Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November 10, 2009

The one year anniversary of Daily Visuals. I am proud of myself, slightly nostalgic, and a little sad. What would I do if I quit doing this? I am still thinking about the alternatives but for the meantime, I am going to continue to post photos.Please continue with me.


Linda M said...

Congratulations! I've enjoyed the daily inspiration and am glad you're going to continue.

Louise B. said...

I followed your lead and committed to this project as well, limiting myself to taking pictures only where I live (2 acres). By limiting where I could take pictures, I was challanged to look at things differently and take into account times of day, lighting, etc. I will probably continue, but expand the project to pictures anywhere I go.

Diana Parkes said...

Thank you Jane for all the images posted over the last year. I look forward to more.

Marlis said...

congratulations jane! and thank you for all the beautiful images!

Estelle Virgen said...

Thank you Jane, it's just great to look at your image of the day when I first go to the computer each morning. It's been very inspirational and a real joy. It's so good to know this practice will continue.
I too have taken your lead and added it to the journaling habit, both so good for the soul. Bless you.

gousley said...

Jane, thank you for sharing your vision with us and leading the way toward being more present. I look forward to the bonus coverage and will hate to see it end. However, you always seem to come up with just what we need, so have fun with your next challenge! Gay

Leslie Tucker Jenison said...

It has been such a pleasure to see what you are looking at. I'm so happy you will continue. The blog has been very inspiring!

Fay's Fun said...

Hi Jane
Congratulations on the completion of your committment. I have enjoyed the photos, and also the philosophy, and the Design lessons along the way.
Thank you.
Have FUN on your next Chapter ----
and I love this photo.
Fay :-]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the photos you have shared, and congratulations on reaching the end of your commitment !
I would have been rather sad if you had stopped, so I am delighted you will continue. I am also sure whatever direction you take from here will be an inspiration.
Judy B

Anonymous said...

I did a daily gratitude quilt block for a year once. It was a great adventure! I've so enjoyed following your adventure this last year. Thank you for sharing with us. Now I am cooking and blogging my way through Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food at makingstuffmakingalife.blogspot.com, although I doubt I'll complete the project in a year. Whether quilting, photography, cooking or something else, it's amazing what you can learn in a year of focus. I intend to embark on a year of some artistic discipline after 1/1/2010, too. Again, thank you, Jane! And thank your kitties for their ocassional participation. Cheers!

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing your visual journey and congratulations reaching the not so final end. I am pleased you have decided to continue on.

Heidi said...

Thank you so much, Jane. It was a pleasure and inspiration to look as you look through your pictures.

Jackie said...

Great lines in this one--the diagonal swipes of clouds with the sun's reflection, then more horizontal ones, the horizon, then the line of watery reflections moving vertically up. The composition is nicely proportioned. Mostly it's about the sky, but, again, it needs the earth and its reflections for balance.Lovely,
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you will continue with the daily visuals. It's been as inspiration.

Virginia said...

Thank you, Jane, for all you've shared over the year - the wonderful images and your wisdom - I've learnt heaps, and greatly appreciate your gift.

Thank you


Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed the Daily Visuals and I am grateful that you have decided to continue for now! Thanks

Barbara said...

So, Jane, can you go deeper and chat about what you have learned in this year? What has this project meant to you, personally and professionally?

November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008

How does color set a mood? The soft gray and white of the carpet, the cat Marshall, and the sunlit window contribute to to the sense of calm repose. What does blue mean to you or me? We all have symbolic associations for colors; some based on personal experience and some instilled culturally. 

The cobalt blue of the vase provides a point and counterpoint to the composition, in addition to providing elements that balance.
Keeping the cat in the lower third of the composition weights the image and is another visual door into the picture world.

November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008

This picture tells several stories. It references the human desire to order the world around us - the lettering on the wall establishes the alley as a No Parking zone, and the broken glass-  jutting out at the top - is another message of fear and frailty. Whoever lives behind this wall wants to be left alone.

But there is beauty in the contrast of the rough brick surface and the smooth translucency of the broken glass bottles. A contrast of textures makes for an interesting composition. And the abstract nature of the printed letters against the structure of the bricks would be worth emulating in another sort of composition.

There is as much beauty in decay as there is in a bouquet of fresh flowers. And aren't decay and fresh growth just two different spots on the same continuum?

November 18, 2008

November 18, 2008

November 18, 2008

The Hydrangeas offer a lesson in the effective use of color. The pale blue and lavender are roughly the same value, so they balance each other beautifully. I am challenged to mimic that combination of analogous colors on silk Habotai!

This photograph would be considered beautiful even without the red-orange and yellow flowers at the bottom. But the addition of the complements to the blue and purple creates a focal point and generates some nice contrast because of the complementary pairing. And imagine how different this composition would be, were the red-orange and yellow at the top instead of at the bottom. The current placement adds important visual weight.

November 17, 2008

November 17, 2008

November 16, 2008

November 16, 2008
Being and Non-being

Substance and Light

November 16, 2008

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside 
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the space inside
that holds whatever we want.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.

Tao te Ching; Verse 11
Stephen Mitchell translation