Sunday, August 31, 2008
yesterday, I snapped his photo. which led me to do some quick research on him. ganesha: hindu lord of beginnings, remover of obstacles.
I knew I loved him for a reason.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
artist and all-around beautiful girl kelly rae has just birthed her first book, taking flight. it arrived yesterday in my post box, addressed to: creative soul lisa parks. just the greeting I needed after a week existing within the confines of my job.
I've been reading kelly's blog for a few months now. she captures perfectly the brilliance and uncertainty of becoming an artist. her words have meant more to me than she will ever know. she writes about feeling less than an artist, when doubts flood your brain and attempt to drown out the creative spark. she calls it the "impostor syndrome". I can so relate. recently, I firmed up plans to hold my first photo show at the beloved starlight cafe in october. I keep thinking, "really? me? a photo show? with real mats and frames and endless possibilities for criticism?" yikes! I easily fall into thinking that I'm not a "real" photographer and that my photographs are not real art. I label it Fauxtography. I am pensive.
strangely and despite the doubt, I just keep moving forward one step at a time, like some little artistic alter-ego is taking over and taking charge. let's call her lola, the real artist. she knows all about photo shows and hanging art and publicity and planning an opening reception with aplomb even if it is only ten pieces. she is telling lisa, "sit back and be a scaredy cat, I've got this."
I am looking forward to the three-day weekend and time to devour kelly's art and words.
"sooner or later, you just need to take a deep breath and spread your wings."
Thursday, August 28, 2008
the sun pushed through the white filter that dimmed its shine for so many days. the light is bright and pure.
the cicadas have hushed their late afternoon screeching to a soft whisper. sprinklers still whir and sputter, their song punctuated by the lumbering sound of the school bus letting off after-school program students.
a few leaves have turned and fallen. I think I smell smoke from a distant fireplace (most likely an olfactory hallucination, since it is still august).
oh autumn, how I love you. you are my favorite. thank you for this momentary preview.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I don't even know where to begin to evaluate this work; all objectivity has left the building. because this process came so very easy and quick for me, I have a tendency to think the final product may look like beginner's work. I want it to look professional, stylish and do it's job. can something of beauty and purpose be created so naturally and without tension, doubt or humility? if so, I think it's so very different from my "real work". the process left me feeling proud, accomplished, artistic, but as I look at the final product, I worry that my beaming pride is clouding my objectivity. can it really be this easy and delightful? my husband was so supportive and encouraging to give me this opportunity, I hope he doesn't settle for less-than-spectacular because it's me.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
dish is a beautiful restaurant specializing in small plates. the food is brilliant and the atmosphere is colourful and calm.
dish is a nice walk from my office, so I have lunch here once or twice a week. the small plates (the mediterranean dish and green curry shrimp especially) and salads are great. but the burger. oh goodness. grass-fed beef, maytag bleu cheese, heirloom tomato and arugula. and the fries. the fries. yum.
the light streams in from the front windows, making it bright and cozy at the same time. local art sprinkles the deep teal walls and jazz softly plays in the background. the wait staff are very sweet and look like they were hired directly from the ballet theatre a few blocks down as they gracefully float through the space balancing plates and coffee.dish is located at 1120 main street in lynchburg, virginia.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
my mom, a teacher, always told me that you can learn to do anything by reading about it. I truly believe this. currently, I'm learning about change and risk and fear and courage. sure, I'm reading up. but also gathering stories and wisdom from friends and my own history. all of these words, written and spoken and lived and known, swirl around me in their sparkly goodness until they join and form into the next big step.
Monday, August 18, 2008
and check out those $4 vintage earrings I scored.
to see photo slideshow, click here.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
in an effort to be more balanced, I recently returned to yoga and meditation. nothing cleanses the inside self (physically, mentally and emotionally), like these practices. twisting, reaching, focusing, visioning, exhaling, quieting, accepting, releasing, being....these all make for a super shiny spirit.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
so be it. back on the pony.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
I love this photo because of its colorful, whimsical vibe. at the end of a two-week staycation, I have a super shiny feeling I hope to carry through the month and expand on. I want to do a self portrait every week to see if I can pull it off.
now that's shiny.