I have too many passions, and there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything. So rather than feeling frustrated because I can't spend every waking moment taking photographs.. or quilting... or making mixed media art.... I've decided to follow what Julie Fei-Fan Balzer calls the "shiny ball" -- that is, whatever intrigues me in the moment, without the burden of expectations. My creative interests tend to move in cycles, and what I find fascinating is that when I come back to something after being away from it for awhile, the other creative things I've been doing in the meantime add a dimension that was missing before. You really lose nothing by being peripatetic!
The point of all this is that the great wheel is moving now, back in the direction of my more.... well, nerdy interests. My brain is whirling as I wrestle with a structure for a genealogical research database I am trying to create -- one that doesn't easily fit into existing commercial database models. The frustration comes because I have just enough knowledge to know what I want and how to get it, but not quite enough to design it easily.
So, for a study break (and as my submission to Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday), I am offering more images from our trip to Thailand over Christmas. These shots were taken at a rice mill near the town of Wiang Papao in the northern part of the country, and were textured with Kim's freebie texture, Happy Heart.
|"Happy Heart" (soft light @49%, multiply @82%)|
|"Happy Heart" (soft light @100%, color burn @15%)|
|"Happy Heart" (soft light @70%, color burn @19%)|
|Try as I would, this image of drying rice just didn't look good with added textures!|