Echinacea Photo Drawings – Trusting Instinct or Abandonment – Picture to Ponder – V6 – issue 18

by Sheila Finkelstein on May 5, 2010

Today’s post relates to trust – trusting ourselves and our instincts.

The featured image, a photo/drawing has been “beckoning” me from my patio wall for several weeks, requesting being shared with you in Picture to Ponder. (More in the “Today’s Photos Story” below.)

Today’s Photos

Echinacea #1 photo/drawing

Photo/Drawings of Echinacea Flowers from a field of flowers in the gardens of Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY

I present them for you to simply enjoy with no further aesthetic description or response on my part.

Today’s Photos’ Story
As I stated above, the top picture is on my patio. It’s at the far end, directly in my line of vision from my kitchen, and gives me a lift every time I look at it. For several weeks I have been thinking about featuring it here in Picture to Ponder. Then, not finding it in my computer immediately, I let it pass.

This Echinacea photo/drawing was done almost 10 years ago, as was the one below it. The latter is actually the first of the series that I did and has always been one of my favorites. When it “showed up” as the cover insert in a binder I found last week, I decided to finally respond to my initial instinct to share the photo/drawing(s) with you.

“Photo/drawings”, my term, are something that I discovered/created while “playing” when I first got a color printer
and a scanner. They are scanned photos, printed out, and then drawn on directly with permanent ink pens. This art form predated my being on the web and were actually the impetus for setting up my first web site – Nature’s – nine years ago. Given their evolution, the photo/drawings fall into the category of what I call, and have written about, my Accidental Art.

I got quite absorbed in the whole process, creating note cards, 8″ X 10″ prints and then uploaded them for printing on products on Cafe Press. It always pleased me when people told me they would often visit Nature’s Playground or my Nature Art sites simply for a 10-minute, reenergizing reprieve during the day.

And, then I moved to Florida, got totally immersed with my digital camera and other responsibilities and I “abandoned” (interesting to “hear” myself use that word as I write) the photo/drawing process.

So, on to today’s Self-Reflecting Queries. How does, or may, all of this relate to you?

Note – The other day I got an email from Facebook from someone who purchased two large prints several years ago. He stated that every time he passes them he “smiles with joy.”

Should the process appeal to you and you have need for large prints, or know anyone else who does, I do have an overstock inventory of several of the photo/drawing images, in prints approximately 18″ X 24″, on Nature’s Playground Large Prints page.

Self-Reflecting Queries
I surprised myself, above, when I wrote of “abandonment”. So much of life is being in action, then moving on; going from one place to another. I have done a lot of this in my lifetime and although I’ve started lots of things, many of which I’ve dropped and not completed, I don’t recall having “abandoned” anything.

It’s an interesting query for me in my life and I invite you to look at areas where you may have incompletions in your life. Is there anything you need to do to be complete with them, either with further action, or simply by declaration? Is anything coming up for you that feels like there was “abondonment” involved?

If so, I invite you to write about it for yourself to see if anything “actionable” comes up for you. I also invite you to futher explore and then take that action or actions.

And, back to what originally I thought today’s queries were going to be (referencing its having taken me a month to feature today’s first-appearing image):

Is there any place recently you’ve had the thought or feeling to do something and have yet to take action? Is it a “trust” issue, or something else? Do you usually follow your instincts or do you wait and weigh all your options?

There is no “right” answer. It’s simply becoming aware of your mode of operation and perhaps gaining some freedom as a result, if this is something you desire.

As always have fun with this and please post your responses in the COMMENTS section below.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Debii May 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Sheila – I love this effect. Must take a pretty steady hand.


Sheila Finkelstein May 6, 2010 at 7:21 am

Thanks, Debii. Actually, since there is no “right” or “wrong” to it, so a “steady hand” is not required. My photo/drawing process was simply responding, in drawing, to what called my attention in the photo. My pen was simply an instrument of “touch” and “exploration” rather than making lines a certain way.

Thanks for this opportunity for me to think this through further. I’m reminded, as I write, of “blind contour drawing” as introduced by Nicolaides in 1941, where one does not look at the paper at all while drawing. As the eye moves along the edge of a surface, the hand moves on the paper. It is as if the eye and hand are one… both “touching” the subject matter at the same time.

When I taught art in the elementary school, I would do this exercise with young children. They would poke a hole in a piece of paper with their pencil and put it through, then hold their hand under the paper as they started drawing along a contour edge of their subject.

Have fun if you try this.


Patti May 6, 2010 at 5:43 am

Hi Sheila, I had to laugh. I had two emails today about trust, intuition, and going with your “gut” feeling! I have a major life transition to make and I am confused about whether my gut is telling me “no” or my fear is just getting in the way of trying something new. When I was younger, I would leap into exciting new adventures, but now I just want to stay home with the familiar places and people that I love. I have told myself and others that I want to go back to school and now that the opportunity has arisen and it seems like the universe is making (almost) everything fall into place, why am I wanting to throw the covers over my head and hide?

Thanks for the pondering! I appreciate your work and blessings for your day!


Sheila Finkelstein May 6, 2010 at 7:38 am

Thanks for the acknowledgment and jumping in and sharing, Patti. Perhaps going “public” is the final thing you needed.

Have you been writing on this? I find my Morning Pages (a la Julia Cameron – THE ARTIST’S WAY) very helpful – 3 pages of free flow writing every morning, no agenda, often opens things up for me.

I’m wondering if something happened during one of your early “exciting new adventures” that had some fears set in. If you haven’t done so, you could be writing, “What’s the worse thing that can happen, if….. ” and keep drilling down. Simply some thoughts that came up on this end for possible further “ponderings” on your part.

Much success in whatever you choose. Certainly sounds exciting. What you you be going back to school for?

Appreciatively, Sheila


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