NEW VAGUS—my planet.

Yesterday my son asked me, “If you had your own planet, what would it be like, Mom?” Sometimes I rush these kinds of discussions and don’t want to play the game.  But, yesterday thinking about MY OWN PLANET entertained my brain all day. What would it be like? I needed to do something creative and playing with my photographs while thinking about my planet really sparked my imagination, thanks Ellis. The images I created are a very different direction for me. I finally went to bed at 1am still thinking about my planet.  It’s magnificent. I’ll be working on more images to convey NEW VAGUS…perhaps a recruiting  brochure, a psychological test, a song or a movie…I like options.

It’s called NEW VAGUS after my favorite nerve.  The vagus nerve wanders like a vagabond (I love that).  It’s also the captain of your inner nerve center.  If you get off course, your captain can get you heading back in the right direction.  There are some relatively easy ways to stimulate your vagus nerve. I found this fascinating.  Gargling.  Cold showers.  Prayer.  Deep breathing.  Making some of these things a regular practice can help with inflammation, migraines, anxiety, addiction and so much more.  See link below for more options and information and share broadly.  It might really help someone you love.

How to stimulate your vagus nerve. This is your nerve captain speaking.

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“What happens in the vagus nerve, it turns out, doesn’t stay in the vagus nerve. The longest of the cranial nerves, the vagus nerve is so named because it “wanders” like a vagabond, sending out fibers from your brain stem to your visceral organs. The vagus nerve is literally the captain of your inner nerve center—the parasympathetic nervous system, to be specific. And like a good captain, it does a great job of overseeing a vast range of crucial functions, communicating nerve impulses to every organ in your body. New research has revealed that it may also be the missing link to treating chronic inflammation, and the beginning of an exciting new field of treatment that leaves medications behind.”

http://mentalfloss.com/article/65710/9-nervy-facts-about-vagus-nerve

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Here’s the key to the photos:

Los Angeles
Florence, Italy
Kenmare, Ireland
Packard Plant, Detroit, Michigan
NYC on the High Line
Burke, South Dakota
New Orleans, Louisiana
Cape Cod, Sandwich, Massachusetts
Florence, Italy
NYC near Grand Central Station
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
New Orleans in a cemetery near a famous restaurant I can’t remember the name of.

coffee & late night road trips

Late night road trips and learning to drink coffee in my Grandmother’s kitchen are a few of my favorite memories.  I’m 49-years-old and I’m pretty sure there are a few trips during high school and college I’ve selectively forgotten to tell my folks about.  It’s a damn good thing I learned to love coffee though—it’s kept me alert and safe on the road for a very long time. Grandma would be proud of that.  She always was such a worrier.

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My fantasy NYC celebrity photography…

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  1. Woody Allen and Sun Yi
  2. The late, great Lou Reed
  3. Iris Apfel—my fashion hero
  4. My original photo shot near the Murray Hill Diner/NYC

When worlds collide in Detroit.

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I visited Detroit’s Packard Automotive Plant in April and it’s haunted me ever since. It felt like being in ancient ruins.  It was heartbreaking and yet still beautiful in a very unusual fashion.  I wanted to play around with a few of my photos and see what parallel universes I could create.

This Detroit Free Press article is hopeful.  A portion of the plant is now being used by The Display Group, an event props and design company.  This is how creatives solve problems. Nice work.

http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2015/04/23/packard-plant-display-group-duggan/26259437/

when worlds collide/part II

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1. A side street in Florence, Italy

2. Dog Days Celebration, Burke, South Dakota 2014

my art wants a change of scenery too.

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I am getting tired of the cold.

I think my paintings are too.

Look where they ended up?

girlhood

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I didn’t quite achieve the effect I was seeking,

but I made a few more discoveries along the way that came out pretty cool.

I will keep trying adobe illustrator until I get it just right.

The beauty & dangers of Photoshop

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Here’s the manipulations of one of my paintings. It doesn’t even look like the same art form and yet I was quite happy with the results. I thought it was cool, but it is entirely different and no one would look at the grey and pastel print and quickly identify it as Lisa Lillibridge’s work. In art this alteration (especially when done by the original artist) seems OK to me. However, the bombardment of images my 14 year old daughters are subjected to that have been seriously altered is NOT.

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Here’s a great article about photoshopping images in fashion. And I’m happy to let you know that I stumbled upon a remarkable online fashion magazine that doesn’t photoshop their models at all-VERILY magazine. Quote below and a link to the magazine. BRAVO Verily, you’ve been bookmarked. Great content. NOTE: I am not paid for this endorsement.

http://www.beautyredefined.net/photoshopping-altering-images-and-our-minds/

http://verilymag.com/about/
“Whereas other magazines photoshop to achieve the “ideal” body type or leave a maximum of three wrinkles, we never alter the body or face structure of our models with Photoshop. We firmly believe that the unique features of women — be it crows feet, freckles, or a less-than-rock-hard body — contribute to their beauty and therefore don’t need to be removed or changed.”

Maggie Pace designs I want to carve.

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Maggie creates these cool designs in illustrator. I want to turn them into cool designs carved into wood. I am really into the process of my work—composition, color, carving and experimenting with finishes. I think the design part is becoming less interesting to me. I would like to interpret other peoples designs and turn them into something totally different.

Have a fabulous creative weekend, wherever your projects take you. Here’s a great story about the brain and creativity from Fast Company.

http://www.fastcompany.com/1007044/neuroscience-sheds-new-light-creativity