I Wish I Could…

Several years ago I was lamenting on Twitter about how I wished I could paint. Something, by the way, I’ve never really put much effort into trying or learning. For all I know, I’m a modern day Picasso in hiding.

Reading my lamenting, a lovely artist on Twitter responded, “You paint with your camera, which means you never have to clean your brushes.”

YES! True!

I love a good abstract color and shape opportunity caught with my camera. It’s why I started shooting boat bottoms, walls of graffiti, and eventually water.

Water at that special time of day when reflections rule and colors pop.

20130916-081640.jpgBoat colors reflecting on water before sunset, Center For Wooden Boats – South Lake Union Seattle

Shall we call it the magical mirror moment? When things that at all other times of the day look pedestrian and less than interesting become magical and artful.

Hmmm…kinda like that moment when someone showed me how my photography was received. Turned my “inefficiencies”and boring talent that I wanted to be more and different into something much more magical and artful: Painting with my camera.

What are you lamenting you “wish you could do”? Maybe you already are doing it, in a different and magical way.

Or maybe you should just TRY to do it with a class or help from someone who can.

Maybe I should take my own advice.

Or maybe I should just embrace not washing brushes.

We’ll see…