Monday, April 30, 2012

The Spark


It starts with a spark - all art, that is.
A thought, feeling, color combination, light pattern...
any of these may be the spark.
These sparks excite our imagination, make our hearts beat faster,
and start us on our creative journey.


For me, the spark may ignite a creative art quilt project
 that ends up 60" x 80" and hangs upon the wall, 
or an elaborate beadwork necklace that is months in the making, 
or a photo that I'm proud to put my watermark on.


I've been involved in art making long enough to know 
when I come in contact with that spark,
I grab it - then and there.


So, when I looked up from my morning coffee and peanut butter 
toast to see branch patterns splashed across our silk curtains, 
gleaming dust covered table, and illuminated dried daffodils - 
that I really should have thrown out - 
I grabbed my camera and tripod.
Who says that creative spark can't come before your morning coffee is finished 
and you're still in your PJs ?!


Hoping you seize that spark and have some wonderful, creative adventures.
See you again in a couple weeks.

with my favorite photo from March (the first).

36 comments:

  1. Stunning photos. When I see a potential picture I try to stop or remember and come back. Have a wonderful week.

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  2. Fantastic photos. Wonderful details too. Thanx !
    Kind regards, Synnöve

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  3. Hi Anna
    Stunning shots - I really love your third shot down. It's great when something catches your eye isn't it?

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  4. This post is heart touching, eye pleasing, soul striking, creativity feeding... I am still learning how to be an artist, as a lot of technical knowledge is missing. Amazing photos!

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  5. I can totally relate to that "spark" you speak of and these shots are a delightful result of it!

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  6. Anna, There is so much in your photo. I love it. There is calm, serenity, hope, home, love.....
    I so look forward to sparks. And my vote is ALWAYS to work in your p.j.'s!!
    xo
    lynn

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  7. Beautiful array of photos, Anna. The light and presentation are splendid.

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  8. Hello Anna, I'm glad I came back to look in because the comments I left yesterday from an iPad did not show up!
    I love the atmosphere in the first shot: the shadows of the branches on the curtains and how the light catches the petals of the daffodils and the purple cloth, or napkin, which draws in the eye and the way its vibrant colour is reflected on the table and on the rim of the glass jar, giving a watercolour effect. I can feel the spark that you felt when I look at photo number three: the orange tip of the daffodil. I know what you mean by seizing the spark, mine seems to take the form of a sudden intake of breath when I capture something special with my eyes! Have a lovely week!

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  9. Superb effects and compositions!

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  10. That little spark can come from anywhere at any time, and you surely have grabbed it today Anna.
    Beautiful images!
    Wishing you a wonderful day ahead!
    xo.

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  11. Beautiful photos for PHC. I love your words regarding that spark. Nicely captured.

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  12. Oh Anna! Thank you for reminding me the importance of grabbing hold of the spark when it happens. Too often I tuck it away into my heart for "later".

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  13. What a gorgeous series of photos! I love the first one, and the details that follow just add to it. Lovely!

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  14. The light, the colors, and the simple composition of the first one just work together to create a wonderful image! I often get a creative spark before breakfast -- must be the morning light. Lovely series!

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  15. I love how you put that into words. I think the best ideas come to us when we least expect them. The inspiration that was unexpected usually turns into our most passionate work!

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  16. All these pictures are awesome! I, too, really really connect with your first one too...

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  17. I love shadows and flowers in jars and that spark when it hits.

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  18. hi anna, wonderful photos and such a great post! I love all your photos but i too, fell in love with the first one. You sure found that spark!

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  19. wow the next time someone tells me coffee is bad for me I will tell them now, nope, its my art spark drink..as I read your beautiful words and pictures I tend to catch some of my favorites quite early in the morning as well. thank you

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  20. I love the softness and subtleties of your photos, as always...

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  21. Gorgeous images, the first is my favourite too. Love your words about the creative process too - I'm the same, I think my neighbours think I'm a bit nuts, out in the dewy garden in my PJs, but you've got to capture the moment!

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  22. Stunning macros. Creative energy sneaks up on us in the most random moments sometimes!

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  23. The purple napkin under the jar of flowers made me smile - how perfect. Your photos are stunning.

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  24. Gorgeous images, love the first one

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  25. i LOVE LOVE LOVE your images you are a beautiful artist!

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  26. Hello, happy May!
    Love how you have put the creative process into words, Anna! :)
    What a gorgeous series of photos! The first one is so pretty, love everything about it!
    Enjoy the weekend.

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  27. I know that spark! I grab it too, and love to go along for the ride. Thanks for sharing in the Photo-Heart Connection.

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  28. What a brilliant post and photos. I need to follow your example and grab hold of that spark when it comes.

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  29. Lovely macros, yes, photos are great even before that morning cup!

    Your comment blocker will not let my post my wordpress.org blog, so I am passing on the link to my Heart connection photo.(Frustrating.)

    http://www.seededearth.com/2012/05/04/aprils-photo-heart-connection-photo-an-unusual-choice/

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  30. Anna, don't you just love getting "sparks"? I know I do. These are beautiful photos, and I love the organge and yellow tipped edge image! Have a wonderful week.

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  31. Anna, what stunning photos, it was such a pleasure to visit your beautiful blog.

    ruth

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  32. Beautiful photos! I love all that gorgeous details and the light! Love how you capture the moment of creativity when it presents itself! Lovely post!!

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  33. Wonderful! Simple yet stunning photos! And, yes, I often find myself still in my PJs while discovering and playing with that spark. ;)

    Love,
    Jen ♥

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  34. beautiful post. i love when that spark hits unexpectedly!

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  35. Hope you are enjoying a lovely Springtime! :)

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