June 15, 2009
Volume 5 - issue 21

Still time to Register - First Session INSPIRE YOURSELF - LIBERATE YOUR INNER ARTIST - this Wed afternoon at 1:30 PM US Eastern time.

Cylindrical Cactus


pink cactus flower

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The other day, I scrolled through some of my photographs on my FlickR account and I fell in love with the two photos featured above. I actually took them nine months ago in the Desert Botanical Gardens in Scottsdale when I was visiting in Arizona. I recall, at the time, that I thought most of my photos were "ho-hum", "okay", nothing "spectacular," thus never paid much attention to them for using in Picture to Ponder.

The only reason I posted them on FlickR was to test out and demonstrate a new, for me, no-fee uploading and editing software program that I could share with the participants in the last Through and From the Lens telecourse. This, naturally, has me think of the new June/July telecourse which is starting this Wednesday, June 17th.

I am excited by participants who have registered thus far and with the plans for it. We will be spending more time, than in the past, on relating each one's photos to his or her life. Participants also will be developing their own self-reflecting queries, if they so wish. And, of course, all will excitedly be discovering things they've never before noticed.

Marifran Korb who, prior to working with me in the last course, left all the picture taking to her husband and daughter when they went on vacations. Now, after her recent trip to Ireland she proudly shared that her daughter's photos were all long distance shots and most of hers were at closer range, focusing in on the most interesting part, for her, of each whole scene. She found herself looking at the beauty she states might have been lost without what she now calls her "new way of seeing" - the appealing angles, shapes, textures and colors that she most likely would have totally missed in the past.

Marifran states, "I now see photography as a metaphor for life. When I'm seeing with my camera the hidden beauty in the shapes, forms, colors and nooks and crannies, it has me discover things and examine my own life in greater detail."

There is space for one or two more participants. It would thrill me if you were one of them wishing to join us on Wednesday to experience inspiring yourself and others with your new photography and theirs.

TODAY'S PHOTOS -
Cacti in, as I stated above, the Desert Botancial Garden in Scottsdale. I think it's the overall composition, the direction of the angles, the lights and shadows in the top photo that keeps calling me into it and appeals to me most. Although the upcoming Expand Your Vision is not a highly technical course, we do touch on art elements and using your camera to its best advantage.

I love the lower photo for its delicacy and its color, also the unexpectedness of its being in the cactus family. A third photo, I'm including here for fun, is one we will discuss in the first session of the course, where we look at "faces" in my photos and other places where participants discover them.

cactus face or fist

Is it a turtle face or a fist? Note the five fingers. How many other faces do you see here?

SELF-REFLECTING QUERIES -
I started this issue of Picture to Ponder stating that my Arizona photographs were mostly ones I pretty much ignored. In reflecting on this now, I'm realizing that probably a lot of the experience and everything associated with it was tinged with sadness for me traveling like this without Sam (my deceased husband, for those of you who are new subscribers) at my side. And, I could dwell on it, look for all kinds of explanations and that furthers nothing in "being in the present."

Bottom line, today I am excited with the visual and visceral pleasures I am now experiencing when looking at and sharing these photographs.

I invite you to now look into your own life. Have you had any experiences recently or in the past several months, where you were disappointed, where your expectations might not have been met.

If "yes", I invite you to revisit it or them through photographs, in conversations and/or in writing. Bring "new eyes" to the situation(s). Is anything more exciting now opening up, or available, for you?

As always have fun with this AND, my last invitation....

If anything in today's issue resonates with you in terms of wanting to expand your own experiences, no matter what your current level is, then come play with us. Join in the fun and register for Wednesday's Through and From the Lens EXPAND YOUR VISON telecourse.

ANOTHER PROGRAM for creativity -
For those of you who do not have a digital camera or the time does not work and you are "itching" to be creative in hands-on activities, I recommend checking out Marney Makridakas'

Make Change with Your Muse: Mixed Media Art Projects to Attract Prosperity and Change in Your Life This is a "Self-paced e-course + Authentic Art Supply Kit sent to you via U.S. mail. Your first lesson can begin whenever you choose."

I have done many courses with Marney and she is by far one of the MOST creative people I know. You can see more of her programs checking the links on her Artella Land home page.

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