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“The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work.”  Berthold Auerbach

I’m done.  Day 366 has been posted.  My final Self Portrait is a composite of all my 365 Self Portraits.  I used a really neat freeware program called Andrea Mosaic to do this.  Pretty cool eh??  

I can’t really believe I’m finished.  There were times throughout the year that I thought I could not take another shot of myself in any way, shape or form!  However, with the unfailing support of my fellow 365’ers, and my husband who believed in me every step of the way, I was able to push through those moments and arrive at the finish line.  

It’s a great feeling to accomplish this goal that I set for myself.  

I am carrying on – but not with the 365 Project, although I will be around to support the “newbies” in the 2013 Challenge.  

I am involved in a 52 Week Photography Challenge that focuses on monthly photographic techniques.  I’m very excited about it, as not only will I be learning more with each photo I take, but I will encouraging and motivating others along that journey as well.  Any one is welcome to join, even if you are participating in the 365.  You don’t need a fancy camera or expensive equipment.  All you need is an interest in learning more about photography.  

I’m excited about where this path will lead . . . 

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“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  George Santayana 

I’m grabbing this shot from my Las Vegas trip in November. We had driven up to Rhyolite – the old ghost town on the edge of Death Valley.  This house is completely built out of bottles and cement.  That’s a lot of bottles!  I don’t know if they are wine bottles, or beer bottles.  I just thought it was an interesting design.  

I’ve had a lot going on since we’ve returned home from our two months away.  One thing that is consuming my time is that I’ve decided to move my two blogs over from the WP.com format to a self hosted installation.  It’s been one issue after another, and I’m still working on it . . . but hopefully I’ll have both Blogs seamlessly working on the new host soon.  Meanwhile, there should be no disruption in your ability to access my content on the WP.com platform.  

I’m also nearing the end of my 365 Project.  I can’t believe that a whole year has gone by, and I have a written and visual record of it.  Stay tuned for what’s next . . . 

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“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”  Robert Frank

My 2012 365 is about to come to an end.  My last picture will be Day 366 because of the Leap Year – I started January 14th, 2012 so January 13th, 2013 will be my last day.  

I have not decided yet if I am going to repeat the 365.  I have learned so much about myself, and about Photography as an art and science.  I have so  much more to learn.  But I will say – the year of taking one picture every day of myself in some form or another has been transformational for me.  Not only have I learned how to manipulate my camera so I can create the vision I have in my head . . . I’ve learned to see the world differently.  Everything is a photo opportunity just waiting to happen.  The greatest satisfaction I get is recording the beauty that is my Grandchildren, Nephews, family members, friends . . . special events that will live on forever through the magic of digital images.  I can only encourage others to consider taking the same journey.  You don’t need a fancy camera or expensive equipment.  It’s not the camera that makes the picture . . . it’s the person who uses whatever device he has to capture the moment.  Cel Phones have gotten so advanced, and there are amazing point and shoots on the market as well.  

I also now have a wonderful extended family of like-minded souls.  We have supported and encouraged each other every step of the way this past year.  There have been times each one of us hit road blocks or obstacles that are just a part of every day life.  During those times – our “family” gathered around and provided the encouragement and motivation needed to continue.  Many of us were lucky enough to meet up in Las Vegas in November for a few days.  Michael the Maven joined us.  It was the highlight of my year to meet up with these amazing people.  

If you are at all interested in challenging yourself in a different way than you ever have before . . . if you want to create a snapshot of each day of your life over the next year . . . if you want to follow through on a commitment to something that can change your life . . . this challenge is for you.  

Check out Michael Andrew’s blog for further information, and updates on when the forums will be ready for posting.  

“Look within.  Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.”  Marcus Aurelius

I’m giving everyone a break today from all the Hawaii shots.  I dug in to my Las Vegas stockpile and found this shot that I took the first night hubby and I stayed at Mandalay Bay.  This was the view from our room.  

Sin City.  Fascinating City.  City of Lights.  City that never sleeps.  

Most people come to Las Vegas to gamble, drink, party . . .  or even to get married!

I came to live my passion of photography with an amazing group of people I’ve gotten to know over the last year through this 365 Self Portrait Project.  

