Chadd and Donna walk in beauty.
I've been accepted into the Rutgers School of Social Work MSW Program Fall 2018. I will specialize in clinical social work with a certificate in aging and health. As a mature student and Baby Boomer I am interested in studying the solo aging demographic, as well as the benefits of proactive and creative aging. I am so honored and excited to be on this journey of self-discovery through service. The Rutgers School of Social Work graduate program is exactly what I've been looking for. There is a daunting amount of work ahead of me. Still, my life's work and my art work are merging. I am forging my passion for the arts with the creative aging movement.
Now, I've not been posting to my blog because Richard and I are experiencing significant life challenges with remaking our home after the farmhouse fire in November. I am so grateful for god's grace, as I pushed through with the Rutgers MSW rigorous graduate application process. I'm so glad that I did not relinquish this goal or put it off.
I look forward to sharing this journey. Gratitude.
I've just returned home from a marvelous and deep weekend spent with my mother and sister. They allowed me to photograph them for my project. Photographing people whom I have an intimate connection with, is becoming one the most profound artistic experiences I've ever embarked upon.
I drove many miles completely out of my way to shoot this tree. It changes so much daily. I was lucky to catch it in full flame, the other day. Today, there are washes of pink mixed with deep Burgundy...This old piece of glass is bringing me so much joy. Loving my vintage Nikon lens! I can hardly contain myself. #gratitude
I read an article in the Wall Street Journal today that reported on the lack luster fall that is happening in New York City. The trees have been slow to turn and the colors are not as bright as those of us who live in the Hudson Valley are accustomed to. Now, I know I'm not crazy! I've been remarking to friends and family about how I missed the bright yellow maple leaves in my yard this fall. They were burnt by the late September heat wave. Subsequently, the leaves shriveled and fell to the ground without fanfare. The fall foliage photographs that I've been capturing, tell the story of a very dry fall, where the leaves that were left behind blaze and flame out as jazz quartets, as opposed to tabernacle choirs. Still, I am blown away by the arresting beauty and silence...And if it's possible to fall in love with a camera lens, I am in love with an old piece of glass...
Bicycled 10 miles this morning. I wanted to go further, but I have projects due for my sound design class. Currently, I am working on a multimedia artwork that incorporates my photography with personal narrative. I've gestated this work for a long time. I've been taking photographs as part of my creative process for years. However, this is the first time that I'm using photography as a primary medium for self expression. I'm excited for where this process is taking me.
All of my technology crashed over the summer. My 2011 iMac crashed at the beginning of July; then my iPad, then my iPhone... Will write more about that experience later.
For now, I feel the need to share my photography process. I've been taking digital photography courses at SUNY Dutchess. Right now, I'm taking a photojournalism course with Professor Lowell Handler. I'm learning so much, as I am delving deeper into incorporating digital storytelling into my artworks. Life-long-learning is where it's at...
I'm in the midst of taking a digital photography summer session course at the Duchess County Community College. I am learning so much, as I am gaining an appreciation for the technical aspects of taking good photographs. I am taking tons of photos; while experiencing much failure and many mistakes. That's the creative process. This is my first experience with shooting raw files, manual focus and tripod usage. This photograph was special, as it was my first time having the cows come over to me. This cow tried to lick my lens!
I've begun studying aspects of sculpture at the National Academy Museum and School in New York City. One artist has travelled from Sweden to study. This is her third studio art sculpture class at NAMS. It is thrilling to work next to dedicated artists who are pushing themselves.
I am a self-educator; an unstoppable learner who revels in the beginners mind. Working on my craft is a never ending and constantly evolving process. Gratitude.
“I always wanted to be free.”~ Thorton Dial
Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression is an international all media exploration of how deep creativity and fearlessness push artists outside the lines of traditional methods, applications and ways of seeing. The featured media are emblematic expressions of the untethered spirit that knows no limits.Out of Bounds seizes upon that symbiotic dialogue between viewer and artwork. And through social media’s real-time connectivity; the artist also becomes part of the conversation. With this action, the exhibition will attempt to break out of the static material gallery space; onto virtual platforms. By using various 21st century technological modes of direct communication; this exhibition serves as a fluid work-in-progress exposing the featured artists to the viewer’s gaze and gallery experience. Out of Bounds seeks to facilitate perspective cross-connections that forge new and significant links between viewers and artists, while revealing art’s value as a participatory culture and meaningful place maker. The interactive nature of the exhibition gives viewers the ability to openly engage with the artists as they consider the artworks, the power of personal narrative and unfettered creativity.
“Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression” has a corresponding Facebook page, Tumblr blog and Twitter account where viewers are encouraged to actively participate digitally with the artists. QR codes inside the exhibition also take visitors directly to Vimeo.com, where they can watch short films and videos by the “Out of Bounds” digital storytellers