I am still working on the lesson for learning to see what we see. In the mean time, I thought I would share this with you. I met a wonderful woman on the train yesterday morning. She has an incredibly beautiful and compassionate energy. She was working on designing a tattoo with her mother's name. She told me that there were two things that were part of her memories of spending time with her mother; drinking mint tea and the smell of Jasmine.
After talking with her for a few minutes I told her that I would like to try to come up with something for her. When I got home, I opened up Photoshop, pasted in some images that my wife found on the internet and came up with an arrangement that I liked a lot. I had the chance to see her again this afternoon and I showed her the result. Her smile was enough to tell me that she loved it.
Anyway, I wanted to share this with you because it is a good example of how wonderful opportunities for art can come from out of the blue. Art is everywhere, all you have to do is recognize it when you see it. A wonderful artist, photographer and philosopher, Andrew Llachinski has an enlightening story about what we are looking for as opposed to what is there for us to find: The Tao of Photography - Finding New Things in Old.
Here is the finished image, done entirely in Photoshop. The script that you see is her mother's name, Fatima.