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“A cultivated style would be like a mask.  Everybody knows it’s a mask, and sooner or later you must show yourself, or at least, you show yourself as someone who could not afford to show himself, and so created something to hide behind.  You do not create a style.  You work, and develop yourself; your style is an emanation from your own being.”  Katherine Anne Porter

I’m pretty good at hiding.  My husband doesn’t quite get why most of my “self portraits” are so abstract and vague.  The purpose of participating in this challenge is so that I will be forced out of my comfort zone and take some risks . . . and hopefully in the process find more of my inner muse.  I’ve always felt myself to be a Creative, but have always struggled with expressing that creativity.  And this despite the fact that people that know me think I am very creative!  Therein lies the conundrum I face every day . . . how to shut off my inner critique and trust in the flow of free expression.

For this self portrait, I positioned myself behind a patio chair.  I thought my face would actually show through some, but mostly you see the color from my shirt, and the impressions from my face pushing on the fabric.  I took it in to PhotoShop and processed it with Topaz Labs plug-ins as well as a couple of PhotoShop’s built in effects.  

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“Most action is based on redemption and revenge, and that’s a formula. Moby Dick was formula. It’s how you get to the conclusion that makes it interesting.”  Sylvester Stallone

Today was a SLOTH kind of day.  After all the busi-ness off the last month or so since MIL fell and broke her hip – it was heaven to just do nothing.  So I did something I seldom do – I curled up on the couch with my warm socks and blanket (it was a very cold and wet day), and my iPad.  These two photos are again the result of playing around with the PhotoShop Touch App.  It’s growing on me!  Can you guess what show I’m watching?? Love this guy!

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“All my fans tell me what a glamorous life I have, but I tell them how hard I work and how many nights I spend alone with my dogs, eating chicken pot pie in my bedroom.” Shannen Doherty

Finally home, with CostCo Chicken Pot Pie in the oven for dinner.  It’s all I have the energy for tonight.  Decided to take this shot with my iPad, and fiddled again with PhotoShop Touch App while watching TV and catching up on Survivor.  (Yep – HUGE Survivor Fan!)

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Oh boy . . . challenging day today.  Had several appointments scheduled, starting with a visit to our accountant at 9:30am, then taking MIL to get a Holter Monitor put on for heart palpitations.   She’s 92, healthy as a horse but having stability problems.  After the Lab appointment, I was taking her for an Orthotic evaluation to hopefully get her better shoes and support for walking.    She uses Nordic walking sticks to get around generally.  We made a stop at the bank, then headed next door to the lab for an 11am appointment.  We had to navigate down about 4 steps, and then up another 4 steps.  On the very bottom step going down, she grabbed for the handrailing, and missed.  I had taken one step ahead of her anticipating turning around to help her down the last step when suddenly I heard a yell, turned around just in time to see her literally just tipping over.  She had completely lost her stability and down she went. She landed on her right hip and lower back.  Luckily there were two bystanders who rushed over and helped me get her up to her feet again.  She seemed fine and insisted that we carry on to the lab for her appointment.  However, as we sat waiting . . . the more it was obvious she wasn’t ok.  So I packed her up in the car and took her to the ER for evaluation.  Long story short . . . after X-Rays and CatScan . .. a fracture in her right hip.  Not a bad one . . . but it warranted surgery to pin it so that we could get her up and mobile ASAP.  Otherwise – it would be six weeks of bed rest – a death sentence for a 92 year old woman.  We (hubby, his brother and wife) stayed with her until they moved her up to the surgical floor and settled her in for the night.  I live 30 minutes from the hosp – so was tucking myself in to bed around midnight.

This is my 365 Self Portrait Challenge pic of the day . . . taken with my iPad and a bit of editing applied with PhotoShopElements App.

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Eleven

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Eleven

I’m having fun today playing with textures on my photos.  I’ve used Kim Klassen textures to give this kind of a dreamy feel – hubby and I and a romantic candlelight dinner.  

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Ten

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Ten

 

I’ve been seeing several people putting up Multiplicity shots on the MTM Challenge board so had to give it a try.  A bit of a cheat on this one, as I took the pics yesterday up on Grouse Mountain but had so much fun doing the edit in Photoshop today.  Can’t wait to try this trick on one, or several, of the grandkids!  

What do you mean CLOSED!  Where are those darn BeaverTails anyway??

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Seven

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Seven

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