Here are my thoughts and ramblings about my life as an artist. Whatever endeavor I take on, the creative process is a unique journey to discover wondrous hidden treasures bubbling my soul. Each painting, each photograph has its own challenges. The learning process and evolution is a continuous journey, but one that brings me much joy.
The explorations of creativity are fascinating and fulfilling. I hope you enjoy and find inspiration of your own.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Obsessed with the book
I go to bed thinking about the book and wake up
thinking about the book. There are periods during the day when I tear myself
away to work on other needed projects or to have a few hours of downtime to
watch TV in the evening. But, for the most part, focus is totally on the
writing and the pictures.
Most of yesterday was spent on listing the photos recently
edited, printing them on a sheet of regular paper for reference, and the working
on the writing of days three and four. I was pleased with the amount of work
accomplished, but at the end of the day, I had a meltdown.
I live alone, therefore travel alone, edit pictures
alone, and write alone. These are my choices… for the majority of the time.
However, there are times when I get so caught up with decisions that I crash;
times when I just can’t decide. These are times when I miss my mother very
much. Yes, she was very opinionated, and if I did something she didn’t like,
she did not hid her displeasure and her negative criticism could be quite
But she was here. She was always here, and even if I
didn’t take her advice, she was someone I could say to: “Do you like this one
or is that one better?” AND, she would have been so proud of these books. “My
Life Isn’t Flowers” in 2010 was probably the proudest she ever was of me. That
I could do a book and have it come out so beautifully… that HER daughter could
She would have been proud, too, of “Too Cold for
Now I am working on the next book and because I want
it to be even better than “Too Cold for Alligators,” the pressure is greater. I
took so many photographs because I not only want to tell the story of my
travels, I want to show you. I want you to see how the highways would go on and
on, how the scenery could be blah of color because of the season, or the
beautiful farms and country sides.
But I realize, too, that all the pictures cannot fit
in the book. One to three may make each chapter and I will also do a picture
book, but even still, I can’t use all the pictures. Some will be left behind to
never be seen. How do I decide which to use and the ones that will not be