Monday, November 16, 2009

Reality and dimensions of a reality.

I spend a lot of times on forums discussing different ideas. Most of these discussions are interesting and I learned a lot of things.
The reason why I wanted to write this post is to share an idea I came up with. I believe that behind each reality, there are an infinite numbers of dimensions.
For example, take a simple stone. Most of you will say the stone exist, because we can see it, because we can touch it, because we can feel it, etc…
Ask a scientist, a poet, a theologist or a philosopher to define that stone, and you will have different definitions. These definitions will be as different as there are individuals. These definitions are what I call here the different dimensions of a reality.






This becomes more complicate when we talk about the dimensions behind some words. However the words are real, they tell impalpable, intangible or transcendental concepts and ideas.
Whatever is your belief,( is it god that created men or is it men that created God), the word God is a reality, as well as the word soul, dream, love hate, etc…
It becomes interesting to see the different dimensions behind these words.
If you ask the scientist the philosopher the poet, the theologist to define these words, you will have some very different, sometimes antithetical definitions, yet these words exist.


When it comes to a personal growth matter which is the main subject of this blog; I would say that behind the reality of my existence, I am a multidimensional being.
Some of the dimensions might please me, and some others might not, but I am (understand here I exist). It is up to me to know my essence and define my own dimension of the reality “I” so as not to been lost in all theses dimensions, and not to confuse and restrain the reality "I" with one of its dimensions.
What I mean by essence is well explained by Harvey Avatar as "truth" in his blog being and quirkiness.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Did you say New Zealand??!!

I am not a player, but I found this pretty fun, and I am sure all my artist friends would love this.

Remember my friend photographer Garry Heller?





He has been selected by Kim Crawford Wines Artists Lounge to be an artist in residence,( yes, they have an artist community, and do promote artists), and create an original work of art.

The cool thing is that if you join the community, and submit ideas that can inspire the artists in residence, you will be able to win a trip for two to New Zealand. Can you imagine? New Zealand!!!! This summer, this was one of the destinations I had choosen for vacation, but I quickly forgot about the project when I saw the price of the tickets :-)))!

But most of all, this is the opportunity to be part of an art project, and an artist community!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ta-Dam!!

Finally, after so much time, here is it!
I have the pleasure to present you my new website.
It represent for me a lot of hours of work, some failures,
but most of all, a big accomplishment!
It also represente a begining. And I really love beginnings, they are full of promises!!


http://angelshairgallery.com/

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fight Women!...For your rights!

I want to talk today about a subject that touched me very much: Discrimination.It touched me not only because I am black, but because I am a woman.


I think that many women will recognize themselves in this story. A story of a woman very close to me, about something that happened to her recently.

She works in a service with another woman and a man. Lately, she had to stop working to take care of her son that was ill and suspected to have swine flu. Fortunately that wasn't the case, it was just common flu. Her female co-worker is actually pregnant, and has been hospitalized for complications.Both three have the same job level, but my friend has been working there for a longer time and has the most experience in the office.
When she recently returned to work, her boss told her that they had decided that her male colleague will have a promotion and will in fact become her superior.


Of course she feels sad upset and humiliated!
We could say that this is just a coincidence, but I believe that it is not. She told me that at the beginning, when they had staff meetings,their boss only addressed her male coworker as if he was the only person in the room.
So many woman have to live this kind of humiliation, yet they continue silently everyday, simply because they make the choice to have children and do what they can to survive.I am sorry for my male readers, and I hope you will understand what I am saying, because we women need your support for this fight.
Women do not make children alone, and women need to be recognized in their work place!


Women need to know that with the same qualifications, they can expect the same job level of compensation, recognition and respect, as their male colleagues.
Women need to know that with same job level as a man they can expect a same salary. So my sisters, please continue fighting for your rights and do not let anybody tell you what you can expect from life!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Where's my reading list???

All the blogs I am following have diseappeared from my reading list!!!
What is this?
Did I do something wrong? This is so strange!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Completing a project

I have been working on my new website project for almost one year now, and I hoped to launch it for the 1st of October,…..but nothing is ready!
It seems like there is always something missing!!!! This is so frustrating. I think I would have needed a coach this time:-))!
It is sometimes so discouraging! And all the questions that comes along: Is this worth it? Why am I doing this? Etc…

I really don’t know if it is worth it in terms of business, but in terms of personal achievement, OHHH YES IT DOES!!!! And luckily, I can sometimes remember why I am doing this….
I do it because I love it!
So, I will continue working on it until it is ready!




Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Paris of my heart.

Hi all!

I am travelling this summer, and actually am in paris, so I will not be posting a lot for the next two months!!
I just wanted to share these old music with you that are precious to my heart because for me they are the essence of Paris. Paris the city of art and philosopy.
I wish you a great summer filled with love and sun!!





Monday, June 29, 2009

Oh Blimey!!!


My friend and I have decided to fight the dark side :-D)))!




This funny picture is everywhere on the web, and unfortunatly, I don't know the name of the artist who created it.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Answer to the question "How can you be sad?"




I saw the following question on facebook yesterday about Michael Jackson’s death:
“Why are you sad for Michael Jackson? Don’t you care he was a pedophile?”

I wanted to answer this question, because I like sometimes to be controversial. Yes, this is part of my character^_^.
Am I a monster because I am sad for the death of Michael Jackson who has been accused of being a pedophile.
Well, I don’t think so.

In the particular case of Michael Jackson, I see at least 3 personas in the person, and I have decided to consciously make a disassociation between those 3 personas: The Star, the Kid, and the presumed pedophile.
I am sad today because I remember his first 2 personalities.
About The Star: I grew up with him and his music. When I was young, I had a huge poster of him in my bedroom and I learned to dance to his music. He was my hero and my idol as he was for many in my generation!







About The Kid: When I became an adult, I could see all the changes that he was trying to operate on himself to be whiter, and all the phobias he developed… It is at this time that I finally started seeing the Kid he could never be. And I am extremely sad for him and the life he never had. He had success fame and money, but he never had a childhood. This was stolen from him, and probably much more than that.







Which leads me to the last personality: “the presumed pedophile”. This part I cannot judge, for many reasons. I am not a judge, nor a jury. I have my personal opinions of him, but these are only opinions. For this reasons, I refuse to judge him at the moment of his death.
Instead, I will remember Michael Jackson the Musical Icon and the kid.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

My friend the squirrel

When I came to the US, I was very surprised to see so many squirrels living without fear among humans. In France, you have to go in the mountains or in the forest to have the chance to see one!
Looking at the squirrels on the trees by my windows is one of my favorite things.






One day of winter, garbage pickup day, early in the morning, I was living the house to take the kids to their school, when I saw a squirrel quickly coming out of the garbage with something in his mouth. I was surprised, and sad. For me, such a beautiful animal shouldn’t have to be seeking for food in the garbage.
As soon as I came back, I decided to put 3 cookies at my door for it to eat.
And it ate them. I saw it. It took it time to carry those cookies that were in fact very big for its small mouth, but it did!
Then I forgot about this story.

When spring finally came, I decided to plant some tulips in a pot at my front door.
I was very happy since the winter had been very long this year, and I was impatiently waiting for my tulips to open up
One day, I found out that one of my tulips had been dug up.
I first thought it was a cat. But this happened every day for 3 days, until I saw the squirrel running with one of my bulbs in his mouth.
I love the little squirrel, but I was very angry because I love tulips too!

I decided in place of tulips to plant impatiens flowers this time, because they have no bulbs.
At my surprise, the next day, I found that my impatiens flowers where dug too.
This time I had to stop and think. Why did the squirrels continue to dig my plants while my neighbors’ flowers where still intact.



Then I remembered the 3 cookies. I placed the plants in the same place I place the cookies before.
And probably, by instinct, the squirrels where looking for food where they used to find food before.

Could I be mad at the squirrel for that?
Don’t we human have the same kind of comportment?
When we look for love, money, jobs, etc…, don’t we by instinct look in the same places we used to find them before? These places, where invisible hands placed them for us!
Don’t we function after certain schemes?
It often takes us some failures to decide that our schemes do not function anymore, and that we have to change.



Today, I am in peace with my little squirrel, and I thank him for this beautiful lesson.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I have been Awarded


OMG!!! I just received the "One Lovely blog Award" from http://jamilola.blogspot.com/.

I feel so proud and honored!! Thank you Lola for choosing me for this award.

So far, this is the 3rd award I received since I started blogging, and this is so encouraging!


