As a child and young teenager I felt like the most unwanted, unloved, motherless human being on the planet. This morning I am reminded that I have had more mothers than I prayed for in those days (and probably more than I deserved), and that blooming takes time but it’s beauty is worth continuing on to experience, to behold within, and perhaps someday express or offer to someone else.

This morning I am reminded that the universe has ALWAYS surrounded me with strong, courageous, positive, mothering and loving women who have given me the lessons and the benefits of their strength and even sometimes their weakness, their hope, their courage, their experience and their love – even when they haven’t realized it, even though they weren’t my birth or adoptive mothers.

This morning I am grateful – grateful for who they were and are, and grateful for who I was, have become, and will be because of the many lights they have shone in my life. I am reminded of my personal belief that we do not become who we are and we don’t bloom into our whole selves because we do it all alone – there are always those lights in our lives to outshine our darkest moments and feed our souls like sunshine. Sometimes the sources of that light are people (and animals) – whether strangers in the market line or at the post office, strangers online who make us smile or even become true friends and inspirations, or people in our daily lives who become our friends, whether they remain in our lives for long or a short time…whether they still live or they pass away.

This morning I am…very simply put…overwhelmingly grateful – for the lights that have shone on me in th past and the ones that continue to do so – the glints and gleams that illuminate and encourage my spirit, that help me to grow and ever evolve into a better me than I was each day that’s come before.

Finally, this morning I am reminded of a very important thing for my soul self: Motherly love is not a label or a static characteristic – it’s a state of being…and it can come from just about anywhere, if you’re open to receive it. I am. ❤️

Vision: iPhone 6, Olloclip

Tools: Mextures (formula SRPVZKE)

M i n d f u l n e s s.

Instablog: Today I had (another) doctors appointment and I got put back on steroids and he made a sort of joke about how I was falling apart. It was a moment for me. You know, one of those moments where you kind of see yourself as you were and as then you wish to be, and what you are really plays very little into what your mind WANTS, and you sort of have a silent but stern moment with yourself to say, “this may be how the doctor sees me; it may also be how I’ve seen myself…but I want to change my perception, and I’m going to.

That’s been a continuing and active thing for me lately. It’s just like this reminder to live and experience life in a state of mindfulness. I caught myself falling easily into that state as I walked around my yard this afternoon shooting some flowers that are blooming. It feels good to feel myself within myself, despite what the doctor sees (or I feel) my physical body doing. Mind over matter…

Tools: Mextures (formula VNWKCVY)
Vision: Unsplash, Lesly Juarez

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Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. -Sam Keen

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~ summer🔥heat ~
~ b u r n 🔥 b a b y 🔥 b u r n ~
Vision: Lumix GX7, Leica Macro Lens
Tools: Mextures (formula BJRKZVU)
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C l e a n . . .

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs. -Sam Abell

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Tools: Mextures (formula KFVIEXP)

Vision: Unsplash, Hotae Kim

S t e a m y 💧🔥🌫

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •Now stir the fire, and close the shudders fast, Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round, And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn; Throws up a steamy column, and the cups, That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, So let us welcome peaceful evening in. -William Cowper

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Tools: Mextures (formula KNABVCX)

Vision: Unsplash, Ameen Fahmy

 

Hi there. Hope you’re doing well…

I have been hoarding Mextures formulas again, as I’ve spent most of winter messing around with the app but I’ve not shared much in the way of the creations or the formulas for a while. Hope you’ll forgive my selfishness as I’ve dealt with “winter stuffs.” It’s been quite a winter – warm on the outside, bitter cold and frightening on the inside. I digress…

Alas, here we are moving into spring and here are some of those formulas. Hope you’ll enjoy them.

**Please remember that blend modes of layers (and the layers themselves) may require tweaking depending on the light/style/tone of your image and they will not necessarily look exactly the same on your images as they do in the provided versions.**

If you have any questions about Mextures or using formulas, feel free to ask them in comments or via e-mail or social media/messaging.

Have a lovely day out there.

Art on, friends.

**The four following images were used with permission, via Unsplash’s free use image gallery**


Mextures Formula:  NAXJIHC

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Mextures Formula:  BNWWATN

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Mextures Formula:  XRVSQLB

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Mextures Formula:  TCYTFKH

And here is one more, for good measure as we head into spring (from my own gallery)…

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Mextures Formula:  YUXPHNJ

Heyyyyy, friends. How are you? Long story short, we apparently have the flu. Good times, I tell you. It all stems from socializing and reinforces my strict no socialization policy. Ha. Ha. Ha. Germs. They suck.

A better bit of news and current happenings is that today the mail lady delivered some books to me that I’d ordered a while ago and forgotten all about until they arrived today. One I wasn’t excited about even when I bought it BUT I was compelled to buy it, and it’s the one I started out with. It’s called “Waking the Tiger – Healing Trauma,” by Peter Levine, and to be perfectly honest…I’m actually in love with this book. It’s not because it’s necessarily helping me, or even that it’s all that interesting unless you are dealing with trauma or unless you are dealing someone else who is dealing with trauma. It’s because IT GETS ME. I read things in this book and I literally and loudly say, “yessssssss! Yes yes yes!!!!” I have been pleasantly surprised and pleasantly impacted by it. I’m only halfway through but will likely finish it by or in the morning. The other two are “Chaos, Creativity, and Consciousness” and “Food of the Gods,” authored/coauthored by Terence McKenna.

SO. It’s been an eventful day…lots of kleenexes and Robitussin and kid-crying fits… But also lots of compassion and family growth, as sickness is prone to bring to a mother and son (or at least THIS mother and son).

I’ve also worked on some collab art with @leinsview via @mexturescollective on Instagram and created three new formulas to share with my Mextures peeps:

Orange Morning MC | Formula: XRHWILA

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Spiderweb Sunset MC | Formula: CDGPDRI

Feels Like Home MC | Formula: JCSEMNZ

I hope that you enjoy these formulas as much as I enjoyed creating them. Be sure to check out the Mextures Collective website if you’d like to participate and create your own Mextures edits of stunning shots from amazing artists, and check out the @mexturescollective
Instagram. Don’t forget to tag your edits and share your formulas with your edits if you decide to participate!

Hope you’re all having a great week. Thanks for your continued support here. I appreciate you and I appreciate all that you do.

❤️

C.