June 16, 2010
Volume 6 - Issue 24

It is my intention for today's message to be brief. When you scroll down and look at the two different photos you may wonder at their relevance to one another. Usually I look for a theme and I always attempt having them hold together and relate both visually and aesthetically to one another, using art principles.

Not wanting to intrude on your individual responses, I'll expand further in my notes below the photos.

Today's Photos

profile in the clouds at sunset from a balcony in Boynton Beach


Princess or angel in a wood knot

To give reference to the perspective from which it was shot, the top sunset photo was taken from the balcony of a penthouse apartment in Boynton Beach, FL.

Although she looks somewhat pained, I love the regal, queenly appearance of the woman in the clouds whom we see in profile facing to our right. If you enjoy exploring further, you might see the second much smaller profile face in her "neck." It, too, faces to the right. Then there is the one on our left at the top of her full hat, facing skyward. I suspect you will find more.

The image in the lower wood knot photo brought a quick smile to my face when I almost stepped on it on the boardwalk at Green Cay Wetlands in Boynton Beach. She looks like she is winking at us with the eye on our right. She has the feel of a "Greek Goddess and also an angel, though the wing we see is misplaced. It wouldn't be attached to her cheek.

RE Art and Composition:
To complete on my thoughts from the introduction, what's holding together the space that these two photos are occupying is that:

1. The subject of both is women, albeit imaginary ones, and

2. There is a bit of burnt orange in the wood that picks up on the orange in the sunset. Colors in the wood are also repeated throughout the sky and clouds in the top photo.

There is a similar linear pattern in both, though horizontal in the top and vertical on the bottom.

Today's Photo Story -
No story today beyond what I've shared above in the photos and, as I see it, there is plenty of "juice" for many stories. Why not have fun and make up some of your own.

If you have children, or know any, I invite you to share these photos with them and listen to their observations and stories. And, certainly don't neglect the "children" within the adults in your world. Please invite them to have fun with you also.

No more words on either. I invite you to BE with each, fully for a moment or two, less or more, and simply experience the images.

Self-Reflecting Queries -
Today, I also invite you to reflect on your responses, or reactions, to today's photos. Did you see the faces I saw? Did you have judgments on my observations on the photos, or other things I might have said?

If so, was your response, or judgments, part of a pattern that you can identify and match to other situations in your life? If so, is there anything you can take from it, remind yourself of, and/or acknowledge yourself for, to further empower yourself in those areas or others?

And, as I stated last week, and at other times, it's all made up. What stories are you making up in your life today? Are they serving you? providing fun? openings for interactions with others?

Thanks for "playing." As always have fun with these queries and looking/seeing. Also, please post your responses in the COMMENTS section of the blog.

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