In return, and following this award rules, I would like to give this award to these 15 lovely blogs I am following!

http://shaneshirleysmith.blogspot.com/
http://rainbowrevolution.blogspot.com/
http://beholden-to-nature.blogspot.com/
http://garyhellerphotograph.blogspot.com/
http://fiveoheightbaldwin.blogspot.com/
http://annettepiperjewellery.blogspot.com/
http://magicalbeadstalk.blogspot.com/
http://ian-englishmanabroad.blogspot.com/
http://beingandquirckiness.blogspot.com/
http://danangib.blogspot.com/
http://lueur-de-printemps.blogspot.com/
http://herbstohealth.blogspot.com/
http://elodiestudler.blogspot.com/
http://vivi-mari.blogspot.com/

" One Lovely Blog Award Rules":


Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Interview with Luna Essence

My Guest today is Diana, she is a mom, a jewelry designer, and the owner of Luna Essence.Isn't that a beautiful name for a company? In fact I love it, it inspires me a lot.I find it to be mysterious, simple and elegant....like her designs are!






Her jewelry designs are simple and elegant and seems to be made to highlight the essence of the woman that will wore them.


I was very happy that she accepted to make this interview with me!



Me: Can you tell me a little bit about you?


Diana:Italic My name is Diana , I am a 50 year old Mother of 4 children, 3 are grown and 1 little girl I am still raising. I am married to the same man that I met when I was 17 years old. We live in the Catskill Mountains in NYS. I have been working as a Real Estate Agent for the past 5 years. I have been an on off stay at home mom for many years. I love the mountains. We live in a wooded area surrounded by nature that inspires me everyday.






Me: How did you become a jewelry designer?

Diana: Fashion has always interested me. Design and color relax me. I am the happiest when I am creating. In 2008 I started to make jewelry. It just seemed like the right thing for me to do. I am self taught.

Me: Where do you get your inspiration?

Diana: Everywhere! I will dream about it or see something somewhere in nature or a building or pattern and then interpret it my way. There are no rules so that freedom just takes on a pace of its own.





Me: What are your goals?

Diana: Right now I just want to continue to make people feel enlightened when they wear a piece I make. This is not just what I gain from the creating but from what others gain from owning it. Stones , pearls, crystals are very conductive in aiding us in healing and opening new areas of our inner selves.

Me: Do you believe in your lucky star?

Diana: A lucky star tell me more lol. I love astrology and tarot have been doing reading for years. So I believe that there are many stars affecting us daily.






Me: Do you have periods of doubts?


Diana: We all have moments of doubts. With pain comes growth, it can be difficult sometimes.

Me: How do you deal with those periods of doubts?

Diana: Many times I can feel blocked so it is time for me to seek out new areas of design or set aside the work that is giving me doubt and come back to it later. I will go very deep inside myself before I surface again.





Me: What method do you use to find back your energy?

Diana: I love to garden this always helps or visit people and go different places. I like to meditate. Sometimes I just need to rest.


Me: Is it effective?


Diana: yes very effective?
Me: What is your motto in life?

Diana: May you shine your light wherever you are! Live in the moment and be happy!





Thank you Diana!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Interview with Gary Heller

Gary Heller is one of my blogging friends.
I have not yet met him in person, but as you will see if you take the time to read his blog, and to see his photographic work on his website or on his etsy store, he is a person of great sensitivity!

I am very touched by many of his blog post, as I am by his pictures. I would say that his work is " a fleur de peau" like we say in French, which means hyper sensitive.

One of his talent is the ability he has to capture those instants we all have experienced sometimes for just a few seconds, instants between day and night, instants of solitude, instants of eternity.....we all experienced theses instants and keep them deep in our memories, but Gary has this power to capture them with his camera and restitute them to us.




He has an exhibition of his photography at the BWAC show, " The color of Hope", in redhook Brooklyn from may 9 until June 14 week ends that I will visit, and I encourage you to go, as this seems to be a big events with many artists. For example, on Saturday 9th, there will a the New Orleans Band playing on the second floor. Enjoy your visit!!

Ok, lets come back to the point: the interview....

Me: Can you tell me a little bit about you?

Gary: I'm the father of two kids. A 21 year old daughter named Christina and a 12 year old son, Kyle. Kyle is autistic and has a very deep interest in animals. It has helped him tremendously throughout his life. It is a big part of the reason why I have three cats (all rescues) and was always a dog kinda guy. I now love cats too! I'm told very often that I am quite reserved and always look serious, whatever that means but I'm actually quite silly and love to goof around. I've always had to express myself through art in some way shape or form. I have built furniture of my own design, played guitar in a rock band and got to perform on Star Search, dabbled in painting and drawing, and finally got seriously into photography at the start of 2004.




