We all go about our day working, doing errands, taking care of others, among other things. One activity I do everyday is run. It's satisfying and clears my head. In that time alone, I think about the ordinary, and how lucky we are to experience what we know as "life". As I capture the ordinary "slice" in a picture, it helps me reflect on what makes us human... and maybe not take it quite for granted.
While experimenting with water and color, I have found a release for creative expression. The water intensifies colors or shapes as it reflects and transforms.
The Natural Cycle
As humans, we put a value on the young, the beautiful, and the strong. This portfolio allowed me to contemplate the beauty in growing old and frail. There is Japanese concept called Wabi-Sabi. It is a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay. As we approach the cold and dark of winter, I see the beauty in decay, the strength in what is fragile, and the peace and comfort of the natural cycle of life and death.
My journey as I learn to view the world from a different lens.
Black & White photos are helping me learn composition
At the Bar
It was the "after school movie" and I was captivated! Every time the Moulin Rouge (1952 version) was shown on TV, I stopped my art project to become part of the scene. I was transported to Paris in the late 1800s, immersed in the bohemian culture of dark places, drinking, and dance. At the time I was a young girl, but I dreamed of being the artist to capture the romance in my drawings. Now, at the age of 60, the bar culture still intrigues me. From the smell of the citrus garnish, to the clinks of glass as drinks are made, I love the spirit and ritual of watching great cocktails being created. It's relaxing. It's invigorating. I am transported once again...