my car is always comfy!

I took a short six week photography class to learn to take night photos, which I'm still learning much more about and have not been able to master as yet!! Macro is what I love and with my new camera, I haven't figure out all the bells and whistles either! I think when it comes to photography I seem to be a very slow learner, but I love every single minute of it. When we moved from Louisiana to Oregon I immediately fell in love with the Pacific Ocean, which was a huge inspiration to take sunset photos at the sea. A few years later I began doing canvas paintings, using my own photos as the inspiration to paint sunsets and the sea and clouds. I also began going to Poetry Chatroom in the late 1990's, began writing poetry about the things I saw and took photos of. That's where I met up with someone who was posting beautiful wallpaper as a background in the poetry chat room. I asked where he got those lovely pictures, and he told me about caedes. I began visiting here myself, and very quickly joined, as I fell in love not only with the site, but the people who are helpful and many have become cherished friends to me. My stay with caedes began in 2004. I bought my first digital Nikon camera a few years ago, and decided I just loved Canons much more, so I was thrilled to finally buy my Canon Rebel EOS. So I am elated to take photos, my gosh I never thought I could shoot up to 400 at a time!!And then go thru the thrill of loading on my computer and editing to my hearts delight!! I'velearned so much from all the people in caedes. And I keep right on. Once in a while I have the priviledge of helping the new ones who come here. That's a real special feeling. I love most of all taking photos of the sunsets here and the wonderful fog that lays over the mountains, and of course, the great snows we have now too. And living near Portland, the City of Roses, wow, so many beautiful flowers to photograph. It would be hard to choose a favorite photo of my own, but I love the 'sudden surprise' photos when I load them on the computer and they turn out!! The beach is my most favorite place, and living in the Pacific Northwest always fills me with new photos to find.Such a beautiful area. My best trip I took was to Bannack, the ghost town in Montana. Being part of the caedes family fills me with friends, wonderful photos to view, challenges and lots of fun as well. I have many awesome feelings and memories in every one of my photos. But the best part is when I know someone else really enjoys them too.

I truly love being in touch with all the people here in caedes! To be part of their lives, many of them living worlds away from me, it's very special. And really, I just want to hug each and every one of you, you've made me very happy, especially this year, it's been a tough one, but now we go into a new year..with bigtime hopes of greater things. Geri, the owner of this site fills it with great stuff, working with it and improving it, along with the hard work the mods put forth. So, there is a lot to enjoy and learn from here. Thank you all so so much for making it such a pleasure to be part of this family.


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12/17/09 12:21 AM GMT
A great big congratulations to you X. It couldn't happen to a nicer person. You recently won the silhouette contest and now this. You are on a roll, Lady. You are very multi-talented and I enjoy all you do.
Again congratulations. I am sure your late mother would be very, very proud.

† Merry Christmas †

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12/17/09 1:27 AM GMT
Well congratulations Verena!!! Its about time you made it to the big top! knew you would though. You truly deserve this honor and I'm so happy for you girl. Your photos and manips are just wonderful! I always look forward to your uploads! Enjoy your honor!
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12/17/09 2:59 AM GMT
Congratulations, Verena...long overdue and so particular favs of yours would be your paintings, your ghost town postings, and of course, your beautiful ocean views...your contribution to the site and enthusiasm for the work of others here has been duly noted and now it's YOUR TURN to enjoy all the attention and accolades...bask in it!
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12/17/09 4:19 AM GMT
Hello V. I really enjoyed reading your story line, and I'm so pleased you were elected AOTM enjoy your time in the spotlight.
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12/17/09 4:33 AM GMT
Congratulations Verena! It's well deserved and I hope you enjoy your spotlight time. Good taste for liking the colour bloo I might add.
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To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower.............. William Blake
12/17/09 4:55 AM GMT
Congratulations, Verena. This is great, and a long time coming. I love all your art and your pictures, and you are so talented in both fields. I am truly very happy for you to receive this honor.

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12/17/09 7:58 AM GMT
Dear Verena,

I'm proud that you've become my neighbour (lol) in the Caedes Hall of Fame.
My congratulations. Even in for you difficult times, your wonderful posts shows joy and optimism. Many Thanks for sharing them with us.
Enjoy your time in the spotlight, as you deserve this honor very well.

