326: Candy

Another rainy day

It’s another rainy day here in the Bogs.  The rain has been heavy at times, especially during the wee hours of the morning.  Throughout the day we’ve had mostly mist and mizzle, not good weather for taking the camera out into.  Sudden downpours appear every now and again, making it even more hazardous for the camera so I took most of my walk without it.  I did take a few photos of the rain from indoors, and later went out to capture a sunflower.

Since I don’t have many photos from today, I will post images from last week’s trip up to the Holden Arboretum instead.  It was a much prettier day, although I do have some appreciation for the beauty of the clouds that have been moving in and out with today’s rain and storms.

At the arboretum, I took quite a few photos in the Butterfly Garden where we did find (surprise!) plenty of butterflies.

(Part of the Butterfly Garden at Holden Arboretum.)

I’ll start with the flowers and if I get to them, add a few butterflies into the mix.

Be brave enough to live creatively.  The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.  You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you’re doing.  What you’ll discover will be wonderful:  yourself.

~ Alan Alda

Years ago I bought the book The Artist’s Way.  I’m not sure how many years ago it was, but I’d guess somewhere in the vicinity of 5-7.  I’ve picked it up occasionally with the intention of working my way through the 12-week course.  I don’t think I’ve ever made it past the first week or two, mostly due to the Morning Pages.  There was the usual (common, I’m told) problem of not being able to come up with three pages worth of stuff to write about.  But that’s not what leads me to quitting.  It’s the all-or-nothing attitude of the perfectionist.  I miss a day and I think I’ve failed.  So I miss another day.  And another.

I came across the book today while I was doing some decluttering in and around my desk.  I’m contemplating another go at it.  I am guessing that some of my visitors have made their way successfully through the book so I thought I would ask:  Any advice?  Other than putting aside those perfectionist tendencies (something I’m getting much better at as I age), do you have an tips or hints on using the book and the course?

Candy Gnome. Artist: Kirtland High School.

It’s Gnome Time.  Meet Candy Gnome.  I think Candy is in some way related to Gerome, the Recycled Gnome in that they both use repurposed items.  In the case of Candy Gnome, someone (or someones) might have had a sugar rush to spur them on, given the number of candy wrappers used.

Candy looks pretty sweet.  😉

44 Comments on “326: Candy”

  1. Your lake shot certainly gives a real feel for how much rain you were having… Another wonderful selection of shots Robin, and you’ve used some real nice processing too…

  2. nikkie says:

    Beautiful pictures. Although the gnome is a bit creepy 🙂

  3. your another rainy day shot looks like a beautiful oil painting. thank you for all the beauty you capture and share.

  4. Pat Bean says:

    Beautifull flower shots, and of course of the pond. Candy, however, just looks to sweet for words. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I am LOVING those two toned sunflowers – just beautiful! That is quite a clever little gnome! Nice use of candy for the different parts (if he’s not careful, someone might just bite his nose off) – and great little fishes for the mustache!! 😉

  6. I wish I could offer you some advice about the Artist’s Way, but I have struggled with Cameron’s book for the same reason. I think her idea for the artist’s date is a good one, though. And I’m sure the morning pages are as well. I also struggled a bit since she wants you to do the writing first thing when you wake up in the morning. I think she even suggests doing the morning pages before getting out of bed. Alas! Let me know if you figure out a solution.

    • Robin says:

      I’m thinking about Evening Pages, Kathy. Seems to me that might be more useful. But I’ll give the Morning Pages a try first, and see how that goes. I do find it difficult to write in the morning because my longhand is slow, and so is my brain when I first wake up. I wonder if that’s part of the whole idea behind it?

      At any rate, I’ll let you know what I come up with, if anything.

  7. Kel says:

    Robin, I have completed The Artist’s Way and have a couple of her other books also. Interestingly I just pulled them out last week, thinking it might be time to give one of them a go. I highly recommend TAW.

    Yes the morning pages can be a big obstacle. With all the keyboard typing we do now, to write that much long-hand every day can be a challenge (especially in the morning, when working!). I resisted them for awhile, did them consistently for about a month, then let them go. I had started visual journalling prior to TAW and in the end combined visual journalling with a bit more writing bits as my version of the ‘pages’.

    My advice would be don’t let the morning pages block/stop you from doing all the other stuff in there. Even if you don’t do the pages, there are so many other valuable exercises, activities, ideas. Like you, I have a fairly strong perfectionist streak, and thought it wouldn’t work properly if I didn’t do all the exercises just right!! What I learned was that even though I put my own ‘definition’ on morning pages, the process was still a life-changing one for me.

