Thursday, February 17, 2011

Live & Learn

Whenever something wrong happened, my mother had a couple favorite sayings, "c'est la vie" or "live and learn."  I don't know about you, but a big part of living for me is learning.  More times than not, I take the self-teach approach and learn how-to on my own through trial and error. A few days ago I downloaded Photoshop Elements 9. I couldn't wait to get started and process my photos.  While perusing the program I realized this was going to take time and  I don't have all the time in the world as I did when I started teaching myself to play the piano around the age of 8. 

A good fairy wanders about the blogosphere.  Kim Klassen creates dreamy photography and shares her knowledge and textures with a great generous heart.  While reading Kim's blog I discovered she was guiding those who wanted to learn more about Photoshop in an eCourse she calls Skinny-Mini. In an impulsive, serendipitous moment I  signed up to take the class that had begun on Monday.  I was just in time, Wednesday night was the cut-off date. 

I approached this new adventure with anxious enthusiasm and I'm lovin' it!  I have a bit of catching up to do, but I don't mind.  It's all about photography and well, as I live and learn I'm discovering joy in every aspect of my new found passion.


  1. Something wonderful happens when we learn! I love the instant where we go from not knowing something to knowing it. Ah, bliss!

    And,I love the image! Well done on the lesson!

  2. yes, I agree with your philosophy of learning and living. Lovely photo-and blog highlight :)

  3. Marion...I so agree! Learning can be a challenge, but it's a beautiful challenge with blissful results. Thanks for stopping by.'s wonderful to see you.
    I believe that as a woman it's my duty to elevate other women and celebrate their succeses. I could write a long discourse on this topic, but I'll let it go at that.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Dear Teresa, I know exactly what you mean. I do love learning new things. Indeed the whole weblogging experience has really advanced my technological skills light years beyond where they were a year ago [which is not very far at all]. Your photography course sounds far too technical for me but I am sure that you will thrive on it and, coupled with your artistic eye, I look forward to seeing even more remarkable images on your weblog in the future.

  5. I admire, and envy, you for jumping in. I looked at Photoshop over Xmas and concluded that I didn't have the time or energy to figure it out. Maybe someday? (And then you will be the one offering helpful advice?)

    Please keep me posted on possible moving adventures . . . and thanks for understanding why I want to move back into the city. Most people think I'm mad (in the English sense of being crazy!).

  6. Edith... you are ever the hearty supporter of the efforts of others and it sure does bring a smile to smile to my face. Thank you for your encouraging words.

    Bee...I'm using a version of Photoshop called Elements. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles or capabilities that the full version does. I think Elements is going to be far easier to learn. Wheeewwww...

    I will indeed keep you posted and I hope you will do the same. Living in the country can be wonderful, but I'm weary of streets that roll up at 8 pm, even on weekends. I long for cafe or bookstore where I can wile away an hour and two on Sunday afternoon without driving an hour to get there. I don't think you're crazy at all...I think you're following your heart, your bliss, and only you and those closest to you know what those things are.


  7. Brilliant! I use photoshop. I had a brief chat with a teacher of photoshop a year or two back and have made my way from there. I find that I think what I want to achieve ... and then find ways of doing it. Exciting, but as I treat it as I would a painting, I can never remember how I created an effect. Still - love doing it.

  8. aguja...My usual plan of attack when learning a new techie program or trick, is to type keywords in Google and search for tutorials or how-to's. Learning the basics through this class is faster and easier. Kim is doing such a good job; she's an excellent teacher. I'm notorious for going my own way. I guess that can be good or bad, depending on how one looks at it.

    I is exciting and fun.

    Have beautiful Sunday!

  9. it's wonderful that everything just popped into place for you and still, you would have found a way to do it one way or the other...often, with these things, if i am driven to do something, i will find out how and i think we are all like that...we almost create our opportunities in our desire. so enjoy, i love what you are doing with your photos! xxx


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