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Floral Photography Introduction to Fables and Flora

June 23rd, 2020

Floral Photography Introduction to Fables and Flora

For the first time East Bay Open Studios will include several artists displaying artwork in the City of Dublin, California was part of the Dublin Arts Collective.

In order to introduce the various artists to the community until a suitable date for the face-to-face event can be scheduled participating artists have been invited to provide introductory videos.

I have uploaded my introductory video to "Fables and Flora" to YouTube! Watch and enjoy!

Floral Photography at my TEDx

April 28th, 2019

Floral Photography at my TEDx

My passions for storytelling, community and all things floral collided in a blissful moment that urged me to encourage others to follow the paths where they seek to make a difference.

If you’re waiting for a sign to take a leap out of your comfort zone then please take a moment to view my TEDx Talk on YouTube – Community, Connection and the Art of Storytelling.

It’s not for everyone but it might just be for you.

Dublin Art Collective

August 21st, 2017

Dublin Art Collective

A collaborative project supporting artistic and creative activity, awareness raising and community building in Dublin, California by engaging artists and makers and increasing the visibility of their artwork, products and services by providing a central hub for communication about art and related endeavors.

If you are an artist or maker in the City of Dublin please let us know what you are up to! Email dublinartca@gmail.com

Dublin Art Collective

August 21st, 2017

Dublin Art Collective

A collaborative project supporting artistic and creative activity, awareness raising and community building in Dublin, California by engaging artists and makers and increasing the visibility of their artwork, products and services by providing a central hub for communication about art and related endeavors.

If you are an artist or maker in the City of Dublin please let us know what you are up to! Email dublinartca@gmail.com

Blogger? A red Rose for #RuckusMakerDay

February 23rd, 2015

Blogger? A red Rose for #RuckusMakerDay

Thanks to Seth Godin tomorrow marks the first annual RuckusMaker Day!

Tomorrow would have been Steve Jobs 60th birthday and Seth describes his contribution as having a point of view.

He also explains that having a point of view and scheduling a time and place to say something is almost certainly going to improve your thinking, your attitude and your trajectory and that a great way to do it is by blogging!

Today also marks the start of Social Media Week. My fellow flower-loving blogger Joyce Sullivan will be speaking at the conference in New York City too. What a great time to be inspired to blog!

I have a point of view as you do and blogging certainly does give me the opportunity to share it with the world. While I share I also grow. I share about the things I care about it.

I share because I cant help myself but get excited about the amazing experiences and people that life has brought my way.

I also read other blogs. I enjoy reading the tales that others have to tell.

Spoken-word poet Sarah Kay was stunned to find she couldnt be a princess, ballerina and astronaut all in one lifetime. In her TED talk, she delivers two powerful poems that show us how we can live other lives.

When Sarah spoke about only being able to lead one life she captured the essence of why I love listening to people tell me their stories. These stories then often move me to write and often to take action to help others make a ruckus.

Naming this blog Fables and Flora was a chance to combine my passions of floral photography with stories I hear, see or read about or experience myself.

So enjoy the first RuckusMaker Day tomorrow! I would love to hear your stories about what you did!

As Seth says: Speak up. Not just tomorrow, but every day.

Fifty shades of Envy - the stories we tell ourselves

February 2nd, 2015

Fifty shades of Envy - the stories we tell ourselves

So yesterday was Super Bowl fever and 13 Movie Trailers made their debut during the ad slots one of them being the infamous Fifty Shades. The book sold over 100 million copies and has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and although the trailer aired just yesterday it already has 382 520 hits. E.L. James (the pen name of Erika Leonard) must be loving it. Those stats are awesome and I have to admit that as a writer they make me rather envious!

The thing is though that Erika shipped. She started by writing fanfiction and she actually self-published Fifty Shades of Grey as an e-book in 2011. She had to be bold and brave. She had to take her turn. She wrote every day even on her phone. She says she didnt do anything else for two years.

