Monday, March 5, 2012

All work and no play......

I have decided to stop fighting it.

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!

 

12 comments:

Kathy said...

I have to tell ya, that first shot is one of the best photos I have seen in a long time! The entire composition is fantastic. Good luck with the genealogic research. I'm in the midst of it myself and it completely sucks me in....in a GREAT way :)

johanna said...

wonderful photos - and i totally can relate about the "frustration" having too many passions for the little time i have...

nancyjean said...

oh such wonderful photos of the rice sacks! where you able to bring any empty sacks home? I know what you mean about so many passions...that is a good thing!
have a great day!

Pat said...

I know exactly what you're talking about. I too wish I had time to "do it all!"

I love your photos - especially the capture of the bicycle in front of the bags of rice! You must have had an amazing adventure.

Lauri said...

What wonderful shots, I too love the first, completely wall worthy. Your edit give it a great richness.

A Box of Chocolates said...

i love your shots those piles of rice bags great i hope you get the time to do whatever it is that is calling i seem to run out of time ha ha better management required here I guess

just jen said...

Kathleen, firstly GORGEOUS shots. The bike against the bags? Priceless!

Secondly. What an awesome gift to give yourself permission to follow your muse w/o expectation.

I like it.
I like it a lot!

ceevee said...

great pictures and I really like your acceptance of peripatatic (sp?)interests. I feel guilty sometimes when I don't stick to one thing. But you helped!

Kia said...

Ciao Kathleen, happy hump day! :)
I agree with you, there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything. I’d like to do, especially what I love to do! ;) I am suffering of a serious case of “the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland”, LOL!
I am so glad you took a break in order to share with us more of your trip. Thailand is a fascinating place and you are showing it so well with your beautiful photos. Great texture work, btw!

fotogran said...

Super interesting photos! Thanks for sharing.

geetlee said...

I love your images of Thailand. You use textures beautifully :)

Kathy said...

Great shots...I really love that first one, the composition is fantastic. Thanks for sharing your frustrations on the "need" to do all the things that inspire you. I have been going through that and find it just clogs all the creativity...so I too will give myself a break and pressure...thank you.

Bright blessings,
Kathy