Patti Edmon Altered Attic: Doors and Dinosaurs

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Doors and Dinosaurs

I actually had the energy to take a photo walk the other day. The weather has changed fairly fast - as it usually does here - but it was a beautiful morning. Not the 100 degree days we'd had so many of, so I set out on my mission.

My photo walks are a challenge - depending upon how far I can walk, in this case around the block - to see. Really see, notice small changes, details that might otherwise be missed. What a metaphor for living a creative life. I'm not sure my vision has improved but I finally had a 'happy' studio day.

Something about making pieces for a gallery or hopefully to sell is very unnerving. I realize that I'm still fairly green, when it comes to making art anyway:) and I have to say that this is the first time I've experienced 'Monkey Mind' in the studio - questioning every move, not sure if I like or not, which color, etc.

In my writing history, I had a similar experience while attending a series of advanced fiction workshops with instructors who, well, let's just say their names are on many a literary book jacket. I had so much potential... isn't that so often the case? In two years I crammed so much into my brain that I couldn't write a sentence.

Then, in 2004, at workshop, I got sick. No energy, blurred vision, grief. I had to put all of my work aside; I don't think I realized how deeply embedded my writing desire was until I had to put it all away.

So, lest I digress too far from topic, I was having a crappy time in the studio. That is my haven, my sanity, my good mood:) So, the photo walk was important, and turned out to be quite an inspiration.

I've noticed that doors and windows continue to fascinate me... curiosity? Entry to the soul? Not mine, apparently, but the wavy glass (historic:), choice of curtain, or flowers or statue, are endlessly intriguing.

I haven't photoshopped these, just tweaked the exposure, knowing they'll be in my file should I require a new door or dinosaur.

Oh, the photo of the ladders against the porch... sigh.... still under construction.


My Vintage Studio said...

Hi Patti.
Thank you for visiting my blog this week.
You have some lovely places to take your walks.
Thank you for sharing your photos with us.
Wishing you a wonderful day!

Karen Mireau, Founder of Bio.Graphia said...

Dear Patti:

You have come a long way. As an Angel told me recently: "Keep on walking and you will get to where you need to go."

Keep walking, keep writing, keep seeing, keep creating!



La Dolce Vita said...

your walk is so beautiful! congrats on getting out and taking such great photos. the porch will be finished one day, all construction comes to an end ... thank goodness right!?? xox

Anonymous said...

Good morning Patti :) it's relaxing to enjoy the first coffee of the day while admiring these wonderful garden photos ! your comment made me happy, I agree art is a universal language, wish I could spend more time in creating, autumn and winter are really great for inspiration ! Wish you a lovely day, I will come back around soon, hugs and love

Karin Bartimole said...

sigh, still under construction - doesn't that say it all Patti?! so true, in so may ways... aren't we all still under construction in these creative lives?! I enjoyed your photography stroll and way of seeing. I'm glad you were able to get out to wander. I found my eye especially drawn to the way the colors and light danced across the glass reflecting white door, and I love the dinosaur :)
xox K

winnsangels said...

Thank you Patti for the wonderful images. You live in a fabulous neighbourhood. I'm glad the walk was a possibility for you, more doors opened as you find others closing around you. Remember always, beautiful angel, to see the open doors.
Angels be with you, sweetheart.

Anonymous said...

great pix!

Kathy said...

ok, I am jealous. My walk is not as fun as yours. beautiful~ photos. I love what Karen (above) wrote.

Debrina said...

I love photo walks! You should do more. These photos were so cool and interesting, Patti! Your house looks pretty stunning...I can't wait to see the finished result.

Elizabeth Golden said...

I enjoyed the walk with you this morning. What a lovely neighborhood. Thanks for sharing.


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