Hidden Behind Myself


Day 13 – Recreate a famous work of art in your own way.

I was really excited by this challenge and raced through ideas for Van Gogh’s Starry Night and the Birth of Venus. Eventually, I decided on The Son of Man by Rene Magritte, often referred to “Man in the Bowler Hat.”


I could call my version “Daughter of Woman,” but I think I’ll go with “Hidden Behind Myself” inspired by the quote from Magritte below.

At least it hides the face partly well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It’s something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.

This quote is what helped me finally decide to use this piece for inspiration. And, it got me pondering not necessarily about how everything is hidden behind something else and that we’re constantly seeking, but how true it is that we, especially artists, struggle between reveling who we are through our art and keeping our creations to ourselves for fear of exposure to the public eye.

Whenever someone confides in me their fear of putting their art out in the world, be it words or paint or photos, I always tell them that for every creative thing there is a person out there who will connect with it in some way. All too often, I find that I need to follow my own advice and bravely put my work out there whether I’m completely happy with it or not.

CreativeSprint has been the most creatively demanding exercise and the most emotionally supportive venue for exposing my art to the world.


Started, finished – Part 2


Day 10 – Start something and have someone else finish it for you. Bonus: work with another sprinter to accomplish this.

Here is what I gave fellow CreativeSprint-er, Peter Cazacu. I composited two photos from a vacation in Puerto Rico.


Well, as you can see, Peter totally rocked this out Trekkie style! I never noticed the resemblance to Spock before and now I’ll never be able to not see it. Totally loved collaborating on this project! It’s so wonderful to let go of preconceived notions and be open to someone else’s unique and surprising perspective.

Thanks again Peter, and as they say, “Live long and prosper.”

Started, finished – Part 1


Day 10 – Start something and have someone else finish it for you. Bonus: work with another sprinter to accomplish this.

I teamed up with a fellow sprinter, Peter Cazacu. This was interesting, not only because this is the first time I’ve collaborated, but because Peter lives in Romania. What fun!

Here is what Peter gave me to play with:


I added some scenery and some butterflies, of course!

I’ll share Part 2 when Peter posts his finished version of what I sent him.

Home Sweet Home


Day 7 – Make something that represents the town, city, state or country you call home.

Even though I live in Richmond, Virginia, my home, my heart will always be in the mountains. I often miss the woods and the winding roads.

May parents still live in the Christiansburg area and the mountain photo was taken from my parents’ driveway.

Sorry RVA for the black and white version, I was going for contrast. No offense…

I’ve included the full-color versions below. Let me know if I made the right choice for the featured image.


day-7-home-v3 day-7-home-v1


Hidden Butterflies


Day 5 – Camouflage something.

Ever play hidden object?


Well, here’s your chance.

I’ve hidden five butterflies in this image.

Can you find them all? I tried not to make them too obvious, but maybe they’re too hard to find.

You be the judge…

If you need a hint, here’s another version with the butterflies marked. You may need to scroll down a little bit…