photographer. artist. author. singer. songwriter. musician. teacher. student. humanitarian. visionary.

Slamming Coffee at 1:00 a.m.

Life is whirling by way too fast these days!

Josh and I just returned from a late steak dinner (or early, depending on which end of the clock you’re watching) and I probably shouldn’t have had almost 3 cups of coffee this late. I’ve been working at a frenzied pace, finishing up my semester, and taking on side projects as well, for others, mostly. I have to say, life is pretty sweet these days. 🙂

I want to get back to my art, but that too will be on hold for another 6 months or so. I’m salivating at the thought of taking a year off for my art and music before beginning work on my Master’s degree. There just aren’t enough arms on my body or hours in the day.

I’m dabbling with the idea of opening a semi-organic lollipop shop; it’s still just a thought as an embryonic idea, but I could see it growing over the next few years. And then there’s my children’s book. (Sigh.) I really wanted to move that around a bit but I’ve been so busy with school- it’s practically consumed my life for five years.

I think five years in is a good time to take a break, however. After next (spring) semester, I’ll be able to take some down time, relax, and just make art. Josh, being the genius that he is, modified my Lensbaby (as if a Lensbaby needs any more modification) adding a disc-shaped cardboard cutout- replicating a pinhole a bit, causing the edges of the frame to be less exaggerated but heavier on the in-cam blur.

The result is a dreamy, romantic quality to the sides of the frames, such as seen in this river pic from last week:


Time for late night cuddles with my baby. ♥
(7:00 a.m. comes way too early.)

8 responses

  1. Yes, five years in IS generally a good time for a wee bit of a break..Gather your strength in mind, body, and spirit before taking on the Master’s. And everyone will love the art in the meantime! Take care.

    November 3, 2015 at 8:05 am

    • Excellent advice, Ted. I think I’ll take it. Thanks. 😉

      November 3, 2015 at 8:07 pm

  2. yvo

    send sample lolly please and I will give my critique :)) what is the semi part? sounds cool and could be a beautiful art form. I love the creative ingenuity of the adaption for lens-baby Baby. Pretty cool. It IS dreamy and romantic and I love how it is like a special window that invites the viewer in for a close intimate peek. why am I whispering . . .? 🙂 x y.

    November 3, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    • Haha…because you don’t want to tell everybody my secrets! 😉 Semi-organic means, part of the store would be whole-sugar (corn sugar) “sparkle lollipops (with edible sparkles in them) and the other part would offer all organic, gluten free, diabetes-friendly, Vegan-friendly, Kosher, lollipops that are actually good for you, made from raw, organic honey and all natural (organic) cane sugar with all natural flavors and colours, such as chamomile lavender, etc. But that’s all a few years down the road. 😉 Regardless, you better believe I’ll you’ll be my guinea pig! x

      November 3, 2015 at 8:10 pm

  3. ‘I’m salivating at the thought of taking a year off for my art and music before beginning work on my Master’s degree.”


    ‘I’m dabbling with the idea of opening a semi-organic lollipop shop.’


    ‘Time for late night cuddles with my baby.’

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    November 3, 2015 at 10:26 pm

  4. bipolarbarbieq

    Beautiful, as always. You are of course one of my favorite artists. I wish I had a camera, after my Rebel died I pretty much had a rough time emotionally getting myself to take pictures with a cell phone. ❤

    November 4, 2015 at 5:37 am

    • Oh no! That sucks. I usually end up selling mine every other year (hard times, man, hard times…) but can pick up a 10 MP Rebel on Craig’s List for like, $60 all day long. You should consider that. ;0) photography IS my therapy. If I go too long without shooting, I die inside. I really hope you can get another one! x

      November 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm


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