So I'm getting ready for an art show.  It has definitely been a strange journey for me as this year has been a challenge of my health both mental and physical.  But as the Universe would have it, my mother-in law, who is also an artist decided to bring me in on an art show.  I wan't sure I was going to be able to pull myself together to make it happen but here we are a week out and the prints are done and they are being framed as we speak.  And when will this magic occur?  The night before I am to have major surgery, the culmination of all my health issues being resolved the morning after.  The surgeon even said I could have a drink at my art show.  I dare not push the envelope and am very happy to have the opportunity to show my work and my vision!

  Come see me at Ballard Works in Seattle, April 20th from 6-9pm.  

Marsh, A photography collection

A couple of days ago I went to a new place to take pictures in my neighborhood.  It was a brooding day full of dark clouds.  I like these kind of days for photography because you get the best pictures of clouds.  Clouds express such a great dramatic element to any photograph.  But clouds were not the only element of drama that day...

 As I was wandering the pathways of Scriber Lake Park in Lynnwood I couldn't help but feel that something ominous had happened there.  There was a black trash bag lying in the middle of the grass, a random sock hanging near the marsh, and other strange things lying about.  I made sure that even thought I had my iPod playing in my ears that the volume was low enough for me to pay attention to my surroundings.  My instincts were on alert as I took pictures of the strange marshland.  It was hard to get past the barrier of water logged trees and plants to see what may lie beyond.  A private and protected feeling of the deeper sanctum of the marsh.  I only hoped it was protecting the birds and animals and not hiding something from being seen.  Strange that I would feel that way there as I often wander forests and woodlands on my own.  

A collection created in my gallery from this visit.  All photos similarly developed to add consistency of style and feel.   Using Lightroom and a filter called X Pro II with a gradient filter to strongly polarize the sky.  

Travel as Inspiration

When I travel, the adventure gives me an opportunity for renewal of vision.  A chance to see new things and experience different communities.  Going to Portland, Oregon is a subtle change from the ordinary.  Enough to revive this woman's heart and spirit.  Art and poetry require energy and getting away once and awhile really makes a difference. 

Forest dwelling

Forest dwelling

A forest has many faces

The daylight plays upon the surface

Leaves and flowers open, skyward

But at night, the unseen moves

Traveling along the holes and crevices

Communing with earth's mysteries

Magic inside the dark, the quiet, deep down

We are like the forest

A collection of light and shadow, complete and connected

Finding out about Copyright Law.

As I prepare the tireless effort of posting all the years of poetry on my website I had to make sure I was protecting my words and ideas.  Luckily over the many years I have posted on my blog : blogspot.  That has given each poem and piece of art a time stamp placing when it became.  Or to put it more poetically: birthed into this world.   

My next adventure will be connecting with publishers or places that publish work.  I haven't decided whether to mix the digital art and photography into one book yet.  Sort of a timeline of sorts.  So you can see the progression of my thought and process or to separate them.  Time will tell.   

The Chalice
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The Red Queen

A Digital Piece: The Red Queen, and my thoughts on ruling.....


 The Red Queen holds power.  She is magical and powerful.  She is neither good nor evil, but knows both.  She is comfortable with all of life and does not fear death.  Fearless, she rules absolutely.  She must be more than a king.  For a man must simply rule, a Queen must hypnotize those around her and must hold people in awe of her.  She must maintain her mystery, her mythology deeply protected by her most trusted.  Being a Queen is not easy, no not easy at all... 



Playing Around in Adobe Photoshop on a Friday Night

I am in a learning glut.  I really can't get enough.  You could say I'm obsessed but that would mean that I have no life.  I mean staying up until 11 every night to play around and creating is a healthy undertaking right?  I'm so grateful to skillshare for all the great classes.   I'm having a great time and I get to make cool stuff like this:

From my original photographic image:

Uploading my fog collection

Fog holds special excitement for me as a photographer.  Timing is everything because as the day grows warmer it can burn off.  That morning I woke up and saw that everything was surrounded in fog and so I bundled up and grabbed my camera.  I drove very carefully to my favorite forest, Yost Park in Edmonds.  There I was able to capture the magic of the light inside the fog.  

You Can see the light coming through.  The fog will dissipate soon.

You Can see the light coming through.  The fog will dissipate soon.