Monday, December 31, 2012

Amazement Awaits

I finally went out with my camera, 5:02 was the last time the sun would set on the West Coast in 2012 and I knew with the clouds tonight it would prove to be amazing. I was not wrong. 

It has been a full crazy these last few months but art was all around. I wouldn't really want it any other way, crazy equals creativity. Some of my best ideas come to me when I am in the midst of finishing projects or working at my events. 

I am excited for what 2013 will hold, 2012 proved to be beyond my own adventures and now I see what I capable of and will no longer put off ideas because I thought it was too much to add to my everyday life. I look forward to picking up my camera more, my paint brush more, my pencil more and I look forward to sharing all of it with you. In the next few weeks look for some exciting new announcements!

So I will say good bye to 2012, now, and welcome tomorrow. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Take a Moment....

Tonight, I saw the movie, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley and was pleasantly surprised. There were as much laughter as there were poignant moments. I don't want to give much away, but if you knew you had only 17 days left on earth, how would you spend it?

I am not sure I would know how or with whom, but this looks like the perfect place to stop and take a moment to think about things. That is what this movie creates, it creates thought and finding out what really matters to you and if you are doing all you want. I know life gets in the way of our plans, but we need to interrupt life sometimes for things we want. I do know if the end of the world was happening in 17 days, I would be out there with my camera. I would take a picture of everything, everyone that mattered to me and then I would figure out a way to bury it all with the hopes that one day if found and the pictures were retrieved that it would show we all lived our lives to the fullest.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Midsummer Eve's

Today, I celebrated this first day of summer outside by the beautiful sea. That is greatest part of living by on the coast, smelling the fresh salt air and hearing the roar of the waves. Just makes you believe that all is possible. Life gets in the way of things sometimes, but there are always moments likes this.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wandering interrupted

Sometimes great plans are altered by life. Nothing major has happened to alter mine, just day to day things, new art gallery opening, getting a run or two in, and helping the niece with her class project. It all helps in the creativeness of my life, but frustrates me all the same. Having said all this and making a promise to myself that I would post weekly, I decided that I would pull from my favorite images and talk about them, my plan B when I am interrupted.

Last year, I created a series of 50 images from the Stairways in San Francisco. This was one of my favorites, simply because someone wrote "Take It Easy" on a stone bench half way up this flight of stairs. While walking Fort Mason, I came accross these amazing stairs. Yes, they were long and looking from the bottom to the top very daunting, but all you can do is take one step at a time. Finding the writing on the wall was the encouraging voice inside your head that is needed to give you the extra boost to keep walking up those stairs.

We rush and stress so much in life, when really, perhaps all we need to do is just "Take It Easy". I did stress when I wasn't on my plan for updating my blog. Than I just took a step back and realized there are other ways to update with out some grand theme. Life is all about the steps in order to get where we want to go.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

An Instagram World

Many of you may already know about instagram, many of you may only know of it as the company Facebook just brought for a billion dollars and still some of you may still be thinking, huh?! Well, let me introduce you to my Instragram world!

While their relationship is just beginning, I have been seriously involved with them for sometime, it all began on Facebook, so I am glad that their success is ever changed by them because my world has been. I want an iPhone just to have this app, (for now and until my phone plan is up) I have my iPad and my Canon PowerShot A2200 with adaptor. It not as "insta" as I would love it to be, but still allows my creativity to soar.

For those of you not familiar, Instagram is a photo sharing app that allows the user to take an photo on their smartphone ( it also available for the Android market) or iPad and instantly share. Basically, creating a moment in the life series of images. Instagram gives us another outlet for expression, it can take old and mistaken photographs make them new, it can take a new picture and make it old, all by filters on this app and how you see things.

For me, personally, it is a way I get the little things I see and want to share with others out there, from a leaf on the ground, a sunset, a moon set or even just a way to say Happy St Patrick's Day to friends. The filters are an added treat; blurring the edges, changing to black & white and even recreating a 1977 film look it is all there in the palm of your hands. The images have beautiful imperfections that I feel make everything better.

I am a film lover and always will be, but these new digital innovations are creating new ways of expressing ourselves as photographers, enhancing how we see things. I am following some outstanding photographers like drsmoothdeath, greymatters, cryingjune and Sam Horine, along with so many others on instragram.  They allow me a glimpse of places I have never seen but long too, of new ideas to try someday and sometimes just that smile that is needed after a long day.

I am a proud user of Instagram, swirlphoto, in case you are looking for me and invite all of you, if you haven't already to download this app and get to exploring! A little added plus, it is FREE!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

For the Love of the Wander

It is Valentines today, so what is it that YOU love? Not whom, but what do you crave for, lust after, wherever your passion lies. Mine is creating the perfect image to show how I see things. It can be found in the rocks that surround the beach or how a trail vanishes at the horizon or the exaggerated color the sun meeting the twilight create.

I love taking pictures, I love being a photographer - an artist. There are many times when I just don't have my camera (though I have been carrying my point and shoot camera with me now) or times when I just can't get out of my car (darn laws), but I am able to take a mental image of what I am seeing, storing it away in my minds photo album. And it stays there as my inspiration, sometimes all I need to do is just close my eyes to see the perfect image. It is this, this love that I have for the art of photography that keeps me motivated even when I am completely unable to pick up my camera.

This is my first entry in quite a while, but it doesn't mean I lost the love of it, the joys of sharing my art and thoughts with you.  It is the love of knowing that I would come back here one day. Life throws these obstacles at you; your job, family, lack of inspiration, but it is important to remember, don't give up on anything you love especially if it brings you happiness. It can only bring more love into your life, how amazing is that, no matter what detours you take.

Until next time, be kind to one another.