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Abstract photography that tells stories. And stories transform us.

Journal

Benefits of writing in a journal.

“We read to know we’re not alone.”

― William Nicholson

I started writing in a journal about ten years ago. When I started, I was dealing with chronic anxiety. Anyone in that boat can tell you; it isn’t something you row yourself out of easily. So, stroke by stroke of the pen on paper, I spilled out negative thoughts.

Over time, journaling helped me challenge those apprehensions. Then finally, I understood my fears and concerns better. The parade of ruminations stayed on the page, and I could shift my thoughts to the positive.

Since lifting that fog, I have found joy in allowing my abstract photography to guide me toward calm. Being in the moment helped me find my balance, and I hope reading these will bring you some peace too.

What will you find here?

  • “Photo Essays” are shorter reads with more visuals that let the photos guide the story about a place or experience.
  • “Using Color” focuses on one abstract photo to guide how color in an artwork creates a mood–a color fest for your eyes.
How to use red accents: don’t shy away from barn red.

How to use red accents: don’t shy away from barn red.

While it seems like there’s a resurgence of Wild West recklessness in the world lately, we are enjoying a resurgence of red colors. The reason for the popularity right now? We are looking to surround ourselves with positive energy and add a sense of individuality to our surroundings. So bringing the warmth of red inside gives us a lift. Plus, the more subtle reds create an atmosphere that feels safe. Like barn red!

Nativity art: capturing the spirit of Christmas

Nativity art: capturing the spirit of Christmas

"One Night Under Starlight" is a nativity art concept I had burning in my mind for a while. While I'm not a traditional churchgoer, I do appreciate the reason we celebrate. I wanted to capture the essence of love, faith, and new beginnings in this Christmas art....

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