Me: How did you become a photographer?

Gary: I really wanted to be a painter or be able to make great sketches and illustrations but I felt it did not come naturally for me and if I spent a good bit of time at something it might come out ok but I felt it was too much effort for just mediocre results. One day it just occured to me that I could pick up a camera and capture images of the things around me that moved me in some way. A friend of the family gave me an old Canon AE-1 and I was hooked.




I taught myself about photography, post processing and printing.

Me: Where do you get your inspiration?

Gary: It really comes from within me. I want to create images that somehow seem a bit unusual or strange but yet pleasing at the same time. Everything around me has some sort of charm or beauty, (especially in the right lighting!) and I want others to see that as well, the way I see it.




Me: What are your goals?

Gary: To find more time to work on the subjects that I wish to pursue more deeply. To further refine my skills at achieving the look and aesthetic that i desire in my photographs.




Me: Do you believe in your lucky star?

Gary: No

Me: Do you have periods of doubts?

Gary: Yes, from time to time I question my work and my achievements. I sometimes wonder if I'm just wasting my time. . .




Me: How do you deal with those periods of doubts?

Gary: I remember why I started doing photography. To create and express myself and basically thats what really drives me. I just want to share my creations with others and have them see what I see. When i think of it again in those simple terms it is easier to deal with and to accept the demands and expectations that have come along for the ride at this point.





Me: What method do you use to find back your energy?

Gary: A big mug of black coffee, Italian roast!

Me: Is it effective?

Gary: Absolutely!

Me: What is your motto in life?

Gary: Well, I'm a big believer in "Treat others as you wish to be treated. Also I believe that whatever it is you happen to be doing in life, do it the best that you can.




Thank you Gary!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I'm back to blogging!


Its been a while! In fact more than 2 weeks. The truth is that after my sister left, I had a feeling of nostalgia which took more than a week to overcome.
While I didn’t add to my blog, I continued to read other interesting blogs, which is very nice as well. I realized how much blogging can be exotic. I can travel all around the world, meet interesting people, discuss different points of interests and views.

My last discovery was a blog by the jewelry designer, Mademoiselle M, who has featured my work! Thank you so much!!

Marie Michelle( Mademoiselle M) is an artisan Jewelry designer, and of course a blogger.
I will let you judge yourself the quality of her work. I find it to be very beautiful & delicate!

I might not be the only one, because most of the jewelry I like in her store are already sold!!!

Like this necklace....





Her blog is a bilingual English & French Blog. She is a Canadian so she decided to blog in the 2 languages.. I admire that very much!
When I started blogging, I decided that my blog had to be in one language or another, but I know that some of my Friends in France struggled to read it. They have to use google translation tools to read my blog, which isn't very funny :)!
So I really admire the work of Mademoiselle M! Congratulations!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Thank you all!!

I am off blogging for 15 days! My sister and my nephew came from France to visit me for Easter holiday, and I will be spending time with my family! This is so important, and so cool! I am happy to show someone from my family all the great things I have discovered here in Brooklyn and also in Manhattan for the past 2 years.




That made me want to give a special thank you to all my blogger friends, those who follow my blog, those who take time to leave comments, and those who take time to answers my interview questions.
I also wanted to give a special thank you to those who helped me in developing Angels Hair. It wasn’t easy for me at the beginning, as my English was very basic, and I didn’t know anyone here.
A big thank you to:
My family and my friends
The Brooklyn Indie Market, and all its great designer
Home Refiner
Wickedlychic
Trendytots
My facebook friends
My friends on Creative blogger
My friends on Blogcatalog
And of course my customers^_^!
Thank you all for being you!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Interview with Annie Veillette

I feel very proud to have Annie Veillette as my guest today! You should remember her name because you might one day see a movie star wearing one of her necklace to climb the steps of Canne. Seriously, this is the vision that I have when I look at her jewellery design!

Annie recently started selling some of her jewellery on her Etsy shop, but you will mostly have to contact her directly through her website if you are interested in buying one of her pieces, or to discuss a custom order. Annie also has a blog where she tells us more about her jewellery design process, and the story behind the stones.





Me:Can you tell in a few words a little bit about yourself?

