Persistence

defn: continuing to exist or endure over a prolonged period (Oxford Dictionary)

Back in the day I used a Pentax K1000 manual camera to photograph. I bought the unit just prior to a trip to Colorado to see The Grateful Dead at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Upon arrival, my friend took one look at my new toy then told me I would need a telephoto lens if I wanted to get decent pictures of the band.

I bought the lens that afternoon. Did I mention I barely knew how to work the camera, never mind multiple detachable lenses? I wasn’t very good at loading the 35-millimeter film into the back. The first night of a three-night stand, that included my 24th birthday, I went through five rolls of film that resulted in a dozen or so photos worth keeping.

Persistence. I learned how to use the camera, crop a photo in the viewfinder, and set the aperture to let through the right amount of light. Time and patience are both great teachers.

Recently I revived my photography hobby. I bought a pocketbook size camera that has awesome zoom then headed to “the rail” at a music festival. The part I forgot about is how much concentration it takes to get that one sparkly shot. Add to that the fact I love to dance and get distracted easily well you get the picture (haha).

 Yet I had a plan. I would take photos during the first few songs, then I will enjoy the music my muse provides. Pretty simple, huh?

Yeah, no.

Persistence. Did I mention that I refused to check the shot after I clicked? Delayed gratification or cruelty take your pick. As in the old days, I knew when I got the right light, angle, facial expression, when it all came together, or didn’t. The lead singer, bass player, guitarist, and keyboard player were all easy. I snapped a few of each with the awareness I had captured the moment.

Yet the drummer… and those symbols… and the body of the bass… With each click I knew I missed. My focus and energy went from a few shots of each band member to why do I keep missing the drummer. About halfway through their set, twenty plus clicks in, I knew I got it. My body relaxed. I heard the lyrics, felt the music, and much later, got the rush of a moment captured.

Persistence pays off again.

What are you persistent about?

Thanks to Sidney Smith for his equipment recommendations. Visit his page here to see amazing concert photos. And thanks to the guys at Milford Photo for sharing their expertise. And thanks to Haley Jane & The Primates for sharing joy through their gift of music. I am going to miss you guys.

Peace & love.

Creating Deliciousness

Greetings Folks! This week’s creative is someone who I have known for, let’s just say a long time. Every Christmas my friend Carrie creates the most amazing variety of sweet treats. A while back she discovered a dairy and gluten intolerance. Instead of giving up sweets, Carrie re-invented her recipes to be healthy for all!

Carrie BlogHere Carrie shares her creative process along with links to her blog and cookbook, Sweets & Treats: Festive Recipes for the Clean Chocolate Lover. 

My creative juices begin flowing when something unexpected inspires me. I’ll often see something on a menu or at a bake shop or food market that’s made from ingredients that a friend, family member or I can’t eat, or would prefer not to eat. I’ll immediately start thinking about what ingredients I can use which will mimic it, while maintaining the taste, texture, color, smell and integrity of the dish.

I’ve always loved to cook and have a large family that I enjoy cooking for. I started imagecreating my own recipes because many of my family members have allergies or sensitivities to gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts or other nuts. Others in my family follow a vegan or vegetarian diet. I personally can’t have dairy, gluten or soy, and feel better when I limit the amount of grains that I eat; so often enjoy eating a Paleo diet.

With so many dietary issues and preferences, it can be tough to try and create recipes which are both healthy and may accommodate many different diets. For me that’s a driving force and what makes it fun!

I like to keep learning about the variety of healthier ingredients out there and how they can be used to in different ways, such as to add some sweetness to a recipe, or used as a substitute for an ingredient I need to replace.

I love to be challenged, experiment with new ingredients and create recipes which are as good or better than those dishes that I’m inspired by! What gratifies me and keeps me inspired is knowing that I’ve helped someone to be able to enjoy something that they may otherwise have not been able to eat!

Here’s a link to Carrie’s website; http://happyhealthybelly.info there’s  a good variety of recipes, wellness tips 😁

This link just goes right to the Amazon page where the cookbook may be purchased on
https://www.amazon.com/Sweets-Treats-Festive-Recipes-Chocolate/dp/1537575058

Stay Human – Michael Franti’s Creative Message

I apologize for the late post. I was out getting a recharge at a four-day music festival during which I experienced the inspirational message of Michael Franti and Spearhead. If you haven’t heard of him, click here for a music video. I also encourage you to read his lyrics. Franti’s message is one of encouragement, kindness, and a reminder to all, especially today, to stay human.

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He spoke to the crowd about what motivates him. He connected with his audience on multiple levels by acknowledging different groups within society. “I have a sister who is a lesbian and a brother who is a police officer. My family covers the spectrum.”

Franti produced a film titled Stay Human. He spoke about his creative motivation being the world we are in and how we treat each other. From the website, “During these turbulent times, the feeling of hopelessness is an epidemic. In a quest to hold on to humanity in the craziness of the world we live in today, my new documentary STAY HUMAN takes us on an experiential journey through music and stories of some of the most inspiring people on the planet that I’ve met along my travels, who have chosen to overcome cynicism with optimism and hope —and remind us all what it means to STAY HUMAN.”

After his set, Franti took the time for multiple selfies and hugs, exemplifying the concept of staying human by connecting further with his audience. I personally received a lot of inspiration and one sweaty hug.

Michael Franti BLOG2

Stay Human people.

 

Visual Artist Sean Powers

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Me and Colorado artist Sean Powers on the Boulder Mall. Thank you, Sean, for sharing your creative process!

Welcome back, folks! This week Colorado visual artist extraordinaire Sean Powers shares his creative process with us.

The process of creating my work is sort of like a cross between narrating with imagery and watching an image spontaneously emerge through paint. I’m interested in the literal and figurative nature of an image; the way different subjects can interrelate through abstraction and representation and how the subjects’ forms communicate something literal while suggest something figurative in the mind of the viewer. The subjects I’m working with have a literal relationship to one another in the current world and an abstract relationship through their concept, function and form. I use art history, abstraction, representation, design and other techniques to bridge these different images together in a way that is equally literal and ambiguous in content.

The inspirations for my narratives are weird and diverse. I read a lot, currently I have been pouring over the works of Nietzsche, Michio Kaku, Patanjali and Joseph Campbell. My narrative pictures are rooted in the current and past traditions of human cultures and psyche, but I seek to shape the story further along and create a new picture that conveys the mystery of these subjects and their evolutionary past.

To see more of Sean’s work check out the slide show below or visit his website.

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