I'd like to start posting some of my more recent art/photo creations and not rely too much on those done some time ago. I feel a sense of wistfulness about how I used to paint and realize it can contribute to my "blocks". What I mean is that I think my past art (specifically with watercolor) was flowing, colorful and true to me and I long to recapture that, yet I've changed as a creative being since then and need to accept that, albeit reluctantly. Ironically, the photos above that were enhanced using several computer techniques have a nostalgic feel to them as well. So perhaps I am taking my feelings of longing for the past and applying it in a symbolic manner to some of my newer creations. Or maybe I am just a bit worn out from preparing for a recent art fair and long, at least for today, for a slower pace. I get bored with photos that are either black and white or color so thought I'd experiment with tones in between. "Hibiscus at Rest", the second photo shown above, has a hand-colored photo feel to it, which I like, and brings back memories about how photos used to be produced (Black and white and then tinged with pastel tones). I also grappled with a title for this particular image. Initially, I thought "Hibiscus Bud". Then I changed it to "Hibiscus in Decay" as the bloom seemed a bit lifeless, and had brown, curling edges to it. That stirred some darkness within me that I didn't want to deal with. So I looked at its peachy-pink tones, which had an aliveness to them, and called it "Hibiscus at Rest". Now I've always enjoyed titling a piece and making it meaningful by adding human connotations to it, which is why I'm being fussy here. And maybe the writing class is making me more aware of how powerful words can be. Wow, just writing here has stimulated me to want to write a story (or elaborate on what I've written here). Isn't it curious, at least to me, how emotions can better be explored and understood through creative avenues? And the added tool of writing about it here seems to give me an even more well-rounded voice, tapping into my inner depths. I'd be curious to hear what others have to say about how they arrive at titles in their own work.
My name is Beverly. I enjoy the creative expressions of life, which bring me both delight and healing. Whether painting, writing, playing the piano or taking pictures, whatever moves me is where I'll land. I love to tap into the deeper meaning of life, perhaps my psychology background is inspiration. Nature is a mentor of mine and gives me much spiritual relief. This site will follow my path in life, which is always unfolding in new and exciting ways.
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