Annie: Born and raised in North of the province of Quebec, I came to Montreal for my studies. I got involved in a variety of fields such as tourism, law, psychology and art history. When I moved in Montreal, I stopped my ballet classes although it was my first “calling”. My parents having my best financial interest at heart were convinced that I would not make a living out of it and maybe they were right... On the other hand, I have the qualifications to be a lawyer and I don’t make a living out it either! Lol!

Me: How did you come to jewellery design?

Annie: At a very young age, I was using many different media for painting and sculpting. Mother introduced me to beading and I loved it. The problem is I loved it so much that Mother soon discovered it was quite an expensive hobby for such a young girl and since I was involved in so many other activities, I let it go and concentrated on ballet. Many years later I got back to it as I couldn’t find the kind of body adornment I was looking for so I decided to make them myself. It immediately created a buzz at the office where I was working at the time and I instantly started to make sales and got special orders for special events. So I did some specific designs for weddings, proms, banquets and such.





Me: Where do you get your inspiration?

Annie: Of course, since I work with rocks mother nature is a big source of inspiration for me. But mainly, music is what brings all these fantastic images to my head. It creates in me a state where I can travel inside myself and pull out what pops into my head. That is a very exhilarating process for me. Of course, there’s also the costumes of different eras and cultures that play a big role into it too!





Me: What are your goals?

Annie: I would love to get to design elaborate jewellery for theatre play, movies and why not fashion show. As I prefer to put my time in a big project since it gets me in the “flow” I think it would be the best venue for me since these elaborate jewellery cannot be worn everyday.





Me: Do you believe in your lucky star?

Annie: I believe that everything in life happens for a specific purpose. There is such a thing as freewill but the fact is that luck and coincidence are in my views part of my path as it is in everyone’s life. Being aware of it is what I believe in and being open to receive it is my biggest challenge as I don’t always see it...







Me: Do you have periods of doubts?

Annie: I wouldn’t call it doubts. I would say that I lose track of myself when I get caught in the day to day trivia. Just like everyone else I guess, when I’m stressed about the money issue or when there’s a situation going on with family or friends, I tend to get trapped in it and somehow, I lose the connection with the creative source.

Me: How do you deal with those periods of doubts?

Annie: I withdraw, I clean, I reorganise. Go to museum, theatre, cinema and chit chat with the girlz... :-)

Me: What method do you use to find your energy?
Annie: Bodywork and energy work is the best for me.





Me: Is it effective?

Annie: Very much so! And I love to be pampered! Lol!

Me: What is your motto in life?

Annie: « My life is my message »

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Under the sun

The following text and flash illustration ( except of course the picture from Hubble^_^) is from my husband! I found it very interesting to have the beginning of a sctientifical explaination to a philosophical problem. We discussed this matter one day, and I discovered how far science have already gone!! Since then, I believe that we can no more make a clear separation between science and spirituality/philosophy/personal growth.

Under the Sun

Nothing is hidden under the sun. For me, this also means that no deed is without witnesses.
We like to characterize witnesses as sentient beings capable of seeing our intentions, but this definition is limited, as the realm of human perception remains limited to how we visualize the world.



Take a book for example. An inert object with words contained within.
Here is a philosophical question: Is a book only worthy if it is being read?
In the same line of thoughts, are our actions meaningful only when they are being observed?

In my opinion, the fabric of the space time tends to build bridges between what we might call the impossible. Quantum teleportation has proven that relationships exist between the building blocks of matter, beyond the observable.
In this same spirit, I would argue that our action (or inactions) also reaches across the void of space time to trigger other actions whether perceptible or imperceptible to us. We might not have the technological know-how today to measure the effects (ripples might be a better term) of our actions, but we can agree that we humans are part of the very fabric of space-time itself, and hence our actions will ripple across the surface of space/time even when there is no observer.





Why is this important? Well my idea is that it would be wise for us to take time to understand our actions and their possible consequences, because the ripple effect could affect us as well. It sounds obvious but a lot of us take this for granted. We will all be better off if we spent more time understanding each other and the cause of our actions, before we act.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Interview with Michelle Harvey

Michelle accepted to make the interview today, and I am happy to have her sharing her views in my blog. Michelle designs original jewelries. She is the owner of Michabella Creations, and a blogger. But before everything, she is the accomplished mom of a four year little girl.



Me:Can you tell in a few words a little bit about yourself.

Michelle: I am a stay at home mom to a lovely little girl who will be 4 thisyear! I love all types of music, cooking, reality TV, and of course,making jewelry!

