Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Self portrait Wednesday

These are some deliciously double exposed self portraits taken with my Diana camera that I mentioned previously. They were taken on my recent trip to Sailda, CO. I just love how unpredictable and ethereal they can be. Magic!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Circus Journal

This is my recently finished circus journal with a few close ups of some pages. I made it using prompts from Juliana Coles Circus, Circus Big Book of Postcards booklet that I bought here. It was so much more fun than I expected. The imagery is full of meaning and metaphor to be explored. Seeing which circus characters I identified with, or aspired to be like, was quite telling.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A classic introvert

This is how someone described me to my husband recently. As if he doesn't already know me much better than that. Nothing makes my blood boil more than a statement like this, of being summed up in a few tiny words. My whole life I have struggled with being a quiet person with so much to say. Sure life would be easier if I could just bubble and spill forth my emotions at will, but that just wouldn't be me now would it. It hasn't always been easy living in a world that thinks if you are quiet that you have nothing to say. I doubt most of my close friends and family would call be shy, but there it is. Not to mention that being quiet, shy, choosy with words and people generally gets treated like a modern day affliction. What was once a character trait, offset by advantages such as being sensitive, thoughtful, tactful and comfortable with ones self, is now treated like a disease. There are books and drugs out there all designed to make us quiet ones feel like there is something wrong with us. A lot of times it can be a reaction to being in an uncomfortable or new situation. Being around people too loud to listen. (Where is the self help book on that?) I felt side blasted by this commentary on myself even though I should be used to it by now and not care. But these are the pages that followed, not what I started out to make that day, but visual proof that, yes, I have much to say.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Self portrait Wednesday

I first saw postings of "self portrait wednesdays" here. I am not sure what the story is, there doesn't appear to be an official site encouraging these posts, but they pop up on lots of blogs I read. As a "recovering designer" as my friend Pinky puts it, I rarely use photoshop for more than photo editing anymore. But after viewing Misty's blog, something started to shift. This image reminds me of the ethereal, double exposed images I like to take with my Diana. More of those pics to come.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Salida weekend

I spent this past weekend hanging out in Salida, CO. We went with no plan, only having heard what a creative and outdoorsy community Salida is. What we didn't know was how friendly everyone would be and how much fun we would have. We stumbled upon great restaurants, live Bluegrass music, and this great spot on the Arkansas river. We spent the day swimming, jumping off rocks, sketching for me and fly fishing for Chad. There is already talk of a return trip to go rafting. I took lots of pics with my Diana camera, and will post some once they are developed.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Oh sweet lilacs!

I know I am a bit late in posting this image, but one of my favorite things about living in CO are the Spring blooming flowers. Particularly lilacs. In late June they were still in full bloom in the mountains. In the weeks that they are blooming I stop, stare, smell at and comment on each lilac I pass by. My poor cat Nehi has his name temporarily changed to Lilac in those weeks. And believe me, if he were a she, the change might be permanent. Here's a little Spring joy for you all, and hoping that Summer turns out to be as beautiful.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. And my thoughts are with those of you are grieving losses new and old, facing changes in life head on, and generally dealing with life as gracefully as any of us can know how.