Have I mentioned lately how much I like Vanessa Valencia's blog, "A Fanciful Twist"? 'Cause I do. She recently documented a fun afternoon of giant backyard bubble-making from a day when she needed some excitement.
Miss V posed the question, "What are some of the wacky things you have done in the name of change or excitement in your life?"
Well, let's see..... Hmm. One thing I've repeatedly done over the years is a series of self portraits. I don't do them as often as I'd like, but I always feel surprisingly happy and lighter after I've snapped some 'me shots'. That may sound hideously self-involved, but it's really not. In times of change, stress, happiness, trouble, whatever.....reconnecting with myself in an artistic way is really centering. It reminds me that I'm always ME, but that I can always try something fresh and new and different. So, it's the best of both worlds.....celebrating and exploring the same-old same-old, and trying out a new spin on 'me'.
I shot these on one of those crisp, clear, perfect autumn days just after our hay meadow had been harvested. The bales seemed so formal and grand....they needed to be photographed. However, I also felt like playing dress up and dancing about in a warm velvet cloak.
I am very, very bad at violin, but I Do Not Care. It is fun to play, and I'm sure I'll get better eventually. I only have one visible neighbor. They are a sweet, quiet farm family, and I'm sure they think I'm just a little bit batty. I love to look out my kitchen window and see their racehorses sprinting along and their sheep meandering around their pond. When they look out THEIR window, they get a slightly different view. Who knows? Maybe they like watching the crazy lady next door while they do their dishes.
So...I think I'll get back to doing more of the self-portraits again. Thanks always to Vanessa for the inspiration. I bet she'd be a great neighbor for 'peeking over the fence'.