Me: How did you come to jewelry design?

Michelle: After working several years in the fashion industry, I became a mom and wanted to stay at home. About a year later, I felt I needed somethingfor myself, and that's when I learned how to make jewelry. I teamed up with a friend and we started Michabella Creations a little over 2 yearsago.





Me: Where do you get your inspiration?

Michelle: I get my inspiration from many places. Sometimes the beads themselvesare too beautiful too pass up and then I play around until I'vecreated something I'm happy with. The change of the seasons also lend inspiration to my designs. Lastly, the colors and trends of the fashion industry play out a bit in my designs.

Me: What are your goals?

Michelle: First, my goal is to be a great mom and have a happy child. The goal for my business is to have my designs be noticed and be able to sell to boutiques across the country. It wouldn't hurt if they made their way to print and television, either!





Me: Do you believe in your lucky star?

Michelle: I would have to say my daughter, Chloe, is my lucky star.

Me: Do you have periods of doubts?

Michelle: Absolutely! Lots of doubts!

Me: How do you deal with those periods of doubts?

Michelle: I step back from creating and networking and focus more on my day today life. Then something strikes me or my creative juices start to flow again and I can't help but get back on track with what I'm doing.
Me: What method do you use to find back your energy?

Michelle: Energy...what's that again?!

Me: Is it effective?

Michelle: No, I just have to push through to get things accomplished day to day!



Me: What is your motto in life?

Michelle: I don't really have one, but I do feel it's important to teach my daughter that you need to work hard and not let anything stand in the way of her dreams! You can do anything you set your mind to.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Interview with Dana Nedelea

My friend Dana accepted to make this interview on my blog, and I feel very happy!
Dana is a photographer and a blogger, she makes lovely pictures, and one of her specialty is music group photography. I hope you will take the time to visit EastSide blues band's website to see the beautiful pics she made for the group. Today’s interview will be illustrated by her floral and portraits( that I looovve) photography.


Me: Can you tell a little bit about yourself and how you came to photography?


Dana: I was born and grew up in Romania, in a big city called Ploiesti, known for its oil refineries (because of that it was intensely bombarded at the end of the second world war by American aviation) and its beautiful chestnut trees boulevard.





I lived 30 years under communism, but I can say I had a beautiful childhood and adolescence, being blessed with wonderful parents. I was lucky to be a teenager in the ‘70s when there it was an opening to culture and I could spend all my time reading good books, watching films, listening those years’ music or classical music, going to the theatre, to the ballet and winning 3 literature prizes (in high school). I also played tennis, handball and I did gymnastics.


Things got worse in my country at the beginning at ‘80s when the access to information and art was stopped. That time I graduated Chemistry in Bucharest and I started to work as an engineer. Next 25 years of my life I just survived (another 8 years of communism and 17 years of never ending transition) in a beautiful country, with nice people, but where the personality and individual talent didn’t matter.

I tried to remain faithful to my hobbies: reading, tennis, watching good films and documentaries. In 2004, after I found myself alone ( my parents died too early and my marriage broke in pieces) I refused to let the grief defeat me and I decided it’s the time to live my life in my way, alone or with an open-minded partner ( I wished to live with somebody I can talk with, share everything, to be loved for what I am and to be encouraged to find my way).

Short time after I decided (against my friends’ advice) the traditional Romanian style of life is not for me, I met my partner (he’s a Gibraltarian) who is everything I dreamt and more. He is a musician and he played with different rock bands (the most famous of them being Scarecrow in ‘70s, they used to play in same concerts with Jimmy Hendrix, Garry Moore or Pink Floyd).

He noticed my photographic talent and encouraged me to develop it (I always made good pictures), but I started to take photography very seriously last year when we moved together to Gibraltar and the acquisition of a Nikon D60 in November 2008 helped me a lot.




At at my suggestion, he changed Rock music for the Blues and now he’s part of The EastSide Blues Band and they started to be a name here in Gibraltar (they just appeared in Gibraltar Globe Magazine last week). I’m the photographer of the band and I participated from the beginning at the promotion of it (being their adviser and I‘m very proud of what they realized so far in so short a time).

