Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Words in my home [No. 3]

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
You hold the power to open doors.
From my travels for photoshoots as an Art Director with Marriott.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Words in my home [No. 2]

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
The only things we take with us from our lives
on earth are those which we have given away.
From Chuck's pencil sketch flower on note paper from a french hotel.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, September 28, 2009

Words in my home [No. 1]

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Not everything you create will be a masterpiece,
but you get out there and you try
and sometimes it really happens.
The other times you're just stretching your soul.
By way of my friend Janice, as I left Florida for D.C.

©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Photo

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Copper. Paris. The Seine. In autumn.
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


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Bonjour y'all — it's Fall!

Tips for better pics this autumn.
Tips for better pics.

©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, September 21, 2009

Great falls

There's a constant march forward, all through the year,
--then you slow and you see, and you stop and you hear
The air it is crisper, the skies deeper blue
--the leaves are revealed, and perhaps so are you
As we enter to winter nature shows us her best
-----after summer's commotion, it's time for some rest
But before the chill comes, summer kisses the trees,

-----with a last bit of sunshine to warm the cool breeze
Every year this one season's my favorite of all,
-----adding to many great memories of many great falls.

I couldn't find a quote that I liked for this day before the 1st day of autumn, so I
wrote this entry this morning. Photo taken yesterday on my 1st trip to "Great Falls"

on the Potomac River. And.... there's yer breadcrumb. Bonne l'autumn, y'all!

©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Photo

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Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, FRANCE
Un peu de calme dans un grand sac de lavande.
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fired up?

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
YES. I am!

"One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world."

But let it be the right voice. A voice of compassion. A respectful voice.

Today I attended the Obama rally on healthcare reform at UM in College Park, MD and was seated in section 120 facing the President. This was the first political rally I'd ever been to.

Several folks protesting before the healthcare rally were not only spreading lies, but they were hiding behind masks. I'm from the south and that reeks of another such costume. If you have something to say, have the courage to show your face. And speak truthfully. Even inside and during the rally, as Obama spoke, he was interupted by a 'heckler.' Once again, the focus in follow-up articles on Obama would again be: 1/2 nonsense unrelated to the topic at hand, 1/2 what the whole article should be focused on in the first place.

Remember, the reporting about the health care press conference — winds up with a beer in the Rose Garden. Then reporting about the joint session — winds up with Joe Wilson.

On the contrary I stuck around outside after the really, and saw a civil exchange of commentary on the event. I was much more drawn to take and share these pics. There was a renowned doctor from UM, folks from congress, representatives, and many others, known and unknown. I was so intrigued simply watching people fresh off of hearing the President speak. Plus, being a self-employed Art Director, I'm very interested and concerned about the status of healthcare.

When hecklers interrupt, they don't just interrupt that speech, they overshadow the coverage and focus of that event. Then think carefully on how each of us responds to those outbursts? When we write about, talk about, FB about, blog about, photograph or seek out these childish rants from a Joe Wilson snippet, or heckler, or anything from antagonistic Limbaugh-types (even just that small mention makes me ill) we shine a light on that behavior. Even if that's not what we intend to do. Some people even say that these childish outbursts may have more unsettling purposes behind them. WE EACH ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PERPETUATING THE ATTENTION THEY GET.

Let's keep the focus where it needs to be. Let's use our voices productively. Remember the 'voice' of the last administration's party was... "UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL"?

Interesting. I agree. And, yes, I'm fired up.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

How to know we're growing

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
It's good to be a little uncomfortable. It's a sign we're growing.
Like our muscles after an intense workout, when you exercise your
soul muscle and heart muscle in life, you will feel it. Be brave.

Go grow.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday 'Painting'

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Winslow Homer's, "Turtle Pound"
With this week getting off to a funky start for me (plus, Mercury in retrograde),
I'm opting for the slightly-removed-from-reality medium of 'artwork' rather than
a photo for today's Friday image. This watercolor is one of my all-time favorite
paintings. I love the freshness and deliberateness of Homer's paint strokes. Right
color. Right place. Right intensity. And to wrap up this rather "Clark Kent" of a
week for me, one of my favorite sayings is illustrated
brilliantly in this work,
...the stronger the light, the stronger the shadow. They go in tandum.
Be patient if you're in shadow. Cherish time in the sun. Neither is permanent.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, September 10, 2009

One link in the chain

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Don't look too far into the future. Only one link
in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Nowhere to change

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Cell phones, blackberries, iPhones. Actually, does anyone even use the phones in hotels anymore? Certainly 'telephone booths' are a thing of the past or at least nostalgia-in-bright-red on the streets of London.

With this connection and reachability, we're supposed to always be 'on.'

I've been working as a freelance Art Director in the DC area since early 2008. This has been an amazing journey of courage, faith, and growth for me. And with many of my current clients having come to me word-of-mouth, I'm beyond grateful to those of you who continue to send folks my way. Thank you! Keep it up.

But, when you work this way, you are not only the worker, but you are the soliciter of work. That requires a strong positive demeanor, which normally comes easy to me. But even when something comes easy we still need to take care to replenish, nourish, and rest, so we can continue on with that which we do best.

Vacation. Vacate our normal roles. Take the super hero outfit to the dry cleaners. And simply not be 'on.'

So, as there are no more telephone booths...

Does that mean we can no longer duck away, put on our glasses, and just be Clark Kent for a day? Replenish? Must we wear the red cape 24/7? Can't we just be 'human' for a short bit? With all of those messy and complicated 'human' qualities we each have?
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wildest Dreams

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Becoming Like God
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Photo

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Château de Fontainebleau
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins
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