avoidance & a creativity fix

When I have a lot of things to do that I’m not very interested in, I escape by creating something.  Anything.  I like what happened when I put off my “should do” list tonight.

A different perspective?  MAYBE?  That would be noble.

Nope, I was just giving my brain a creativity fix.

Vintage shoes, an abandoned farmhouse, South Dakota two-lane, a Vegas sign, urban ruins (Detroit), California fires, summer feet, Lucy & Willa, New Orleans lights, an octopus and an alligator in the Everglades…all provided my muse.  I could while away many more hours making these.

However, I’m going to bed.  I’m optimistic I will actually conquer more of my “should do” list tomorrow—now that my creative bucket (or bottle) has been filled.

different perspectives

I snapped this photo watching “Better Call Saul” the other night.  Our beloved cat, Ms. Karen Lillibridge Govoni is hanging with my husband, Jeff.  When I looked at all of the textures in this image it looked like a renaissance portrait to me.

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I liked how it was so layered—Karen’s paw hanging, Jeff’s stripey socks, my crow painting, the $10/10-year-old blanket from the airport in Vegas, the industrial lamp and the stack of books (Willa Cather’s My Antonia is the white jacket in the middle).  I took this on my iphone 5S. My family has new iphones and I don’t.  I’m not too bitter about giving up my upgrade, that’s what Moms do, right?  I think I only have to wait until 2019.

When I started playing with this photo in Adobe illustrator I wished that I could shift perspectives on how I see things in the world as easily as I can manipulate them by using design software.

Here’s to new perspectives, folks. 

However you can manifest them in your world.

This is the original shot.

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Las Vegas Snapshots

Sorry, I really don’t have anything too unsavory to tell you about my trip.  I was, however given a phone number after a photo of me in a kaftan appeared on a friend’s instagram account.  I am pretty sure that this particular Casanova says flattering things and leaves his phone number for all middle-aged women wearing a kaftan by any pool in Las Vegas so I am not letting it go to my head.  Never underestimate the power of the kaftan though.

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Poolside photo by Marita Meinerts

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This is what Vegas feels like to me all the time—day and night—exciting & exhausting.

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We did spot the ghost of Elvis very late one night. He is alive and well.

What happens in Vegas…

I will probably come home tell you about.  In the city where it’s perpetually Saturday night a lot of photo and story opportunities will present themselves.  I am traveling today with friends and my sister to spend a few days in the desert, see a couple of shows and lounge by the pool.  We are celebrating some big birthdays, a reunion of sorts and an epic upcoming spring wedding.  Have a good weekend folks!

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