Free Spirit


Free Spirit

I sold this one this week at the Druid City Art Festival

Through the Camera’s Eye


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Capturing Moments

Through the Camera's Eye

When I turned 40 I got a camera. A real camera. I have always dabbled in photos and drive my kids crazy on trips.

What is the significance of a photograph, especially in the digital age?

So many moments in life are stolen away. We might recall a significant moment that rocked us off our feet, scared us, or brought some element of surprise, but for the most part, most of our moments are washed away over time.

Sometimes they are clouded, transformed, by words, others opinions or fictionalized outcomes we had wished were true.

But when I look back at old photographs, even something in the background might trigger a thought, a feeling, a memory so strong that it awakens my yesterdays.

That is why when I turned 40 I wrote in my journal, “Figure out that old camera and see life through the lens”.

I am approaching 50 (ok three years away) and something about the photos I have gathered these last few years as compared to the polaroids of my youth has made me love the phenomenon of “capturing moments”.

Even those from an open window on country lanes which I call “drive by shootings” can document a time and place that we see being chipped away for eternity.

Here are a few from the Capstone Hotel Bridal Fair in Tuscaloosa. The little girl in the photo was not only reluctant to go out, but once making her way down the runway, she was, well…..you take a look.

Perhaps one day as a lost teen she will see this photo of herself, the gleam and innocence in her eyes, the reminder of just how much fun she was having under the lights. Hopefully that is before others tell her how she was “scared to go out”, “traumatized” or any of those other labels that enter into moments as precious as these.

I hope this motivates you to take out that camera and forget the posed “smile” photos and document the feeling of the moment. Let it be your gift to those who come after you.

Blessings!

Allison

The 12 Days of Christmas Giving


The 12 Days of Christmas Giving

Join us this Friday for OPEN HOUSE at Makers Market in Tuscaloosa 401 22nd Avenue

I will be signing the book and reading from The 12 Days of Christmas Giving between 5-7.

You can order the book FOR KINDLE and begin reading today~ setting traditions of giving sure to remind us of the reason for CHRISTmas.

Creative EVERY DAY…Sometimes Means more than “Making one thing a Day”


This weekend was a great one to be in Birmingham for the MOSS Rock Festival!

Hundreds came out to experience the fall leaves changing, the music, the food and the art~

Krisin and I had a great show and appreciate all who bought our new
COLLAGE WINDOWS for Tuscaloosa photos as well as a couple of our Birmingham ones.

Although I haven’t posted EVERY day in the Creative a Day series,
I HAVE been getting artsy along the way.

I am reading a number of JULIA CAMERONS BOOKS…ALL AT THE SAME TIME~

so will be filling you in on tidbits and nuggets from her creative dreaming while awake!

Blessings!

Allison

Create Every Day _ Love in the Lunchbox


A personal note on a cut out photo from a magazine is all it takes to add cheer to a lunchbox!

A personal note on a cut out photo from a magazine is all it takes to add cheer to a lunchbox!Create Every Day _ love in the lunchbox

This morning I was out of the “lunchbox quotes” I started putting in my daughter’s lunchbox at the beginning of the
school year.

Friday~ I was down to a tiny yellow stickie that read:
“Have a blessed day~ I heart you. MOM”
which my daughter stuck on my forehead when she got
home from school. There WAS a slight smile there
beyond the bold thumb to the head.

Today~ I cut a picture from a magazine~
A little girl reading a book…

Today the fine print reads (in sharpie)
“Have a Magical Monday Ann Kat (heart)

It’s the little things we do…
and that we start…
that tend to become traditions even when we
didn’t intend them 🙂

Happy Monday!
May YOURS be MAGICAL~

Allison