My photography class started this week, and I was at a local park taking pictures for my first project. The beautiful day brought many couples to the flower gardens, including this couple:
Spring is such a great time of year. Life, in all of its color and energy, bursts forth, as we walk in the background, feeding off of its energy.
I came across this TED video today and I want to share it with you. In ten minutes, Phil Hansen demonstrates the power of limitations, not only within the creative process, but within life. Interestingly, he points out that often too many choices can lead to, well, nothing.
I hope that you find inspiration in this video.
Often times art, and the process of creating or viewing art, can help us see the world differently. We recently had a chance to go Franklin Park Conservatory to see the Sacrifice + Bliss exhibit of Aurora Robson, an environmental activist and artist and came away from the experience with a greater awareness of the impact of plastic, and the ability to create beauty from disaster. From the exhibit description:
An environmental activist and advocate for plastic pollution awareness, artist Aurora Robson uses cast-off plastic, excess packaging and junk mail to create transformative works of art with a message.
Her artwork is stunning:
The brochure from the event goes a little deeper into Robson’s approach to her artwork and the motivation behind her art:
Robson is passionately concerned about the attitudes we humans bring to our relationship with the natural environment and about how we treat the planet that is our shared home and the source and sustainer of life. Nevertheless, the is more philosophical than polemical in her thinking and the use of art as a means for consciousness-raising. “I aim to be as inventive as I can,” she says. “I think of artists as inventors who must experiment in order to do their jobs.”
Robson sees her work as generating hope. From the event brochure:
My work involves recognizing and embracing a positive, creative, optimistic outlook – it’s about looking up, being receptive.
This is one of those times that I wish I were a better photographer, as these pictures don’t do Robson’s work justice. And, in addition to art represented in these photos there are many additional works through the conservatory that aren’t represented here. I encourage you to check it out if you’re in the Columbus, OH area before the end of April.
Experience running. There are amazing things that happen when you run. Make sure that you take the time to recognize and appreciate them. ~Daniel Pickle, Runner’s World Challenger of the Week
from Runner’s World Quote of the Day email on March 20, 2013
Running is a great way to experience life. Rhythmic release, and warm, sunny soreness are only some of the sensations to experience. Conversational confessions among comrades carry many days into weeks, delivering laughing smiles and knowing glances over plates and glasses filled with calories that fuel the next miles.
Running is life. There are ups and downs within days filled with effort. Most wins are personal as there’s always someone somewhere, faster, more recognized or rewarded. Yet each day we tie our laces and move forward to compete with our selves. To make each day the day we want it to be, each of us becoming who we choose to be. One step at a time.
Who do you want to be?
I’ve learned that finishing a marathon isn’t just an athletic achievement. It’s a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible. ~ John Hanc
from Runner’s World Daily Quote email
In order to finish a 26.2 mile race you have to run the first mile. And, in order to write a book you have to write the first chapter.
Jill Weatherholt’s recent post provides some great suggestions for how you can stay focused on your task and be efficient in accomplishing your short term goals, in this case writing.
Finishing a marathon requires focus, effort, and dedication. If we apply the same approach to everything that we do in life – our writing, photography, whatever our interest – we’ll be amazed at the results.
photo credit: marcus_jb1973 via photopin cc