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New Year- New Life

I can’t believe I’ve been in school for 10 years now! An entire decade. I haven’t updated much lately as it feels like life has been chewing my insides out and spitting them back at me. So much to do, so little time…

I’ll keep this abnormally short. I’ve got one month left (5 weeks, actually) before I graduate with my Master’s in Psychology and Addiction Counseling. It’s been a long haul! I reached academic burnout years ago but I’m no quitter so I pushed ahead, despite my seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

I have plans after graduation. My two choices are: Feed the artist or feed the psychologist. I’ve decides to feed the artist. 🙂 My plan is to take 3 years away from any “official career”, as in, counseling, etc. and work on my art sites and photos and print sales. I’ve had so many desires over the years to do that but just haven’t had the time, energy, or focus to pull it off. School has always taken precedence, unfortunately. Now, I’ll be able to give 100% of my attention and energy to simply creating an entirely new body of work and creating prints for sale. I’m pretty damn excited about that.

That’s about it for now. Oh! I retired my Rebel t3i and bought a (Canon) Mark II + a $900 EF 24-70 2.8L II USM lens that I’ll use as my primary walk-around. That particular lens is the sharpest mid-range zoom lens in the world and brand new, it sells for $1,400. At $900 it was a bargain. (Sample pics coming soon.)

I also invested in a Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orester 135/2.8 (15 blades/M42) + a Primplan Red V. 58 MM 1.9 M42 (No. 1170365)- two new (old vintage) lenses from Europe and I’m beside myself to get out and kick some photog ass pretty soon! I’ve waited SO LONG to be able to do this….ugh. If I never see another academic psych. book or APA citations as long as I live it’ll be too soon. [insert barfing emoji here]

That’s it for now. It’ll be a few weeks before I add another update, most likely. I need to finish up this Master’s so I can exhale all of my academic breath and begin the long-overdue process of nurturing the artist in me. I’m going to dedicate the next phase of my life to simply creating art and selling prints. That thought makes me a very happy woman. 🙂

Thanks to the collector in California for the recent (13 x 19) print sale, by the way! And may there be many more to come. 🙂

“Nature’s Jewels”


2 responses

  1. ten years sounds like a long time.

    RedBubble is getting rid of groups.
    these days i find it so difficult to navigate, that i often don’t bother, unless i have to.
    great price on that lens.

    March 2, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    • 10 years in school is 10 years too long. 😉 And I hear ya about RB! I haven’t been there in more than 5 years. They started making so many unattractive changes that I sort of forgot to return. (Besides, I want 100% of my royalties, or as close to that as possible, rather than 40-60%,) I feel like I’ve lost 10 years of my life, seriously. It’ll be good to be able to get out and shoot again! (Getting ready to pick up the Tokina 11-16/2.8 in April, and with the addition of that wide angle, I think I’ll have a fairly nice lens collection. I couldn’t pass up that last student loan; I wanted the 24-70 so bad! Never owned any L glass so that’ll be a good one in the collection too.) Glad to see you’re still out and about and able to do so! The migraines keep me down sometimes but I can’t wait to get out and start shooting again.

      March 3, 2020 at 5:37 am


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