This past week upon getting back from an awesome weekend away I have to be honest. I picked up my DSLR once and I didn't pick up the film cameras at all. The only reason I picked up the DSLR was because I saw these shadows in my kitchen when the late afternoon light came through the kitchen window. While this image is nothing special, basically my kitchen clutter I was so drawn to the shadows on the white tile. The rosemary especially with it's little prickly scented leaves casting it's resemblance on the wall behind it. The wine glass too.
Sometimes when we are able to get away from "real" life for a little bit it's hard to re-enter. At least for me it is. I will be on the biggest high while I'm away from the usual day to day routine to come back to almost like a lowest low. My eyes are opened to the dog hair in the corners of the bare floors, I see all the things that have to be done. We are faced with the realities of paying the bills and taking care of our family. I think that's part of the reason for less of the noticing the little beautiful things. The funny part is, it's those little ordinary, extraordinary things that help bring me back to balance. This week I plan to have my eyes more wide open for the little miracles in life. The yellow flowers that have developed into small green tomatoes, the bundle of peonies and I'm anxiously awaiting to bloom, the shadows and light, things like that.
I have also been distracted drawing. My mom gave me the most thoughtful gift for my birthday this year. She loves to see my little silly drawings and wanted to encourage me to keep going. She got me so many really nice colored pencils and it has made me want to draw more because they color so smooth and so much better then the ones I had. I thought it was really sweet last night when my second born Man Cub came up behind me while I was coloring a drawing and said, "mom you have been drawing a lot lately and I can tell you are getting better" I told him that's what practice does with anything and the more I draw the better I should become. It's like this evolving thing. Trying to find your stamp, this could be with photography, drawing, writing, music basically anything because the reality is...it's all been done before. The only difference is, our unique stamp or style because nobody will take the same picture even when they are taking the same picture. Nobody will look at an image and draw it alike, we can be given different writing prompts and each of us will write it different there is that but basically it's been done before so all we can do is put our own unique stamp on it and call it our own even when its kind of not. I hope I'm making sense.
One more image to share of the same bit of kitchen counter clutter. The difference is, it's in black and white and it's from a different angle. We made it to week 9! can you believe it? Now I can't wait to see what Christina saw last week, I hope you will go visit her too at 22 LIMES.