I am so grateful for the internet community, and the ability to link up with so many like-minded souls around the world to share our struggles and triumphs in the arts (and every other field under the sun). I am grateful for the creative tension that this community inspires in me. There is a constant push-pull in my energy, between reading other blogs and gathering inspiration -- and actually creating my own art. Both are necessary, but finding the balance is vital.
I participated in the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk this weekend. Our walk was in Kent, Connecticut, and despite all the predictions of steady rain, it was a perfect day. I took lots of pictures of whatever caught my eye as we wandered through town. As I edited my shots, I learned a lot about the kind of stories I like to tell with my photography (although the light bulb went on only after I waded through hundreds of really bad images.... ). I was grateful for the gorgeous weather and for the fact that such a beautiful town is nearby!
I used textures on the first few images here -- I think you either like textures or you don't. My family (in general very nice, intelligent people) just do not understand them, and 9.9 times out of ten will prefer a photo without the textures. Sometimes I think they can't really be related to me; even my artsy youngest daughter preferred these shots in their pristine state:
|Processed with Kim Klassen's "Warm Sun" (overlay @100% and multiply @47%) and "Word" (multiply @75% and color burn @50%)|
|I first ran a Coffeeshop blog action on this shot, then added Kim's "Crackerjack" (linear burn @25% and multiply @100%) and "Serendipity" (overlay @100%)|
|Processed with "Word" (soft light @100% and 2x color burn @100%) and "Crackerjack" (overlay @100% and color burn @80%)|
This barn reminded me of the one on my grandfather's farm when I was a little girl, although my mom will probably disagree. Still, for a minute there it transported me back to Southern Maryland and the delicious smell of tobacco drying (not to be confused in any way with the disgusting smell of tobacco burning.....)
Several sub-themes emerged from the day.... I guess you can tell that this one was "old wooden things."
I'll post more soon!