Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

Just for Fun…

It has been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, (kidding—I mean Buffalo, MN), where scrapbooking, writing, reading, and picture taking have been the focal points of the week.   In other words, CREATIVITY ABOUNDS!

Last night, Chris and I sat on the beach of Buffalo Lake and watched the sun set while debating the merits of the paper he was working on.  I still say I am right, but research proved to me last night that collegiate women athletes have a lower self esteem than non-collegiate woman athletes.  I would have thought that a woman at that level of fitness and dedication would be fairly self assured.

Anyhow, back at the ranch, we took Georgia to the lake with us to capture the essence of a peaceful weekend.  After some tweaking on picnik, here are a couple of shots.

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Pumping Iron

Oh well, this one doesn’t depict the beauty of a sun setting over the lake but rather the beauty of a man always willing to make me laugh.  Can you believe that in our little cow-town of Buffalo, MN, they have workout equipment like this sitting around the park?  There’s a stairstepper which looks out over the lake and equipment for arms, legs, back, shoulders, etc.  Unique.  Progressive.  Never in this lifetime will you find me using it!  Awkward!

For the love of Georgia, (my camera)

This morning, Chris and I headed our for a drive and took Georgia along.  We headed no where in particular, but it really didn’t matter–there is beauty in everything.

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I thought this sumac bush was having a bit of an identity crisis.  Is it spring?  Is it fall?  I’m not quite sure so I’ll just stand still for a while longer.

 

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“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.”  Looking at this tangled mess reminded me of that quotation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am a sucker for old, dilapidated barns that are still majestic yet hanging onto life by a thread.

 

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This is Chris’ idea of what would be the opposite of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No words needed.

 

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An old neighbor of mine growing up now owns this farm.  In a tribute to 1976, I aged the photo to resemble the look of the era.

Full Circle Creativity

Six weeks ago I started another class at The Loft.  This Ideas Intensive class was something I approached with great trepidation yet knew I desperately needed.  When our instructor, Sarah, told us that we were even going to “collage”, my heart started to palpitate and my underarms began to drip with sweat.  I made it through the collaging class.  Not only did I “like” collaging, I actually started thinking of doing more of it on my own time.  I scoped out a couple collaging blogs and made travel plans to go to Colorado to collage with my mother-in-law.  She’ll call it “scrapbooking”, but I’m sticking to “collaging.”

I noticed through the 6 week class that I really did have neat ideas buried in my little noggin and that it was OK to let myself engage my creativity.  On a beautiful spring day last week, I took George, (remember, my new Nikon D-90?), down to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden where I allowed my mind to openly view the sculptures and to shoot for the fun of it.  Letting loose and eliminating perfectionism is what I’m calling it.

Enjoy the garden through my eyes:

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Creativity Abounds

The creative juices are really flowing in me for the first time in years and years and years, and in typical Joni fashion, I want to act on each of them right now!  OK, I know that’s not possible, but it’s really hard for someone with my aggressive personality to step back, plan, and take things in baby steps.

Last night was my second class in Ideas Intensive at The Loft, and this class has been both very good and very bad for me all at the same time.  I’ll call it my split personality class; the good witch versus the bad witch.  The good witch from the perspective that it has loosened me up to a point where I am starting to let the ideas in my mind take root and manifest themselves into something that perhaps I could work with.  The dad witch from the aspect that it has enticed all of these ideas and there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get everything I want to out on paper and that frustrates the living poo out of me.

So, one step at a time if I must.  For now, my goal is to do some brainstorming and clustering/mind-mapping.  This was a technique that we discussed last night which was new for me, and I could truly see the benefits of it versus the traditional outline I had been working on.  My goal is to spend the week letting the ideas flow to my cluster so that by next week’s class, I have a pretty good idea on the things I want to focus building on.

On another note, I have a new baby.  Yes, Grandma Lainy, a new baby.  Her name is George, and she Nikon D90.  Oh, she is soooooooooo beautiful!  I love her.  I really, really love her.  It shouldn’t be legal to love an inanimate object so much, but I do.  Sometimes, I hear her talking to me.  We are getting better acquainted with each other being she’s only been here since Saturday, but already she has stolen my heart.  It won’t take long for her and I to become soul-mates, that’s for sure.  So, as the time progresses and I again start updating this blog with my creative adventures, you will all get to meet her and to relish in the beauty she transposes for us.  I promise to share the fruits of her labor with you.  And if you want to know how she got her name, it is from Georgia O’Keeffe who, in my opinion, was the most creative and free women I have ever heard about and who every time I think of her conjures up beautiful family memories of my trip with Adara to Santa Fe and of the art exhibit in Minneapolis with Michael.  This will inspire me.

Off to write…