Thursday, February 28, 2013

Showing Up - Part II......

Last Saturday I held my first hand coloring workshop in almost a year, and the first one since I moved back to my old studio. Being a little out of practice, I felt a certain amount of anxiety in the days leading up to the class.

In addition to workshop prep, I was invited to speak to the Placerville Arts Association and judge my first photography competition for the El Dorado Camera Club -  all in the same week!

Earlier in the week a friend helped me "prune" a few "almost blooming" branches off another tree we found by the railroad tracks. In the midst of all the activity last week, the branches beautifully arranged themselves and blossomed fully!

I had originally made an appointment for Friday morning with plans to set up for the class on Friday afternoon. Everything changed when I saw the blossoming branches. I knew I had to photograph them that morning.

Of course I could have shrugged that urge off and kept to my original schedule. Believe me, I tried, but the voices in my head kept saying "gather everything up and get yourself to the studio"! (While I have been doing a lot of my floral photography at my house, this arrangement was too big to pull that off.)

So I canceled my morning appointment, put everything in the van and got to the studio. The light wasn't perfect, but I had space.

Pretty soon I had quite a mess and I kept thinking that I needed to stop and start setting up for the class, but I went on for as long as I could. I am still looking over all the images from the morning, but worked a little on this one.

©2013 Dianne Poinski

Finally I stopped to clean up and set up for the class.

I was pretty tired but satisfied that I had done what my heart (and those voices in my head) had told me to do. I showed up....................

The class itself was great fun. It took me a little while to find my groove again, but it was such a wonderful group that I quickly relaxed. (I even remembered to take pictures!)

Thank you again to all my students! I am so very grateful to be doing what I do!

I also want to thank the creative gods out there that guide me to "show up" when I need to!

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