Twyla Tharp, the American dancer, choreographer, and author celebrated a birthday this month, so I want to honor her by sharing one of her quotes. I love this particular quote. I think any creative will tell you that when he/she is working on their art, when you are truly present in your work, you lose track of time and place.Read More
Today is Charles Sheeler's birthday (July 16, 1883 - May 7, 1965). Sheeler was a painter, as well as a commercial photographer. I really like this quote because it addresses my own interests in this creative journey I am on.Read More
Today is the birthday of American artist, Chuck Close. Close is known as a painter and photographer who creates massive scale portraits.
I recently heard a quote that I thought I would share here in honor of his birthday and because, well, sometimes I need a reminder to just push through and do the work.Read More
The 2018 hurricane season officially began on June 1st, so, of course, our book for June had to be Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by one of my favorite authors, Erik Larson.
I am a Gulf Coast gal, so reading about the hurricane I grew-up hearing stories about, seeing the few buildings that withstood the destruction while the building next to it was destroyed … well, I was all in as the saying goes. And, I had no doubt that Larson would reward us with a well researched, and detailed story.Read More
The Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, was born on June 13, 1865. I am a few days late, but his birthday did not conveniently fall on a Monday and it’s all about my carefully orchestrated blog calendar, my friends. You are just going to have to work with me on this one. Now, back to the Yeats quote…
While we are a few days late celebrating his birthday, I did not forget him or this lovely quote. This quote is particularly meaningful to me because that is exactly how I see my photography subjects. It is almost as if some of these subjects are old friends, waiting patiently for me to recognize their presence. When the camera allows me to capture their unique beauty… the way I see that beauty ... Oh. My. GOODNESS! How I love what I do. Creating is the best job E-V-E-R! The world is indeed full of magic things.
I hope you take a few minutes today to appreciate something magical.
Our Artist Spotlight for May is American photographer, Richard Avedon. I have shared a few blog posts about Avedon this month (Featured below), but now it is time to bring it full circle with our book for the month. I searched for biographies and books that somehow related to Avedon and/or his work. I finally settled on Avedon at Work by Laura Wilson. While this book is not our typical “read”, I think it is an important glimpse behind the scenes that, in many ways, makes it more important than reading a 400-page biography.Read More
Since we are celebrating the birthday of Richard Avedon this month, I thought this quote was appropriate.
As a creative, I think he captured my favorite part of the creative process. It is the part of the process when something wonderful happens in the execution of your vision that you have no control over and certainly never imagined in all your careful planning. It is almost like the muses take over and leave their "fingerprint" on the end result.
Yesterday (April 22) was Richard Diebenkorn's birthday. Let's celebrate with a quote and inspiration to just get started.
In March, I had an opportunity to visit the Silicon Valley area of California. I have visited San Francisco, Napa Valley, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles…, but I never made it to this area. Can I tell you a secret? I was really excited because, as you might recall, in 2016 I wrote a blog post about John Steinbeck’s novel Travels with Charley. This was my opportunity to visit some of the places like Monterey, Cannery Row, Salinas, and… wait for it… The National Steinbeck Center. But, I’m getting ahead of myself so I will start at the beginning of the trip.Read More