december 5, 2015

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“One of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy
without the things we cannot or should not have.” ~ Richard L. Evans

 

love
love abounds

 

It started with a completely out-of-this-world foggy/frosty morning drive to the little hamlet of Ewing, Kentucky. There, at a small gallery called Soul Mates, Stacy Yelton and I attended an extraordinary artist discussion by Lori-Lyn Hurley (above with her soul mate, the equally awesome and talented Tracy Hawkins).

 

telling stories
telling stories

 

Lori-Lyn is able to talk about art and her journey with it, and through it, with such eloquence. The story of how she broke open her creative shell; I’ve never had a story speak to me the way Lori-Lyn’s story spoke to me. The reclamation of her creative self was eerily similar to my own. She said so many valuable things about the connection between art and spirituality. The one that stood out to me, (I’m paraphrasing here) is that we are made in the Creators image, and as such, we are each Creators. We are bound to create whether through painting, photography, words, cooking, what have you. The mere act of creating brings us closer to our truth. Lori-Lyn was incredibly open, vulnerable really, about how she has come to focus her vision on the sacred feminine, and how it has transformed her life in all manner of ways. I just find her inspired and inspiring. I can’t say enough about how much I love her as a person, and how I value her work. She, and it, are important in this world. Tracy was so right when he said (again with the paraphrase) that this morning’s drive in the fog was the perfect metaphor for art: you’re driving through fog looking for your place, your meaning, and then – boom – there it is.

 

like layers of an onion
like layers of an onion

 

It was an extraordinary morning filled with good friends, new friends, glorious art, and the sharing of a delicious homemade meal by the incredible Amy Maupin. And that drive through the frosty fog? Heaven on Earth. I couldn’t ask for more.

june 26, 2015

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‘”This commandment I give you“, said Jesus,”Love thy neighbor as thy self.” “Do unto others,” and something about the meek inheriting the earth, not the self righteous and judgmental.”
~ Amanda Barker Keller

 

Jesus and Mary, where's Joseph?
Jesus and Mary, where’s Joseph?

This has been an incredible week. The stars aligned and the creative juices have flowed like a river. I’ve been surrounded by some truly beautiful souls who bless me with their love and guidance. I’ve had more ideas than I’ve got time to manage, something I haven’t experienced in quite a while. I’m grateful for it, even if I can’t do everything. Meanwhile, the country has had quite the week, too. Same Sex marriage is now the law of the land, and people (some anyway) in the U.S. still have access to affordable health care. It is at once a great and tumultuous time. There is disagreement and anger sitting in the church pew next to love and compassion. I don’t like politics. I don’t like social badgering. I don’t like religious dogma, especially the hateful ones. I want no part of these things. They seem to bring out the worst in even the finest people, and I don’t have a good filter for it. So, I’m just going to keep taking pictures, find my happiness in my art and my loved ones, and try not to judge the way biblical scripture asks. Faith, hope, and love. The greatest of these is love. That’s what I choose. And a Canon 6D.

 

is that him?
is that him?