Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Artist Day / Art 4 Soul

There's a cute little shop that I have often passed by, but never stopped in. Due to my Artist Date, I schedule time to stop by and check it out. I was pleasantly surprised at the contents in the store. It is the cutest little store with many different expressions of art. These are just a few of the many awesome images of art. Several of the artist lives in the area of the shop. The shop also has a arts & craft section in the store, where you could create you own art through ceramic.

Floral Photoshoot

Floral Photoshoot

This creativity exercise made me embrace the Dewitt's notion of "don't be afraid to make mistakes." As you can see, I've made many mistakes in my search for the right shot.
While taking pictures of the beautiful floral garden of South Holland's Veteran Park, I agree with Dewitt Jones that "There is always more than one right answer." I truly enjoyed finding "new" treasures while taking pictures. I began to view the flowers differently, while trying to capture the "perfect" picture. I also realize I must train my techique in taking photos, which will enhance my new found creative hobby.
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dusty's Mission Statement

"I will continue to value family and friends, and strive to be loyal to them each day. I will continue to value my spiritual beliefs and be guided by my values. I choose to be humble, considerate, honest, kind, loving, and forgiving. I will resist building walls around myself, because I know I am called to serve something greater than myself. I will remember to thank those who have helped me along my journey, and commit to returning their kindness to others. I will take time for reflection of my life's journey and what I have learned along the way."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Artist Day

Per our discussion on my Artist day event...these are a few stain glass portraits I viewed.

Creative Stain Glass

These are a few Stain Glass images I retrieved from a website Jeff recommended, I thought was interesting. Thanks Jeff!

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Bought the house of my dreams. It had the desired rooms and size.
The kitchen was nice and loved the family room. I was excited about the beautiful backyard that would become a playground for my kids. I did not realize when I bought the house that the neighbor located directly in the back of my house, had a dog (shall I say a barking dog). I loved my yard, but I could not enjoy it because the neighbor's dog barked nonstop when he sensed someone near. I later observed my neighbor's neglect of their yard and their dog. The dog would somehow escape from the 4 feet gate that came between my yard and theirs. The neighbor's dog and their yard was such a nuisance to me, I had thoughts of selling my home. The lack of my neighbor's attention to their dog or their yard, motivated me to purchase a 6 foot beautiful gate to block any view of the neighbor's unkept yard and the dog was unable to see anyone playing in my yard. The gate actually added value to my home, enhancing the look of the yard. The gate provides a greater sense of privacy in my yard. If the barking dog had not been a constant annoyance, I would not have purchased the 6 foot gate. I must give the credit to my neighbor's dog and yard neglect, which prompted me to seek a creative resolution that was beneficial for both parties involved. I am now able to enjoy my yard and have a better relationship with my neighbors.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Hey...I did it!!!