My friend Ginny just finished her new website, GinnyBanks.com, so I thought I'd share it with you, along with some of my favorite images from the gallery. Ginny's one of the sweetest people I know, and I love her shots that explore absence/presence. She's just started a new workshop of one-on-one digital photography lessons designed to help participants explore and express their personal life stories. For details, please visit her site... I really wish I could take the workshop myself but alas, it's a little too far for me to make the commute! I think the website is really beautiful, and I'm so happy it's up at last... congratulations Ginny!
Fall is truly my favorite time of year, and my love for all things pumpkin is most definitely in full swing! A couple of weeks ago, my friend Tommi, who loves both ice cream and Halloween as much as I do, introduced me to pumpkin ice cream... and oh my gosh, it's so good! It's full of yummy pumpkin flavor, with cinnamon and nutmeg... and since it's not feeling much like autumn here in LA just yet, it's the perfect October treat...
I also want to share this painting a friend gave me a couple of years ago... I still love it like I just saw it for the first time today! It was painted by my friend Marisa of Creative Thursday, and I have to say that each time I look at it, I silently check in with myself to see if I'm feeling "...at ease"... wise words indeed! Drop by her website and blog when you have a chance... her work is so sweet and uplifting and fun... just like Marisa herself!
Sometimes the smallest kindness really lifts your spirits. That's the case with an email I received first thing yesterday morning from Arielle, a fellow artist who is now recovered from her eating disorder too... isn't she a cutie pie! Her husband had given her the "Leap" pendant as a birthday gift, and she wanted to let me know how much she loved it and the meaning behind it. She told me that he had chosen that design because now that she's recovered, he sees her as leaping through life. Wow. It was so great to get a little peek inside Arielle's life, and opening that email first thing in the morning really made my day! It also reminded me how much happiness there is in simply sharing your appreciation... thank you Arielle!