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boulder farmer’s market

have i mentioned how much i love living in colorado? just a short drive from our home is the lovely town of boulder…a place i feel such a connection with. in my 8 years here i have never turned down the opportunity to head up there to meet friends, hang out with the kids or just to enjoy some alone time.

the light at the farmer’s market this week was spectacular. here are some of the images of the art that was all around. from the music to the people-watching to the food and the weather, time spent there is, to me, time well-spent.

in the painting of…chaos!

there is nothing like the feeling of cool wet paint in between your fingers and toes–oozing color and squishing against your skin.

i used to paint after college when i was not sure what i wanted to be (or who i wanted to be) while i lived with my parents after college and while i was ‘in love’ with the absolute wrong guy. you get the point right? to me, painting was a way of dealing with my stress and the chaos of my life. the times that i felt most creative were during these painful days. but sitting down with my paints was totally cathartic back the (in the early 90’s). and still is.

the ‘stress du jour’ is that i’m debating getting a new camera body (full frame). translation=LOTS of our savings to be bet on a business I believe in-but not a lot yet on the books to justify it. it’s stressing my husband out and, in turn, stressing me out. in this economy-is it wise to take a huge financial risk on a passion/hobby with no business plan? chaos-you see. so like in the old days-i turn to my painting to release some of the tension and to help me channel my pent up creative energy.

today i introduced the boys to painting.

at first they weren’t sure it was ok to play with the paint. at times they looked at me to make sure i was really squirting the paint on the cardboard in front of them. my oldest son dove right in (with his brush) and started his cardboard box creation. then he started painting his legs, arms and toes. i loved it!
and the little guy thought it might be good to stuff the entire brush of blue paint into his mouth just in the off chance it might be food.

surprisingly-cleanup was easy and nobody was harmed in the activity. (thank goodness for non toxic paint.) i highly recommend this as a dance in creative energy and chaos. it’s good for the soul!

Lori - September 21, 2008 - 8:24 am

I’m *almost* inspired enough to face the mess.

You’re a good mama.

Denise - September 21, 2008 - 12:14 pm

Oooo, that looks so fun!

Spicy Sister - September 22, 2008 - 3:34 am

I have been DYING to paint lately – thanks for inspiring me!!! 🙂 Looks like so much fun = the boys will have such great memories of these times!

Gerry Daniel - September 22, 2008 - 1:32 pm

You are brave to turn them loose with that – we have 3 sons, the youngest of which will be 20 in October – I can only imagine the havoc they could have created with that kind of freedom 🙂

aka Dream Hat Photography – SmugMug

Heasleye - September 25, 2008 - 12:33 am

Bravo, Momma! Not sure I could handle that. I guess I haven’t been blessed with experiencing the stress relief of this activity. But, I believe you when you say it’s cathartic.


who’s afraid of the big bad camera?

answer: my husband.

he was absolutely mortified when i brought the camera (loaded with my new ‘big lens’) into target tonight. anyone who has a good camera knows you just can’t just leave it in the car–right? right? (c’mon now–support me on this will ya?)

we had been at the park playing around with the kids and had to pick up a few things from target… of course i didn’t blink an eye at the thought of snapping some shots (slice of lifers) while we filled our red baskets.

i started shooting as soon we walked in. my older son asked to ride in the baby seat (he’s 4). my husband grabbed another cart-far away from me- and put our other son in it. his face turned just about as red as the card. within seconds, he grabbed both carts and started to quickly dart away from me…all the while mumbling and rolling his eyes.
“why do you bring that thing in here?”
“its totally inappropriate…”
“you’ve gone beyond just embarrassing me…”

pshaw…i say in return to his rants. i got some fun shots and didn’t hurt anybody in the process.

some fun pics from the park too:

Lori - September 20, 2008 - 7:15 am

I think it’s great! Someday you will all be so glad you captured the “normal” moments of a fleeting childhood.

Heasleye - September 20, 2008 - 11:12 pm

Heehee! I totally back you up on not leaving it in the car! And I’m cracking up at the description of your husband’s embarrassment! I think you’re braver than I am though. 🙂 But bravo to you…you got some fun pics!


wheremytruthlives - September 21, 2008 - 12:34 am

Unless he wrote some unique rendition of his wedding vows, then they included something like “for better or for worse” and if wielding a big lens in Tarjay is the “worse” of it then he should count his blessings. I for one, think it’s fabulous. (and DUH, you wouldn’t leave a child in the car either. Some things go without saying)

oozing with creativity…

today has been ‘one of those days’ where i feel like i just want to be creative, messy, crazy, silly. it’s been raining all day and finally stopped. i grabbed the camera and my new lens and asked my oldest son to be my model. (the younger one is napping). i liked the color of the water-soaked fence in our yard.

here are some of the images thanks to my cooperative (although bribed by a fresh-baked cookie!) model.

i loved the contrast between my “model’s” colors and the pattern on the fence. the cloudy sky offered the perfect diffused light. and now i have these great images to remember our dreary yet artistic day!

photography is such a passion for me. i can feel it’s power all through my bones.

Lori - September 12, 2008 - 4:05 pm

These are gorgeous. Your son looks great and you see great.

wheremytruthlives - September 13, 2008 - 2:35 pm

Hi MB! Meeting you was wonderful last night and left me wanting to get to know you better. Thanks for trading prizes with me, my new book is such a fun read.

I’m loving looking through your pics and I’ve added yo uto my reader.

My blog has some of my pics but my best shots are out at check it out.

Hope to see you again some time 🙂


MGF - September 18, 2008 - 8:31 pm

I like the expression on his face in the first photo.
The sepia tones on, I think the third one are really nice.