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Other Creative Outlets for Writers?

This past weekend, an absolutely goregous spring day, I photographed my sister and her fiance. Out of the blue, it hit me. ——-> I needed to get my expanding-can outside more often and be creative. As the shutter on my camera clicked and clacked, my brain untangled plot holes, drafted the next novel in my subconscious, calmly listed the things I needed to do for the promo of my upcoming release.

Now, you might be wondering why I had the above epiphany? It’s easy, really. Doing a non-writing creative thing unlocked my brain, allowing for thoughts to flow more organically.

I’m not just a writer. I’m a photographer. A graphic artist. A fine art aficionado. A Pinterest freak. A painter, a crafter, a gardener.

It’s all those creative endeavors that make me the quirky gurl that I am. I just have to remember that writing all the time doesn’t work for me. I need to pick up a paint brush, dig in some dirt, click that shutter– so that my muse likes being with me enough to stick around for a good long while!

So, what do you do to stoke the creative fires between writing sessions? I’d love for you to comment, post, or show off your artistic creations!

Weirdness Warning: Photoshop, True Blood and Arabian Horses

Life, as usual, has been getting in my creative way lately. I’ve been busy working on more post for you guys, crafting a story collection, finishing up a novel that I’m very excited about (as well as about five other literary projects) and then there’s the non-writing time-sucks:

1. Photoshop: In addition to gearing up for a Maternity photoshoot this weekend (love me some pregger’s bellies!) and a Senior portrait session with Firetrucks after that, I also have gotten some design work done.

While I do spend a fair amount of time on these things, it’s not all wasted minutes. Crafting cover art (like the mock-up below) allows me to focus a story more tightly, and often gives me the kick-in-the-pants that I need to complete it.

{I’d love to hear any thoughts or comments you have on this cover!}

2. Television: I don’t have Showtime, despite some of my favorite shows airing on that channel. Californication, Weeds, Dexter, The Real L Word… and of course, True Blood, but that goes without saying. And it’s literally killing me to not be able to watch them. Seriously. I spend hours lamenting my sad state of cable subscriptions and cooking up elaborate schemes so that I can bask in the glow that radiates from Eric Northman. I wish I was joking.

3. Parenting Lethargy: I spend so much time trying to accomplish things that sometimes it is overwhelming. Then all at once, I’m bombarded by the things I should be teaching/ doing/ sharing with my children and I want to poke June Cleaver in the eye with rusty scissors for making me feel like a crappy mom. Case-in-point: My daughter has mentioned numerous times that she wants to take horseback riding lessons.
Now, I totally understand. I felt the same at her age and thanks to my own Mother-on-a-pedestal, I rode and showed horses competitively right up until I got married and moved away. I think about getting back into it, but who has the time?

(My horse-days were before the digital era, but my Egyptian Arabian “Clyde” looked like the above.)
But back to my daughter and her equine interest. I’m scared (she’s extremely accident prone- she broke and lacerated her finger WHILE getting a school physical at the Dr’s office!), I’m not rich (lessons and attire and tack, oh my!) and I’m busy enough as it is. So I put it off, and then I feel like crud for not doing it for her. I really need to get on that, and the million other things on my lost To-Do list.

But I can’t start now. It’s late and I’m going to bed.
Until next time!

Makeup and Photoshop

So, I’ve been tinkering around, trying to become proficient using the program responsible for the flawless images that grace every magazine cover, and I’ve discovered a few things. 

1. photoshop can fix most figure flaws, but not everything is capable of saving. 

2. A good guassian (spelling?) blur can camo the dreaded “big pores” on most portraits.

3. This program works the best on images that are inherently good to begin with.

That last one is something to think about….because it means that just owning the program does not a photographer make. 

Anyway, I wanted to tinker with some pics that had real potential, so I hit the studio and fired off some shots. Here are a few:

One thing that I learned is that good makeup for portraiture is of the utmost importance. I recently ordered some of the best makeup available for digital photography (Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation) from Sephora, and I am in LOVE with it. My skin come out great in these shots, and since I also used Smashbox’s foundation primer, everything looked like it did when I put it on– a mere seven hours earlier. (Can you believe that? No caking, no flaking, no oily skin!)

I have never had makeup perform that well, and paying the price for better quality makeup is very worth it to me. Not only did my makeup look great, but I DID NOT have to do any digital touch-ups on my skin, including the blur trick I mentioned earlier! 

You can see these photo’s and more, at Karen Fowler Photography.

Products I used for my makeup include :

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation – 115 Ivory 

MAKE UP FOR EVER Microfinish Powder

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance (Eye shadow primer)


MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation – 115 Ivory


Getting Creative, Even if it Kills Me

So, once again I find myself railing against the mundane, normalcy of my life. I get up, I go to work, I herd cattle (I mean kids), and I clean my never-clean home. I miss the beauty of life, the joy in the creative. So i must find it again.

I’ve been shooting pictures for a long time, and every now and then I manage to capture a gem. You know, one of those photos that you return to again and again because it is just so moving– to the one who took it, at least.

So I’m trying to get pseudo-serious this time. I’m going to try. So that I could keep my better shots organized, i created my own Photography site– Karen Fowler Photography. If you have a sec, check it out!

Meanwhile, here’s a taste!

Little Boy Bass This one is “Little Boy Bass”, a.k.a my son holding his very impressive first catch of the season.