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12/17/09 9:11 AM GMT
Congratulations Verena,it is well deserved,you are a nice person and you have some very nice photos too.
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12/17/09 1:10 PM GMT
Congratulations Miss V. You deserve this more than anyone I know. Thanks for the smile and the laughter when times were tough and of course, thanks for the color BLOO!!!!!! Enjoy your moment and don't forget us little people...LOL.
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12/17/09 2:19 PM GMT
Congratulations Lady V!!!!! I am jumping up and down happy for you! So glad to see you get this honor and focus. Made my day to see this. :o)

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12/17/09 2:34 PM GMT
Hello my is YOU who have made this possible. You are the kind ones who remember and who take note of things here in caedes. I only want to 'pay it forward' to all of you. You're a great bunch of people, photographers and artists. You make me smile so many many times. Thanx!!!!!! Verena
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12/17/09 3:15 PM GMT
Hi Verena. Congratulations on this honour, it's well deserved. You know I love your artwork and look forward to seeing many more. Thanks for your many fine images and helpful hints. Enjoy your moment in the spotlight.
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12/17/09 3:35 PM GMT
Congratulations, dear Verena ! What a great surprise, but a very well deserved honor !
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12/17/09 4:04 PM GMT
I am so HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, For you Verena. I am not surprised at all that you have been given this honor by your friends here at Caedes. You are a very special part of the Ceades family. I love your work and was honored that you chose one of my photos for a canvas painting. It was nice to read about your life, now enjoy your time in the spotlight, your Mom is proud of you, and so are we....Gregg
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12/17/09 4:13 PM GMT
Verena... speechless only because you don't have a microphone hooked up to Caedes! :o) You might have set a record for the longest Artist Spotlight text... :o) Good to end the year 2009 with this honour being awarded to you! :o)

Yes! No surprise here!... just a certain kind of contentment! Gregg says it well!

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12/17/09 5:36 PM GMT
Woo! Hoo! Way to go sweetie. :) ((Hugs)) John
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12/17/09 6:31 PM GMT
A long time coming...but hey...Queen of the year end!..

Many, many congratulations for your A.O.T.M. .. You have wowed us with your lovely images and I for one know how much photography means to you...

Reap the rewards sweetheart..yer worth it!

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12/17/09 7:01 PM GMT
Congratulations Verena!! You are so deserving of this honor, and I'm so happy for you! Your photographs, artwork and manips have graced my DT many of times, bringing me happiness and a smile :) Your contributions and dedication to this great site go far beyond your submissions! Enjoy your time in the spotlight, and thank you for your friendship! :) <hugs>
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*Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2010!*
12/17/09 7:28 PM GMT
Congratulations Verena, well deserved, so enjoy your time in the spotlights :o)
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12/17/09 8:17 PM GMT
Congratulations! What a great honor for you and you deserve it! I loved reading about your life, too. Thanks for sharing.
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12/17/09 8:43 PM GMT
Congratulations Verena! So well deserved! Mich
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12/17/09 10:07 PM GMT
Congratulations Verena - an honour well deserved by you.
Not only your lovely work, but your involvement and participation are to be applauded and no better way than being awarded AOTM.
Keep up the good work and bask in the spotlight :)
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12/18/09 7:24 AM GMT
Very many congratulations Verena, I can't think of anyone who deserves to end their year with this honour more than you.
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"A camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." Dorothea Lange
12/18/09 8:38 AM GMT
Hey hey hey, Ms. Verena! You're in the seat of honor this month... Congratulations! And it's about time... Your images of Oregon always call me home to a place I once knew. Enjoy!
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"Never let your studies interfere with your education." - Pete Seeger
12/18/09 12:10 AM GMT
Well done Verena -- I have enjoyed many of your paintings and photographs!
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12/18/09 12:41 AM GMT
Blooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Yoooooooooooooooo know by now toooooooooooooooooooooooo expect nothing lessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss! (LOL)
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12/18/09 2:00 PM GMT
Congratulations Verena! I love your shots of the Pacific, but one of my very favorites (and still on my HD) is this one.
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12/18/09 9:18 PM GMT
Congratulations on AOTM, Verena ... a well deserved honor. Looking through your gallery, I'd say your paintings are my favorites. You are so multi-talented & always bring out the best in your work. Enjoy your time in the spotlight.

Hugs, Sherree
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12/19/09 8:23 PM GMT

