Challenge Yourself Part 2

I recently did a post on the importance of challenging yourself to stay inspired and boost creativity. I ended with images from a pocket watch challenge, which led me to a book challenge.

Book Challenge

The book challenge became an Open Book Challenge.

Photography and Motion Pictures by Sharon Popek
A page from an early history of technology book, discussing photography
The Clothing We Wear by Sharon Popek
A collage featuring an image from a shop window and chapter about clothing.

What’s Next?

These are images I worked on this week for my open book challenge. I feel like there is more to pursue here. So, I will be doing more of these. I like the idea of featuring images that pertain to the book’s subject matter. This is why I try to continue to challenge myself. It always leads to something new and inspiring. 

I would love to see your own challenges and inspirations! Share your links in the comments!

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Challenge Yourself

After rereading a few of my end of year retrospectives, I realized that from November to February is a dry zone for my art. There are probably a few reasons for that. First, winter hits me hard, the cold, the short days, and don’t get me started on fucking holidays. Second, well, I think that first one is the big reason. So, to combat that, I’ve started a few challenges. One on Facebook, SP’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  The other is on Fine Art America, The Weekly Photography Challenge. I have found that sharing the challenges with others, helps keep me motivated. So, if you find yourself in a rut, take a deep breath, and challenge yourself.

The challenge was Stripes. So, I found a striped shirt of my husbands, and started taking pics. 

My Husband’s Shirt

Then, I put the shirt on and took photos of my hands.

Hands

After that, I realized that I had a striped dress on, so I took this pic.

My Pocket

The hand pics led to a Hands Challenge.

Holding Time

Which then led to a pocket watch challenge.

Time to Read

Next challenge? Books!

One thing leads to another and I’ve been working for 3 weeks straight. So, Challenge Yourself!

All images are available as prints, just click on the image and it will take you to the store! Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcome!

First and Last Images of 2018

At the end of 2017, I wrote a blog about my first and last images of the year.  I thought I would do the same this year. It’s a great way to see where I’ve been and if I have gotten better or worse or about the same.

The first image I uploaded in 2018. I love fantasy books and art. I have been attempting to create some of my own. Silver keys hang from an overgrown vine, just waiting to be plucked. It has the feel of a dream.

The Key to Fantasy.

The last image uploaded in 2018. This started out as an image created for a stripes image challenge. But it turned out to be more about the hands. I see a series of hands coming soon. 

Hands.


Be sure to share your own 2018 retrospectives in the comments! Feedback is also welcome.

All images are available as prints. If you click on the image, it will take you directly to my shop.