Inspiration

Inspiration

“Live like an artist!”

-Art Wolfe

According to Oxford Dictionaries, inspiration is “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative”.  I regularly seek sources of inspiration.  Inspiration can be found in books, on the computer, on television, and in nature.  There are sources for inspiration everywhere!

One of my favorite photographers, Art Wolfe,  has been a wealth of inspiration to me for years.  He has been sharing in a different way in the past months.  Since the world has become more confined, Art started sharing an hour a week on social media.  Tequila Time is the name of this wonderful time of sharing.  It takes place at 5:30 p.m. PST each Thursday.  I have made it a point to watch live for the past five weeks at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  Tequila Time can be found on both Facebook and Instagram.

The first week I tuned in, although not the first week of the broadcast, Art gave the viewers a tour of his incredible home garden.  The second week, Art led viewers inside his home to show how he lives like an artist each day.

The next two weeks were all about books.  Art shared ten books that influenced him one week and his own ten favorite books the following week.  While viewing these episodes, I watched Art on one device and ordered books using another.  I love photography books.

Books and More Books

Books and More Books

 

My heart was filled with joy as each box arrived at my doorstep.  Although conditions are not conducive for me to learn by taking workshops now, they are perfect for learning from these wonderful books.

I found that the things that I saw in the books were having an impact on what was catching my attention while photographing.

I never would have asked Randy to pull over so that I could photograph this recycling bin if I had not spent time with Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky after Art shared it as one of his favorite books.

Recycle

Recycle

After the weeks of sharing his favorite books, Art shared one of his favorite projects, The Human Canvas.  Dear friends gave me this beautiful book, so I was familiar with the project.  I revisited my book and the artwork within it after listening to Art telling about the project that meant so much to him.

I am sure that having the Human Canvas in mind allowed me to see the beauty in these fallen Magnolia leaves.  I collected them in order to take them home to photograph.

Fallen

Fallen

I then further explored using the leaves as I created this self image.

In the Leaves

In the Leaves

 

I am so thankful for the inspiration Art has provided to me and so many others each Thursday for Tequila Time.  I highly recommend you tune in each week.  You don’t even have to have tequila.

To find out more about Tequila Time with Art and to see the past episodes, you can visit his website.

I hope this weekend you find inspiration and then create!

 

 

The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr

One of the things that I have enjoyed most during the past two months is walking throughout my neighborhood.  I have made it a point to rise before the sun in order to get one walk in before my work day begins.  My dog, Maui, and my camera have been my companions for these walks.

There is an incredible,

Images Seventeen and Eighteen of 52

Images Seventeen and Eighteen of 52

“Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals “love” them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.”

― Edwin Way Teale

When I read the challenge for week seventeen with the 52 Frames project was soft, I started brainstorming soft things that I might photograph.

It didn’t take me long to remember my husband telling me of the

Walking Through the Light

Walking Through the Light

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

I have spent a great deal of my time recently walking through the neighborhood with my camera.  Taking the same route each day helps me look more

Images Fourteen, Fifteen and Sixteen of 52

Images Fourteen, Fifteen and Sixteen of 52

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our power to do so is increased.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

My commitment to create one image per week for a year for the 52Frames project continues.

The challenge for image fourteen was curves.  I spent that week seeking out

Observing Spring

Observing Spring

“A world of grief and pain
Flowers bloom
Even then”
― Kobayashi Issa

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year to photograph.  There is so much color and beauty to be found during the spring.  In a typical spring, I will spend much of my time driving to gardens and other locations in

Our New Normal

Our New Normal

“At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.”
― Lemony Snicket

A month ago I woke up about this time to get ready to go to work at the elementary school where I have been teaching for almost three decades.  That day seems

Nature’s Comfort

Nature’s Comfort

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne Frank

Nature has always been my “happy place”.  For the past decade, I have spent most of my free time traveling to places near and far to experience and photograph nature.

During these unprecedented (in my geographic location and lifetime) times, I have continued to seek

It’s All a Blur

It’s All a Blur

“The world was not wheeling anymore. It was just very clear and bright and inclined to blur at the edges.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Many things are unrecognizable today.  My job as a first grade teacher has completely changed in location and delivery.  I have spent more time at home in the past month than I have in years!  As I work to make sense of this new normal,