I Wonder

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I Wonder

I wonder... that's how a lot of my creations are born. When I first started getting serious about photography, I wondered what to do with all of the photos I had. I wanted to share them, not just have them in files on my computer. I decided to make cards with them. I played around with that for a while, then one day I thought to myself, "I wonder what they would look like with glitter on them? Would it soak in and ruin the photo or enhance it?" So I tested it out and was very pleased with the outcome! It really made the photos pop and the cards looked so pretty that I took some over to my neighbors house to get her opinion. She loved them too and encouraged me to join her art league.

When I was at the art league one day, an artist suggested printing my photos on transparent paper for my cards. I wondered how that would look. I printed a few small samples and liked the fact that with different colors of paper behind them, the same picture could look very different. I decided to make bigger ones,glitter them, put them in frames that were glass with no backing so that the color of the wall would show through, and dubbed them "Jewelry for the Walls". They sold well at my art displays.

Years ago, I thought writing would be my main endeavor, but then realized photography captured my interest even more. However, I didn't want to give up the writing I had done all my life, so I wondered... "how can I combine the two into something I can share?" I decided to put my poetry with my photos and make a book. I was very happy with the result, so I did a series of books.

One day I was shopping at a discount store and found a glass block frame, 5 x 7 in size, clear and shiny. I loved the look and feel of it and it was on sale, so I bought it. Then I wondered... "what if I printed my photos on transparent paper, glittered them, and put them in this freestanding frame? Would it look like stained glass? I bet it would look pretty with the sun shining through." So I set about experimenting with the right photos, subjects and whether to glitter or not. The end result is the accompanying picture. I put them in my windows or near a light to get the full effect. Luckily, I found a supplier with the exact same frame to get more!

Creating art makes me feel good, but it feels even better when I can share it with others and bring them joy. I love that they love it too. I wonder what I'll think of next?