    The artist dates are my favourite part of the whole process – “you mean I’m being given permission to go have fun!?!” Gotta love saying to hubby, I’m off to do some home-work…..then going off to do stuff like:
    visit a plant nursery, sniff, touch and see new and interesting plants
    browse through an antique store and learn about different types of china teacups and pots
    a trip to the city taking photos
    an arthouse movie in a plush theatrewith drinks/snacks delivered to my seat 1hr into the film
    visit art galleries, museums, and libraries
    go to an opshop (thrift store?) and find the most amusing thing under $2 – and buy it
    free jazz in the park

    hmm, if the length of this comment is anything to go by, you can probably tell how much I loved TAW process

    • Robin says:

      The artist dates sound like the best part of the whole process, Kel. And it’s already something I do on a fairly regular basis, in some way or another. 🙂

  8. Chloe [Photographer] says:

    those flowers are sensational
    the weather hasnt been overly great here either.. i cant wait for spring & summer

  9. That looks like a lot of rain! Hope sunny skies are in your near future.
    Another beautiful sunflower

  10. milkayphoto says:

    We were drowned in rain – torrential, all day long – yesterday, too. Gloomy so far today.

    Did you notice the slice of pie that is one of the gnomes feet/shoe?

  11. Bo Mackison says:

    I’d be happy to do the Artist’s Way with you if you’d like company. A once a week check in and a non-perfectionist attitude that if you don’t get those words written today, pick it back up tomorrow. Stay low key, add tiny doses of commitment, and then get out of it as much as you want to take. It has a lot to offer, even if you only do a part.

    Yes, the gift of Artist’s Dates every week is worth the challenge.

    Any thoughts? Game on?

  12. Bo Mackison says:

    Say, that is ONE UNUSUAL gnome…parents don;t take little kids to this place, do they? I would have been terrified–a new version of those scary clowns I once cried over. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      There were lots of parents with kids there searching out gnomes by the time we left the arboretum, Bo. The kids all seemed to be enjoying the gnomes. I’m sure, though, that there must be some who find them scary.

  13. penpusherpen says:

    yup, Robin, Candy looks sweet, ‘n almost good enough to eat.. (groan, sorry!!) and we have a lot of mizzling going on at the mo, but hopefully the sun will show it’s face just for a while, loving the Sunflowers, opening their large petals like hands to the sky, and offering themselves to any passing bees of course, (trollops 😉 ) … Love the opening shot of the boat, ready for action in the mizzle…. can almost hear it saying ‘chicken… come on try me out’ xPenx

    • penpusherpen says:

      early evening sun has broken through here. I know, not ground breaking news but better than a mizzle any day.. 😀 Just learned how to ‘do’ italics in comments.. Yaaay!! xx

      • Robin says:

        Glad to hear y ou got some sunshine, Pen, even if it was late in the day. Congrats on the italics. Now you need to learn how go bold. 😀

  14. The sunflower jumps off the screen at me. I might be photographing in the rain this weekend. I use inexpensive rainsleeves by OpTech for my cameras and lenses. Highly recommended for occasional bad weather use.

    • Robin says:

      I will look into those rainsleeves, Scott. Sounds like a great tool to have. I like taking photos on rainy days, and if there’s no wind I’ll do so with an umbrella to shield me and the camera.

      Glad you enjoyed the sunflower. 🙂

  15. jenna says:

    Now Candy is a gnome I could hang out with. The rest–I’m surprised they don’t give me nightmares.

  16. I did the artists way, found it very beneficial, even the morning pages 🙂
    I’ve been working hard (apart from the family holiday) but the end is in sight, then I am going to have some play time, I might just dust down the book.

  17. ladyfi says:

    LOL – Candy’s fish moustache is brilliant!

    Love the flowers and most of all, that dreamy rainy shot!

  18. the framed piece is quite nice, robin. i am so loving all the gnomes.

  19. eof737 says:

    I love his tootsie roll wrapper eye brow… sweet! 🙂

  20. Barb says:

    That rainy day photo draws me though the sunflowers make me smile.

  21. Dana says:

    I’ve never actually picked up The Artist’s Way book, but I’ve been told by about twelve different people to give it a try. Did you end up starting the course again? (I’m still in your August posts and will have to wait for a few more days or so before I head into your post-Labor Day entries!)

    • Robin says:

      I did start, Dana, but have fallen so far behind now that I’m thinking of giving it up. I might go ahead and read through the book just to see if I think it’s worth continuing.

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