Monthly Archives: February 2014
I started doing photography as a girl. Dad was a medical photographer at George Washington University Medical School in DC. We had a darkroom in our basement. Every third week, I’d get to go to work with him on Saturdays and I had access to his lab at the med school.
Here I am with my grandfather and my b’uncle Joe. You can see one of my first cameras around my neck.
In high school I was Photography Editor of the yearbook. I shot and printed half of the photos. I was a great photo processor. I could make my negatives sing.
Tragically, my dad got very sick when I was a junior in high school. He never was able to work again. Somehow the loss of my dad as I knew him got all mixed up with photography and I laid down my camera for decades.
When I got an iPhone in 2005 I began to take photos with it. I didn’t photo finish them at all. I didn’t even crop them.
These last few months I have begun to photo finish my iPhone photos. I have used iPhoto to work on several hundred of my photos. I have been most interested in adjusting photos that I might use to illustrate my haiku. I am an active participant in 3 Facebook forums that have daily prompts for haiku (2) or tanka (1). Tanka are five line poems.
Something clicked in me yesterday. I suddenly had the knowing and body feel that my photofinishing was just what I had been doing from age 7 to age 17. It all clicked.
I still have a lot to learn. And I must learn to use the new camera I bought a month ago. I pulled out the manual for it today. (No one ever accused me of rushing into things!)
I went to the Dallas Arboretum today and took a hundred photos. And photo finished them after I got home.
I still have a lot to learn.
All of my previous work was with black and white photos….
Here are a few of the photos I made today:
This one is a star magnolia. I am crazy about “tulip magnolias”.
This one is a Professor Einstein daffodil.
This one is a beautiful silvery-blue foliage plant spilling over the edge of a container.
I’ve started and ended this post with cherry blossoms, two kinds.
I hope you like my photos!
Ever since I was a girl I have been fascinated by the art of Japan.
I have done Japanese flower arranging, ikebana. I am also an internationally known and published haiku poet.
A few years ago, I took up painting enso, circles, with sumi paint. I bought wonderful, flat porcelain trays of the sumi ink at the gift shop at Nepenthe, in Big Sur, CA. I drew a number of enso to illustrate some of my haiku. Yesterday, I photographed the enso.
The one above, one of my favorites, is made by dipping the soft rabbit’s hair brush into both metallic gold and metallic silver and then brushing the circle in one breath.
I find it meaningful that haiku are also one breath poems.
Both art forms remind us that we have only the now. To live in the now.
I painted this one to illustrate a poem about peeling an orange.
This one will illustrate poems about the sun.
And this one the moon.
This one was drawn to illustrate the moon rising behind pine trees, but this morning I used it to illustrate this haiku: lipstick on his collar/ thunder/ rattles the bedsprings.
I hope you like my enso!
You know I love a challenge. And I especially love a challenge that stretches me where I am already stretching.
The wonderful artisan earring designers at Earrings Everyday:
issued a challenge to design a pair of earrings to resonate with this photo.
The challenge is “We’re All Ears”.
I have a five year plan to make beautiful polymer clay opals. I am now in month 14 of that plan. I had recently had a breakthrough in my personal opal challenge when making some Beads of Courage for kids with cancer.
I decided to make green and blue “opal” clays, chop them into teensy, tinsy bits and then smoosh the bits back into a solid piece of clay.
These are the earrings I made from the “opal” clay. They are my entry into the challenge:
I also made a pendant to go with them:
I hope you like them!
If you want to see what other artisans like me made in response to the dragonfly challenge, click on the link above.