This photo is from Pam Chambers, Communication expert and artist. She's amazing in both right brain and left brain pursuits. Check out her site: http://pamchambers.com.
I'm working on a portrait of Roshi (Robert Aitken). On his 91st birthday I took a photo of him before lunch. The lighting in the zendo is very bad and it's almost impossible to get a good shot without artificial light.
I'm taking a class from David Julian and was inspired to do a composite to make a better portrait. I added a stone background so to give the appearance of a mountain cave. At his right shoulder is Kwan Yin. I took a photo of a painting in his residence and manipulated it. Inscribed in the rock is the Heart Sutra.
I went to see The Dragon's Gift, and exhibit of Bhutanese art at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. It is a must see and will be at the Academy until May 23. I believe that it is going to travel. That will give many more people the opportunity to see this amazing show.
The colorful prayer flags placed in the front yard of the Academy announces the show in a grand way. We were lucky to arrive in time to hear the monks daily chant at 10 AM. The thangkas in the show with intricate painting and embroidery are magnificent.
The multi-media part of the show gives it a freshness and brings the art into the present. There is a video presentation as well as an installation of photographs. Both feature the Buddhist ritual dance - colorful and lively.
I plan to return as often as I can!
Click here to read more: http://www.honoluluacademy.org/cmshaa/academy/index.aspx?id=2230
I'm so excited...one of my prints was accepted in the Dreams Show at the Honolulu International Country Club.
I took the photograph in Hilo when I was with good friends and fellow photographers: Kathy Beal, Jim Bazin (too busy selling his beautiful prints to have a site), Ken Carl, and the famous Katie and David Parquet. Nothing like taking photographs with your art sangha.
If you have time to drop by (and you live on Oahu), the show runs from September 10 - November 5 at the Honolulu International Country Club. The opening reception is on September 10 from 6 - 9 PM and we're allowed to invite our friends (if you're reading this blog, you're automatically a friend).
This is a great article by Jori Lynn Keyser...check out her website:
11 Tips to surviving a day job with your creativity intact
There’s no doubt about it — maintaining a day job while all your instincts are roaring in another direction is one of the toughest things a creative soul can endure. If you’re keeping body and soul together for hourly wages and then find yourself too tired or distracted or frustrated to be creative after work, you’re not alone. It’s sometimes a superhuman challenge to sustain creative energy so that the switch to art or writing is as easy as possible once you get home.
Here are a few of the many things you can do to stay connected to your inner creative thread when circumstances make it impossible for you to be in your studio or at your writing desk.
Each of these points deserves a book of its own, and there are many more tiles in the ever-surprising mosaic of creative process. For now, start where you are. Look upon your day job as the blessing it is while you set your formidable creativity to the joyful task of honoring your art every day and growing from the challenge.
In the meantime, examine your big vision, select a goal or two, and watch everything in your life align in that direction as you move steadily and surely toward your heart’s desire. •
A very exciting thing happened last week. One of my prints was accepted in the Commitment to Excellence Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce Exhibition at the Academy Art Center at Linekona. It's been crazy with work as we've been working on a program on the Big Island. We got home on Wednesday afternoon and I printed the images for submission that night. I barely made the cut-off which was 4 PM the following day.
I checked in and was directed upstairs to a room where I was to leave my prints. Yikes! There were rows and rows of amazing work. All mediums. They found a spot for me. My prints were in a sink in one of the classrooms.
On Friday, I received a call notifying me that one of my prints was accepted. Wow! It was something I didn't expect and I was thrilled. They asked if we would be attending the reception for the artists and, of course, we would be there.
Our friend, Marc was at the reception as his print was accepted, too. I was so happy for him and loved seeing his family.
The image that was accepted is Onomea, a photograph I took at Onomea Bay outside of Hilo. Here it is...
Here is something from David Allen's blog that I enjoyed and wanted to share. I believe it can be applied to all the arts and certainly to photography. Editing is a most important step in the creative process, but first you must have something to prune. It reminds me to keep shooting no matter what.
"It's all about pruning...
Decompressing from a nonstop day on this cool Ojai evening, pinching the new growth off the ends of a couple of my bonsai, I'm catching the seed of what's got to be another major theme to understand and hone and, well - prune. Editing is where the action is. Many an author and screenwriter I've met confirm this.
So, what's the life/work equivalent of that germ of creative truth? Creativity is. Can't help it - anything alive grows. But that growth can take on meta-natural proportion when it is facilitated...by what? Pruning. Take the sentence down to half its words. Cut the dead wood out of your team. Unhook from the non-mission-critical projects.
The first thing is to have something to prune. Then, it's the ever-graceful dance of taking away that which is growing haphazard to allow the essence of the life form artistry to unfold and come to conscious expression. Or something like that..."