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Artist * Photographer * Writer * Dreamer

Artist, Photographer, Writer, Dreamer…

“You must do the thing, which you think you cannot do.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt

This post is for my fellow Flying Lessons, peeps.  I decided to make a little twist on Kelly’s art prompt for Week 1: Facing Our Fears, and I created these, instead:

Angela DiGiovanni | ArtistAngela DiGiovanni | PhotographerAngela DiGiovanni | Writer * Dreamer
‘Tis true for me to be afraid of change, and to play small.  To hide, to be invisible, to camouflage myself into a crowd.  As if I’m safe in my invisibility.  But the truth is, I know that being invisible and anonymous is lonely.  As I socially withdraw, I dwell so much in my imagination which tends to send me down the rabbit hole.  So quick to be repelled by convention, I see myself as a rebellious outsider – never to be seen or understood by anyone.  But this leaves me feeling like something is profoundly wrong with me, and on a lifelong search for self.  I’m lonely, even when I’m close to people I love.

I just want to unfurl and find my significance.  Without children and being somewhat of a gypsy, I wonder what is the point.  I wonder what is my offering, and to whom?

As I take the time to indulge in creative endeavors, I feel my heart open up and my soul set free.  I don’t know why.  Sometimes I get so tired of words – so predictable and repetitive.  Drawing, painting, photographing and editing give expression to deeper parts of me.  When I sit down to paint, there is usually no agenda – because I’ve learned that my agenda is not of much value in this process.

I lay a background down, often with torn up pages of a dictionary, and like clouds in the sky, I start to see shapes and images of what I am commanded to paint.  And so, I do.  These are the pieces that seem to resonate with people most.  I’ve heard artists say things along these lines, that art is bigger than them.  Frankly, I used to think they were nuts.  But art is bigger than us.  Sometimes I feel a conduit of others emotions, if not just my own.

This art, that comes from the heart, is where I intend to dwell.  It’s where my fears tend to cease, because I know it is not my own.

I’ve always loved this quote by Marianne Williamson, that Kelly Rae Roberts posted:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous ? Actually, who are you not to be ? Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

And so, stepping out of the shadows will always be a quest for me.  I hope it will be yours, too.

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Favorite Fotos Friday | IV

Western Trail Riding Sunol HorseSepia, texture, and vignette done in iDarkRoom | X-Pro II done in Instagram

This was the horse that I rode during Gianna’s and my trail ride.  She is a Palomino and I loved her!

Sunlight Through the TreeSepia and texture added in iDarkRoom – if I had all the time in the world I’d cut off that black bar on the top!

Tree RootsDark Brown filter added in iDarkRoom | X Pro II added in Instagram

Tree Against SkyBlack and White added in iDarkRoom | Nashville filter in Instagram

Cookies and MilkFaded added in iDarkRoom

Woofie | British Golden RetrieverSepia added in iDarkRoom | CrossProcess in Blue

Dynamic Light | Trees | SkyDynamic Light: Dutch Light, Centered Flash

I don’t know… I’ve seen a lot of use of the Dynamic Light from people on Instagram.  Can’t decide if I’m a fan or not.  It makes pics look so other-wordly.  I think I like things more pure and simple.  But fun to use once in awhile.  Thoughts?

Gianna | Lord Kevin Instagram

Sepia in iDarkRoom | Lord Kevin filter in Instagram

Haven’t been a fan of the Lord Kevin filter, but for some reason I felt it worked on this photo of my niece and I love it!  Maybe it worked because of the simplicity of the photo – there’s not a lot going on.  I love Gianna’s soft expression and glowy eyes here.

Angela DiGiovanni | Self Portrait | Black and White | Earlybird InstagramSelf Portrait | Black and White Hi-def in iDarkRoom | Earlybird filter on Instagram

This is by far my newest discovery and favorite mix of techniques.  Makes almost any photo look good!

Here are some more…

Enzo | Black and White Earlybird InstagramBlack and White in iDarkRoom | Earlybird filter in Instagram

Okay, really, does he not resemble the sunshine?  Love the life in Enzo’s face captured here.

Vinnie | Enzo | Gianna | Black and White Earlybird InstagramBlack and White Hi-def in iDarkRoom | Earlybird filter in Instagram

So blessed by these three peeps in my life… Vincent, Enzo, and Gianna.

As always, please feel free to share links to your favorite photos in the comments :-)

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Horseback Riding Through the Wilderness of Our Hearts

Horseback Riding Shadows

Horseback Riding Shadows | Instagram Sutro

Horse Riding Corral

Horse Riding Coral

Yesterday my niece and I went horseback riding at a beautiful Regional Wilderness Park.  What is it about horses that all little girls dream of?  For me as a little girl, nothing could trump the idea of having a horse of my very own.  To this day, it is still a dream and goal of mine.  Maybe it’s because a horse represents freedom and flight and romance and whimsy.  I guess some things never change for girls.

As soon as Gianna stepped off her horse she said to me reverently, “I want to take horseback riding lessons.”  I smiled, remembering the out of reach longing as a child.  A wish.  A hope.  A deep, inner knowing that it probably wouldn’t happen.  It can be a very expensive hobby/love/passion.

