Look Close to Find the Beauty

This photo is a broken shard of a section of glass from an old lighthouse we visited in Nova Scotia.

In person it wasn’t too exciting but as usual I was snapping away and I was surprised to see this shot.

It kind of reminds me of when you break open a piece of an aloe plant. On the bottom edge of the triangle shaped cut it almost looks like a small drip.

It looks kind of icy and I like the movement in the picture too.

I guess the lesson is...with digital cameras, no film and a delete button there is no reason to edit yourself when taking pictures.

Buy the largest memory card your camera will hold, charge up your battery and start shooting!

You never know what you will end up with.

Serenity in Nature...

“There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.”

- Washington Irving

Your Outlook...

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as if everything is.

~Albert Einstein

Flashback Friday - When was the Artist Created?

I can't remember a time when I wasn't an artist.

I think I came out that way. It has always been a part of who I am...as much as my brown eyes or dark hair.

It is part of everything I do, everything I see...my daily decisions...how I live my life.

Sometimes, when I was younger, I didn't like being different in that creative way. It made me feel self-conscience but at the same time provided a great outlet for my youthful emotions.

There have been periods in my life when I have needed to take a creative respite but it never completely leaves. It will come out in my clothing decisions, my home decor, my cooking...it is always there.

It is part of me.

Creative Influence

Archive post from 2009
Creative influences can come from anywhere.

I happen to have two creative parents...each different but artistic in their own way.

My dad's talent is more obvious. His profession as a singer pretty much highlights his creative gift...and what a gift it is! Amazing. ( Click here to learn about Jerry Vale )

My mom's talent is more subtle but was still a huge influence on me. She is innately creative on a daily basis...doing anything from decorating their home, to setting the table, to tending her garden (the rose above), to choosing her wardrobe.

I have been incredibly blessed to have extremely creative role models and unlimited support for my art to grow!