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Idyllwild Pine

January 14th, 2017 No comments

Idyllwild Pine

Idyllwild Pine

Black and white gives an entirely different perspective to this photo. Color can be wonderful, but the stark contrast reveals new textures and exposes the bones of the scene. 

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Mexican Bird-of-Paradise Top and Much More! [Clothing]

January 13th, 2017 No comments

Mexican Bird-of-Paradise Top and Much More!

Mexican Bird-of-Paradise Top and Much More! [Clothing] 

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The World Turned Upside Down [Photo]

January 13th, 2017 No comments

The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down 

Reflections can give you an new way to look at the world. Right side up or upside down. 

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Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena, California [Photo]

January 13th, 2017 No comments

Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena, California

 
Looking up from the Arroyo Seco. Most people drive over this bridge without ever seeing this lovely view from the bottom. Taken during a walk along the river with friends. 
 
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Sycamore in the Arroyo Seco [Watercolor]

January 13th, 2017 No comments

Sycamore in the Arroyo Seco [Watercolor]

Sycamore in the Arroyo Seco [Watercolor]

From a photograph, this sycamore and surrounding chaparral almost turn into abstraction, hence the title.

This is probably one of my all-time @waterlogue favorites over the dozens I have created. 

#sycamore #tree #nature #arroyoseco #watercolor #waterlogue #outdoors #LA #losangeles #ig_losangeles #wheream_I_LA #insta_losangeles #cali_grammers #lagrammers #losangelesgrammers #discoverla #conquer_la #unlimitedlosangeles #californiacaptures #uglagrammers #ig_naturelovers #ig_naturepictures #ig_naturesbest @24earth

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Do It 2017! A Year of Making, Doing, Creating, and more!

January 12th, 2017 2 comments

Do It 2017

The holidays are a time for gathering together with friend and family AND reflecting back on the year that has past.We attended several parties over the holiday season and many other, smaller, get-togethers for drinks or dinner. In talking with everyone, one statement I heard again and again at these events was the desire to actually and concretely DO something this year.

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Maybe they wanted to do more knitting or cooking or reading. Maybe they wanted to work on their new novel , take more photographs or even get more involved with politics. While the desires were quite varied, the desire to DO something was strong in everyone. Creativity is a major part of everyone’s live and when denied can lead to a life filled with dissatisfaction.

“Zorana Ivcevic measured personal growth by asking people about their continued development and realization of their potential (e.g., “In general, I feel that I continue to learn more about myself as time goes by”). She found that people who scored higher in a “creative lifestyle” (those who engaged in more creative acts in everyday life such as making a scrapbook, visiting an art museum, inventing a new recipe, and taking photographs) were significantly more likely to score high in personal growth.” – Scientific American

I know in my own personal case, when my time is completely occupied with “work” for others, I begin to feel an itch, a concern and, in some cases, an increase in feelings of depression and hopelessness. This is why, when you read my blogs, or follow me on social media, you often see a wide variety of content spanning writing, photography, music, technology, gardening and a hundred other areas. This is my defense mechanism. This is my mind screaming out for something creative, something interesting, something fun and, in some cases, something powerful in my life. I am guessing that you feel a similar pull in your life and similar results when you deny it and I feel this is why I am hearing the “create” as a mantra from so many people.

“Research has shown that creating or tending things by hand enhances mental health and makes us happy.  Dr. Kelly Lambert (www.kellylambertlab.com) explored the relationship between hand use, current cultural habits, and mood.  She found that hands-on work satisfies our primal need to make things and could also be an antidote for our cultural malaise.” – Psychology Today

Therefore,

In an effort to spur my own creativity and execution of those creative ideas, I am starting this series, Do It 2017! I’ll be offering up my own experiences and 100 0177 2creative projects, interesting projects I find on the Internet, and maybe even a few interviews with others who are seeking to make something important this year.

I’d love to hear your plans for the year, too. What projects have you itching to get started? Do you need a little push to take that first step? Are you waiting on something to change in your life before pursuing these new ideas? What roadblocks — both personal and professional — stand in your way? Share your thoughts here and let’s build a supportive community of creators that can help each other move forward, even if just baby steps. I know for myself, taking action — even the smallest of actions — is often the best (and only) way of getting started. Let’s help each other take those small, concrete actions that lead to great things!

Here are a few of the projects (and general themes) I want to move forward in 2017:

  • Return to my guitar, piano and harmonica playing. Play music with others more often.
  • Create useful, cool and fun Internet of Things and other technology projects using Arduino, Raspberry PI and other technologies
  • Open a hackerspace/makerspace where I can share my creativity with other and help introduce them to the wonderful (and powerful) world of making things
  • Create other communities of like-minded people to support and challenge each other to do great thingsP7310559
  • Focus on photography more as both an artistic release and financial benefit by creating products of all sorts to bring more beauty into people’s lives
    • Aso, set up a schedule of regular photowalks to dedicate time to creating new photos
  • Find new food and recipes to add to our Recipes in Rotation
  • Travel more to both new places and places I haven’t visited in a long while. This includes some lovely places in northern California and also exotic places like Iceland.
  • Be outdoors more both in my own garden and in the amazing countryside that surrounds Los Angeles.
  • …and much more!

How about you? What are your creative desires for the coming year? How can I and all the readers here help you in your endeavor?

I’ll be posting a new idea of how I am trying to Do It! this year each week here on the blog. Subscribe here on My Word or follow me on any of my social media accounts to join in!

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Everything Fades Prints, Cards and Much More!

January 12th, 2017 No comments

Pines, Sky and Sun [Photo]

January 12th, 2017 No comments

Pines, Sky and Sun

Pines, Sky and Sun

Another great look at the nature around Idyllwild, California.

I love these large trees, the fresh air and sparking light. 

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Winter Reflections [Photo]

January 12th, 2017 No comments

Mother & Son [Photo]

January 12th, 2017 No comments

Mother & Son

Mother & Son

Rosanne and Joseph stroll under the trees in Idyllwild, California

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