Monday, May 18, 2015

100 crappy paintings

The dreaded rut.  I find myself in the middle of a deep rut.  I'd love to say that I've felt uninspired, but that wouldn't really be the truth.  More accurately, I've felt overwhelmed.  I somehow fell into the dark trap of comparisons.  Spending WAY too much time online looking at images, reading, soaking in the latest gear envy circulating the forum.  I recognized this, but almost didn't want to change it.  There was a small part of me that was enjoying it all.

But that part was small.  Very small.  And it's not like I don't know what to do about it.  I know myself well enough to know that if I'm browsing B&H, opening facebook for no reason, or aimlessly digging in forums more than I'm in lightroom, I'm not shooting enough.  It's that easy. 
I was listening to a podcast today that gave me a great kick in the butt.  It talked about if you had a desire to become a painter, one way to set out to make 100 crappy painting (crappy was not the word used, but you get the picture).  You don't become a painter by reading about painting, or simply buying paints, or looking at beautiful paintings.  You become a painter by painting.  Sometimes painting crappy paintings.  And that's okay.  Because by the end of 100 crappy paintings, you'll be a painter, and somewhere along the way you'll have made something beautiful.  This entire concept spoke deeply to me. 
So I grabbed my camera tonight.  It was nearly dark already, and I decided I wasn't going to tun on a light, just start shooting.  The house is quiet, and dark, and I aimlessly started walking around and found little pockets of light. 
After just a few frame, I can feel it start to melt.  I can feel the revival of the joy returning. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

a new website

I'm getting fancy and getting an official website.  Sort of.  I've felt for some time that a website would be a good idea and it finally bubbled to the top of my list and I bit.  Blog posts will continue over there, so please come join me! 

Someday I'll get super fancy and somehow get this content on this blog sent over there, but for now, let's just call the website alone a win. 

Check it out!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Milky Way!

Finally, success in capturing the Milky Way! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


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Friday, September 12, 2014

September- Our Life Is Here

We got to celebrate Labor Day with a family vacation to a family cabin near the Straits of Mackinaw.  We also go to join the thousands of people to do the Labor Day Bridge Walk over the Mackinaw Bridge.  It was a wonderful weekend away, one we will cherish for a long time to come. 

Click through to Dinah at Dinah Reece Photography to see what September has had in store for her! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Snack time

Truth be told, I could eat cereal all day, every day.  Breakfast, dinner, snack time, I have no preference.  Today it was Honey Nut Cheerios, and it was delicious. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Lake Superior

As summer begins to wrap up, I'm trying to squeeze every last ounce out of it before the fall hits. 

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