congrats home girl
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12/20/09 1:50 AM GMT
Awwww it's Keith!!! Good to see your cute self! And thankies! V
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12/20/09 8:43 PM GMT
Hi V. I am so happy for you. Your work is an inspiration for us all! ~~ John
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12/20/09 9:14 PM GMT
Congratulations Verena! How wonderful this is for you my friend.
I am so happy for you, you really deserve this honor. You are a lady of many talents and so kind too. Have a wonderful time and enjoy this! Congratulations once again :-)
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12/21/09 12:27 AM GMT
wow, i havnt been around for a few days and look what happened when i return! congrats verena, thats really great, enjoy your time in the spotlight, you deserve it sweetie. xx
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12/21/09 4:50 AM GMT
So glad you were given this honor and it is well deserved too. Congrats you talented person you.
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12/21/09 12:04 AM GMT
Mucho mucho congrats Verena!! Your works are always so fun & full of life!! BIG hugz!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round??
12/22/09 3:31 PM GMT
Congratulations Verena, really like your story, finding that camera was meant to be, look forward to your future posts.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. All comments good and bad welcomed.
12/23/09 3:19 PM GMT
My congradulations also Verena,you have a good talent of capturing simple thing an making them very enjoyable.I am Happy for you that you recieved this honor :)
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12/23/09 3:42 PM GMT
Congrats Ms V ..... I agree with all the comments above ... This couldn't happened to a nicer person ... Lots of love from Down South ... :)
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12/23/09 6:29 PM GMT
Hearty congratulations Verena. Besides being a very good photographer you are always nice and friendly. You deserve this honour definitely!
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12/24/09 12:02 AM GMT
Well done Verena. This accolade couldn't go to a better person. I know you've had a rough year or so and I hope this makes up for it in a small way.
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12/24/09 3:04 PM GMT
i'm so excited for you. i've enjoyed our correspondence so much. one of the things i most admire about your work is your creativity and bravery in doing things that are different, they're not just straight photography. congrats!
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12/24/09 4:23 PM GMT
I'm very late, but I think this is a very well done nomination. Thanks for your very inventive images! One of my favorite is 'Silhouettes in the Fog'.
Merry Christmas!
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12/25/09 12:59 AM GMT
Everyones encouragement has kept me going here. It's the most special thing to know anyone at all enjoys some of my creations. There are so so many gifted friends here, and it feels good to be part of this "little family." Since this posting, my Mom has passed away and there again, my friends support here has been kind and caring. I don't really have the words to tell all how I feel . But my heart overflows. Thank you all again. Verena
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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
12/25/09 6:33 PM GMT
Woo Hoo!!! My mom is awesome!! She is an amazing woman, mother, and friend. I am sooo proud of all that she has endured and learned through this year especially... she totally needed this wonderful boost at the end of one very tough year. Mom, I love you so much!
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12/28/09 2:44 AM GMT
Congratulations, my friend! A well deserved honor.
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12/30/09 6:51 AM GMT
Verena. An honor so richly deserved for a wonderful person and such a great photographer. Keep up on dazzling me with all of your inspiring photos.
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12/31/09 5:23 PM GMT
Yeah, Verena! Congratulations!!!! You definetely deserve to be featured. Many thanks for all your contributions to Caedes. It is people like you that are the reason that I have decided to be part of Caedes. I hope you have a Wonderful New Year!!

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01/02/10 10:23 AM GMT
Congrats, Verena...enjoy your time in the spotlight!!
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01/03/10 3:43 AM GMT
Congradulations, Ms. Bloo, for being featured in the spotlight!
Your work is always interesting and fun to see, and you are most deserving of this honor. I hope this year is good to you and I look forward to more of your images...just a bunny : )
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01/04/10 2:18 AM GMT
Congrats, Verena...sorry I'm so late, but better late than never! Happy New Year.

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01/06/10 9:57 PM GMT
Verena you are great. This is well deserved. Congrats my friend. Sorry to be so late. This is something I have to say late or not. Thank you for so many beautiful artfull works.

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01/12/10 1:54 PM GMT
Congrats Verena! Would be impossible to pick a favorite work of yours, too many diverse talents to choose from. Very much enjoy your artistic visions!
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01/18/10 5:43 PM GMT
Congratulations on your nomination to the "Artist Spotlight", Verena. :o)

You have provided us with a wonderful gallery of varied genres of art. And I will admit to having a soft spot for your traditional illustrations.

Add to that ... your beach and shoreline shots are also a fav of mine.

Thanks for sharing your creative talents with us. :o)
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"An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind." - Mahatma Gandhi
01/22/10 3:25 PM GMT
God bless you, dear Verena. Congratulations.
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For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, His eternal power and Godhead;... Rom 1:20
01/27/10 9:44 PM GMT
A well deserved honor Ms V! You are such a creative and imaginative artist. Your gallery is so varied with such a wide array of subjects I never know what I will see next from cars, paintings, oceans, flowers to peaceful country views.

Congratulations and enjoy your special spotlight on all your beautiful art!

Your friend,

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02/19/10 7:13 PM GMT

Hello Ms V and Congats on this Special Honor.
I agree with Diane above as to your gallery being so diverse.
Diversity is what I believe everyone here sees and expects from you.
I know I am never surprised as to what I see you post next.

I hope you are enjoying your time in the Spotlight. Very well deserved indeed.

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I knew you would make it...I will miss you.
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