When I was about seven or eight…I loved going up the hill to my friend Jo’s house…her mom (Mrs. T) was an artist and she would take us into her basement where she had her art studio and give us little art projects. I was in awe…not only by all the brushes and paints…but you see she was an abstract painter. That was a lot for a little farm girl to absorb. One winter we took baby food jars and made them into little snow globes. I kept that little thing for a long time, don’t know what happened to it. I’m a keeper, but that one got away.
Anyway, I really think art has an impact even though it may show up late in life…like for me. It’s interesting how something like those experiences with Mrs. T and her art studio have stayed so vivid in my memory. Recently I started doodling and coloring at night…drawing very simple figures; hamsas and elephants. I really love hamsas and I’ve started a little collection from my travels…my first one I bought in a tiny bookstore in Istanbul. I had no clue what a hamsa was (I just knew I really loved the piece) and the two ladies working the store tried their best in very broken english to explain it…(and of course they looked at me like I had two heads) but I was able to decipher “hamsa” – well I had them write it on my receipt – and I researched it when I got home. Since then I’ve been collecting them and recently I started learning more about their history. In a nutshell for those who may not be that familiar (like I was a number of years ago) the open palm is an emblem of protection and good fortune. We can’t have too much of that can we?
So it’ll be fun to see in a few months if a) I’m still doing this and b) if I’ve improved and c) if it has taken me on a new and different path? Who knows…stay tuned!
now the etc. part…
Finally…I’ve updated my portfolio on my home page. Just a little, but it’s a start. There’s so much I want to add. I have pretty much completed my portraits…people I’ve photographed around the world. Of course that will be an ongoing series. I do have return trips to Dead Horse Bay on my agenda, but for now I’ve added a few more to the washed up series. I do hope to have the rhythms from the sky series up soon…just completed the initial (test) printing and will be doing a little more dodging and burning and more printing…but soon. I’ll just say this…it’s one thing to look at your photography on the monitor and a totally different experience in print…that’s for sure. I’ll continue to keep you updated whenever I add major stuff to this section. And speaking of this series – rhythms – totally influenced by one of the masters…Alfred Stieglitz…but more on him and why later.
This weekend I start my class with Peter Turnley…so excited!…I’ve never invested this amount of time in a photography workshop so we’ll see. I’ll definitely let you know how it’s going. A big shoutout to my mother-in-law for this gift – my present for my last birthday. Thank you so much Merrill!
Stay tuned for another dose of inspiration…just wait until you see the work of the artist coming up!
Enjoy your weekend! gg