2014 Skies – an instagram project 365

2015 is here (ps, how is it already almost February?!) which means that I have officially finished my second year of #365daysofsky over on instagram. Behold! The entire year 2014….

#365daysofsky an instagram project 365 by @katyregnier

During the first year of my 365 days of sky project, remembering to take a photo each day was something that took practice and concentration. This year it felt like second nature, like something that I have always done. I am excited to keep the project going and to see what years and even decades of sky look like all together. If you want to follow along as I post you can find me over on instagram – @katyregnier and you can see all of my sky posts under the tag #krdailysky

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2014 Skies – an instagram project 365

April and May skies – an instagram project 365

Well, it’s officially summer. I think it’s safe to say that the end of my kids’ school year officially knocked me on my butt. How is it possible that in kindergarten there are already enough events, special activities and projects to keep me running in circles 24/7? In any case, vacation is here and I am SO EXCITED to have some time to catch up and do nothing with the kids. Lazy days and dinners outside, lots and lots of swimming and popsicles. We are gonna have fun, and I am even going to try to make some time to blog (gasp!) I’m starting off the summer of blogging with the recaps of my April and May sky series. I can’t believe we are just a few days away from July!

#365daysofsky by @katyregnier - an instagram project 365 by Katy Regnier photography on Permanent Riot

#365daysofsky by @katyregnier - an instagram project 365 by Katy Regnier photography on Permanent Riot

This post is part of my #365daysofsky series on instagram which I have been working on since January of 2013. Follow me @katyregnier if you don’t already – lots of pretty sky goodness served up daily! You can also find all of my monthly sky series wrap-ups since 2013 here.

April and May skies – an instagram project 365

February and March skies – an instagram project 365

I have always loved winter sunsets on the beach – they seem to have a little bit (or a lot) of magic in them. The cooler air and the wide, empty stretches of wet sand reflecting the vibrant pinks and blues. We spent almost every day at the beach at sunset for two straight weeks from the end of February to early March. It was amazing. And then, just like that, the time changed rolled around. I love sunshine and I love having longer days, but I’d somehow forgotten since last spring that the time change means no more weekday beach sunsets. It’s hard enough to wake our kids up for school when they have had a full night of sleep, but stay up an extra hour to see the sunset before dinner and you’re guaranteed to ruin the next morning. When I start to get down about the fact that I’m now missing out on all sorts of pinky-orange goodness I just have to remind myself that issues like feeling trapped inside at 7pm on weeknights (just exactly when the sunset is most magical) are extremely short-lived. I’m sure that in a few short years we won’t even remember that our kids used to have a strict “bedtime”. And of course we’re using the weekends and spring break as a good excuse to bend the rules so we can soak in as many sunsets as possible.

#365daysofsky by @katyregnier - an instagram project 365 by Katy Regnier photography on Permanent Riot#365daysofsky by @katyregnier - an instagram project 365 by Katy Regnier photography on Permanent Riot

This post is part of my #365daysofsky series on instagram which I have been working on since January of 2013. Follow me @katyregnier if you don’t already – lots of pretty sky goodness served up daily! You can also find all of my monthly sky series wrap-ups since 2013 here.

February and March skies – an instagram project 365

Instagram skies turned watercolor

Instagram inspired sky watercolor paintings by Katy Regnier - Permanent Riot

I have been doing a lot of painting lately and I sometimes feel like my head might just burst open from all of the ideas that I have bouncing around in there. I have started to keep a list of things that I want to paint because I feel like if I wait too long I might forget… I really wish my hands could keep up with my brain! One of the projects that has been on my to-paint list for the longest is a series of watercolors based on my instagram sky series.

Instagram inspired sky watercolor paintings by Katy Regnier - Permanent Riot

I love the simple square format of instagram and I love the idea of a series of paintings that all relate to each other while still being varied in color, tone and composition. The sky series seemed like a perfect candidate.

Instagram inspired sky watercolor paintings by Katy Regnier - Permanent Riot

I’m learning a lot by painting the sky (some of my earliest sunset paintings were such complete flops that I had to scrap them 5 minutes in) and I feel like there are endless opportunities for improvement and variations to be had. Since I’ve been working on my #365daysofsky project since January of 2013, I also already have over 400 images to choose from – lucky me! I’m going to save some of my very favorite paintings to decorate our house with, but I’ve also decided to list some of them in my etsy shop. I’m sure that there will be more to come soon as well. I just can’t seem to stop!

Instagram inspired sky watercolor paintings by Katy Regnier - Permanent Riot

Instagram skies turned watercolor

January skies – an instagram project 365

I am in total denial about it being the middle of February. How can it be February when this year just started? And for that matter, how can it be 2014 when I swear that the clock just struck midnight in the year 2000. What? Is it just me that thinks that time is going much too terribly fast lately? Maybe it’s the fact that my kids are celebrating their 100th day of kindergarten today and instead of looking like the teeny tiny and timid preschoolers that I dropped off on the first day, they now look like they fit right in amongst the other elementary school kids. I just can’t believe how much can change so quickly. In any case, it’s almost a new month again so it’s about time I posted my January skies. I think that January sunsets on the beach might just be my favorite sunsets of all time. The colors are out of this world and there is almost never a crowd. Oh sky, you are just so pretty.

#365daysofsky by @katyregnier - an instagram project 365 by Katy Regnier photography on Permanent Riot

This post is part of my #365daysofsky series on instagram which I have been working on since January of 2013. Follow me @katyregnier if you don’t already – lots of pretty sky goodness served up daily! You can also find all of my monthly sky series wrap-ups for 2013 here.

January skies – an instagram project 365

2013 Skies – an instagram project 365

Happy New Year! We made it to 2014, can you believe it?! And here to prove it is an ENTIRE YEAR’S worth of instagram sky photos!

#365daysofsky by @katyregnier - an instagram project 365 by Katy Regnier photography on Permanent Riot

I don’t think I quite knew what I was getting myself into when I started this project, I was hoping to take one picture of the sky every day for a year, but instead I’ve gotten totally and completely hooked on sky-watching! If only you could see my phone’s camera roll – chock full to the brim (seriously, I keep getting that “your device storage is full” warming but can’t stand the thought of deleting them) with pictures of the sky, I typically take between 5-10 a day, depending on how interesting the clouds are… some days I’ve been known to take 20 or more.

I’ve also decided not to end my project with the new year, but to keep going indefinitely. I am way too addicted to quit now! One minor change I’m making to my project this year is to add a new hashtag, #krdailysky to each of my posts on instagram. This year a few people joined in throughout the year and while my #365daysofsky hashtag was unused when I started, it’s getting kind of hard to pick out my own skies from the handful of regular posters these days. I’m so excited that the daily sky has caught on, but I want to make sure my own are still searchable. I actually have a few more ideas floating around that I’m starting to work on, so keep an eye out for those, but in the meantime let’s celebrate the beauty that is an entire year of sky … wishing you a very happy new year as well!

2013 Skies – an instagram project 365

Summer skies – an instagram project 365

Here it is, nearing the end of October – and my 365 days of sky project is still chugging along full steam ahead on instagram. I am so excited to have kept up with it every day, even if the recaps haven’t been posted as often as I’d planned. I can’t believe it’s already nearing the end of the year – out of the beautiful “stays light forever” summer days and into the “dark before you even have dinner” chilly days of fall. So long, summer skies. You were glorious. I can’t wait to see you again next year.

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This post is a part of a series of daily sky images. One image a day for the entire year. If you missed the other posts you can find them right here – January, February, March, April and May.

Summer skies – an instagram project 365