Monday, February 24, 2014

Isn't that what life's about?

But this is what life's about, isn't it? 

Dull winter afternoons. Kids playing basket  ball in the yard. Little birdies punching on the blackberry bushes singing to each other. Me on a walk, stopping to sit by the river and listen to the lap, lap, lap of the water on the bank by my feet. Masses of water rushing down stream every second. The river looks like someone dumped millions of gallons of chocolate milk into it, the result of all the rain we've been getting lately.

It's strange how easily I can compare my life to the sticks I see bobbing up and down in the current. Being sucked under but rising up again... And comparing the lovely yet baffling clouds in the sky to the things I can't control or change. And yet they do change because of the wind, I look down and then up and everything's different. 

Theres so much we can't control. I want to be someone that is controlled by the beauty I see all around me even when life is dull or stifling. Yet maybe controlled is to strong of a word. Maybe inspired is a  better fit. I want to be inspired every day by a little birds song or the sound of running water. By the interesting textures on a bolder and by the changing colors in the sky. Don't be too busy to notice the good things all around you, the things that can't be bought with riches but are given to us free. Because that's what life's about, isn't it! 

Sorry about the bad quality of this picture, just a quick snap of a little daisy!

Happy Monday! 

-Mary K.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Gap

Hey people,

So yesterday I came across this video. It's called "the gap". The video explains the gap creatives go through between our tastes and the art (or whatever it is) that we make. When we start we have good tastes, we know what we like, but we struggle to make our work reflect what we see in out minds. We're disappointed because we know that the stuff we're making at first isn't good enough. This is the gap. Many people quit thinking that they'll never make it over this gap. But the key to make the jump
is doing a lot of work. Maybe even put yourself on a deadline, commit to doing one project each week or month. And by doing volumes of work you will start to catch up. You'll get to where you want to be. As Dory would say "just keep swimming, swimming!" It's a battle but you just have to keep fighting through it.

I'm in that gap. It's exactly like the video says I feel like I have good tastes and I absolutely love photography but when I look at the photos I've taken I'm disappointed. Sometimes I do feel like quitting. But I'm not going to.

My goal is sharing one project per month. It could be a photograph or a drawing or who knows... But I will share something here every month or perhaps week. If anyone's reading this please keep me accountable. Tell me when I forget. I need your help!

If you do creative work and doubt yourself or really if you do anything and doubt yourself go and check out this video:  It really encouraged me and I think it will encourage you too. Like seriously I've watched this 8 times in the last 24 hours! :-O

Night all!