My pictures of the band and all the biographies of the 4 musicians, their blog, comments of the fans, press and 8 tracks with their music can be found on www.eastside-blues.com. My new life in Gibraltar after I crossed all Europe leaving Romania and the process of discovering myself in a new world, my everyday pictures, all of these can be followed on my blog http://danangib.blogspot.com. Also my pictures portfolio can be seen at http://danangib.tailcast.com or on http://lemondedenamate.ning.com/.


Me: Where do you get your inspiration?

Dana: My source of inspiration is nature and everyday life. I believe that before you try to change into art your nightmares or bad memories you should look around you. I took beautiful shots in Alameda Gardens, which is a Botanical Garden (different from others because the plants grow wild); also I took interesting shots in a market place where I found beautiful characters. Just looking at them, they’re untold stories (they were very friendly and happy to pose). I think my pictures show those kind of things people tend to miss considering them very common and dull, but this is my way to show my appreciation and interest for everything I got as a gift living in a wonderful place surrounded by nice people.









Me: What are your goals?

Dana: For me, art means 70% talent & inspiration and 30% experience & technique. My goal is to achieve enough experience and technique to be able to express through my pictures what I see or what I feel when I’m taking a shot. Also I wish EastSide Blues Band to have more and more fans, so, please visit and join their site.






Photographies: Dana Nadelea/Music: EastSide Blues Band

Me: Do you believe in your lucky star?

Dana: Yes.

Me: Do you have periods of doubts

Dana: I can’t say I have periods of doubts, it’s more a kind of disappointment in front of the lack of reaction or interest of people in art (I‘m very disappointed by my friends from Romania, who are very reserved in following my blog and making any comments on my work).

Me: How do you deal with those periods of doubts?

Dana: I don’t have a special method. I just keep myself busy finding all the time something to do : I read books, take pictures, watch good films, work on the computer, talk with my partner about interesting subjects or we just take a walk together or I invent delicious recipes making a surprising meal from almost nothing , etc…. due to these activities I’m never bored and I don’t let the doubts or disappointment to overwhelm me.

Me: What method do you use to find back your energy?


Dana: Well, I have a good sense of humor and that helps. Also I’m very well balanced, I know in life there are good times and bad times. What is important is to learn your lessons and go further trying to improve your work.







Me: What is your motto in life?

Dana: Don’t take anything for granted, look around you, the world is beautiful and you are lucky enough to be part of it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Interview with Sarah Skeen

I am happy to have Sarah as my guest today. She is the mom of a very cute little girl (very very cute^_^), a jewelry designer, a photographer, the owner of Lucksgirl, and a blogger. In a few words, a multitalented individual!
If I choose to illustrate this interview with her photos, it is just because I fell in love with them :).








Me: Can you tell in a few words a little bit about yourself.

Sarah: I am a stay at home mom to a beautiful 4 year old girl and it wasn't until I became a stay at home mom that I discovered that I have a real eye for photography as well as the other crafts that I enjoy.

Me: How did you come to photography?

Sarah: An ex boyfriend of mine bought me a 4 mega pixel camera for my birthday in 2000 and I started to play around with it but there is nothing like the birth of your first child to make you want to take pictures. In 2005 my daughter was born and I had the perfect little subject! Shortly after that we purchased a Canon Rebel DSLR with a 105mm macro lens and I fell head over heals in love with photography. I live in the ideal place (in the woods on a mountain) for nature photography which is what I love.




Me: Where do you get your inspiration?

Sarah: I am surrounded by inspiration! From my beautiful daughter to the flowers, animal, trees, and insects outside of my door. How could I not be inspired?


Me: What are your goals?

Sarah: My main goal is to be the best mother I can be and raise a child who loves nature as much as she does the people around her. I would also love for my Etsy shop to thrive! I love sharing my photography with the world.

Me:Do you believe in your lucky star?

Sarah: My daughter Lily is my lucky star :)



Me: Do you have periods of doubts?

Sarah: Of course! We all do. Sometimes I think I do more than others.

Me:How do you deal with those periods of doubts?


Sarah: I don't have any special way of dealing with it....it's something that just comes and goes. I try not to pay much attention to it because the more attention I give to doubt the bigger it gets.

Me: What method do you use to find back your energy?


Sarah: Energy? Being the mother of a 4 year old I have forgotten what that is!





Me: What is your motto in life?

Sarah: This may sound really cheesy but I live by "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" I feel like a lot of people don't really put themselves in other people shoes. When you're saying something mean or just not being nice do you ever stop and think about what it would be like to be on the receiving end? I do and I feel like I'm a better person because of it.
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