We both got to ride the horses that we decided we wanted to while we gazed at them in their corral.  I love how much I connected with my horse – who had such a peaceful demeanor.  I wanted to take the saddle and my shoes off, ride away from the trail, and run fast and furious with her through the wilderness.  Someday.  Gianna may not be able to put it into those words yet, but I know she felt it, too.  She’s a kindred soul.

After the riding we meandered through various parts of the wilderness to find photo opportunities.  Back and forth the camera went between us for forty minutes… shooting trees, raging rivers, birds, and each other.  She stopped me in my tracks when she gasped with delight, “Ana, can I have the camera?!” and ran to the port-o-potty recently in sight.  Giggling with delight she snapped photos of the ugly potty, inside and out.  She is nine.  And she has a wonderfully silly sense of humor.

I love her with all my heart and just want to protect and help strengthen her fragility.  I see so much of me in her – as I was as a little girl.  She’s a deep feeler, a deep thinker, and a creative spirit.  I’d love to clear up the confusing thoughts and emotions that seem to happen outside of our control when we are wee babes.  I know she experiences it, I can see the struggle in her soul.  But we cannot transfer our experiences onto others, most things we must come to realize on our own.  And we do, in time.

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Favorite Photos Friday | III

Weeping Willow Tree

Weeping Willow Tree

I’m always fascinated with majestic Willow Trees.  I had planted one at my old house that I’ve moved from and loved driving by when back in town to see its growth over time.  One day I heard from a friend that it was cut down.  I don’t drive by anymore because my soul is too weepy over it. :-(

Ogden Utah Landscape

Ogden Utah Landscape

Too bad the power lines are in the way.

Woodsy Area in Spanish Fork Utah

Woodsy Area in Spanish Fork Utah

We visited a house in Spanish Fork, UT and this was the view from the back of the house – magical woods.  I love the graininess achieved in processing.

Utah Farmland

Utah Farmland

This is a variant of a similar photo I posted last week.  This one is horizontal, the other one is vertical, and they differ a little in processing – this one in cooler tones, the other in warmer tones.  I like the other one the best, but I didn’t want to duplicate it since I already posted :-).

Grandpa Getting the Beat Ups

This is pretty much the scene to expect every time we walk into Mark’s daughter’s house.  The kiddos start crawling all over him and giving him “the beat-ups”!

Anela in her Sunday Best

Anela in her Sunday Best

Landon in His Sunday Best

Landon in His Sunday Best

Movie Time!

Movie Time!

Grandpa and Korbin

Grandpa and Korbin

So inquisitive.  So cute.  I could just eat him up!

Me and My Grandkids!

My Grandkids and Me!

Hare Krishna Temple | Spanish Fork, UT | Festival of Colors

Hare Krishna Temple | Spanish Fork, UT | Festival of Colors

(Not a great quality photo – I took it while the car was moving, and it’s a zoom from my iPhone, which lowers the quality.)

Anyways, every year the Hare Krishnas put on the Festival of Colors at the Lotus temple to welcome in Spring.  If you click the link you can watch a video.  Every two hours the masses throw bags of ground colored chalk into the air and at each other.  Mark and I were a couple of miles above the temple on a hill and saw all the clouds of colors hovering above the temple.  My step-daughter went with her friends.

Here is what the kids looked like when we picked them up:

Hare Krishna Festival of Colors | Lotus Temple in Spanish Fork, UT

Hare Krishna Festival of Colors | Lotus Temple in Spanish Fork, UT

Happy Friday to you!

As always, please feel free to link to your favorite photos in the comments, whether it be to flickr, your blog, instagram, whatever!

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Favorite Photos Friday | II

I know I’ve been quiet over here this week… the hubs and I are on a road trip and keeping up with the blog has been harder than expected.  While I have so many photos I’d like to share from this trip, I will share just a handful here now for Favorite Photos Friday.  All this driving has me exhausted, but I absolutely love road trips!  Being on the open road with my best friend for hours and hours, having great conversations, listening to great music and talks… oh, and taking moving pictures… I love it all.

Although, I have to say, I’m pretty unnerved with the earthquake predictions on the California coast.  I’m glad I’m not there, but it’s nerve-wracking being away from family with predictions like these.  I’m praying everyone will be safe and prepared if something were to happen.  I actually left CA with a foreboding feeling that I couldn’t place.  Then hours into our road trip, I began hearing about the earthquake predictions.  Maybe I’ll share more about this experience I had in the coming days or next week when I’m a little more rested.

Driving Through the Sierra Nevadas

Driving Through the Sierra Nevadas

Driving Through the Sierra Nevadas

Driving Through the Sierra Nevadas

Driving Through the Sierra Nevadas

Driving Through the Sierra Nevadas

Driving Through Long Stretches of Wasteland

Driving Through Long Stretches of Wasteland

Gorgeous Weeping Willow | Logan Utah

Gorgeous Weeping Willow | Logan Utah

Logan UT Tabernacle

Logan UT Tabernacle

Church in Logan UT

Church in Logan UT

Logan Temple | Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Logan Temple | Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Farm in Logan UT

Farm in Logan UT

 

Wild Brush

Wild Brush

Buffalo on Logan UT Farm | Tatonka

Buffalo on Logan UT Farm | Tatonka

Classic Rush Sticker and Xanadu License Plate... WOW!

Classic Rush Sticker and Xanadu License Plate... WOW!

Happy weekend everyone!

Please feel free to share links to your favorite photos in the comments!

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