Monday, May 5, 2014

A virtual blog tour . . .

"To be an artist it is not necessary to make a living from our
creations. Nor is it necessary to have work hanging in fine museums
or the praise of critics . . . To be an artist it is necessary to live with
our eyes wide open, to breathe in the colors of the mountain and sky,
to know the sound of leaves rustling, the smell of the snow, the textures of
bark . . . To be an artist is to notice every beautiful and tragic thing, to cry
freely, to collect experience and shape it into forms that others can share."
- Jan Phillips

Good morning friends, today I'm pausing to participate in a virtual blog tour, invited by my sweet blogging friend Cathy. The idea is that the same four questions will be answered by a lot of other lovely, creative souls and then linked together, kinda like a trail of bread crumbs (or M&M's).

I would love to invite you to check out Cathy's answers here at her blog My Corner Through My Lens, where you can also find links to more goodness. No worries, I"ll wait right here. And at the end, I will introduce you to three more beautiful people who will continue the tour a week from today.

Okay, here we go . . . 

1. What am I working on?

I'm not sure it's something I'm "working" on, but rather something I feel I've been shifting towards for some time now. Being more receptive to what is around me rather than reactive. Being more reflective rather than having preconceptions, which seems to almost always make me miss something in the process. Especially when I "expect" a certain outcome. I've learned that too many expectations can end in disappointment. And that's in life as well as through the lens. At the beginning of the year Intention was the word I chose, or maybe it chose me, to be a sort of guide through the year. So I guess in a way I'm trying to be more intentional about receiving from my heart in a way that is slow and spacious, allowing myself to see what is there and not forcing what is not. For me, abstract is a form of contemplative photography and meditation that helps me to do just that . . . as I'm mindful of the aspects of an objects essence broken down into parts.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmmm, is this a trick question? lol

To be honest this is a difficult, and a bit of an uncomfortable question for me. And I feel like in order to answer I would have to make assumptions and that is something in my photography that I'm not willing to do with others. I'm not even sure what genre I would put myself in. What I do know is that as individuals we all come to our crafts with different life experiences and visions that makes what each of us does very unique provided we all follow our own hearts and our own visions. What I hope though, is that my voice comes across as authentic and true to myself, to who I am as a creative soul, and not only my love for nature, but my love for sharing it as well.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I don't know anything else. And I suppose most of us will say we do, because we have to. Like breathing air.

I have, ever since I can remember always created in some way and it may not have been on the same scale as my photography is now, but the need to express myself has appeared through the years in many forms. For me, creating, whether it be in jewelry or photographs, allows me to express myself in ways that aren't always possible any other way. It's my way of working through life, its ups and downs . . .trying to find the beauty in the process through my lens and on paper, and moving from moment to moment.

4. How does your writing/creative process work?

Hmmm, how does your writing/creative process work. Well that kinda makes it sound like there might be a little planning that goes along with that. Something I'm not so good at these days. I probably fit the definition of "artist" in that I'm somewhat scattered and fly by the seat of pants most of the time. When I get an idea for something or want to try a new technique I often just dive in. When it comes to my writing, that just shows up when it wants to most of the time. I do have spiral notebooks that I keep for writing down ideas, although trying to go back to find something is like looking for a needle in a haystack! lol

I have to say that also being a jewelry maker, it has taught me to be flexible in the creative process. I can start with a sketch or an idea, which may morph 10 fold before I'm done. Or I may run into technical difficulty which means temporarily back to the drawing board so to speak.

Yes, patience is a virtue for a creative soul, it allows us freedom for the ride and fuel for the destination.

And now, drum roll please . . . three of my amazing friends, bloggers and creative souls who will continue this blog tour next week, same time....on May 12th. But you don't have to wait until then to visit . . .

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo is a self taught mixed media artist and poet living in South Ohio. Kathryn's work has been published in The Pulse of Mixed Media, Artful Blogging 2012, Poetry Nook Vol 3 with her debut collection of poetry and prose 'The Edge of Silence' self published this February.

To learn more about the artist and her creative journey visit her blog .

Hello, my name is Kim Cunningham. I am the author of Little by Little. I am a mom who homeschools and runs a photography business during my day. I blog about Life, Learning and Light. I'm seeking to capture it all, Little by Little, and one frame at a time.

Kelly Kardos is a photo hobbyist that is always striving for a clear vision in her natural light photography. Life events have helped her to pay close attention to the little things that make up the big picture that often get overlooked if one doesn't' slow down and enjoy the journey. She believes that a photograph should tell a story without words and she has found her "style" by practicing this in her everyday existence and most certainly when she's out shooting. You can find her blogging here: Just a Click Away

Until next time
Love, Kim


Kerri Farley said...

Fantastic post!

kelly said...

beautiful kim! love that our paths have crossed out here in blogland. :)

Tamar SB said...

I am so grateful we crossed blog paths - I love following your journey!

Kelly Kardos said...

Can I just copy and paste your words!? Lol. Maybe you work really well under the gun! Your writing and photos and life experience draw me in and so glad we are friends. Xo

Kathy McB said...

A trail of "M&Ms"....we might be kindred souls :). Totally love, and relate, to your goal of being more receptive than reactive in your photographic journey. Totally places us in a new perspective when viewed that way! Beautiful photography as always :)

Cathy said...

Oh this was so fun to read. I can relate to much of what you say. And your photos are amazing. Thanks Kim!

Dotti said...

Fun post, Kim! I think it's hard to put ourselves in a box, don't you? I dislike talking about myself anyhow so having to delve deeply into these questions will challenge me for sure! Love that abstract!

Brenda said...

I am so very enamored by your steps into abstract imagery - I find it incredibly inspiring.

Kathryn said...

Your abstract photography is so emotive . . . it really touches something deep inside of me. I love the way you responded to the questions and you love of nature definitely shines through. Thank you for the link up . . . you've set the bar high. Hopefully I'll be able to do it justice next Monday. :)

Kim Cunningham said...

You've expressed yourself so well here, Kim. You are definitely and artist. Your images and words have moved me since the first visit here years ago. I'm thankful for the way you teach us all to pause and study the wonderful world around us. I'm proud to be your friend!

Ida said...

Wonderful post and what a great idea to share more about yourself with other bloggers.

Diana said...

Really enjoyed your blog post. Lovely art!! Can't wait to participate next week.

sue donaldson said...

You're amazing! I will forward your site to my nieces who do photography - so inspiring. You might also love the art at:
I'll be joining the virtual tour in June. So glad to have met you.

irene said...

Hello Kim, I am visiting for the first time through Katherine Jeanne Wood who is participating in the virtual blog tour. Your images are stunning and give me pause. They are almost meditative. If you get a chance next week, I hope you visit me at

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