The Seekers

I have admitted more than once, that I often have no idea of what is going to end up as a final image. Lately, that feeling has been even more of a constant companion which is both frustrating and freeing, depending on my mood. Perhaps more than I realized (or even wanted to admit) the dogs have become surrogates for some of my life questions in the photographs posted here.

When an artist or a writer or anyone engaged in a creative endeavor runs out of steam, it can be a maddening process to try and sort through. What do I do now? What am I supposed to do now? And worse, what if nothing creative ever happens again? (That last thought is best reserved for sleepless 3 AM tossing and turning while the pups snore, softly oblivious.) It is a lament I have heard many times over in my head and from others. Yet, the wheel always comes around again with something new to pursue and another reminder that I am truly my own worst enemy.

That is roughly where I am now and so today’s image is about seeking–solace, renewal, rejuvenation, whatever is at the end of this particular quest. And who better to illustrate the journey than Master Hubble, accompanied by Sir William G. Bluffington as they set off on a new adventure. There are old and new elements in here–the background is an abstract of a neighbor’s painted sponged wall, along with some random scribbles made on a piece of paper, accompanied by a scrap of red striped fabric, an old window found in the back garage, a vintage red button, Β a tumbling down brick chimney spotted near a river, random graffiti seen uptown, a black bird spotted in a field,a pennant sewn by one of the gallery artists for a piece she recently did, Β and a piece of deer vertebrae found by some enterprising pup at the stables several autumns ago. All are images collected over the last few years waiting for their moment to be seen and to be a part of a story.

Today’s Dog Quote:

People always joke that ‘dog’ spells ‘god’ backwards. They should consider that it might be the higher power coming down to see just how well they do, what kind of people they are. The animals are right here, right in front of us. And how we treat these companions is a test.

–Linda Blair

Image a composite of photographs taken with an iPhone 4s, 5s and 7 and processed with Leonardo, iColorama, Snapseed, Distressed Fx, ReTouch, Pic-Tap-Go, LightBrush and Decim8.

For today: The Seekers

The Seekers

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24 thoughts on “The Seekers

    • Oh thank you so much Alison and I do apologize for my very late reply-I appreciate you taking the time to look and I have been really enjoying the posts about Cuba (I hope to get there one day) and your new beginnings in BC-thank you so much for visiting and commenting! πŸ™‚

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    • Many thanks Michael-there was that moment of reckoning while sifting through *stuff* in my studio room when I realized there was a tremendous potential to find jobs for all of these things-after being in such a funk, it was a relief to have a direction again, no matter where it went-Thank you again so much!

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  1. Meg, nicely composed. Sometimes the experimentation is enough to lead to new ways of seeing. The fun part of your creative efforts is the never-ending combinations that exist. You do a stellar job of bringing a theme together.

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    • I could not agree more Sally-this summer has been a challenge in a number of ways and sometimes the smallest nudge to try something different can be met with so much resistance. But in this case, I was just grateful to have a sense of something to try-I appreciate you looking and commenting and I apologize for the late, late reply-

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  2. You have created a beautiful surreal dream world for Hubble and Jack Henry!
    I know that feeling of being ‘lost in the forest’ with a creative endeavour – I’m there now with my latest novel. I know what’s going to happen in the end, but not at all sure how I’m going to get there. This is the most challenging first draft I’ve ever had to deal with and I’m creeping along a sentence at a time. A dog’s life is so much easier!

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    • Thank you Annabelle! I know what a struggle putting words to paper (or screen) can be and hopefully by now, you have not only found the road, you are blazing along on it to the finish! Some projects are like that, but when you complete them, the reward is amazing! And Master Hubble says the reason a dog’s life looks easy is because they work very hard at making it so-I am sure Misses Pearl and Millie would agree πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by-

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