Books, Shells, and Keys- and the Mystery of Room 217

This week I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed doing my still lifes for Kim Klassen’s Start to Finish class. I am slowly getting into my groove, and I think it’s because I’ve been photographing some of my old books, which I dearly love. And for a little twist, I’ve added keys and shells into the mix of props. As I’ve taken my photographs over the course of the week, I found myself imagining they were book covers for books I want to read, which made it even more fun. One of the keys (which my friend, Debbie found at a garage sale) appeared to be a hotel key- for Room 217. My imagination went wild with various ideas of what the story would be that featured that key on the cover.



































All except for the last photo were textured using rue, retreat, or teddy from Kim Klassen.  I think my favorite shots are the last two.

I’m linking up with Kim’s Friday Finds today. What did I find? A still life subject I’m comfortable with- and a bit of confidence!


15 responses

  1. Oh Melinda, these are all so beautiful. Sumptuously composed and filled with softness. I love that second to last one. What a great key!

    May 9, 2014 at 4:51 am

  2. Melinda … they are lovely! The mosaic is a work of art, as are all the photos. Small wonder you found a bit of confidence. I’d say you’re rockin’ S2F!

    May 9, 2014 at 7:51 am

  3. Susan


    May 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

  4. Oooo, I like how your creative thoughts took your photography into a whole new dimension!! This could be a challenge in S2F, especially when the normal creativeness just isn’t happening. I LOVE your finished pieces!!!

    May 9, 2014 at 9:43 am

  5. Love old books, old keys … and mysteries ! 🙂
    Lovely still lifes, beautifully captured, Melinda !
    Nice week,

    May 9, 2014 at 9:51 am

  6. Caz

    Love your images ! The keys add a special touch 🙂

    May 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  7. I am a sucker for old keys and old books – your compositions are lovely and so expressive…letting the imagination wonder …great job!

    May 9, 2014 at 3:07 pm

  8. fourcornersdesign

    I am a sucker for old keys and old books…your compositions are wonderful…letting the imagination wonder…great job!

    May 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

  9. I can tell that you love those books, it shows.

    May 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

  10. These are absolutely stunning photos ! 🙂

    May 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

  11. RedWillow

    Just gorgeous .. I love books.. and would not live with out them.

    May 10, 2014 at 4:50 am

  12. that one you linked to KK Friday Finds is just so beautiful. Lovely the way you texturized it!

    May 10, 2014 at 7:24 am

  13. Each is wonderful Melinda, I think we are having a lot of fun in this class.

    May 10, 2014 at 10:52 am

  14. I hope you enjoy a beautiful Mother’s Day!

    May 10, 2014 at 11:43 am

  15. Great ideas for using beautiful items……I love that key and all it’s possible stories!

    May 11, 2014 at 5:17 am

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