Directionally Challenged

—I need a little direction right now.

First of all, I took this photograph yesterday while riding with my son. I noticed the yellow lines in the mirrors and the Which Way Photo Challenge instantly came to mind. I realize I’ve already used the “rear view mirror” idea, but I had to do it again because I really enjoy how the lines repeat, but they don’t line up.

One of the things I love about word and photo challenges is that they provide you with a little direction. The blank canvas isn’t quite so “empty,” because you’ve been given a prompt to draw upon.

I’m beginning the first project in my design class, and I’ll be designing a mug, a coffee bean package, and a bag for an imaginary partnership; between Starbucks and (INSERT IDEA HERE).

It can be a food, a company, a place, an event, a charity… or whatever it is that I dream up. It’s going to be a fun and challenging project, I’m sure of it. But, in sitting down to name this fictional partner…

I’m feeling directionally challenged.

That being said, I’m hoping that a prompt will get me moving. If you’re reading this… and a wild word or idea comes to mind… please share!

I’m super excited about this month long journey, but first I need to know which way to go…

Until later,
Happy Saturday…
Peace & Love!

What I Imagine

IF YOU LOSE YOURSELF in your work, you find who you are. If you express the best you have in you in your work, it is more than just the best you have in you that you are expressing. Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark

I thought it was rather coincidental (not) that my quote of the day email from Mr. Buechner was titled Work. I couldn’t wait to read it. His are usually a little longer, but this one was perfect for what’s been on my mind these days.

Every day I imagine more and more images that I want to create, and I’m finding that if I just keep doing that, I lose old worries as I grasp new techniques. It’s a win-win.

Anyway, the featured image is actually a combination of three images, four if you count the hand. The bird shots are from last week, at the L.A. River- so the water has been re-colored, to say the least. The hand was just my way of saying- No, this is not what was out there, but this is what I saw.

I think that makes sense.

Joy Gets Sketchy

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. Helen Keller

This is actually a shop in Jerome, Arizona—an old 1800’s mining town that I visited. It was a wild place back in the day, but it’s now a tourist attraction; full of coffee shops, restaurants, and cool art galleries. This particular building was used as a brothel in the early 1900’s, and it’s now a boutique.