Photography with text
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I’ve got the Summer blues. I am not talking about the sad kind. I am referring to the azure skies and blue aqua tint of the ocean waves of Florida. There is also the deeper blue gray of rain in the distance that tends to come around 5:00 pm each day. I am in Venice right now enjoying the salty air and cooler breezes that provide the only reprieve from the stifling heat. This morning we went out and swam in the choppy swells. The temperature was perfect and the sun was hidden behind the clouds for a few hours. I would apologize for my frequent absences from my blog, marketing and work in general. But I am far from sorry. I’ve worked hard for this and can finally live the life I’ve always envisioned. I am spending as much time as possible at the beach this year. It’s just heavenly…
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When I was a little girl, I was fascinated with photography. I had my little Kodak Ektra camera and I would take quick snaps everywhere I went. The most exciting part of the process was always going to the drug store to pick up the developed photographs. Back then there was no one hour photo. It took about 5 days and the anticipation would drive me crazy! I would constantly ask my Mom if they were ready yet. Then I would revel at the surprise shot. The one that wasn’t anticipated. A casual shot that turned out to be a “wow”. Today it isn’t much different. I still take snaps wherever I go whenever something catches my eye. And then when I get home, the anticipation of downloading them on my computer is the same as when I was young. The only difference is now I wait mere minutes instead of days. Recently I had a beach getaway where I took over 300 shots and this was the “surprise”…the “wow” shot….
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A very busy day here in my studio…..but I have three new pieces to share from my new “Transforming Energy” series. Enjoy!
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When I created this piece for my new “Transforming Energy” series there was something about it’s glow that made me feel eternal and full of light. So I named it “Eternal Light”. This morning as I set out to write my blog, I did a little Googling and discovered that there is such a thing. A peak of eternal light (PEL) is a point on a body within the Solar System which is always in sunlight. Such a peak must have high altitude and be on a body with very small axial tilt. The existence of such peaks was first postulated by Beer and Mädler in 1837. The pair said of the lunar polar mountains, “…many of these peaks have (with the exception of eclipses caused by the Earth) eternal sunshine. (taken from Wikipedia.)
So there are places in our solar system that have sunshine constantly. Eternal Light. How cool is that!
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I have a lot of artwork stored in my computer. I’ve listed some pieces, only to take them down later due to lack of interest. But what I have found is that I can continue to work with a piece at a later date to create something entirely new and fresh that DOES get a lot of attention! This is a very new process for me. In the past, when I was done, I was done. I never went back to an old piece to rework it. I think that the digital age has really helped me over this hump. Out with the old and in with the new!
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I am not an alcoholic. In fact, I rarely drink and when I do I am such a lightweight it is laughable. A half a glass of wine and I am good. However, I have done a 12 step program. I am a recovered Bulimic. Bulimia is a form of food addiction. I have not binged/purged in over 20 years. It was a long and difficult journey and I got some professional help too.
These days I have a very healthy outlook on food and even at Thanksgiving keep my portions to what is right for my body. I no longer crave the physical pain of overeating to mask the emotional pain from childhood abuse. When I feel hurt, I grab a paint brush instead of a cookie. I am healed.
The Serenity Prayer was a big part of my recovery and I still repeat it in my head whenever I am feeling stressed. It is a very calming mantra.
For all of those who have dealt with addictions and have overcome, I solute you! For those who are still struggling, I dedicate this piece to you. May you also find the peace, courage and wisdom you need….
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I am creating new original paintings for my upcoming show. I do a lot more digital work these days, so it is a nice change to go back to more visceral creativity. I am recreating some of my pieces from 9 years ago, but with a different twist. Unfortunately the camera I had back then didn’t capture my work well enough for large prints. But these can go as large as 48×60! Now that is big and definitely “Standing Tall”! Happy Sunday all…..
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Walking along Lido Beach with my husband waiting for that last glimmer of light, I see some children playing in the surf. Two little girls and one boy squealing with joy as the waves splashed at their backs. Parents were chatting and pointing at the horizon. This guy was a whir of activity with limbs going every which way and toys thrown about. He payed no attention to people passing by. Then for a split second….just a small moment, he stops and looks at the setting sun as if to say……not yet…I am still having fun. I cannot believe I captured this….
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