Pausing for Spring

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Pausing for Spring

The last day of unusual warmth found me out and about enjoying the weather. I have alwasy wanted to stop at this spot and get some photos, but am always due elsewhere when I am going by. So this worked out perfect since I was just out for the fun of it. Now we are back to more seasonable weather and I am back to bundling up to hit the trails. I love getting out with my camera and just poking around. This image has a watercolor feel to it that I think is quite nice. You would think it is way off the beaten path instead of just along the road just outside a town center. I don’t know about you, but it often seems I see the most amazing images from behind the wheel that I can’t duplicate or get to. Either the view shifts too much when I pull over, or there is no place to pull over! It is part of the challenge though, to find and grab the shot. I am planning a bit of urban trekking tomorrow to change things up and give my eyes new things to look at. Hopefully the weather will cooperate with these plans.

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Bursting on the Scene

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Bursting on the Scene

Those first few days of spring have arrived, actually this year the first few days of spring have been more like the first days of summer! Either way, I am feeling the surge of creativity that goes with the longer days and milder weather. And, as always, my “want to do” list is longer than the time available! I have 4 chairs in the slow process of having layers of old paint removed, and 3 chairs patiently waiting for their new spring coats of paint. It will all get done, patience patience patience. Often, patience is hard to come by as we want to get things done so we can get on to the next task requiring our attention. I find I have to be attentive to the task at hand and not begrudge the time it is taking. I need to set aside what can be set aside and make the most of the unexpected moments as they arise. This morning I changed up my plans and went out on a photo hike. It was another fabulous, warm start to the day, most unlike usual March weather. The photo above is actually from the garden at Tower Hill, W. Boylston MA. A beautiful place for a stroll. Here’s to spring and all the burgeoning growth it brings for all of us!

Perception

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Perception

Hello Fellow Travelers,
I have been reflecting on the idea of perception and feel that this photo really covers it. It was a lucky day when I happened on it as it was gone shortly after. I think it is a statement artists need to take to heart. Not everyone will love your work, and that is okay. We can all still appreciate the creativity and work involved even if we don’t care for the subject. Even works and styles that you don’t click with can prompt your own creativity and open up a whole new way of seeing. No one ever said you have to purchase and display works that don’t speak to you, yet doing so with one that shakes up your comfort zone might just result in amazing creations of your own.
You don’t have to “get it” to benefit from it.
That being said, challenge yourself to visit an exhibit of work unlike your own. Even a book of different artwork will do the job. Listen to a different type of music, walk in a different neighborhood or go to your local historical museum and browse a bit. It all recharges and sparks our minds to think from a different angle. And to support this I will disclose that I stepped out of my usual solitary art routine and did a commercial/ graphic job that was all on the computer. It was easy to come up with the ideas, but tougher to get used to presenting, altering and finalizing the piece. But it forced me to utilize skills that often sit idle, and so it was a successful shakeup. Now I am looking forward to my next adventure to the edge of my comfort zone…no passport needed, though it can feel like a whole different country!
Bon Voyage!

The mind will windmill

Hello Any and All,

First attempt at blogging after long consideration over whether or not to do it. Decided to give it a whirl and see how it goes. Here is a little bit about me:

1. artist

2. photographer

3. wife and mom

I’ll keep this first post short as I find my way around the site and see how things work.

Will be back soon, and report more on this adventure!

Bec