The bestselling author even admits that her writing is not great and that she is stunned by the reaction it got. The entire book has been attributed to her midlife crisis.

So instead of being envious, her story has now inspired me. A suburban mom of two going through a midlife crisis who doesnt have exceptional writing talent gets to write an international blockbuster!

What is your story?

I asked Anne Geddes a question on tv today

January 27th, 2015

I asked Anne Geddes a question on tv today

That awesome feeling when you get to ask the photographer you most admire a question live on tv!

Anne Geddes joined HuffPost Live to talk about about her new e-book and campaign "Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease!

Her stunning emotive images of the 15 survivors will move you.

Budding and Blooming Bloggers

January 25th, 2015

Budding and Blooming Bloggers

This week has been quite unusual at ours. My husband, Robin, and I have both participated in the #YourTurnChallenge to blog every day for a week, initiated by Winnie Kao, project lead for Seth Godin.

Are you reading something Daddy wrote again? asked my son You two have been doing a lot of writing this week!

Indeed we have we have been shipping with a group of like-minded individuals from across the globe and its been awesome, frustrating, challenging and liberating.

I have had my floral photography blog for four years and have steadily plodded along. Ive blogged because I love to share what I experience and what I care about.

When I first started blogging I was hooked on the stats. Was anyone reading it? Did it resonate with someone? Did people like what they saw?

When the stats remained dismal for the first year I was initially demotivated but then I changed my perspective. I realised that I was blogging because I enjoyed it, so I would just keep sharing things I felt passionate about.

I love it when people like my posts and send me comments. Its a great way to connect and I usually comment on and follow their blogs too. Connecting is what makes social media social.

So my newest blog Junbi is steadily taking off. It has allowed me to connect with those I meet in other settings in a more in depth manner.

I had something different to talk about when I met another expat Mum in the park this morning and we chatted about blogging, martial arts and floral photography.

By being a brand advocate for Seth Godin I was also one for Kuk Sool Won, Tai Chi, Remarkable Runs, Fables and Flora, other challenge bloggers and myself! A very unique combination, generating chatter and making a ruckus.

Our kids got to see us committing to a challenge and shipping and they started writing their own thoughts too.

So we now have budding and blooming bloggers in one household! Congrats to all who joined the challenge this week and happy shipping on your journey forward!

When photos cause a firestorm

January 23rd, 2015

When photos cause a firestorm

While watching the news this morning there was a report about a weight-lifting Mum showing off her six pack and causing a firestorm. She did it by posting a photo with a caption on Instagram. It offended some and got support from others. It also made me think about a beautiful and thought-provoking song Try by Colbie Caillat.

To me the interesting thing about this story it all happened because of a photograph.

Images tell a story like nothing else can. Its why photography is fascinating and captivating.

I recently posted a floral photograph on my Facebook page. It was not an image I had thought much of but it got a significant response from my friends. We dont always know what resonates with people in the art we produce but its great to know when a connection has been made.

What are you photographing today?

LinkedIn does not like flakey

January 21st, 2015

LinkedIn does not like flakey

The conversation with my relocation adviser was about fifteen minutes in when we started talking about my LinkedIn profile summary. She took one look at it and said You will have to remove the bit about the floral photography, recruiters dont like flakey.

Floral photography is my passion. Nothing ignites my soul like capturing the essence of a bloom in all its splendour. To have my art judged and demoted at a glance hurt.

Understandably the conversation rapidly deteriorated after that. If being passionate about floral photography made me flakey then so be it!

I would be a flakey artsy generalist instead of a boxed in, easily defined, scientific writer. If a recruiter didnt like that I was flakey then they didnt have work that would fuel my creative fire so that was no loss anyway.

I maintain that the world needs flakey! The world needs our authentic creative selves connecting with our passions to drive us into new realms of accomplishment.

You define who you are and you set the boundaries. Not conforming to expectations is not a bad thing. Sterilising the flakey is not a solution.

So be brave and be flakey! Live your passion and leave a legacy. I know I will.

 

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