A time out is when we take time to refill and replenish our creative stash. These moments of quiet reflection are crucial for artists. I have mentioned this necessity in the past and am bringing it up again because it is important. With information and images going out into the world rapidly (lickety-split), there has to be some time set aside to refill an almost empty cup. Suggestion: Every now and then give yourself a break. Meditate. Take a mini vacation. And, remember to get in touch with real life.
I am looking forward to writing, reading, thinking and relaxing.
Trying to "keep up" on social media pages can, at times, be too much for me. Lately, I have felt the pressure to perform. I do not take pictures so folks will "oooooohhh and aaaaaahhh." I shoot images because I love capturing light illuminating people, places and things.
I am old school. I like clean images--sharp and fine. I like photographs that touch the viewer and speak through mood--images that evoke an emotional response. The bottom line is: a good image has to have contrast, some conflict or tension and tell a story.
New "stories" and revived memories will be posted soon.
I have fallen behind with my postings here again...darn! One reason is the lack of time. I post on Facebook and then have to post here and possibly on Flickr.
Here are a few of my recently created images:
Taken to be used later as a replacement sky in a future landscape. Love the clouds!
I am so excited about using the iPhone. I cannot stop. I am addicted!
This week I experimented with iPhone apps. Here are two images taken using the Hispanatic app. It really feels good getting back to doing still life images. I truly love still life. Anything else is extra.
Question: How can we continue photography through old age?
Years ago I started doing still life because walking was becoming difficult. Next came the sunrises and sunsets (taken from our front porch) while my father struggled with Alzheimer's. Life is short. Push to do what you can do. Artists are driven. There is no turning back. Stopping is not an option. Keep going. Keep doing. Keep growing and sharing. Share beauty when you find it. Share the joy and the sorrow. Tell the truth. Say what you have to say. Show what is true, where you are. Do it. Do whatever your "it" is.
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Helpful Hints: Use a tripod and a remote, if needed. Get a rolling camera bag. Use a phone camera, or a point and shoot, when your gear gets too heavy. Sit and shoot. Shoot from your car. Pay attention. See what is right in front of you. Images are everywhere.
****Published this morning (August 27, 2014) on my personal Facebook page.
Oh my, I have fallen behind with my posting here...Yikes! Time to do a catch up. So...here we go:
Working with Procreate on my iPad, I was able to create a small painting and add handwritten notes.
Next, I shared on Facebook this watercolor that was painted in 7 minutes during what was to have been a 45-minute demonstration (back in the 70s while giving a watercolor workshop). Demonstrations would usually take 45 minutes. Seven minutes was a huge surprise for me.
Sunflowers in a crock. Taken with iPhone and edited using iPad. By the way, sunflowers are heavy.
Bowl of cherries painted using apps on iPad from iPhone image. I really like how this turned out.
iPhone image edited on Ipad with a look of moonlight.
Special People: Photographers, Artists and Writers
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The Arte y Pico Award
Thanks to Judith Heartsong. The Arte y Pico Award was created "to be given to bloggers who inspire others with their creative energy and their talents, be it writing or artwork in all medias" and is given to bloggers who merit recognition for their creative efforts.
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