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Three hundred and four

I love this photo. Much earlier in this project I did a manipulated portrait of myself as a lion. I am a Leo, hence the inspiration. I thought it would be fun to create self-portraits depicting all of the astrological signs, but Leo and Gemini were the only two that made it. My husband is a Gemini, and very much so. Therefore I think about that sign on a regular basis. I love using mirrors in my photography. It is something so simple that can really create a unique effect.


“It’s hard to tell where reality ends and illusion begins. They blend -then they separate.” ~Linda Goodman-The Gemini


Three hundred and three

I am pretty sure this photo was taken on a night when we had some friends over. We were drinking and playing cards. It was a fun night. It is good and important to let loose and be a little crazy from time to time.


“I don’t suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.” ~Author Unknown

These two photos were taken on New Year’s Eve. 284 is after getting ready to go out, the anticipation of the New Year and it’s evening festivities, all the potential of the night and coming year. 285 was while out and about in the city for the New Year, realizing that the night was not going to be as fantastic as previously hoped, the let down of an evening gone wrong and hoping it wasn’t a reflection of the coming year. I think the second quote sums up this blog nicely.


“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
~T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”


“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” ~Bill Vaughan

All of these photos were taken on a lovely Autumn day. My daughter was taking a nap (my husband stayed behind)¬†and my son and I decided to go for a walk and explore the little park behind our apartment. To get to the park we must walk beside the City Point Cemetery which has a wonderful stone wall all the way around. The first two photos are taken on and against the wall. It was late afternoon so the sun was starting to make its descent toward the horizon creating a beautiful light and great shadows. It was a perfect day for taking photos. That explains why I ended up with three of them. The last shot was taken on a cliff top. I sat my camera on a wooden post that was in the ground, maybe it was part of an old fence at one time. I think this is my first photo for this project of me from behind. It’s really weird seeing yourself from that perspective. I really love all of these photos. It was a nice day, nice memories and great photos. I love all these quotes too.


“Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality”
~Emily Dickinson


“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” ~Maori Proverb


“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.”
~John Donne

Last year when I was still a part of the Killeen Civic Art Guild we had a live model sketch night. My friend Alex dressed up and modeled for us. This painting started as a sketch that night. It is done with acrylic. I just finished it yesterday. Her hand was giving me a fit. I ended up taking some fingers off and now I am much happier with it. ūüôā


This was on St. Patrick’s Day.¬†Which makes me realize how behind I am on these blogs;¬†also on my¬†photos. I haven’t been taking one a day. I am having a photographer’s block when it comes to this project. The¬†photos I want to take, take¬†too much time and with a 1 and a half-year¬†old most days there isn’t any time.¬†I’m not giving up though, just trying to trudge through. Anyway, this was St. Patrick’s Day and since we now have 2 young children getting wasted¬†isn’t really an option, so we made mint chocolate chip milkshakes instead. Hey, they are green aren’t they? Not the best pic, I really hate the on-board flash. This one is really more about capturing the moment anyway.

“May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go.” ~Irish Blessing


This was a sunny Saturday. My son and I had been at the Killeen Civic Art Guild, working on some art. In front of the building is a courtyard that has a fountain. We decided to stop and take some photos. So here I am sitting in the sun, on the ledge of the fountain, water in the background, hair blowing in the breeze. This isn’t exactly what I was trying to go for, but I was having trouble with it. I wanted more of the fountain and less of me. However making sure my son didn’t fall in or play in the fountain was distracting me. It’s not a bad image though.

“The windows of my soul I throw. Wide open to the sun.” ~John Greenleaf Whittier

This was one of those late night, oh no I need a photo for today, shots. Just picked up the camera and started snapping. Not the most intriguing photo, but nice. One can always take a cruddy photo, change it to black and white and it becomes artsy.

“If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time.”¬† ~Josh Billings

I like the word spectacles. I should use it more often.

For Christmas my husband bought me a nice studio light with an umbrella. I was so excited. This was after I had set it up in the kitchen to try it out. I really like this photo and have used it for various profile photos, etc… It’s so nice to have a good studio light after being serious about photography for 15 years!

¬†“Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.” ~Duane Michals

My glorious light!


¬†Day fifty-one was Thanksgiving. It was a pleasant one,with my husband’s parents visiting from Virginia. I had plans all day to take a family photo. After the meal was devoured and the sun was getting low in the sky, I took my camera and tripod out to the yard and got it set up. Meanwhile my mother-in-law was on the phone and time was tick, ticking away. This photo almost didn’t happen. It had started to get so dark that I put my tripod and camera away, disappointed that another chance at a family portrait had passed by. Shortly after everyone came outside and I had to retrieve my photo making tools. It’s not the best family photo, but at least we got it taken. Hope everyone had a lovely Turkey Day! Onward and forward to Christmas!

¬†“Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.”¬† ~Author Unknown