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Last week was my birthday. I'm going to say that 46 feels GREAT! I have had an amazing, albeit a bit of a rollercoaster at times, year. It's definitely been a year of growth, perspective and discovery and I learn more every day.  Here's what I learned last week.   After the election I felt like I needed to do something to change the course of my social media feeds. It just wasn't a fun place to hang out. So, I offered a free 30 Day Coloring Out Loud workshop to get people creating, connecting and sharing. If you follow me, you know that my workshops are full of color and creativity, but are more mindful self-discovery than art school. The workshop is going amazingly well and I'm spending a lot more time with my oil pastels and even some paints this month. This week, while coloring, I realized a pattern. I was "making something" with my art supplies and then when it felt done, I jumped in and changed it. I painted over it or I mixed the colors of my oil pastels to make something new. I was "letting go."  When it happened unconsciously several times I was in tune enough to take note and think about it.

Let Go

That was the message that came to me and I connected deeply with. Nothing is "final." You can add, change, and refocus to recreate something completely different out of what you originally started with. You can let go of an idea and let it become something else. Very powerful as we approach the end of the year and I begin to evaluate where I am and where I am going.

Then it snowed. On my birthday.

Yes, it snowed. An odd segue but stay with me.

I'm ending this week with some exciting news and more Fan Favorites photos. First off, here are some of the top Fall COLORS from Instagram. _mg_0998

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  A lovely selection from my Water Painting Impressionist Photography collection, this image was taken at the Seattle Japanese Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum several years ago. The Fall leaves reflected brightly in a pond and the slow moving water created this lovely Impressionist-style image. Those blues!   img_7771

Happy FRIDAY, let's explore some Fall COLORS!!! I was on a FANTASTIC trip to the East Coast last week and didn't get my blog out. But, I'm back and it's time for some Fall COLORS fun and fan favorites from my Instagram feed! I love the colors, light, textures and layers that Fall brings. I caught this leaf glowing in the sun's spotlight as it shined through a break in the trees above.   _mg_0491   It reminds me of warm fires and cozy Fall days.

Fan Favorites - Life On The Ferry If you've followed my photography over the years you know that you don't see many people in them. I find my creative expression inspired by nature scenes, urban settings and nautical environs. But this year I had a goal to push myself out of my comfort zone in all areas of life, so I took a photography workshop a few months ago and pushed myself out of my comfort zone and dedicated my eye and camera on people. The workshop involved one of my favorite things, the Seattle ferries, so it was a safe and inspiring place to get into the unfamiliar.   _mg_7920   On Tuesday evenings, over a 3 week period, we rode ferries. Three different ferry routes around the Puget Sound to communities across King County. We visited Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, and Vashon Island. Well, we didn't exactly visit the destinations, we visited the route there and back. As the ferries loaded, moved, and returned commuters and tourists, workshop participants took pictures of life on the ferry.  Each participant had their own style and way of seeing the ferry experience, from focusing on the shapes and light to black and white studies. While I pushed myself out of my traditional comfort zone and focused on people, I came away with photos that still reflected my love of color, shape and texture...but with people in them!

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