Weekly Photo Challenge: Self Portrait

I’m posting something different from my usual images for this week’s WordPress photo challenge.  This is called The Thinker…or maybe it should be The Introvert.  No, no…it’s a young ZZ Top!  Anyway, hope you can get a chuckle out of this.  (I just couldn’t bring myself to write a haiku for this one.)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder

Newspaper Rock
Newspaper Rock, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

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Visions, fantasies,
Tales, delights, simply doodles.
Ancient secrecies.
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Newspaper Rock – Tse’ Hane’ (Navaho for “rock that tells a story”)

“Newspaper Rock is a petroglyph panel etched in sandstone that records approximately 2,000 years of early man’s activities.  Prehistoric peoples, probably from the Archaic, Basketmaker, Fremont and Pueblo cultures, etched on the rock from B.C. time to A.D. 1300.”   Scholars have not yet been able to interpret the meaning of these figures.

That being said, I WONDER what story this rock has to tell! Continue reading

Some Bit of Inspiration

Today, I want to share a nice surprise I saw this morning when I opened up WordPress.  Caffeine for the Creative Soul is a blog that I subscribe to.  I enjoy seeing the daily artwork and “doodles” that the author, timcoffeyart, posts in his blog.  Today, I saw that tim had posted a doodle which was inspired by a comment I made on yesterday’s post.  In that post, tim created a doodle with the saying “Playing at creating means no pressure to perform – creating without goals – creating for the sheer joy of it” (click here to see it).  That is one of the main reasons I created this blog –  to post whatever creativity flows from my mind or my hands (or camera/computer), with no pressure, goals, directions or schedule.  It is a big part of my healing journey as well, and that is the premise of the comment I left on that posting.

So today, tim referenced my comment and posted a doodle of a hand with the saying, “creating leads to healing” (click here).  Yes, a hand is very healing – the creativity that flows from your hand; a comforting hand from a caring person; a healing hand from a gentle and skilled massage therapist; the energy released from a creating hand; etc., etc.  The list goes on.

Thanks timcoffeyart!  It’s really nice to know that I provided some bit of inspiration to someone!

Check out his blog.

In closing, I’m including a quote that I have on my “About” page:

Painters must want to paint above all else. If the artist in front of the canvas begins to wonder how much he will sell it for, or what the critics will think of it, he won’t be able to pursue original avenues. Creative achievements depend on single-minded immersion. – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 

Comforting Hand
Happy Creating!

My first haiga

Yesterday I posted a photo and haiku in my primary blog, Ichigo Ichie, to represent the concept of Flow psychology.  Here, I thought I would make a bit of a change to the photo.  For the first time, I am trying haiga.  I understand that traditional Japanese haiga typically combined brush artwork with a haiku in calligraphy, using the same brush and ink.  Some of the modern forms of haiga combine digital art with haiku as one image.  So, that is the kind of haiga I am attempting here – digital art haiku, inspired by the 19 Planets Art Blog call.  It was not as simple as it may appear.  My first attempt took a little time to determine the placement of the words, the font and font size.  I have an appreciation for people who can combine the art and the words to create an aesthetically pleasing image.

Skipper Haiga
Skipper Haiga, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.
(click on photo to enlarge)

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Flow with the river

Float on the breeze, Bathe in bliss

Notice nothing else

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

Narrow Path
Narrow Path, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.
(click on photo to enlarge)

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Walls closing swiftly

Shape a giddy narrow path

Seasoned with vigor

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The photo I would have chosen for this week’s photo challenge was in my first posting (click here), but since I already used it, I had to select another one.  This photo was taken at Canyonlands National Park.