Friday, September 23, 2011

Walking in this World

foggy morn

It was super foggy yesterday morning on my walk.I took my camera just to see what I could capture and found that (like most anything) a foggy landscape can be turned into something magical with the addition of textures. On this image, I used one of Leslie Nicole's lovely French Kiss textures - "stone blush."

For the last six or so years now, the first thing I do each morning after my morning pages journal and several cups of coffee (and now writing in my blog) is go for a walk.  Walking is an activity I've always enjoyed for its own sake - not only for exercise.   I find it good for the spirit as well as the body.

Although, after seeing all the photos that have resulted from my recent morning meanderings, my boyfriend remarked yesterday that I'm probably not walking very fast.  No, I'm not getting my heart rate up all that much - except when I see a flock of wild turkeys or deer crossing the path ahead.


Those of you who know Julia Cameron's work need no explanation for these morning pages I keep referring to in this blog.  They are three stream of consciousness journal pages written first thing in the morning.  I've been doing them off and on for years, and pretty consistently for the last couple of years.  Some days I write much more than three pages and they've helped me immensely.  I must confess I have been remiss in writing them in the last week or so in favor of working on my blog.  This will not do.  The pages have been so helpful to me in what Cameron calls my "creative recovery" that I fear I'll become stagnated again if I do not keep up with them. 

Her follow up to the popular The Artist's Way which introduced the concept of morning pages and her weekly "artist date" is entitled Walking in this World: The Practical Art of Creativity.  I have this on my Kindle and on audio. In it, she adds a weekly walk to her creativity prescription.  Some of my best creative ideas, and now some of my best images,  have come when I've been out walking so I couldn't agree with her more.

If you aspire to create art of any kind but feel stuck or just want a boost up to the next level, I highly recommend Cameron's work.  She is a prolific writer so I would start with these two.  I go back to them again and again.

The sound of rain pattering outside my window tells me my morning walk may not happen today. I'm a little disappointed because I intended to pop on my telephoto lens and capture these spectacularly large mushrooms that are growing in my neighbor's yard without actually going into my neighbor's yard.

How will I use this extra time? Perhaps I could do some yoga, or housework, or put in a load of laundry.  Who am I kidding? I wonder, does pushing pixels around count as exercise?


Its Photo Art Friday again, and I'm linking up with Pixel Dust Studios with today's featured image image.


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19 comments:

  1. Wow, this is gorgeous. Great wonderful texture work !

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  2. LeAnne,
    What a fabulous photo! Love how you processed it. I've read Cameron's "Artist Way" and really liked it, but it was years ago. You inspire me to dust it off and look at it again.

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  3. Thanks Deborah! You should dust it off...I read it years ago, but I don't have a copy. I need to get another copy of it. Walking in this World is what I'm in to now.

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  4. Simply stunning photography and processing! very mysterious! I love Julia Cameron - but needed a reminder to maybe go back and re-read my book (and take a long walk).

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  5. Very nice. It really sets a mood.
    I'll have to check out those books.

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  6. Like many others, I, too, love a foggy morning.
    Your treatment of this photo is lovely, ethereal.

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  7. Thanks Barb, Linda & Deb! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting. :)

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  8. Oh LeAnne I adore this image. What a professional touch you have. I can see this as a cover on a coffee table book. Thank you for linking up your image to Photo Art Friday.

    Love Julia Cameron btw.

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  9. I like the color and lighting, creates mood - quite lovely.

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  10. Thank you Bonnie. Love your site, too and I look forward to linking up with you on many Fridays to come!

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  11. Pushing pixels around is hard work :-)
    Love the idea.
    I love walking too and try for six miles most days. Don't always make that. My outlook was similar to yours today, although we are probably thousands of miles apart. Love the textured trees and a wire fence with roughcut fence posts makes a field picture.

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  12. What an amazing picture, you're very talented, I've loved every one of your pictures that I've seen so far! I find blogging to be a good creative release, sometimes it's good to change things up and it seems your doing very well, judging by your creative outcomes :)

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  13. Love the tree! I'm looking forward to foggy weather so I can try some good fog pics!

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  14. Excellent photography and post-processing.

    Regards and best wishes

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  15. You have captured Cameron's spirit in your photos. What a gift!

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  16. Who would have thought that a "foggy" day could look so beautiful. Love the texture you added. It's so peaceful looking. - Must check out the Author you recommended.

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  17. Wonderful textures and colors. Beautiful dramatic shot.

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  18. Wow...that's gorgeous. Isn't it great how much you can change a photo with just added a texture or two. I love this piece.

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