Monday, May 30, 2016

frustration, movement

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” G.K. Chesterton
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” David Mitchell
i've been home for 2 weeks since paris and have not made any art. how frustrating. all of that lovely "extra" time and nothing to show for it. i've read a few books, had the chance to spend time with friends (a good thing) but i haven't created. ugh.

regrouping, OK, but now i am back on the merry go round and wishing i'd taken advantage of the time. partly not sure which direction to go. made some backgrounds but didn't move past that. interested in playing on paper, but haven't moved in that direction. books on figure drawing, but haven't done the exercises. frozen.

movement can be inspiring but it can also be a great tool for avoidance. even when i journal while traveling i am not pushing myself- same small squares in the dictionary. hotel room lamps. photos from a window seat. nothing wrong with practice and honing skills, but it's feeling a bit uninspired right now.

luckily, i have a challenge coming. headed to yellowstone with a friend who is a very good photographer. she's knowledgeable, interested in learning and pushing herself and generous with her talent. i learn a lot from her and am inspired to move out of my comfort zone and get better. 

i played a bit with the camera this weekend in preparation. worked on shooting modes & playing with different depth of fields (dof).

i always love backlighting, and was pleased with the glow here-

i am drawn to odd little vignettes, like the indian paintbrush and plant skeleton below. enjoy finding little natural still lifes like this.

wide depth of field- love the way the leaves echo the movement in the foothills and the juxtaposition of the warm sunny wildflowers and the snow.

playing with shallow depth of field here and rather enjoying the effect. this is a much more interesting image than the ones i took with a higher dof.

saw these potentilla glowing in the sun against the dark background. this could be a more successful image- i need to work on my metering as the flower is pretty blown out and i'd like the top flower maybe a bit more in focus. or darkened out. it's distracting

hmmm even though i didn't paint or draw, it seems that i was, indeed, working on some art. and being in nature always feeds my creativity. i find wildflowers fascinating- finding their beauty in some of the most inhospitable places is always a joy. even if we don't have luck with animals in yellowstone there's been a lot of rain, so it should be green and lush and beautiful.

but first- lubbock. then home, and tony bennett and work and hopefully ready to head out friday afternoon. i'm looking forward to it, but a bit overwhelmed right now. because- art supplies! (at least this one is a road trip!)

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