JANUARY IS A MONTH TO QUITE SIMPLY BE BAT-SHIT CRAZY!
It is dark and cold in January in the northeast. What a great time to give yourself permission to turn inward. Turning inward is when we find a little crazy inside. Let me explain crazy. It is not about being flaky, or self destructive, we still have everyday responsibilities.
It is more about getting out of our comfort zone, pushing the envelope and touching that inner creative voice.
January is the time of new beginnings, new year resolutions, and promises to be kept to ourselves. So why not leap, spread your wings, and soar?
I do think sometimes as an artist, (well maybe more than sometimes) I am totally bat-shit crazy. I think my sons would shake their heads in agreement. That is the beauty of being an artist. Those of you who know me know I can be very grounded…hello, I raised and supported 2 sons by myself as a photographic artist. So that in itself gives my statement credibility, RIGHT?
Then there is also a side of me that goes in a totally different direction, coming up with ideas that come out of the blue. Sometimes my students and my collectors ask me “Laurie how in the world did you come up with that idea for that image?”
I do attribute that to being a bit crazy, pushing the proverbial envelope. I know it is a gift. We have two hemispheres in our brain, the right brain needs to be worked and cultivated; it is where our creativity comes from (we all have the ability to be creative, since we do have two sides of our brain.) Take YOURS for a ride and for a journey of new expression.
So give yourself permission….
“To be really great and interesting, you have to be a little crazy. I just don’t think one comes without the other.” ~ Drew Barrymore

I hope you will be bat-shit crazy this month with your expression in your photography, let loose, go CRAZY, do something different, push the envelope, push out of your comfort zone and share it with your tribe at Visual Visionaries on Facebook.
 
THREE EXERCIZES FOR YOU TO GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
  • Stand in one place, take 4 turns at 45 degrees, and make a photograph at each turn. Don’t over think it.
  • Before you photograph, sit quietly in front of your subject or scene and take 10 deep breaths, then make 10 photographs.
  • Feel love and joy and then photograph 3 different scenes with those feelings.
If you are interested in more assignments go to my website www.laurieklein.com
If these make you uncomfortable then you know you are on track.
IMAGE ABOVE WAS TAKEN AT OUR 4UR RANCH OF THE DIVINE NICOLE CUDZILO

Are you joining us at Laurie Klein Workshops for life changing photographic adventures in 2019?
Laurie will guide you through a journey of personal exploration to find your distinctive style.
04/27/19 – 04/28/19: Introduction to Hand Coloring (NEW WORKSHOP)
06/05/19 – 06/10/19: Cape Cod for Infrared and Non-Infrared Photographers (NEW WORKSHOP)
06/30/19 – 07/06/19: The Female Form in the Maine Landscape, Maine Media Workshop
08/19/19 – 08/23/19: Creative Infrared Photography: Capture to Print, Santa Fe PhotoWorkshop (NEWWORKSHOP)
08/24/19 – 08/30/19: Laurie Klein and 4UR Ranch
10/09/19 – 10/13/19: Firefly Photography Camp for Women
10/20/19 – 10/31/19: Morocco(4 spots left) (NEW WORKSHOP)

Hand Colored Black and White Photographs
I am so excited about hand coloring. I wrote my first book on hand coloring in 1999. It became the Bible for hand coloring in most schools. To this day I have people coming up to me saying how much they loved my book and the creativity that goes along with hand coloring.
Hand coloring produces one of a kind pieces of art. We are all looking for ways to stand apart from the millions of images that are produced in a day. Plus hand coloring is so therapeutic.
I hope you will join me for my hand coloring workshop this coming April.
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