Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Alive with History and Imperfection

I’m linking up with Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday where the theme is perfectly imperfect
I used Kim’s texture just a touch to soften these images to convey the gift of time and the patina of age. 

Through appreciation and acceptance of imperfection, I find the value of the humble, worn, and treasured. 

Lost & Found


These Sunday paintings, a celebration of imperfection, decorate my home. They were created by artists with little formal training but with the courage of heart to paint anyway.  With their intangible charm, they make my home a place of harmony and laughter.  We create biographies to go with the portraits and stories to go with the scenes and landscapes.






Form & Function


Little teapots and crocks, worn and chipped, are still useful and beautiful. Their imperfections only make them more treasured. 




 

Rust & Frayed Edges


Imperfection and impermanence go hand-in-hand. As I weave imperfection into the fabric of my everyday life, I am aware of the temporary nature of material things. Our true legacy is the love we share, even if imperfect. 








Aged & Ageless


My hands are veined and wrinkled from years of work, and crafts, and sunshine. And while certainly imperfect, they give means for connection – a hug, a stitch, a meal, a carry or a lift.



So pleased to finally embrace imperfection.  

30 comments:

  1. I really love your photography! LOVE! There are a handful of blog photographers that I want to step through the photo into the scene, and yours is one of them!

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    1. I feel the same bout your blog. I love how you combine your photography, your personal stories, and your faith. I tend to shy away from talking about my faith in this space - but your example shows me how I might begin to share more of myself.

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  2. HinDonna, what a great photos are dies, the teapot is my favorite, lovvvvvve teadrinking. And the way you give this week theme a vieuw is so nice to see. Learning a lot from it! Have a nice day, best wishes from Janine
    ( who will try to use the textures from KK too, but did not succeed yet...;))

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    1. Janine, Thanks so much for visiting. I stopped by your beautiful blogs, too. Can't wait to read more of your recipes and cooking adventures. My family is trying to have a healthy lifestyle - so I'm always looking for new recipes. By the way, Kim's classes are excellent for learning to use textures. I've learned so much from her - loving person and excellent teacher.

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  3. A lovely selection of images the teapot is lovely....

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement. Wish we could combine our images - a calming cup of tea (my picture) by the sea with a warm breeze (your picture). A perfect day . . .

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  4. that image of the blue cloth on top of the blue painted wood - swoon!

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    1. Amy, I'd love to see you edit this picture. After visiting your blog, I can see that you have a talented hand with image editing. I often feel like I've taken a great picture, but just can't bring it to life with the editing - but your efforts are truly outstanding. I'll keep visiting you for more inspiration.

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  5. Such a great selection on imperfection, love rust and these just speak to my heart. The little blue tea pot with the little chip just looks perfect.

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    1. Barbara, I just might have to try out a LensBaby, too! Your photos this week were exuberant - could tell you had a great time on your travels. Yes, we do love rust!

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  6. so many gorgeous images creating such visual texture...

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    1. I try to use my camera to create the texture, but I'd sure like to be able to add texture in post-processing as you did with the Fishing Center photo - beautiful image!

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  7. I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite image--love the rusted fence pickets and the locker. What is it about us and rust? And your Sunday painting collection is fun and lively. I'd love to hear the stories of those people! But I'm most impressed by your line, "as I weave imperfection into the fabric of my everyday life . . ." Most of us try to iron imperfections away. This is such a refreshing viewpoint. And your hands remind me of my mother's--always busy.

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    1. You know how much I struggle with the words to go along with my pictures. Thanks for your never-ending reassurance. You've helped me look at my perfectionist qualities with a discerning eye and kick some of them to the curb. It was you who first encouraged me to take imperfect pictures. Thank you.

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  8. Beautiful photos, beautiful words!

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  9. What a gorgeous set of images! I love that old Singer sewing machine - my aunt had one just like it :)

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    1. Glad you had fond memories associated with the Singer. That picture, taken by the window with morning golden light, has the same feel as your faded flower, with light as much the subject as the subject itself.

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  10. A beautifully woven story throughout these pictures. I love your collection of paintings. My favorite photo has to be the lockers, great composition and perfectly processed.

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    1. Sarah, Thanks for stopping by. Can't wait to see your next pictures and read the next installment of the Coffee Shop Chronicles. The lockers were in an old junk yard where I also took pictures of rusted stoves and wheelbarrows. Passersby seemed to think me odd!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Pat. I love your take on the perfectly imperfect tree in your yard - home to the birds.

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  12. Very clever arrangement of perfect..imperfect images. Love your little cracks and chips. It is hard sometimes to let go of those special pieces!

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    1. The great thing about pictures - sometimes I can love something and then let it go, because I have the picture to reminisce over. I do believe my little teapot would look right at home in your red house!

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  13. Wnderful. The whole series of photos and the thoughts. Nicely done.

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    1. Earl, Thanks for stopping by. You managed to take beautifully perfect flowers and give them an aged and weathered look. I had to start with old, beat up stuff in the first place! Great to learn from you.

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  14. Beautiful images. Isn't it a sigh of relief when we finally figure out we aren't perfect, and that is ok. :)

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    1. Michelle, you are so right. Many people find that getting older is a season of regrets, but for me, this time of life is such a joy - when I finally feel free to be myself and am not so boxed in by fear. It really is ok. Love the covered bridge photo in your post.

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  15. Beautiful, moving and heartwarming post. Your images are incredible!

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  16. dear, i savored this post. such wabi sabi wisdom! xo
    & gorgeous images.
    thank YOU!

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